Category Archives: the Wednesday run

The Year Of Wonder Continues With “Wonder Woman: The True Amazon” On The Wednesday Run

wonder-woman-true-amazonIt’s been quite a year for Wonder Woman, one of the world’s greatest and most recognized pop culture icons!

Created in 1941 by the psychologist and writer, William Moulton Marston, the greatest of the Amazons has seen both regular publication and acclaim in comic books, books, television, video games, board games, toys and film, for seventy-five years. It’s a true testament to her inherent characteristics, chiefly that of being timely and important to any age.

During her 75th year, Biff Bam Pop! has celebrated and highlighted various publications from DC Comics featuring Wonder Woman from the first issue of her new monthy series, to her inclusion in the Earth One graphic novel series with the release of (finally) her own book.

We even got super excited, along with millions of other fans, when the trailer to her first feature film debut (due to hit theatres early next year) dropped.

Today, DC Comics continues to celebrate the character with another, beautiful, standalone graphic novel, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon!

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Now Is The Time For “Seven To Eternity #1” On The Wednesday Run

seven-to-eternity-1As regularly occurs at least once or twice a year, last week I began sifting though my collection of old comic book sci-fi and fantasy magazines published in the early 1980’s. I’m talking about issues of Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated.

I love those periodicals! During those days, I already had an affinity for Batman and the Justice League, but it was in those monthly and quarterly magazines that I got my first taste of the visual representations of otherworldly planets, aliens, future tech and sword and sorcery. It’s where I first read Dredstar by Jim Starlin, Marada the She-Wolf by Chris Claremont and John Bolton, Ken Steacy’s The Sacred and the Profane, and the works of Richard Corben, William Kaluta, Kent Williams, Jon J. Muth and Jeffrey jones amongst so many others.

The stories and art in those magazines led to reading monthly comics like Alien Legion by Carl Potts, Alan Zelenetz, Frank Cirocco and Terry Austin, and Six From Sirius by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy and, more recently (and more to the point) Black Science from Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera.

Why “more to the point”?

Because acclaimed writer Rick Remender is behind this week’s must-have Wednesday Run: Seven To Eternity #1!

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It’s Time For The Crazy Necessity Of “Doom Patrol #1” On The Wednesday Run

doom-patrol-1-coverA funny thing happened on the way to the Vertigo Comics section of the comic book stand: It wasn’t there anymore.

Well, it hasn’t been there for some time, really. We’ve been talking about it in semi-regular columns over the years here at Biff Bam Pop! The DC Comics “sophisticated” and “dark” imprint that gave us mature readings of Sandman, John Constantine: Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Shade the Changing Man, Fables, Lucifer, etc., etc., etc., etc.

There are so many. One of your all-time comic book favourites from any publisher is either on that list or should be.

But Vertigo, due to some neglect, some strategic misdirection, and a lot of parent-company interference, withered on the vine’s edge. Currently, the imprint is trying to reestablish itself with creator-owned properties, in the vein of Image Comics, and publishing critically acclaimed series like Sheriff of Babylon and Astro City among others. But it’s a long way from where it once was, when it released mature takes on DC superhero properties.

Today sees the first release of a new, mature, weird, and decidedly Vertigo-esque take on a DC Comics property…but under the umbrella of a new imprint.

Today sees the release of Doom Patrol #1!

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It’s A Cat, It’s A Bird, It’s “Angel Catbird Volume 1” On The Wednesday Run

angel-catbirdIf you’ve been reading Biff Bam Pop! regularly over the last few days, you’ll know that this past weekend in Toronto was a busy one:

Fan Expo Canada happened over four days in the city, as it does every year at the end of the summer, and all was good.

One of the major highlights during the convention happened on Saturday, September 4th, with the worldwide release of the first volume of the Angel Catbird graphic novel series, written by acclaimed Canadian novelist, Margaret Atwood.

You may know her works through high school, college, or university course readings, or you may have simply read her for pleasure: The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and many others.

Today sees the worldwide release of the novelist’s first graphic novel, Angel Catbird!

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Online Goes Hardcopy BOOM With “World of Tanks” #1 On The Wednesday Run

World of TanksI’ve played my share of video games, both in the mature privacy of my home console (Skyrim) and in the shared online world against a bunch of kids who relentlessly kick my ass and call me names (Call of Duty).

It’s no great secret that video games, like comic books before them, have become fertile grounds to cross-pollinate into other mediums: chiefly film and television and even books. In fact, video games themselves have become bigger business than even Hollywood could ever dream – and Hollywood dreams big!

Once in a while, a video game makes the jump to the printed medium – and comic books are a particularly fertile ground to continue stories, expand on created artwork, and indoctrinate new or lapsed players into video-gaming.

Today is one of those days.

Today we get the MMOG online war game-turned-comic book mini-series: World of Tanks #1!

    
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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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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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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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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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Space Is The Place w. “Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1” On The Wednesday Run

Hal Jordan Green Lantern Corps 1 coverI 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!

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