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I remember, a number of years ago, lying on a bed in a Chicago hotel room, just back from a long day at the Wizard World Convention, reading the first volume of the Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War hardcover compilation.
My buddy, Denny, was reading the same book, picked up earlier in the day at the con, in the bed next to me, while this website’s Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, sat at the corner table, wondering what the hell we were reading that could illicit so many “AW YEAH!” and “OMG!” from our smiling, wide eyed, faces.
Space was the place, you see!
That Green Lantern story might arguably be the best Green Lantern story of them all. At the time, it breathed new life into DC Comics and space-faring comic book stories.
And with the publishing company’s “Rebirth” branded titles a little over a month into their campaign right now, that sense of excitement has got a renewed ground swell.
In many ways, that enthusiasm comes to a head today with the release of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1!
They get me excited!
And first issues by great creators that I trust and whose work I constantly follow due to their reverence for the history of the comic book art forum – as well as their interests in turning it on its head? Well, that makes a “Wednesday Run” to the local comic book shop all that much easier!
In that vein, today sees the release of a brand new superhero series from some pretty incredible talent. Action-filled and full of mystery, adventure, and science fiction elements, it’s a series that should prove worthy of your monthly comic book reading habits.
After a lot of buildup and a lot of anxious wait, today finally sees the release of Black Hammer #1!
It’s the morning of July 13 here in Toronto, and the iPhone weather app is telling me we’ve got a high of 33 degrees Celsius to look forward to today. That’s 91.5 degrees Fahrenheit for those five, hard-headed countries that still use that particular form of measurement.
In an entirely separate conversation, someone nearby to me utters “…and that doesn’t even include the humidity.”
There are storm clouds converging, little coloured icons of lightning bolts on my phone screen, warning me to bring an umbrella if I’m out and about later tonight. No worries there.
For when the dog days of summer hit, it’s best to relax, a cool beverage within arm’s reach, and a comic book in hand. Today, how does an anthology compilation take you? An “annual” even?
Today, let’s talk about the Millarworld Annual 2016!
“Oh shit. I have to buy a third copy.”
Those were the words uttered by an anonymous friend (and unnamed contributor to this site) after a recent enjoyable Saturday morning breakfast consisting of fried eggs, bacon, hash browns, buttered toast, multiple cups of black coffee and chit chat and laughs about swear words, school graduation tickets for parents of tweens, Alan Moore’s penchant for perversity, an incredible Euro run by Wales, and, most importantly to this particular paragraph and the dialogue listed directly above it, today’s release of the “Absolute” version of Preacher.
You see, there are Preacher fans out there. Hardcore Preacher fans.
It’s one of the quintessential Vertigo Comics series from when Vertigo Comics was relevant. It’s held up there with high esteem right beside Sandman, early Hellblazer and Doom Patrol.
The series changed the way people thought about how stories were told in comics, for God’s sake. And I don’t use the word “God” glibly. I mean literally.
Today sees the release of Absolute Preacher Vol. #1. And if you don’t know much about it, you need to find out.
A New Generation Of Surprising Underachievers With “Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1” On The Wednesday Run
Oh, how this generation is such a disappointment.
They couldn’t possibly live up to the ideals, pride and fervor of those that wrote the book on the twentieth century. Not with their reality TV, drugs, sex, and selfies.
But really, how could they ever live up to their parent’s and grandparents’ generation? Isn’t the disappointment of our children a forgone conclusion?
Well, that was the premise of Jupiter’s Legacy… and continues, albeit with a few turns of plot, through today’s release of Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 2 #1.
A few weeks ago, this column focused on the release of Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, a sort of standalone, introductory issue, aimed at setting the stage for the new Wonder Woman monthly series.
The various “Rebirth” branded publications from DC Comics have been released since the beginning of June and will continue over the coming weeks. They all refresh their respective characters and series in advance of brand new “#1” issues. You can catch up on our early June Wednesday Run column on Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 right here.
Today, however, sees the release of Wonder Woman #1 – the new monthly series starring everyone’s favourite Amazonian Princess. It starts directly after the last page of Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, which was a little thin as a story chapter, but a riveting start on a long-form story, full of potential.
Wonder Woman #1, of course, expands on that potential. Radically and epically!
Sleep. You know, that lovely send off into a velvety landscape, while the radio whispers sweet Coast-To-Coast conspiracy nothings in your ear about fires in the sky and the reptilians from the Alpha Draconis star system hidden secretly among us?
Ok. Back to event comics, those incredibly action-packed money suckers that not so slyly entice you into buying a whole host of crossover comic books, titles you’d certainly not read if it wasn’t for the event imprint on the top of the cover! But you just want to see all of your favourite superheroes together.
The event comics naturally promise that worlds will live and that worlds will die and that the state of the comic book universe will never be the same. And they promise it every summer.
In 1989, DC’s event comic went other-worldly.
The aliens aren’t coming, you see. The aliens came.
And within three 80-page issues, the earth’s greatest (DC) superheroes beat them all back!
If you’re a regular comic book reader, or a regular visitor to this website, you’ll know that legendary creator, Frank Miller, has returned to the character and series of stories that changed the comic book landscape in the mid 1980s: The Dark Knight Returns.
That series, it turns out, is a trilogy.
After The success of The Dark Knight Returns, which was a standalone tale, Miller returned to the story, continuing the crime-ridding escapades of an aged Batman with The Dark Knight Strikes Again in late 2001. Admittedly, it wasn’t as universally acclaimed as its predecessor. But this year saw the final chapter of a grand tale with The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (otherwise known as DKIII).
But there’s always been one story missing, hinted at in the first issue of The Dark Knight Returns, over thirty years ago.
Today, we finally get it with the one-shot issue: The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1
Follow me after the jump for its significance!
Last week saw the launch of a number of new DC Comics #1 issues – all under the “Rebirth” brand. Of course, this column, like much of the pop culture world, focused on their significance, which you can read about that right here.
Yeah, it’s pretty exciting stuff.
But it’s summer, after all, and that must mean a DC Universe reboot.
We comic book fans are suckers for reboots. We may gripe about them and their yearly regularity, but we love them nonetheless. And so do comic book stores. Those “Rebirth” branded issues last week saw some pretty high sales numbers and there are many more to be released over the coming weeks.
But there’s one “Rebirth” title that I’m really excited about, really rooting for. And it’s out today – with a timely new start for its title character.
This year, the iconic and world-renowned Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th year! Follow me after the jump for the brand new Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1!
Last week, DC Comics released DC Universe: Rebirth #1, a comic that made this very Wednesday Run column, which you can check it out right here. DC Universe: Rebirth #1 is a quadruple-sized revamp of the DC Universe, following the last four-plus years of “New 52” continuity.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to look it up on Wikipedia.
Suffice it to say, the fortunes (namely market share) for DC Comics have dwindled in comparison to Marvel Comics the last few years – and stories had taken a turn away from all the things that fans loved in DC Comics to begin with: legacy, love, and hope.
DC Universe: Rebirth #1 aimed to bring all of that back to the publishing company’s monthly comic books with a weekly roll-out of brand new first issues.
Today, the proof is in the pudding with a multitude of those issues finally being released! Follow me after the jump as the DC Universe gets re-birthed!
Instead of ending all of their monthly titles and re-starting them with brand new #1’s like they did with the launch of the “New 52”, DC Comics seems to have taken a page out of the Marvel Comics way of marketing: release new, fanfare series, in dribs and drabs. Calling it “Marvel NOW!”, this maneuver is generally a bit of a slow play and has been a great, albeit, well-used strategy for Marvel over the last few years. We’ll see how successful it is for DC Comics in the longer scheme of things.
That said, there are new stories and new status quos for some of DC biggest heroes in the offing. Follow me after the jump for today’s samplings for you to choose from!