Author Archives: JP Fallavollita

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.

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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.

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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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Small Hero But Giant Debut With Ant-Man #1 On The Wednesday Run

AntMan1 coverIs there anything juicier than Marvel Comics and Marvel Entertainment and the interconnectedness of all their television and movies and comics projects?

Last night we had the absolutely outstanding debut of the Agent Carter television series (which you can read Glenn Walker’s fantastic review of right here), a spin off of the television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which itself is a spinoff of the Avengers and Captain America and…and…and…series of films!

This summer, we get the latest Marvel Entertainment film, the highly anticipated spin off of Avengers, Ant-Man (the first trailer for which just dropped last night during the previously mentioned Agent Carter episode). But before that, we get the comic: Ant-Man #1.

Follow me after the jump for the giant-sized details!

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Hobbit Wins The Battle Of The 5 Films: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

url13This weekend, there was one film to rule them all – three weeks running now.

Sorry, “one ring” is the wrong franchise, but still the right family of films at the top of the box office this weekend. The third installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit franchise, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, easily went there and back again, as many had expected, but what other films would round out the top 5?

Could we see an upset by an unheralded sequel to a beloved play about ghosts and women wearing black?

Follow me after the jump to find out of there was any shocks this past weekend!

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Top 5 Albums Of 2014 As Chosen By JP Fallavollita

Leonard CohenIn a year that might well be remembered for one of the worlds largest bands giving their album away for free – much to the chagrin of many music listeners, there’s was plenty of great music to get excited about.

Albums from Ryan Adams, U2, Taylor Swift, Beck, Foo Fighters and many others made the rounds on airwaves, speakers and ear buds in 2014. Still, some albums, some songs were more resilient, more beautiful, catchier and more…”top” than the others,

That’s what this list is for.

A list showcasing the Top 5 albums I heard this year, like I write every year. Here were the albums I played relentlessly. Are any of your favourites on it?

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There’s No Blocking This S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 On The Wednesday Run

SHIELDIt’s New Year’s Eve and you’re so festively hardcore, I know that the first thing you want to do today is head over to a comic book shop to buy comics.

Actually, it makes sense.

What better way to nurse the inevitable hangover or bout of lazyitis that will hit tomorrow than to sat in bed, or on a couch, with a cup of hot coffee and the first issue of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. series within arm’s reach?

That’s right! Today sees the release of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1!

Follow me after the jump, and I’ll tell you why you need to make an afternoon pit stop on your way to the evening’s festivities!

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