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Mysterious And Heavy Lands The “Black Hammer #1” On The Wednesday Run

Black Hammer 1First issues.

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!

And hurried!

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!

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The Dog Days Of Summer Brings “Millarworld Annual 2016” On The Wednesday Run

Millarworld Annual 2016It’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!

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From High Upon The Pulpit Comes “Absolute Preacher Vol. 1” On The Wednesday Run

“Oh shit. I have to buy a third copy.”

Absolute Preacher Vol 1 coverThose 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.

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A New Generation Of Surprising Underachievers With “Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1” On The Wednesday Run

Jupiters Legacy Vol 2 #1

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.

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Uncover Old Lies & Discover New Truths In WONDER WOMAN #1 On The Wednesday Run

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.

Wonder Woman #1The 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!

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Finally, The Fate of Robin In THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE LAST CRUSADE #1 On The Wednesday Run

TDK Returns The Last Crusade coverWe’ve been waiting a long time for this one. Literally…and somewhat figuratively.

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!

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Celebrate 75 Years With The Iconic WONDER WOMAN: REBIRTH #1 On The Wednesday Run

Wonder Woman Rebirth #1Last 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!

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Get Born Again & Again & Again With Multiple REBIRTH #1’s On The Wednesday Run

Superman Rebirth 1 coverLast 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!

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Everything Old Is New Again With DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 On The Wednesday Run

DC Universe Rebirth #1Nearly five years ago, DC Comics, in one of their annual summer event series, did away with decades of comic book publishing history, continuity and brilliant stories with the unthinkable.

To both the horror and the delight of fandom, the company ended every title they published, starting them up again with brand new #1 issues. Over a span of weeks, fifty-two new titles would be released, an unprecedented move in the industry, designed to start everyone – characters and readers alike – from scratch.

It must be said, for every great new title, there was also a handful that underperformed.

Nearly five years later, in lieu of declining sales and market share, the committee of editors, writers and artists that make up the captaincy of DC Comics, decided something was missing from their line of publications.

Today, we get the big event that will fix it all. Today, we get DC Universe: Rebirth #1.

Follow me after the jump for the whys and wherefores, which I’ll keep spoiler-free!

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Your Present Pursuit Is FUTURE QUEST #1 On The Wednesday Run

FUTURE QUEST 1 coverOh my God, guys!

I remember first watching the Jonny Quest cartoons sometime in the early 1980’s. I’m not talking about the re-make series. I don’t rate that one at all. I’m talking about the original Hanna–Barbara Production series from the mid 1960’s, seen in syndication for new audiences over the following decades.

That was the good stuff. That was some of the original, visual, science fiction and action-adventure crack that would inform my love of pop culture to this day!

Jonny Quest, his best-buddy Hadji, his father Dr. Benton Quest, special agent bodyguard Race Bannon and, of course, the rambunctious dog, Bandit. That was my team, adventuring to far-flung places like the South American jungles and deserts of Egypt and high mountaintops of Nepal, fighting crime while studying archeology, science, history and culture.

I wanted to be Jonny Quest – who didn’t???

And now he’s back at it, in comic book form, with today’s release of Future Quest #1 – follow me after the jump for the adventure of a lifetime!

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