So, maybe you’ve heard: Black Panther smashed the Hollywood box office last weekend with a take of $192 million.
That’s like, huge.
That’s bigger than Iron Man. That’s bigger than Captain America. That’s bigger than Avengers.
That’s like, HUGE.
And, for so many important reason, that’s great news for everyone who was part of the making of Black Panther and that’s great for everyone who went to see the film. (I haven’t gotten around to heading to the local theatre to see the film just yet, so I can guarantee that box office number is going to rise!)
But that news is also great for Marvel Comics – all Marvel Comics…especially the ones that somehow tie into this coming May’s Avengers: Infinity War film, the film that is the direct sequel to Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And hey! It just so happens that Marvel Comics is publishing an Infinity-inspired product tie-in comic book today! Imagine that!
Setting aside my sense of consumerist nihilism for a moment, Infinity Countdown Prime #1, a one-shot prequel to a new miniseries out next month, does sound like a lot of fun!
Not a whole heck of a lot, I know, but it’s enough to make you realize that although the days are getting slightly longer, it’s still only February. Winter is still calling the shots around here.
Speaking of “winter” and “shots”, DC Comics, who have been on a veritable tear recently with a number of fascinating publications (many of which have been featured in this column), is releasing a winter-themed one-shot.
It’s written and illustrated by a couple of comicdom’s favourites.
And it’s starring one of DC’s most beloved, and yet currently not-regularly-published, characters.
Really, all things considered, it’s a stroke of genius from the publisher.
Because winter snow must equal the Swamp Thing Winter Special #1!
Without debate, it has stood the test of time. We all know Frankenstein and the Frankenstein monster.
A comic book adaptation of that novel was undertaken by the legendary Gothic-horror artist, Bernie Wrightson, who was also responsible for co-creating everyone’s favourite muck monster, Swamp Thing for DC Comics in the early 1970s. It took nearly a decade for Wrightson to produce his exquisitely detailed drawings for that adaptation, which looked like metal etchings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. A perfect visual appeal for the corresponding text!
His Frankenstein was published by Marvel Comics to great acclaim in 1983 and remains a highly sought collector’s item.
In 2012, writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Wrightson began creating a much anticipated sequel to the original Shelley story.
Today, that sequel gets compiled for the first time as the Frankenstein Alive, Alive! Trio.
Created by much loved old school comic book talent.
That’s the kind of stuff many old school comic book fans love to read.
So, who are these old school folks?
Well, they’re people like me, and they’re people who write for this site, and many, many others that stop by this site to read articles, reviews, and editorials highlighting the stuff they enjoy. Don’t get me wrong. We all love new, modern storytelling takes in our comic book reading. But who doesn’t love those genre throw-back tales of high adventure, or fantasy or pulp fiction or sci-fi?
Nobody, that’s who!
And that’s why the much loved old-school writer/artist, George Perez and his new hardcover comic book compilation, Sirens, is the focus of this column, today!
Then, of course, it’s Boxing Day, where so many of the sales on books, comics and pop culture items kick it!
But don’t be fooled – there’s plenty of stores that have kicked off their end-of-year sales week already. And since you’re about to head on out amongst the masses to check off the final items in your holiday shopping list, here’s our third and final installment (4th when we include E.A. Henson’s comic book collections great to give as gifts piece) of all the great comics out there right now!
Here’s where you can find our Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 1, which is full of great, but expensive collections. Here’s where you can find our Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 2, which is fill of fantastic mid-range priced items.
Here then is our final installment, full of outstanding comic book collections at the lower end of the price spectrum – perfect for friends and family that love our favourite pop culture medium!
I know: you’re looking to buy that perfect, mid-priced, comic book collection for a friend or loved one as a gift for the holiday season, aren’t you? (Maybe, if you’re anything like me, you’re also looking to pick up a little holiday reading for yourself!)
Well, yesterday we posted a list of some higher-priced items. If you haven’t seen it yet (or need to refer back to it), you can find it right here. It’s got some great stuff for any comic book fan in your life.
But maybe those items are out of your price range. No worries. Biff Bam Pop! has got you covered.
In a couple of days, we’re going to list our lower-priced, generally softcover comic book compilations, best to give as gifts this year. Today, we’re in the mid-range. And there’s lots of great stuff to give!
So scribble these books down on paper, type them into your phone Notes app, ask Siri to remind you, or just simply print this page!
Either way, get to a comic book store, a bookstore or get online now – here we go!
Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!
Well, we’re inching closer to the end-of-year holiday season. Maybe you’ve noticed that your local mall is decked to the gills in tinsel? Perhaps you’ve guiltily watched one or two bad made-for-TV holiday movies on some run-of-the-mill specialty channel (so that’s what Winnie Cooper is up to these days! Also, she was great!)? Maybe you’ve been busily writing, then scratching, then re-writing various dinner engagements with friends and family in your December calendar?
Well, DC Comics and their stable of writers and artists have been busy getting various superheroes and villains in the spirit of the season, working tirelessly on a holiday-themed production of their own.
Today sees its very timely release!
Get set to jingle all the way to the DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1!
Long and winding and fraught with bumps and pitfalls and massive industry, cultural, commercial and familial obstacles.
Resiliently plowing through these numerous impediments, Warner Brothers has finally made good on a long-standing promise to showcase the greatest heroes of pop culture on the silver screen – the comic book visages of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, the Justice League, together for the first time.
It’s actually not technically the first time the Justice League has been together on screen. There have actually been numerous iterations of the group over the years. But the road taken for this particular Justice League, is an interesting one indeed.
To get to here, let’s take a quick look back at there, and all the previously mentioned hazards that nearly conquered the world’s greatest superheroes.
I know there are a number of Moon Knight fans out there, fans from all the way back to the characters first ongoing monthly series in 1980, written by comic book luminary, Doug Moench and illustrated by the culture-shifting work of the now legendary, Bill Sienkiewicz.
The hero that proved to be more than a Batman rip-off.
The hero with multiple personalities and multiple versions of himself, who’s reality shifts as easily as the sands upon which his Egyptian-lore based origin is told.
This particular column has thrillingly lived through the various iterations of the character over the last half decade…and we’re extremely excited for the new version – which begins today in the pages of Moon Knight #188!