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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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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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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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Naming A Cosmic Horror With Nameless #1 On The Wednesday Run

Nameless 1Who isn’t a fan of weird, cosmic horror?

Well, probably a lot of people out there in the world, actually.

But they should be. They will be.

You see, as of today, the “ultimate horror comic”, as fan favourite artist and co-creator Chris Burnham is calling it, gets released. His co-conspirator is writer Grant Morrison, himself a legend in the comic book industry.

So, what name do they give their tale of terror? Well, that’s easy.

Follow me after the jump for a quick rundown of Nameless #1.

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Take A Universe-Spanning Tour With The Multiversity Guidebook #1 On The Wednesday Run

Multiversity Guidebook coverMultiple universes.

Multiple worlds.

Multiple heroes.

Multiversity!

You’re in for a delicious comic book treat today! Take a guided tour of the various realities that make up the pantheon of the DC Comics universes with the 80-page The Multiversity Guidebook #1.

Follow me after the jump for a brief introduction!

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Comics Today, TV Tomorrow For Powers #1 On The Wednesday Run

Powers 1 coverAre we too far along in the cycle to call the comic-book-property-to-television-program transition a renaissance? Is it even a renaissance?

I can’t recall a time – ever – where there were so many television shows based on comics that I read (or read), all on at the same time! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Walking Dead, the upcoming iZombie and Daredevil to name a few.

Everyone is in on the popular game, from major broadcasters like NBC, to the more artsy cable companies like AMC, to new modes of transmission companies like Netflix, to…Sony PlayStation?

And that brings us to today’s release of Powers #1. Follow me after the jump and I’ll connect that comic book to television transition.

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Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away With Star Wars #1 On The Wednesday Run

Star Wars 1 coverIn a certain sense you could say it’s like coming home again.

Back in 1977, Marvel Comics, on the back of the popularity that Star Wars (the first movie) had generated, began publishing monthly Star Wars comic books. In hindsight, it was an early look at the comic book industry licensing rights from other companies in order to publish their characters – something we see regularly now.

This partnership with Lucasfilm lasted the better part of a decade. Eventually, Star Wars would find a new home and partner with Dark Horse Comics, and a prosperous relationship (with absolutely fantastic – and now legendary – comic book Star Wars stories) lasted twenty-three years.

And then Disney, who had already purchased Marvel Comics, bought Lucasfilm.

Today, everyone’s favourite story from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, returns home with the release of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars #1.

Follow me after the jump for more info!

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Small Hero But Giant Debut With Ant-Man #1 On The Wednesday Run

AntMan1 coverIs there anything juicier than Marvel Comics and Marvel Entertainment and the interconnectedness of all their television and movies and comics projects?

Last night we had the absolutely outstanding debut of the Agent Carter television series (which you can read Glenn Walker’s fantastic review of right here), a spin off of the television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which itself is a spinoff of the Avengers and Captain America and…and…and…series of films!

This summer, we get the latest Marvel Entertainment film, the highly anticipated spin off of Avengers, Ant-Man (the first trailer for which just dropped last night during the previously mentioned Agent Carter episode). But before that, we get the comic: Ant-Man #1.

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There’s No Blocking This S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 On The Wednesday Run

SHIELDIt’s New Year’s Eve and you’re so festively hardcore, I know that the first thing you want to do today is head over to a comic book shop to buy comics.

Actually, it makes sense.

What better way to nurse the inevitable hangover or bout of lazyitis that will hit tomorrow than to sat in bed, or on a couch, with a cup of hot coffee and the first issue of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. series within arm’s reach?

That’s right! Today sees the release of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1!

Follow me after the jump, and I’ll tell you why you need to make an afternoon pit stop on your way to the evening’s festivities!

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Massive Finish For The Massive #30 On The Wednesday Run

Massive 30I know. I know. You’ve got other things on your mind right now than making a run to your local comic book shop. Here’s shopping, there’s cooking, there’s getting showered and ready for a dinner party tonight.

But maybe…just maybe…you’ve got a few extra minutes to pick up some comic books for yourself!

If that’s the case, I’ve got a pick for you…The Massive #30.

Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you – really quickly ‘cos I know you have things to do – why it’s a great pick!

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