Author Archives: JP Fallavollita

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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Science Fiction Is A Numbers Game With Ei8ght #1 On The Wednesday Run

Ei8ght 1 coverScience fiction to the fore!

Again!

It’s been said, more than once in this particular column, that the science fiction genre has become an extremely popular mainstay in comics over the last half decade. And we reader are the luckier for it!

This Wednesday, like many Wednesdays before it, showcases a new number, a new entrant, into the pantheon of recent sci-fi.

Follow me after the jump for a look at Rafael Albuquerque’s newest creator owned series, Ei8ht!

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Spotlight On The Dark Side With Darth Vader #1 On The Wednesday Run

Darth Vader 1 cover“When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”

Has there ever been a more nefarious quote from a more nefarious villain?

Like we all knew would happen, 2015 is quickly becoming the year of Star Wars. Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm a few years ago is ramping up events in anticipation of a new film at the end of this year and with Marvel, the “House of Ideas”, under the Mouse’s umbrella, Star Wars is finding itself on comic book store shelves everywhere.

Even with Star Wars being around for nearly four decades (holey moley!), follow me after the jump for a new first for the franchise!

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A New Era For Comic Books And The DC Universe

JL“…a whole new era for the DC Universe…”

That’s what it’s being called, the upcoming summer changes to the comic book line that DC Comics is publishing, as well as the way they will go about creating them. And while that statement may turn out to be true, and while it’s great for comic book readers to get excited over the announcement, the truth is that readers have heard it all before.

One thing is for certain: The bold New52 initiative that DC Comics started almost four years ago, has gotten old and tired.

The only question that remains is: will the stories be any better with the upcoming comic book products?

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Naming A Cosmic Horror With Nameless #1 On The Wednesday Run

Nameless 1Who isn’t a fan of weird, cosmic horror?

Well, probably a lot of people out there in the world, actually.

But they should be. They will be.

You see, as of today, the “ultimate horror comic”, as fan favourite artist and co-creator Chris Burnham is calling it, gets released. His co-conspirator is writer Grant Morrison, himself a legend in the comic book industry.

So, what name do they give their tale of terror? Well, that’s easy.

Follow me after the jump for a quick rundown of Nameless #1.

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Take A Universe-Spanning Tour With The Multiversity Guidebook #1 On The Wednesday Run

Multiversity Guidebook coverMultiple universes.

Multiple worlds.

Multiple heroes.

Multiversity!

You’re in for a delicious comic book treat today! Take a guided tour of the various realities that make up the pantheon of the DC Comics universes with the 80-page The Multiversity Guidebook #1.

Follow me after the jump for a brief introduction!

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Comics Today, TV Tomorrow For Powers #1 On The Wednesday Run

Powers 1 coverAre we too far along in the cycle to call the comic-book-property-to-television-program transition a renaissance? Is it even a renaissance?

I can’t recall a time – ever – where there were so many television shows based on comics that I read (or read), all on at the same time! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Walking Dead, the upcoming iZombie and Daredevil to name a few.

Everyone is in on the popular game, from major broadcasters like NBC, to the more artsy cable companies like AMC, to new modes of transmission companies like Netflix, to…Sony PlayStation?

And that brings us to today’s release of Powers #1. Follow me after the jump and I’ll connect that comic book to television transition.

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Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away With Star Wars #1 On The Wednesday Run

Star Wars 1 coverIn a certain sense you could say it’s like coming home again.

Back in 1977, Marvel Comics, on the back of the popularity that Star Wars (the first movie) had generated, began publishing monthly Star Wars comic books. In hindsight, it was an early look at the comic book industry licensing rights from other companies in order to publish their characters – something we see regularly now.

This partnership with Lucasfilm lasted the better part of a decade. Eventually, Star Wars would find a new home and partner with Dark Horse Comics, and a prosperous relationship (with absolutely fantastic – and now legendary – comic book Star Wars stories) lasted twenty-three years.

And then Disney, who had already purchased Marvel Comics, bought Lucasfilm.

Today, everyone’s favourite story from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, returns home with the release of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars #1.

Follow me after the jump for more info!

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Taken 3 Looks To Take The Money: Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Taken3 PosterIt’s the early days of the year and that means we’re well into awards season. Films that believe they’ll be getting some kind of honour are expanding into more theatres after a limited run while other, well regarded films, are coming back for second engagements.

Still others seem to have always been there critical darlings waiting for you to see them after reading a “Best of” column on the web over the holidays.

But that doesn’t mean action and suspense won’t rule at the box office. Follow me after the jump for this weekend’s box office predictions!

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