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The Kids Will Love GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #8 On The Wednesday Run

Guardians Team Up 8Look, 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!

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Go Dark, Go Detective With Two BATMAN Titles Today On The Wednesday Run

Batman-GothicIt’s a pretty exciting day if you’re a late 1980’s Batman fan.

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!

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Glenn Walker On… the Legion of Super-Heroes

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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.

It’s been a year or so since this superhero team has had their own title in the DC Comics Universe, but perhaps soon that will change. The Legion of Super-Heroes began as a one-off, a silly concept in a Superboy story, then grew into one of the most enduring continuities in the DCU, almost an entire universe unto itself. Meet me after the jump when I’ll talk about my love of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected – Just a Kid from Brooklyn: Captain America, American Memories of World War II, and the MCU, Part I

Cover art for Captain America (Vol. 4) #1 by John Cassaday

Cover art for Captain America (Vol. 4) #1 by John Cassaday.

Captain America is a symbol, and Steve Rogers is an ideal. The former is the manifestation of the best that the United States of America can be, and the latter is the exemplar of citizenship that creates it. Yet this iconic character was born in defiance, and is inextricably linked with the largest and most horrific conflict in the entirety of human history. World War II left between 70 and 85 million people dead, or somewhere between three and four percent of the world’s population at the time. European Jewry was all but eradicated by a systematic, industrialized genocide. The infrastructures and economies of Europe, the Soviet Union, Japan, China, and the Philippines (among others) were largely smashed. In Great Britain – one of the victor nations – food rationing continued until 1954, nine years after the war had ended. How then, did Captain America, the paragon of American humanist and egalitarian virtue, spring from such poisoned fields?

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Marvel’s new Siege tops this week’s Wednesday Run

It’d PanAm Games mania here in Toronto, Biff Bam Pop central, and our illustrious JP Fallavollita is off checking out all the action over the next few weeks. I’m you’re fill-in for this week, and the title that makes my Wednesday Run is part of the ongoing massive Marvel Secret Wars event that is generating a lot of cool comic books at the moment. Find out what’s laying siege to my wallet after the jump!
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Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof Edition: Black Science #1 On The Wednesday Run

BlackScience1OversizedSo you’re packing your bags for the 2015 edition of the San Diego Comic Con?

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!

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The GAR! Podcast: Listener Feedback

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about listener feedback, reality television, comics, rainbows, barbecue, and Ray takes another shot at Chris Christie, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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It’s Gotta Be We Stand On Guard #1 For Thee On The Wednesday Run

WeStandOnGuard1There’s nothing quite like sharing a little bit of patriotism on a comic book Wednesday.

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?

Wait. What?

You heard me right. Follow me after the jump for the eagerly anticipated scoop on We Stand On Guard #1.

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The GAR! Podcast: Presidential Request

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about the new Avengers team, podcasting with President Obama, and grillin’ season, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Is Anything Larger Than ANT-MAN: LARGER THAN LIFE #1 On The Wednesday Run

AntmanThere’s no way to whisper this on the Internet is there? Fine. Ant-Man purists, cover your ears! Here goes:

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!

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