Today, this column is going to be something of an editorial. Don’t worry. I won’t be too overbearing in my rambling. I’ll still speak to a “must read” comic of the week, something you need to make a “Wednesday Run” for.
There are times that I wish I was reading coming books during the age when I first started reading them: the no-internet age. During that naïve time, I’d visit my local comic book shop, pick up my favourite books off the wooden rack of new issues, and happily bring them home, unaware of the politics, business decision-making, miscommunication and broken promises behind the art form I so happily read.
In this Internet age, we learn about the behind-the-curtain relationships of comic book creators: writers, artists, editors and publishers, all too easily. There are websites dedicated to that kind of gossip. Once in a while, those relationships turn sour, affecting everyone involved, including us, as readers. Batwoman #25, out today, is, unfortunately, the product of one of those relationships gone sour.
Come, take a walk down the trail of pontification.
Last month saw the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition, a two and a half hour movie adaptation of the seminal Frank Miller/Klaus Janson series that was originally released in two haves beginning late last year. To me, splitting up the story just screamed of a cash grab, since most fans would immediately want both parts. I waited, though, rightly figuring that once both releases were in stores, we’d eventually see them combined in its proper way. Which it is now.
Check out a clip and find out my thoughts after the jump!
You know, there have been a lot of heavy comics in this column of late: The Witching Hour, Coffin Hill, and The Spectral Engine. I suppose it’s because last month was the month of October. And I suppose it’s because last month, this site was celebrating something we like to call 31 Days of Horror. We love Halloween ‘round these parts and publishers saved their best horror comics for the scariest of the autumn months!
But we’re talking comic books here! Won’t someone think of the children?!?
Well, DC Comics has. And roh boy, it’s a bit of a blast from the past!
As we celebrate Halloween, and the end of 31 Days of Horror here at Biff Bam Pop!, I thought I’d take a look at a TV series long known for making kids watch from behind their sofas in terror for almost five decades. Meet me after the jump and we’ll talk about the monsters of Doctor Who.
Remember last Tuesday evening when you poured yourself that 7:59 PM cup of coffee and eagerly sat yourself down on the couch to watch the Joss Whedon created, produced, and directed pilot episode of the new Marvel Television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D series on the ABC Network?
Sure you do. We all do. Everyone’s been waiting to see the continuing adventures of post-Avengers Agent Coulson, alive and in the flesh since, well, since he died in that very flick last year.
But just as you were sitting down, wide-eyed in front of the television screen, excitedly hoping on a brand new Tuesday night ritual, plans and machinations were afoot from rivals Warner Bros. TV and the Fox.
Follow me after the jump, Detective, and we’ll piece together the excitement surrounding one particular word: Gotham.
Justice League is undoubtedly the flagship comic book title for DC Comics.
Sure, there’s the big guns of the monthly Batman and Action Comics – and, I suppose, the publishing company’s namesake title, Detective Comics, but in the post New 52 world (two years on and still ticking away), Justice League is where all the company-spanning, world-shattering storylines originate from.
The long awaited “Trinity War” tale just wrapped up last month, which directly lead into the current Forever Evil storyline, mini-series, and September’s plethora of under-allocated 3-D covers. Did you get yours, by the way?
Still, amongst all the large headlines and senses-shattering cover page verbiage, simply running as a back-up feature in the pages of the monthly Justice League, it was the story of Shazam! that was the real draw for the flagship title.
Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.
“Wrong. Dead wrong. I fooled all London. And I could fool them anywhere, even in Gotham City, if that’s where I chose to appear.
Yes, I know the name. And perhaps he’ll soon have reason to remember yours truly,
JACK THE RIPPER”
This clever preface, written by horror writer Robert Bloch who penned several Jack the Ripper tales, was the perfect introduction to Batman: Gotham by Gaslight .Gotham by Gaslight was the first Elseworlds’ story, basically DC’s take on What If? In this case, it was: What if Batman faced off against Jack the Ripper? Read the rest of this entry
Ever since DC Comics implemented their “New 52” initiative wherein they rebooted all of their monthly titles as new first issues, nearly two years ago (God, “New” is not so new anymore is it?), a select group of hard-core fans have patiently been waiting for only one thing:
The return of the DC Comics Fourth World.
It seems that the Fourth World has been teased, periodically, within the pages of the Wonder Woman title. But today, those teases triumphantly end. Today, the Fourth World is finally in the here and the now, an integral part of the new and ongoing Wonder Woman mythos and part and parcel with DC’s (somewhat) “New 52”!
But what is the Fourth World, you ask?
Oh, it’s something special. Something with lots of history…