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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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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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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Comic Book Compilations Part 2

Mind MGMT Vol 1There are so many great comic book compilations available this holiday season, you’re sure to find something of interest for a friend or loved one (or yourself). The only thing you have going against you right now is time.

Still, it’s not too late to grab something and wrap it up before the holidays!

Here then, is the second installment of our great comic book compilation list. You can find the first one, published yesterday, right here. Of course, we have other comic recommendations for the holiday season here and here as well as more pricey picks here and here.

Follow me after the jump for some fantastic suggestions!

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Comic Book Compilations Part 1

Velvet Vol1Over the last few weeks, our 2014 Gift Guide has detailed a number of comic book related ideas that you should consider wrapping up for that special pop-culture comic book fan in your life. You can check out two of those lists here and here.

Now, those selections are a little on the pricier side of things, but there are a number of fantastic – and affordable – comic book related compilations that you could lovingly give this holiday season.

Follow me after the jump, and I’ll run through eight different titles, in multiple collections, that everyone needs to reading!

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Multiple Artists, Issues & Earths For The Multiversity #1 On The Wednesday Run

Look, the DC Universe is a complex thing.

Despite the attempts of creative and quite brilliant writers, artists and editors to simplify a readers’ understanding of the various realities, superheroes and super villains that make up the history (and our enjoyment) of the DC Comics company, it’ll just have to remain convoluted. And mysterious. And fun. Blame the Flash of Two Worlds.

Understand: no amount of reboots or re-numberings can change that.

Still, today sees the seemingly incomprehensible DC Multiverse look more beautiful, more organized and more appealing than ever before.

Join me after the jump for Multiversity #1!

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It’s A Full Moon Knight #6 On The Wednesday Run

This whole Marvel NOW! initiative (Marvel Comics’ sort of re-boot and re-fresh answer to DC’s New 52 of a few years ago) has had some interesting results. Issues of Uncanny Avengers, Daredevil and Electra have been provocative. As has the design of the covers which aim to have each Marvel NOW! comic visually jump off the store shelves.

One of the more interesting launches has been Moon Knight, which, six-months later, wraps up its story.

Follow me after the jump for more info on that!

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Guardians Set To Guard The Box Office – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

guardian-of-the-galaxy-poster1Biff Bam Pop’s Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, is away this weekend, touring the locales of scenic cult classic Twin Peaks.

That’s right! He’s attending the 2014 Twin Peaks Festival in North Bend,Washington, and you can follow the blogging exploits of that adventure at Wrapped in Plastic: Twin Peaks And Andy Burns. Have a good time, Andy. And ekil uoy mug yojne.

That leaves me with the duty of predicting what could very well be the biggest opening box office weekend for a film in the history of all Augusts.

Follow me after the jump for this weekend’s galactic-sized predictions!

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Trailer Time: Marvel’s Phase 1 & 2: A Look Back

guardian-of-the-galaxy-poster1As I’m sure you know, Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest film in the Marvel Entertainment line of films, was released last night. Look for it to have a big weekend at the box office – our predictions for it (and the other films available this weekend) will be posted later this afternoon.

In the meantime, Marvel Entertainment has just released a five-plus minute trailer detailing the first and second phases of their movie franchises.

It’s an amazing tapestry of cinematic storytelling that catches you up to where we are right now. Catch it after the jump!

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February Faves: JP Fallavollita’s Favourite Comic Book Issues

It’s a tough job to break down the single best comic book issues of all-time when you’ve been regularly reading comics for over three decades. I know there are some of you out there that have been reading for far longer. That’s a lot of monthly reading!

Still, when I give it some hard thought, I find the stories that moved me the most, for various reasons, quickly come to mind. Actually, they always seem to stay there.

They are the stories that I go back to and read regularly, again and again. They provide excitement and heartache. They elicit an inquisitiveness with life, and they stimulate an enhanced love for the art form.

For me, then, the following five comic books are my favourite single-issue comics of all time.

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