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In the realm of sword and sorcery fiction, who doesn’t love a little world building?
A little? How about a lot?
I know there are a bunch of fantasy genre lovers out there – writers and artists, and, importantly, readers – who love the thought of world building: starting a tale from scratch and adding characters, locales and history to that original idea.
And I know there are a bunch of you out there who love to see it in comic book form.
That’s why you need to follow me after the jump and find out about From Under Mountains #1!
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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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!
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!
From the heroic action of Avengers: Age of Ultron to the riveting road rage of Mad Max: Fury Road to…Pitch Perfect 2???
Look, I don’t know much about that last one, but I do know that this Memorial Day long weekend looks to scare some moolah out of your wallet.
Follow me after the jump for our weekly Box Office Predictions!
EDITOR’s UPDATE: It looks like time hasn’t run out on our heroes just yet! Although listed as a release today on their website, Marvel is actually releasing Avengers #44 on Wednesday, April 29. Our multiverse and your local comic book shop have a few days of life left to them- enjoy all they offer today!
Wow! Are we here already?
Issue number forty-four of Marvel Comics’ flagship title, Avengers, and it’s the last issue of the series!
For just over three years, writer Jonathan Hickman has been regaling readers with his Marvel Universe-spanning, epically heroic, science fiction tale – and it’s all coming to an end right before this year’s sure-fire-blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, comes out in theatres!
What gives? Well, in comic book land, every ending is but a new beginning, isn’t it?
Let’s first take a closer look at the must-read end, shall we? Follow me after the jump for more on Avengers #44!
The older I get, the less interested I am in the comic book industry’s various BIG-SUMMER-BLOCKBUSTER comic book series’. These titles are all marketed as “game changers” where some important character will inevitably die. But changing the game loses its meaning when it’s done every year. And dead characters come back to life all the time.
It’s an unwavering eventuality.
Still, I find that even when I’m not all that interested in a series like the one I’m about to recommend, there’s a bit of a sweet tooth in the back of my head that says “you need to feed me some summer blockbuster action!”
Well, sweet tooth, feed on the action and intrigue within the pages of Convergence #1!
Why? Because on May 1st, one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated summer movies drops into our cinema-going laps.
That’s right! Your favourite Marvel Comics superheroes return for another big-budget adventure in Avengers: Age of Ultron!
But who, exactly, is this Ultron character – a comic book villain that most people around the globe would probably mistake for the main protagonist in the 1999 animated sci-fi flick, The Iron Giant? No worries. This month, Marvel has got you covered. You’ll know exactly who Ultron is – and the threat he poses to mankind everywhere with Avengers: Ultron Forever #1.
Follow me after the jump for the menacing scoop!
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!