There are lots of new comic books out on the store shelves today. Lots.
All of the publishing companies, big and small, are pushing books out on the last before-the-holidays Wednesday even though there’s still one more Wednesday Run to go before the end of the year. That means that there are a lot of great comics to read while sitting by the fire and watching (hopefully) a little snow fall and whiten the ground, a cup of hot, chocolaty cocoa nearby.
That’s how I’m hoping to be spending some of my December days. It sounds like a bit of a nostalgic throwback to a bygone era, doesn’t it? A time when newspapers were sold at kiosks on street corners and movie theatres showed adventure films in weekly instalments! Well, that’s exactly what The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0 is. A throwback. And you should be picking it up today!
A year in the making.
That’s how long it’s been that the fanboys and fangirls of DC’s “New 52” have been waiting for the return of Batman’s arch villain, the Joker.
Oh, yeah, you remember: the final scene in the pages of last September’s Detective Comics #1 - the scene where Joker really goes off the deep end and, as part of some sick, twisted scheme, has his outer epidermis savagely sheared from his face and left behind, pinned to a wall as a trophy – no – as a warning, for Gotham’s finest?
A “rebirth”, Joker called it.
We haven’t seen him since that issue. And now it’s October. 2012. And Joker’s back. You don’t get a better Halloween treat than that, do you? Yes you do!
There’s a trick to go with that treat!
Flying rodents seem to be popular this month on The Wednesday Run.
Throw in a heroine with a dash of fiery red hair, a bunch of monsters, an urban legend and a certain Amazonian princess, and you’ve got a can’t miss hit of epic proportions.
And that’s just the story! I haven’t even started on the artistic merits of such a comic book! The twelfth issue of the monthly Batwoman series is the one comic you must run out and pick up today! Read the rest of this entry
Over the past twelve months, since the launch of DC Comics’ “New 52” wherein the publishing company re-numbered every title with a new #1, writer Scott Snyder has been crafting a Batman tale long in the making. Well, long in comic book terms.
You see, he’s gone back to the origins of Gotham and reshaped the architecture of what we, as readers, had grown accustomed to: that the city was Batman’s. That no one knew its streets, alleyways, buildings and history as well as the Dark Knight Detective.
Over the last twelve months, Scott Snyder has made an overconfident Batman weak with his distinct lack of historical knowledge. He discovers, in essence, that he doesn’t know his own city! And we readers have followed the character in his naivety, making for some startling – and amazingly fun – reading!
If you’re waxing poetic, you could say that everything old is new again. If you’re mildly neurotic, you might say that history isn’t done with us just yet. If you’re a bit of a pessimist, you may very well say that there’s no such thing as a new idea.
With today’s publication of National Comics: Eternity #1, you would definitely exclaim that all these above statements – and more – are absolute truths. But you wouldn’t be entirely right.
All this week, Biff Bam Pop’s various writers will drop by with their thoughts on the best of the year when it comes to tv, music, movies, comics and more. Monday, we looked at what topped our tv list, while Tuesday featured our musical faves. Today, here’s a list of what comics left their marks on our writers.
Best – Dynamite Entertainnment’s The Boys – Fans of writer Garth Ennis know he’s not keen on the superhero genre. He enjoys it to a degree, sure, but he’s been poking fun at the cape & tights crowd since DC’s Hitman made it hilarious in the 1990s. The Boys takes it a step further in a world where irresponsible superheroes are the product of a corrupt corporation trying to find leverage in the arms market. Someone’s got to keep an eye on things and slap the supes down when they get out of hand, and that’s what The Boys are for.
This year, we got to learn why team leader Butcher Baker hates the cape-clad crowd so much in Butcher Baker, Candlestick Maker, as well as see Wee Hughie learn The Boys’ origins and reunite with the team to investigate an apparent murder by a member of the world’s “greatest” super team, the Seven.
The Boys are headed for some dark places as the final showdown with the Seven draws near, and The Boys have already lost one of their number this year. From this point forward, anything goes – and that’s how it should be.