This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #5, Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #4, Bitch Planet Triple Feature #1, Kill the Minotaur #1, Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality #2, American Gods #4, Harrow County #24, Geek-Girl #4, Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #11, Normandy Gold #1, the Savage Dragon: Warfare trade, and the new book on Reed Crandall from TwoMorrows… This is a loaded week, so who cares about Secret Empire when we have so many other cool things to check out, be warned, there may be spoilers…
Here in Toronto, Canada, the sun is shining and the clock excitedly ticks down to quitting time when many of us make our weekly pilgrimage to the local comic book shop to grab our fill of the world’s best pop culture, visual storytelling, medium.
While some might be excited about today’s release of the ninth – and concluding chapter of DKIII (finally!), others might be looking for a new read. One that won’t be hampered by regular delays (hopefully!) but is also backed up by a proven artistic team.
And you know that we here at Biff Bam Pop! like our horror.
We like it psychological, and dreadful, and full of monsters, and covens, and secrets, and nasty things that play in the dark.
It just so happens that’s what we get today with the release of the first issue of…The Unsound.
How’s that for inspiring dread?!?
This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week, and a brief interlude from the traditional superhero genre for me, including selections from both Boom! Studios and Image Comics. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2017 Annual #1, WWE #5, Ladycastle #4, Black Science #30, and Sex Criminals #19… be warned, there may be spoilers…
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking with artist and sculptor Joe DeVito, famous for his work on Doc Savage and King Kong. Joe has some amazing stories and memories to share, along with all the usual GAR stuff. See and hear more after the jump.
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!
Elric: The Balance Lost #1
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Francesco Biagini
The legendary hero of the first multiverse is back! All worlds – rejoice!
Elric of Melnibone, the alabaster-skinned, sword-wielding ruler of a doomed kingdom, originally written in a series of fantasy stories in the 1960’s and 1970’s, is acclaimed author Michael Moorcock representation of the Eternal Warrior – a hero who battles the forces of Order and Chaos throughout various realities. For Moorcock, that meant reinventing Elric in the persona of Duke Dorian Hawkmoon in a series of novels set in a post-apocolyptic future where magic and science co-exist, as well as the character of Prince Corum Jhaelen Irsei, wherein the writer draws upon Celtic mythology in yet another series of books.
In fact, Moorcock’s Eternal Warrior has more versions in print than even I can count!
Elric, the most popular of these iterations, is, of course, no stranger to the universe that is comic books. He first appeared in issues of Conan the Barbarian in 1972 and never left the art form. Over the years, Elric has been written and illustrated by a number of comicdom’s most prestigious creators including Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor Smith, P. Craig Russell and Walter Simonson and has been published by both major and minor companies such as: Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and (now defunct) Pacific Comics.
Now, Boom! Studios is taking a turn, launching Elric into a new millennium for readers both familiar with the albino Emperors’ reality spanning exploits and those just learning about one of the greatest fantasy characters ever conceived.
Make the run this Wednesday and pick up the first issue of Elric’s new ongoing, monthly saga. It’s sure to be high adventure in any universe!