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Put your back into it: Avengers The Vibranium Collection reviewed

Sometimes bigger is better. And sometimes it’s really, really better. That’s the idea behind the massive, oversized collection Marvel has been releasing the last few years. Roughly the height of of IDW’s Artist Edition collections and the width of a slightly smaller Marvel Omnibus, we’ve seen Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection, X-Men: The Adamantium Collection and Marvels: The Platinum Edition Collection. I’m the proud owner of that last one, it being the fourth time I purchased the seminal Kurt Busiek/Alex Ross story (after a softcover version, a signed hardcover, and then the 10th anniversary reissue). This is literally a tome, expensive yet well worth the money.

The latest large-sizedc collection to hit well-inforced store shelves is Avengers: The Vibranium Collection, itself perfectly timed to coincide with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read the rest of this entry

The GAR! Podcast: GAR100 Ask Us Anything

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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, in our special one hundredth episode, we’ll be answering your questions in our own little Ask Me (Us) Anything. See and hear more after the jump.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Countdown: What Is Ultron?

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Avengers: Age of Ultron opens tonight across America, and has been out in most of the world for a week now. Not only the Avengers, but also their adversary Ultron, are everywhere, but what do we really know about Ultron? Who is he, what is he? Ultron has been called the Avengers’ greatest enemy, and he is, because it’s personal, he’s family. Meet me after the jump for the meltdown on Marvel’s malevolent machine messiah, Ultron!

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Here Ends NEW AVENGERS #33 On The Wednesday Run

New Avengers 33Sometimes, I get things wrong. Release dates and such.

That’s what happened two weeks ago in this very column, when I anxiously suggested that Avengers #44, the last issue of the acclaimed series, was the one comic book you had to run out and get!

Problem is, that issue got pushed back by Marvel Comics to…today’s date.

I still stand by that issue – and that you should make the run today to pick it up. You can read all about why you should do that right here. But today it’s joined by its sister comic book: New Avengers #33 – also the last issue of the series! You see, everything’s leading to a cataclysmic conclusion – for both our heroes and the entire Marvel universe!

Follow me after the jump for some not-so-secret but still great news!

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: Golden Glitter & An Underlying Darkness-The Legacy of Tony Stark In The MCU (Part 1)

Tony StarkEveryone loves a superhero. And that’ s never been truer than today, in our pop-culture obsessed twenty-first century.

The main purveyors of superhero stories are, of course, the comic book publishers, large, medium and small. Marvel Comics, arguably the most globally successful of those creators, has birthed no fewer than a grandiose thirty-four films over the last decade and a half, with two more set to be released later this very calendar year. The most eagerly anticipated of those yet-to-be seen films must be Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), a film whose original garnered over $1.5 billion in box office receipts in 2012.

That’s a tidy sum for movie that had an approximate budget of $220 million. And that bottom line doesn’t include the lucrative franchise offerings of licensed toys, video games, magazines and all the ancillary products featuring the Marvel Comics characters of Captain America, the Hulk, Nick Fury and Thor.

Yes, everyone loves a superhero. And these days, everyone loves the character of Tony Stark, the superhero known around the globe as Iron Man.

Brilliantly played with zest and aplomb by actor Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark, the Iron Man, is known as the quick thinking, fast-talking, faster acting, mustachioed playboy with a golden ticket in the form of his parentage, as well as an all-important golden suit of high-tech armor.

But beyond his humorous quips, his intrinsic glamour and his numerous heroic deeds, there lays a dark lining to the legacy of everyone’s favourite, shining character. It is a legacy that Tony Stark has both inherited and, in fact, cultivated, through his own personal failings.

And so much good and bad in the Marvel Cinematic Universe exists because it.

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P**syapocalypse: The Twisted Twins’ Kickstarter Burlesque Party and Fundraiser in Vancouver

PastedGraphic-6In my previous chat with Jen & Sylvia Soska (right here, as a matter of fact), you might have noticed there was mention of a party. A fundraiser, in fact, for the girls’ collaboration with Daniel Way, KILL-CRAZY NYMPHOS ATTACK.

That party is only two days away now and, if you happen to be in Vancouver around this time, you might want to set aside a little time and a little green for what’s guaranteed to be the wildest night of philanthropy for the arts that The West Coast has seen in many a moon. Read the rest of this entry

Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: An Unofficial Guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – An Introduction

Imagine a world on the grandest scale.

A world where a hovel in South America is connected to a skyscraper in New York, a beach mansion in Malibu, all the way to the floating head of a giant, mysterious celestial being.

Imagine a world where technology and science and mythos coexists easily and with a reasonable explanation.

Imagine a world full of heroes that, despite their differences, can unite and inspire.

Image a world of hope.

That’s the Marvel Universe in a nutshell.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Countdown: Avengers The Ultimate Character Guide Reviewed

In a world as massive as the Marvel Universe, what’s the best way to keep track of who’s who? With Avengers: Age of Ultron premiering in just a few days, and the upcoming Secret Wars about to redefine the comic world, there’s no doubt that DK’s Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide Updated and Expanded is a handy reference for Avengers experts and neophytes alike.

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The GAR! Podcast: Dumber Than a Box of Rocks

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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 “The Real,” Iceman of the X-Men coming out, and Glenn takes the ‘Am-I-Dumb?’ test, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Ensley F. Guffey On… War Comics

Cover of Battle Action 198. Joe Colquhoun, art.

Cover of Battle Action 198. Joe Colquhoun, art.

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.

This week we once again have the pleasure of having Ensley F. Guffey share his love of War Comics, but this time on a more specific period and set of characters – Johnny Red and the Falcon Squadron. 

As I think the last Ensley F. Guffey On… War Comics showed, my love of the genre began early, and Sgt. Rock and the rest of DC’s war line are some of the very first comics I read and obsessed over. To this day I maintain that DC was the preeminent publisher of war comics in the US, and that very few comics have matched, much less surpassed DC’s work, particularly in the period 1960 – 1975.

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