Heroes & Villains with EA Henson – Fraggle Rock, World of Tanks, Death or Glory

Welcome to the ALL NEW, ALL DIFFERENT Heroes & Villains column! Some of you may recognize my name from my various sporadic appearances here on Biff Bam Pop! and I’m excited to be taking on this column as a regular thing. I’ve got some big shoes to fill!

I aim to keep this fun, turn you on to some new stuff that’s out there, and if there’s anything you feel I should take a look at I’m always up to check out new books.

That’s enough out of me. Let’s get it on.

Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock #1
Jared Cullum (W/A)

I’ll be upfront and address the Snfuffleupagus in the room: Even though we share a surname, I’m not directly related to the legendary Jim Henson…no matter how much I desperately want to be. I grew up at a time when the Muppets, Sesame Street, and everything Henson was omnipresent. And it was awesome.

Fraggle Rock was definitely appointment TV in my house, and growing up in southeast Michigan we had the added benefit of being able to see it on both HBO and the CBC signal we picked up from Windsor, Ontario. It was (and still is) a special show for me. I cannot believe that this is the 35th anniversary of Fraggle Rock either.

Out this week from BOOM!’s Archaia imprint is  Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock #1 and it’s damn near perfect. It perfectly fits the tone of the original show but somehow increases the scope of the underground world of the Fraggles with lush watercolor illustrations. 

Jared Cullum’s script and art are full-stop amazing. This is the first of four issues, each designed to be a stand alone tale and it’s perfect for all ages to pick up and enjoy. 

World of Tanks: Citadel #1
Garth Ennis (W)
PJ Holden (A)

Out now is World of Tanks: Citadel #1 by Garth Ennis and PJ Holden which takes us to the Eastern Front in 1943 as German and Soviet forces prepare to do battle…in tanks. I had picked this book up knowing absolutely nothing of the World of Tanks MMO game that’s been floating around for the last several years and was pleasantly surprised.

It’s always refreshing to see a writer tackle a subject they clearly have a deep and unwavering appreciation for. To say that Garth Ennis is somewhat of a World War II history buff would be a great understatement. In the 20-plus years I’ve been reading his work I can recall more than a few instances in which he’s managed to work a war angle into his stories. 

World of Tanks: Citadel is full of things the Ennis-faithful have come to expect, sharp (and profane) dialog, vivid characters, and action….so much action. Holden’s pencils shine in the book, and it’s clear there was a lot of research that went into getting the tanks just right. Because you can’t have book called World of Tanks without accurately depicted tanks.

A word to those of you picking up the book this week: Don’t go and Google the actual historical battle that provides the framework for this series. You may inadvertently spoil a few things for yourself! 

In case you missed it: Death or Glory #1

Rick Remender (W)
Bengal (A)

Out last week from Image was the first issue of Rick Remender and Bengal’s Death or Glory and I wanted to call special attention this book because it kicks so much ass. 

Seriously, this book was a lot of fun to read. An action/adventure heist story set in the southwest I got kind of a grindhouse movie vibe from the book. There’s a hitman (maybe?) with an unusual way of killing people, crooked cops, fast cars, and a woman just trying to do right by those who have done right by her. One the action kicks off in this book it does not let up and I was left wanting more. Not to be missed!

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