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Their End Is Your Beginning In The Collected “The Omega Men: The End Is Here” On The Wednesday Run

The Omega Men-The End is Here coverBack in the early 1980s, when I first began reading comic books, I was immediately drawn to titles firmly based in the science fiction genre. Of course, that was right after the caped crusader, Batman, naturally.

Yep, comic books like Dredstar and Killraven and Star Trek were my monthly fancies. I even started picking up Epic Illustrated and Heavy Metal magazines. Somehow the comic book shops I frequented allowed those more mature titles to be purchased by a young-looking (but well-read and mature) kid.

One of the books I remember reading regularly and sharing and trading with like-minded pals was The Omega Men – a fantastic and exciting romp through DC Comics’ outer space universe, overflowing with wild characters, aliens and villainous despots. In 2015, as part of their short-lived DC You initiative, publisher DC Comics revived that series to critical acclaim, and more importantly, positive fan reaction.

In fact, fans saved the series from early termination.

Today sees the eagerly anticipated release of the entire series of The Omega Men: The End Is Here in a paperback compilation!

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Travel Back in Time with “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” in November

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When Ben Affleck was first announced as portraying Batman in the recent DC Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, plenty of Batman fans expressed outrage. It was just a few years after Christian Bale hung up his cowl there was yet another version of the Caped Crusader hitting cinemas? Not to mention that contingent of fans who were still invested in Michael Keaton as Bats (or George Clooney… or Val Kilmer… I mean, those people exist, right?).

What about those old school diehards who still think Adam West was the best Batman of all time? (Hey, there’s room for all of us in the Batverse!) Well, good news, Batfans! There’s a new movie with Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin. And if you’re wondering how much CGI it will take to erase 50 years, there’s an answer: none.
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Your Next AMC Series Begins With “Briggs Land #1” On The Wednesday Run

Briggs LandIt’s no short list of comic book properties that have been optioned into films or television shows in the last few years.

Some of the monthly books that we love to read, highlighted in this very column, have made the “optioned” list: Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender and Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s Outcast (already renewed for a second season and regularly reviewed by Biff Bam Pop’s Marie Gilbert) are the first few that come to mind.

The entertainment industry is looking for new, exciting properties, and comic books are fertile grounds. It’s no big secret.

Well, today sees the release of the first issue of a new series that has already been put into production – this time from AMC.

Talk about hitting the fast track!!

Today, we get the absolutely hard-hitting and fascinating Briggs Land #1!

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Revisited: “Suicide Squad” Easter Eggs Wants

Suicide Squad posterWith the obvious front-loaded fan base of the Suicide Squad film, David Ayer’s critically panned flick still made mad money in its first weekend of release to the tune of $135 million.

And then it managed to defy hugely lowered box office expectations in its second weekend, bringing in another $45 million.

We all know that critical appraisals haven’t been kind, but we have our more upbeat review of the flawed movie here, if you’re interested in a little Internet positivity. I know. It’s tough to come by these days.

Like all big comic-book-to-film movies, we here at BBP are always wanting Easter Eggs and, despite the relative obscurity of its’ main characters, it was no different with Suicide Squad. In fact, the fertile grounds that give birth to these kinds of Eggs might have never been riper!

You can catch up on our Suicide Squad Easter Eggs Wants right here, but now that we’ve all seen the flick, let’s find out if we got the secret, tasty eggs we were hoping for!

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Greatness Lives On With “All Star Batman #1” On The Wednesday Run

Here’s a new idea if you’re DC Comics:

All Star Batman 1 coverLet’s start a brand new monthly series starring Batman! Readers are sure to flock to the title and sales will be huge! Let’s slap an “All Star” title on top of it and we’d be a sure-fire hit at the top of the publishing charts month in and month out! And we can tie it into this whole “Rebirth” re-launch idea! It’s perfect timing, I tell ‘ya!

Look, you might be forgiven if you’re a little cynical over such marketing efforts in the industry we love so much. It’s all been done before, i know. But the truth is, with this whole “Rebirth” branding across all the DC Comics titles the past few months, re-launching a new Batman series is a good idea. Putting “All Star” across the top of the cover page is a decent way to differentiate the comic from other ones starring the same character.

But the main draw for readers will always remain the creative team. And DC has gone out of their way to ensure greatness with this particular “All Star” title.

Today, finally, sees the much anticipated release of All Star Batman #1!

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Marvel’s Luke Cage Trailer: You Have To Fight For What’s Right

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Yesterday we showed you the key art for Netflix’s upcoming original series, Marvel’s Luke Cage. As promised, here is the series trailer!

As expected, it’s fantastic, setting Luke Cage (Mike Colter) in Harlem where he seems like he’s following the trajectory of the unwilling vigilante, much like his ex-girlfriend Jessica Jones. And speaking of ex-girlfriends, what’s going on with Luke and Claire?

That question, and many more, will be answered when the series premieres on September 30 at 12:01 a.m. PT.

In the meantime, keep up with Luke Cage news on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Feast Your Eyes on Marvel’s Luke Cage!

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Fans of Luke Cage have something to celebrate. Netflix has released the key art for their upcoming original series Marvel’s Luke Cage in advance of the trailer’s debut on Tuesday.

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Gaming with the Suicide Squad: A Primer

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With the Suicide Squad movie about to open, my mind can’t help but drift back to long ago when I used to dabble in role-playing games, specifically superhero role-playing games. I never played, mind you; I always ran the game as the gamemaster, and one of my favorite tactics was pure Suicide Squad. Come with me and find out how to fine-tune your games and infuriate your players as I discuss Role-Playing and the Suicide Squad.

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Viva The Villains & “Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1” On The Wednesday Run

Suicide Squad Rebirth #1Well, it must be the week of the Squad!

With all of the paraphernalia being released, including three different comic book compilations, you’d think there was a fairly important studio movie premiering this weekend!

Oh, wait! There is!

You couldn’t possibly have missed it: the Suicide Squad movie business is all around us right now, what with the film dropping on Friday, August 5. Early reviews haven’t exactly been stellar – but their tone is also dependent upon who has been writing them. Critics for more general publications haven’t been enamoured with the latest DC Extended Universe cinematic offering, while those who write for pop culture (namely comic book) websites and trades seem to enjoy the flick quite a bit more.

And DC Comics, the publishing company that began all of this via their mid-1980’s iteration of the Suicide Squad comic book, is doing their best to step into any kind of Squad halo right now… and that’s why we get Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 today!

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Amanda Blue’s “Call and Response” to the Season Finale of Preacher

That’s it. The first season of Preacher is a wrap. Thank God. Or… thank an imposter posing as God?

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