Category Archives: the Wednesday run

Extra! Extra! Get Your PAPER GIRLS #1 On The Wednesday Run

PaperGirls1Back in grade eight (or was it grade seven?), I had a paper route that I shared with my best friend John.

It lasted for just a few months, the fall season, namely because I decided that the idea of holding down one of childhood’s longest standing and most romanticized occupations wasn’t for me.

“Extra! Extra! The early morning hours and physical lugging of bundled (and heavy) newspapers to houses and houses and apartments and apartments around the block just ain’t for me!”

Nah, by the end of my newsie spell, I spent more time staring at the sky as the Canada Geese flew south in their “V” formation than I did actually delivering papers. Still, John and I had some adventures because of that job. We had stories to tell.

And this week, the new, monthly series, Paper Girls makes the front page! Follow me after the jump for the lead story!

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Come Up FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS #1 On The Wednesday Run

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!

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Repo THE PAYBACKS #1 On The Wednesday Run

You know, there are times when I pause and sit back at my office desk and contemplate things other than the work that is at hand. There are moments in the middle of a droning conversation where I’ll admittedly tune out a speaker and, still nodding “um-hmm’s”, and “yeah’s”, daydream about life’s more important questions and dilemmas.

Like: All these comic book superheroes and super-villains – how do they pay for their wonderful toys? What happens when they can’t pay for them?

Well, contemplate and daydream no longer. That’s the premise of the new monthly series for Dark Horse Comics, The Paybacks!

Follow me after the jump for the answer to comicdom’s toughest question!

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Journey To A Comic Near You With STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE #1 On The Wednesday Run

SW Shattered Empire 1 coverIt goes without saying, doesn’t it? The biggest, most eagerly anticipated film of the year is only three months away.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh episode in the famed series of your youth will be released in North America on December 18 (a few days earlier in some countries across the globe) and the hype machine is in full swing. Toys based on the movie were highlighted last week, sending fandom into a tizzy and they’re have been a plethora of talks, symposiums and interviews during the summer comic book convention season. And Marvel Comics, subsidiary of Walt Disney, are in on the game.

What happened directly after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi?

Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you all about Star Wars: Shattered Empire, the comic book mini series that aims to answer that all-important question!

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Go Capespotting With PLUTONA #1 On The Wednesday Run

Think back to your childhood. Do you remember those distinct coming-of-age moments?

Opening the pages to a stolen nudie magazine. Seeing your grandmother pass away. Your first kiss. An after-school fight in the playground. Discovering the mangled body of the world’s greatest superhero?

Well, maybe not that last one – but that particular finding is still a metaphor that we can all understand: coming of age and the loss of innocence. It’s the underlying narrative and theme of the new, highly anticipated five-issue miniseries, Plutona.

Follow me after the jump for the scoop!

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Your Reality Is Under NEW MGMT #1 On The Wednesday Run

New MGMT 1 coverFor the past three years, Matt Kindt’s MIND MGMT, published by Dark Horse Comics, has been enthralling readers who love the speculative, sci-fi spy genre.

At once, it’s been as fascinating as any Philip K. Dick narrative, as engaging as any John Le Carre novel, and as exciting as the best Wachowski films.

Today, MIND MGMT, after 35 monthly issues, comes to an end. Prepare for the astonishing conclusion in the one-shot issue, aptly titled, NEW MGMT #1.

Follow me after the jump for all the secret info!

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Get Hit With A Heavy Dose Of Mythology With WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS VOL. 1 On The Wednesday Run

WW OMNIFor whatever reason, Wonder Woman, one of the most well known characters in comics, has been short-changed.

In terms of name recognition, globally she falls only behind Superman, Batman and probably Spider-Man. But I terms of comic book stories, well, there just aren’t that many that can ben deemed “classic” for the art form. And there are a myriad of reasons for that, which this column won’t get into.

For all the marketing behind collections of The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told or The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told or even The Greatest Joker Stores Ever Told, Wonder Woman doesn’t come close. But the late 1980’s had, for a time, arguable put stories about the Amazon Princess right up with any comic book legend.

Lucky us, here they are collected, under the pen of one of the greatest artists of the medium. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Wonder Woman By George Perez Omnibus Volume 1.

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More Than Skin Deep Is THE BEAUTY #1 On The Wednesday Run

The Beauty 1 coverOver the last few days, a segment of comedian and political commentator John Oliver’s television show Last Week Tonight has been making the social media rounds.

If you didn’t catch it on air, or on Facebook or Twitter, you can watch it here, as it brilliantly ridicules the absurdity of the wide varietal, and often lacking, sexual education curriculum between school districts in the United States.

And that brings us to this week’s comic book pick, which just happens to fall within the science fiction genre. Because, let’s face it: what’s better than mixing sex with science fiction?

Follow me after the jump to get the skinny on the first issue of The Beauty.

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Worship Music, Comics & The Devil With THIS DAMNED BAND #1 On The Wednesday Run

This Damned Band 1 coverRemember the story of the guitar player who met the devil at the crossroads and sold his soul for guitar-picking fame and fortune?

Did you ever slowly spin your classic rock vinyl LP’s backwards on your records player so you can hear the hidden Satan-worshipping messages left by the band?

It’s all kind of ridiculously funny, isn’t it?

We hear at Biff Bam Pop! love classic rock.

And we love horror.

And comedy.

And that’s why you need to be reading This Damned Band #1, out today! More info after the jump!

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The Kids Will Love GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #8 On The Wednesday Run

Guardians Team Up 8Look, if you’re over thirty (oh hell, if you’re over forty!) years of age, and you were a comic book reader as a kid, you’ll remember the old Marvel What If and Team-Up comic book titles. Boy, they were fun!

DC had them too. Remember The Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents? They were great!

Sometime during the 1980’s, those kinds of comic books fell out of favour with their publishers, and, it must be said, their fans. I won’t dwell on the why’s in this particular column. Sure, comics like that were still being published, but not to the same degree and certainly not to the fanfare of those earlier decades. Maybe it had something to do with comic books stories becoming more “realistic”. Maybe it had something to do with the end of the “one and done” single issue stories. Maybe it had something to do with the comic book audience growing up and getting old.

In any case, there’s been a particularly fun team-up comic book being published for eight months now and it’s high time you, or your young son or daughter, turned an excited eye towards it.

I’m talking, of course, about issue #8 of the Guardians Team-Up monthly comic book series!

Follow me after the jump for a modern take on our love of nostalgia!

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