So, you’re looking to pick up a comic book compilation or a graphic novel for a friend or a family member: brother, sister, daughter or son, this holiday season.
Well, you’ve come to the right website. Biff Bam Pop! has got you covered with a series of articles detailing some of the more outstanding releases over the past year.
Whether you’re looking for superhero action and adventure, spies and espionage, thought-provoking tales on the human condition or coming of age books for young adult readers, follow us over the coming week for all the four-colour comic book wonder!
Let’s start with more modestly priced coolness:
What do you get when you cross a niche, but beloved, celebrity superhero who is afflicted with depression with a breakdown of reality and a kingdom in need salvation from the forces of ultimate evil?
Add in his loving, strong-armed wife, and their brand new baby boy.
Well, that would be the absolutely stunning and highly acclaimed 12-issue series by award-winning writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads. Collected here, in its entirety.
Believe you me, this Mister Miracle is unlike anything you’ve read. It’s a wonderful, and ultimately, life-affirming, toast to both the (somewhat) famous Jack Kirby Fourth World creation of Scott Free (Mister Miracle himself) and the comic book genre. It’s a story about family and fathers and sons and accomplishing hard things – which can sometimes be as simple as getting up in the morning.
And, you know, cheating certain death. This is the series that made “Darkseid is” the meme that it, well, is.
You can find the trade paperback of Mister Miracle at better comic book shops and bookstores or via Amazon for approximately $16.
You might only know Joelle Jones’ wonderful artwork – but she’s a great writer, too, and her new Catwoman monthly series has been one of my more enjoyable reads over the last year.
Picking up right where the Bat/Cat wedding left off…or rather, ended…everyone’s favourite rogue finds herself at the center of a new town rife with low-life despots and politicians. In this first collected volume, there’s a Catwoman copycat on the loose, and that puts Selina square in the sights of the local police.
How do you deal with heartbreak when you need to clear your name and bring the real perpetrators of crime to justice? Oh, with Catwoman, it’s with your legs, your smile, and your claws!
If that special someone loves superheroes, rogues, action, mystery or anything related to Batman, this is the comic book gift to give to them!
You can find the trade paperback of Catwoman Vol. 1: Copycats at better comic book shops and bookstores or via Amazon for approximately $11.
Who here remembers the 1960’s British psychedelic spy television series The Prisoner starring the late, great Patrick McGoohan?
Oh, I’d bet most of you, if not all of you!
In 1988, DC Comics published the four-issue, prestige format sequel to that television series, and earlier this year, Titan Comics published the compilation of it in paperback format. Co-written by Canadians Dean Motter and Mark Askwith and illustrated by Motter, The Prisoner: Shattered Visage is both nostalgic for the 60’s series and an original treatise on intelligence and information control – something distinctly important tot society in the twenty-first century.
This is s book for lovers of spy fiction, action and intrigue…and though provocation. It’s a riveting story for both fans of the original Prisoner…and those about to become one.
Be seeing you.
You can find the trade paperback of The Prisoner: Shattered Visage at better comic book shops and bookstores or via Amazon for approximately $16.
A Trio Of YA Graphic Novels
Earlier this year, under a new imprint called DC Ink, DC Comics began to publish a series of graphic novels aimed at younger readers – specifically girls.
High time, I say!
Kids, and especially young girls, have often been left out of the mainstream comic book publisher loop the last few decades. And it’s to the industry’s detriment. Allow me to wax nostalgic for a sentence or two: there was a day, not too, too long ago, where mainstream comic books were, for the most part, geared towards pre-teens and teens. Then the ’80s came along and everything changed. Comic books, like their readers, grew up. Storied became dark and gritty and realistic and mature. And kids? Kids were left behind.
And now the comic book publishing industry wonders why those kids no longer read their published titles.
So, DC aimed to do their part by publishing a trio of books for tweens and teens, featuring some of their most popular characters: Mera, Raven and Catwoman. Going one step further, they got bestselling YA authors to write the stories!
Mera: Tidebreaker (written by Danielle Page and illustrated by Stephen Byrne) tells the story of the underwater Princess taking her first foray on dry land…and her first steps towards becoming a hero. You can find the trade paperback of Mera: Tidebreaker at better comic book shops and bookstores or via Amazon for approximately $9.
Teen Titans: Raven (written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo) stars the Teen Titans’ favourite hero in an all-new way. It’s a story about identity and coming to terms with who you are – all the good and all the bad. You can find the trade paperback of Teen Titans: Raven at better comic book shops and bookstores or via Amazon for approximately $11.
Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale (written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart) tells the story of the suddenly homeless fifteen-year-old Selina Kyle, as the world she lives in shapes the woman we all know she will become. You can find the trade paperback of Under the Moon: A Catwoman tale at better comic book shops and bookstores or via Amazon for approximately $10.
Check back with us later this week when we look at slightly more expensive comic book compilations and graphic novels – all fit to be gifted to a friend or loved one this holiday season!