Biff Bam Pop Presents Heroes & Villains: Ether, The Prisoner + more

One of the big reasons I agreed to take on Heroes & Villains was the chance to find something new. I love Marvel, I love DC… but after something like thirty-three years of reading comics I got bored.

The last major Marvel crossover event I checked out was the most recent version of Secret Wars and after I finished reading it, I had decided it was going to be my last. After Avengers vs X-Men, Axis, Fear Itself… I had finally had enough of them. I had grown tired of the over-hyped mega events that happened like clockwork every year. There was no character development, no lasting change (I’m pretty sure Las Vegas got destroyed in the last event…but it got better?). It was the comic book equivalent of junk food.

Now, I love comics and I love junk food. I’m still going to cover superhero books here…but everything in moderation.

Let’s find something new after the jump!

Ether: The Copper Golems #1
Matt Kindt (W) David Rubin (A)

Out this week from Dark Horse is Ether: The Copper Golems a fantasy/science/adventure book. I was immediately drawn in by the colorful cover which reminded me a little bit of the work of Moebius and evoked feelings of science fiction that was completely unfamiliar yet still inviting.

What really drew me into the book was a sequence early on in this issue that will probably end up being one of my favorite pages of the year. Without getting too far into spoiler territory, the book’s protagonist Boone Dias has a conversation with someone whom he has long since lost touch with. The page, the panel structure, and even the words balloons work in such a way to underscore the divide between the two people speaking. They’re in the same room, but they may as well be on different planets. 

In case you missed it:

The Prisoner #1
Peter Milligan (W) Colin Lorimer (A)

One of my all time, hands down favorite TV shows is The Prisoner which ran for one psychedelic season between 1967 and 1968 and starred Patrick McGoohan as the titular Prisoner, Number Six. Prior to this show’s arrival there had not been anything broadcast in the limited history of the medium that was as outright weird and challenging as The Prisoner was. It also started the trend for shows having finales that left some viewers scratching their head and others sharpening their pitchforks. If you think people were confused and upset by the Twin Peaks finale, people in 1968 were ten times as bothered by The Prisoner…and they didn’t have the internet to complain to either.

Well, now The Prisoner is back… in Pog form! Wait, comic form. Titan Comics published the first issue of a continuation of the original show featuring yet another rogue spy with a secret who winds up in the mysterious Village. I’m really excited to see where this book goes and how it connects to the original series.

You missed it. You really did. It’s almost gone now.

Sad news, everybody. It was announced last week that the DC Comics imprint Young Animal which is curated by Gerard Way is going away for a bit. 

One of the earliest pieces I wrote on comics for Popshifter was a two-part article about the launching of Young Animal and all of the books that made up the imprint. The books published by Young Animal reminded me of early period books from DC’s Vertigo imprint in all the right ways. They were cool, weird, and wonderful in a way that you don’t see often enough and it was great to see DC putting their weight behind it.

The Young Animal line of books just launched their second wave within the last couple months: Shade, The Changing Woman, Cave Carson Has An Intergalactic Eye, Mother Panic: Gotham A.D., and Eternity Girl so it’s not too later to pick up some of these books at your local comic shop before they’re gone, gone, gone.

Way has promised that this isn’t the end for the imprint, which I desperately want to believe. If you’re like me and you’re constantly craving something new and unique, Young Animal won’t be able to come back fast enough.

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