Author Archives: JP Fallavollita

Walk Memory Lane With CONVERGENCE: BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #1 On The Wednesday Run

Convergence Batman and Outsiders1Let’s wax nostalgic for a moment or two, shall we?

It’s the mid 1980’s and I’m doing my best to convince my younger brother to spend his money on the monthly series, Batman and the Outsiders, so that I can read it.

I had already spent all of my coin on Star Trek, Batman, Detective Comics, Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld and Atari Force comics. Besides, the first issue of Batman and the Outsiders had a cover showcasing the Dark Knight dissing a bunch of his old Justice League pals in favour of a younger, fresher, rag-tag but cooler, bunch of heroes that were slyly grinning like they just won the lottery at the expense of Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash and…the Elongated Man. Losers.

By hook or by crook, I had to read it!

Man alive, that was a great time to be reading monthly comics – and the great times look to keep rolling this month with the release of Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1.

Follow me after the jump to find out why the Outsiders were (and still are) better than any two-bit Justice League!

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Endings & Beginnings With AVENGERS #44 On The Wednesday Run

Avengers 44 coverEDITOR’s UPDATE: It looks like time hasn’t run out on our heroes just yet! Although listed as a release today on their website, Marvel is actually releasing Avengers #44 on Wednesday, April 29. Our multiverse and your local comic book shop have a few days of life left to them- enjoy all they offer today!

Wow! Are we here already?

Issue number forty-four of Marvel Comics’ flagship title, Avengers, and it’s the last issue of the series!

For just over three years, writer Jonathan Hickman has been regaling readers with his Marvel Universe-spanning, epically heroic, science fiction tale – and it’s all coming to an end right before this year’s sure-fire-blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, comes out in theatres!

What gives? Well, in comic book land, every ending is but a new beginning, isn’t it?

Let’s first take a closer look at the must-read end, shall we? Follow me after the jump for more on Avengers #44!

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All Converge on CONVERGENCE #1 On The Wednesday Run

CONVERGENCE 1 coverI suppose it’s an unwavering eventuality.

The older I get, the less interested I am in the comic book industry’s various BIG-SUMMER-BLOCKBUSTER comic book series’. These titles are all marketed as “game changers” where some important character will inevitably die. But changing the game loses its meaning when it’s done every year. And dead characters come back to life all the time.

It’s an unwavering eventuality.

Still, I find that even when I’m not all that interested in a series like the one I’m about to recommend, there’s a bit of a sweet tooth in the back of my head that says “you need to feed me some summer blockbuster action!”

Well, sweet tooth, feed on the action and intrigue within the pages of Convergence #1!

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It’s The Age Of AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER On The Wednesday Run

Avengers Ultron Forever 1 coverThe pop culture clock is counting down, heading into the month of May, at a pace that makes the heart skip a beat (or two).

Why? Because on May 1st, one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated summer movies drops into our cinema-going laps.

That’s right! Your favourite Marvel Comics superheroes return for another big-budget adventure in Avengers: Age of Ultron!

But who, exactly, is this Ultron character – a comic book villain that most people around the globe would probably mistake for the main protagonist in the 1999 animated sci-fi flick, The Iron Giant? No worries. This month, Marvel has got you covered. You’ll know exactly who Ultron is – and the threat he poses to mankind everywhere with Avengers: Ultron Forever #1.

Follow me after the jump for the menacing scoop!

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Your Present Is Past Aways #1 On The Wednesday Run

Past Aways 1Science fiction! What a renaissance it’s enjoying!

Yes, it’s Wednesday – and that means a new sci-fi comic book available at your local comic book shop. Not that anyone’s complaining, mind you. Not when the “sci-fi” in question is based in present day times and it’s from the fertile mind of writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), a favourite of ours on this very site.

So, what happens when you’re trapped in the early twenty-first century – prehistory – and you’ve discovered that the time stream is an absolute mess?

You’ve got to fix the problem. And that’s what the fascinating Past Aways, a brand new monthly series, is all about.

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A Sci-Fi Double With The Ocean/Orbiter Deluxe Edition On The Wednesday Run

Ocean:Orbiter Deluxe Edition coverIf there’s one quote from science fiction that has haunted me since the day that I first encountered it, that quote must be: “All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there.”

Of course, we all know it to be from Arthur C. Clark’s widely renown novel, 2010: Odyssey Two.

Still, with scientists stating that the Jupiter moon of Europa surely carries a sea of water under its surface of ice, and, curiosity being a main trait of humankind, warnings aside, who wouldn’t want to land on Europa?

With the just released Ocean/Orbiter Deluxe Edition hardcover, readers get that particular story (Ocean) as well as another science fiction tale involving missing space shuttles and deep space mysteries (Orbiter).

Follow me after the jump for the run-down!

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JP Fallavollita On…The Question

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favourite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on…something they love.

An answer.

That’s all that anyone ever wants. Regardless of age, ethnicity, religious or political persuasions, all that’s ever wanted by anyone, at some point in their lives, is a definitive answer.

The Question adIn 1987, I was in high school, reading comic books alongside many of my friends. I wasn’t aware of the origins of the character called The Question, nor his storied publication history. At my local comic book shop, I’d regularly pick up a monthly newsletter that DC Comics produced and distributed to retailers. It showcased the various books they were publishing that month with story abstracts for each particular issue along with feature articles for new, important releases, or interviews with writers, artists and editors. I’d use that newsletter as a reminder and checklist for the comics I wanted to read, a sort of expanded precursor to The Wednesday Run column I write for BiffBamPop! every week.

In early 1987, there was a feature advertisement on a new monthly series called The Question. In front of a nighttime cityscape, it featured a man dressed in a trench coat, wearing gloves and a fedora, enveloped by mysterious smoke and having no face. No face!

Who was this man?

In 1987, I bought the first issue of The Question – and started to get my answer.

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Howard The Duck #1 Will Quack You Up On The Wednesday Run

Howard the Duck 1 coverYou know what they say.

If it walks like a duck…and, uh, has an acerbic wit, solves weird cases as the Marvel Universe’s only white-feathered Private Eye, and has the unenviable reputation of starring in one of the worst films in cinematic history…it’s got to be Howard the Duck.

Yeah, you probably better know him as the snappy, martini-sipping, duck-billed alien during the end credit scene of last year’s blockbuster film, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Well, after a long spell away, Howard’s finally back in the pages of his own monthly comic book, appropriately titled, Howard the Duck #1.

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Descender#1 Rises To The Top On The Wednesday Run

Descender1 coverI’ve gone on quite a bit about the resurgence of science fiction comics over the last half-decade on this very column. I’ve also spoken about Image Comics and their continual support for creator-owned projects that push the barriers of what comics can be.

Let me, then, speak briefly about Jeff Lemire comic books.

No matter the genre, Lemire’s stories are always about damaged, but real people and their ability to captivate an audience and warm the heart. Whether it’s a pastoral community in which a young boy discovers adult secrets (Essex County Trilogy), a post-apocalyptic future of animal-human hybrids (Sweet Tooth), a secretive stranger in a small town (The Nobody), a blue-collar worker encountering the fantastic (The Underwater Welder), or the last love story ever told (Trillium), each Lemire story stands on its own, while simultaneously painting a beautiful oeuvre of the writer’s/artist’s inner mind.

Today, that canvas is interstellar in scope as Lemire, along with acclaimed artist Dustin Nguyen, head to outer space for Descender #1.

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Spider-Gwen #1 Spins Her Web On The Wednesday Run

Spider Gwen 1 coverThere isn’t just one comic book company containing (and publishing) a myriad of alternate realities, alternate earths and alternate superhero titles.

No. Marvel Comics has been mining that theoretical science in the form of monthly stories for a long time, too. Now, I’m not generally a fan of superhero comic book tales that fall outside of their more mainstream and well-recognized world, but there are occasions where a different take can really shed some new light on a well-known character.

And as we all know, with great power, comes great responsibility.

So what happens when Gwen Stacy is the one bitten by the radioactive spider?

Follow me after the jump for the rundown on Spider-Gwen #1!

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