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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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The GAR! Podcast: No Streaming in Darkest Africa

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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. This week, Ray returns, and we’re talking about Glenn’s movie serial stash, Brock Lesnar, and what’s good on Amazon Prime, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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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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The GAR! Podcast: JAG! With Special Guest Jenn Walker

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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. This week, Ray is too sick to talk, so I’ve recruited The Bride, Jenn Walker, to sub for him. We’re talking about the big “Saturday Night Live” anniversary special, the new Ghostbusters, and even comics, and television, along with a new spin on all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Glenn Walker On… Wonder Woman

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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.

I’ll be talking about my love of the amazing Amazon, Wonder Woman. She’s not the first female superhero, or even the first patriotic hero, but she’s the first lady of superheroics, and I love her. Meet me after the jump, for some of my favorite stuff.

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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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A final goodbye to Comics and More and Rob Charpentier

Today, Sunday, February 15th 2015, marks a sad moment in the little area of Toronto where I live with my Queen and Princess. After 26 years on the Danforth, our local comic book shop, Comics and More is closing its doors. Not for bad retail reasons; not for a lack of audience. But sadly, because of the passing of its owner, Rob Charpentier, who went to the great and wonderful comic book store in the sky this past October.

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I know that his family tried to find someone to buy the shop, but for various reasons it just didn’t work out. I would have liked for his legacy to continue so that I could still walk into Comics and More with my daughter, but it’s not to be. Luckily, we’ll both have memories of the shop and the man, memories that won’t be going anywhere.
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The GAR! Podcast: Worst. Episode. Ever.

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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. This week, we’re talking about love, and Charles Manson, and… oh, I can’t do it. I confess. We messed up. This is our worst episode ever. We own it. We know it. We apologize ahead of time. Still, we hope you’ll listen anyway. See and hear more after the jump.

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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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