Author Archives: JP Fallavollita
Look, if you’re over thirty (oh hell, if you’re over forty!) years of age, and you were a comic book reader as a kid, you’ll remember the old Marvel What If and Team-Up comic book titles. Boy, they were fun!
DC had them too. Remember The Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents? They were great!
Sometime during the 1980’s, those kinds of comic books fell out of favour with their publishers, and, it must be said, their fans. I won’t dwell on the why’s in this particular column. Sure, comics like that were still being published, but not to the same degree and certainly not to the fanfare of those earlier decades. Maybe it had something to do with comic books stories becoming more “realistic”. Maybe it had something to do with the end of the “one and done” single issue stories. Maybe it had something to do with the comic book audience growing up and getting old.
In any case, there’s been a particularly fun team-up comic book being published for eight months now and it’s high time you, or your young son or daughter, turned an excited eye towards it.
I’m talking, of course, about issue #8 of the Guardians Team-Up monthly comic book series!
Follow me after the jump for a modern take on our love of nostalgia!
At that time, there were some great runs on everyone’s favourite superhero and his monthly comic book titles such as Batman, Detective Comics, and the newly released, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.
In fact, two specific runs stand out: one by an acclaimed writer (who happened to be aided by an acclaimed artist) and one by an adored artist who brought a sense of visual storytelling to monthly Batman stories that hadn’t been seen before.
If you didn’t get a chance to experience Batman at that time (or if you’d like to re-experience those stories in a new format), follow ne after the jump for the lowdown on some high-flying, but dark, heroics!
We all knew this was coming.
With the 2015 edition of the San Diego Comic Con in full swing right now, we knew that Warner Brothers would release something new regarding one of next year’s most eagerly anticipated films. And today, they didn’t disappoint fans.
Black versus blue.
God versus man.
Day versus night.
Batman versus Superman.
The one question that remains: what do you think?
Congratulations! You’re going to have a great time this weekend! But don’t bother jamming your swim trunks and your snorkel gear into your Samsonite. Or your backpack. Or your courier bag. You won’t have room. Not with all the exclusives you’ll be picking up at the Con.
And don’t forget the art tube you’ll need to store all those sketches and prints you’ll be getting. (Make sure it has a strap so you can sling it over your shoulder!)
Still, there’s time to make a Wednesday run to your local comic book shop today right?
Get into the spirit of sequential art early with today’s release of the first Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof Edition: Black Science #1.
Follow me after the jump where I’ll parse out that mouthful for you!
If you’re seeing all things maple leaf red or the word “eh?” keeps coming up in your Facebook or your Twitter stream today, it’s because today, July 1, is Canada Day!
Canada Day! The national holiday of this columnist’s nation, celebrating the 1867 birth of the greatest hockey-playing, maple-syrup loving, beaver adoring, arctic-solidifying, rainbow-coloured monied, Mountied, health-cared country in the world!
Of course, some of those might not be real words, but any British, Russian, Brazilian or Korean citizen – or any other citizen from any other country – can easily get the drift: today, July the 1st is our day.
Why not spend it protecting our nations’ borders from our southern neighbours?
You heard me right. Follow me after the jump for the eagerly anticipated scoop on We Stand On Guard #1.
I’m actually a fan of the Scott Lang Ant-Man character (the second Ant-Man) over the original Hank Pym Ant-Man character. (Ducks for cover).
Sacrilege! To the pitchforks! Strike the torches! Bring him down!
I know. I know. How could I possibly say that, being a “purist” sort of fellow myself? I mean, I like my Nutella on plain, untoasted, Wonder bread. I’m not a fan of company branding on my shirts. And Batman is at his best when his costume is a gray sweater with a black bat symbol on it.
Even though I’m a fan of the Scott Lang character, I’m still keen on the affectionately and cheekily titled Ant-Man: Larger Than Life #1 – out today.
Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you why!
Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite 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.
Melanie was more than just a neighbour. Born three days before me, she was like my (ever-so-slightly) older sister and we grew up together, involved in each other’s lives day in and day out.
We walked together, to and from school, through kindergarten and the elementary grades. Her parents were surrogates to my own. I’d have a bowl of Heinz Scarios for lunch at her house on some days and she’d have a mortadella panino at mine on others. On our street, we played “Hide and Seek” as a team, and she would give me nods and winks in games of Clue so that I could surmise Colonel Mustard, in the library, with the rope. We collected, and played with, G.I. Joe figures together: me with Duke and Snow Job, and her with Scarlet and Lady Jaye. She’d have my back in the odd fist fight in the school playground, and she’d help me pass anonymous Valentine’s Day notes to the girls of my affections in grades four and five. At her cottage we caught frogs together and went fishing off of the dock, then water-skiing, then roasting marshmallows on an open fire. Those days were full and fun days.
Although there was some inherent distance between each other after grade eight by attending different high schools, like all good older sisters, we’d still spend time together and she’d still share some of her discoveries with her “younger brother” when we did get together. One week at her cottage during the early summer of 1988, the summer before grade ten, she shared her newly discovered love for pop music by handing me, along with her Sony Walkman, a white cassette tape projecting the simple, powerful, black font words of: New Order Substance 1987. “Listen to this,” she commanded me. And, as an obedient by-three-days younger brother, I did.
That cassette tape would change my life.
A day after Donald Trump famously made a fool of himself (yet again) by throwing his hat in the Republican electoral conversation in the United States of America (my goodness, he’s so misinformed!), DC Comics is looking for your vote on a number of new comic books issued today!
You see, DC’s “New52” initiative from a few years ago has come to its only logical conclusion: it’s become something else. Witness the birth of the DCYou!
With new, debut titles of Robin: Son of Batman, Martian Manhunter, Harley Quinn and Power Girl, Black Canary, Doctor Fate and Doomed, it’s Prez #1 that’s got me most interested this week.
Follow me after the jump for the entire voter turnout!
Politics begins to mean something important later in life for many of us. Sure, there are the few in high school, the over-achievers, who are attuned to all forms of government and governmental persuasion. And there are those in the college and university crowd, the ever-assembled, who seem to have their finger on the pulse of what makes democracy tick.
And then there are those, like me, that come late to societal policies and beliefs and their legislation.
But hey! That’s ok. Better late than never.
So, regardless if you were the over-achiever, the ever-assembled, or even if you’re late to this political party, follow me after the jump for the political spin of the Absolute Transmetropolitan Volume 1.
Maybe it’s just because I was (much) younger in those days, but the comics I was reading on the front step of my porch in the spring, trading with my friends through the summer, and then excitedly talking about with my grade school classmates in the fall were some of the best comics I ever read.
Remember Dreadstar? Jon Sable: Freelance? The New Mutants?
Remember The Omega Men?
Follow me after the jump, ‘cos those last guys should be the first thing you pick up from the comic book today!