In a comic book pop culture world where immense crossover events from the big two publishers, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, fill up all the headlines, smaller and cooler and more artful releases can sometimes get a little lost in on the store shelves.
As fun as #DCMetal’s Dark Days: The Forge #1 (DC Comics’ big Batman-centric story) and the Secret Empire series of comics (Marvel’s Hydra-centered summer epic) might be, for a lot of us, it’s the creator-owned stuff that take our fancy.
That’s what we’re here for today: making sure you don’t get blinded from the great stuff when you head over to your local comic book shop on your own Wednesday Run.
Certainly, you don’t want to miss the eagerly anticipated release of Pop Gun War Volume 2: Chain Letter – finally out today!
Your Childhood Cartoons Meets Comics In “Green Lantern/Space Ghost Annual #1” & Others On The Wednesday Run
But it’s a little kid’s dream, isn’t it?
Those after school or Saturday morning cartoons – the ones that we ALL loved so much, made even more real, given a heightened sense of heroic justification, when intermingled with the heroes of the comic books we read!
I mean, we’d regularly have crossover adventures between cartoon and comic book heroes, universes, genres and pop culture mediums with the toys that we’d buy at the local store.
We were ahead of our time.
Green Lantern. Space Ghost. Suicide Squad. Banana Splits. Booster Gold. The Flintstones. Adam Strange. Jonny Quest.
Cartoons and comic books – never the two shall meet?
Not today – today we get ALL the meetings!
Today sees the first part of three columns dedicated to comic book compilations released throughout the year. This is stuff that your comic book loving friends and family (and you) need to be reading during the cold days and even colder nights of December, January and February.
This first column will focus on the more affordable offerings – trade paperbacks of great comic book series’ and one-offs. We’ll kick that up with the next two columns, taking a closer look at must-have hardcovers and giant-sized omnibus and absolute edition volumes.
You know, for those that you really, really love. And have a budget (or a strong enough gift bag) to shoulder it.
In every case, happy holidays… here begins the comic book gift of reading that you should be giving this season!
It’s been lauded.
It’s been editorialized.
It’s been late.
And now? It’s finally here. The secret that wasn’t so much a secret is finally out in the open for all of us to see and read.
Follow me after the jump for all the goods on the final issue of the Marvel Universe’s magnum opus, nearly a half decade in the making:
Secret Wars #9!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh episode in the famed series of your youth will be released in North America on December 18 (a few days earlier in some countries across the globe) and the hype machine is in full swing. Toys based on the movie were highlighted last week, sending fandom into a tizzy and they’re have been a plethora of talks, symposiums and interviews during the summer comic book convention season. And Marvel Comics, subsidiary of Walt Disney, are in on the game.
What happened directly after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi?
Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you all about Star Wars: Shattered Empire, the comic book mini series that aims to answer that all-important question!
At that time, there were some great runs on everyone’s favourite superhero and his monthly comic book titles such as Batman, Detective Comics, and the newly released, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.
In fact, two specific runs stand out: one by an acclaimed writer (who happened to be aided by an acclaimed artist) and one by an adored artist who brought a sense of visual storytelling to monthly Batman stories that hadn’t been seen before.
If you didn’t get a chance to experience Batman at that time (or if you’d like to re-experience those stories in a new format), follow ne after the jump for the lowdown on some high-flying, but dark, heroics!
One of the coolest things about comic books is that they are beloved across globe and embraced by so many different nations.
Not only does that mean that there is a common visual language and understanding between people of disparate backgrounds, but that we also get to see different iterations of some of the most popular characters ever created. Of course, Batman is one of those characters, arguably at the top echelon of popular comic book characters.
Whether Italian, Indonesian, Brazilian or Swedish, Batman has been translated and, in some, cases, reimagined, under the pop culture auspices of various cultures.
Today, we get to see Batman as Japanese manga in Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Book 1!
My essays were already about close readings of comic books before I even started higher education. The Sandman. Watchmen. Dark Knight Returns. They all made it as “Independent Study Projects” in my last days of high school. But during my time in the hallowed halls of post secondary education, I was reading the literary classics by Dante Alighieri, Sir Thomas More and Homer and, more than ever, I realized that university had come to comics long, long ago.
By the time I finished my first stint of higher education, I saw that comics had now come to the university. The bookstore was full of the titles that made up the content of all those essays I had written and were now part of course curriculums.
Today, we see another example of the university fiction-comic book relationship.
Ladies and gentlemen, after the jump, let’s go on an ODY-C.
Comic book fans have been seeing more and more genre-styled fiction on the shelves over the last few years. Image Comics, the publisher of so much great creator-owned material, has been on the forefront of that movement.
This fall saw the release of another title in the genre pantheon with Roche Limit, a sci-fi noir tale that take place in the far future, on a far-off world, but whose motivations are distinctly human and timeless.
Follow me after the jump and discover where and how the grim future of Roche Limit exists.
It’s not like those monthly publications from DC Comics were the only place one could get introduced, or get a regular fix, of the Caped Crusader. I was indoctrinated into the Bat-family in the late nineteen seventies via the Saturday morning Super Friends cartoon, after school reruns of the Adam West television series, and the Hot Wheels Batmobile dinky car.
Of course, I had an awesome Batman Halloween costume, the basic pattern of which, I remember, was purchased from Lizanne’s Fabrics at suburban Toronto’s Sherway Gardens Mall – and slightly tailored for an excitable seven year-old, by Mommy.
Batman was everywhere and I loved his look, his antics and his adventures. But my first Batman comic, the original pop-culture home of the character, wouldn’t come until three years later, in 1983.