Remember the days when Vertigo Comics was regularly publishing comic book fiction that pushed the boundaries of the art form, giving voice to dozens of burgeoning writers and artists each month that would never have been heard from in mainstream publications?
It was probably the mid to late 1990’s or early 2000’s.
And you were probably in high school or college at the time – and my, oh my, weren’t those the glory days of comic book reading?
It’s a little strange then, that with all the great comics that Vertigo was publishing at the time, a title such as the 2001 three-issue miniseries, User, flew a bit under the radar, even though it won industry awards.
It’s stranger then, that the same title is compiled in a handsome hardcover format by an entirely different publisher (one who has taken up the philosophical mantle that Vertigo Comics once owned), over fifteen years later.
And that the story of User, released (again) today, still resonates!
Just ask any writer of Biff Bam Pop! Heck, ask just about any reader that frequents these digital pages. This site has a love for pop culture, sure, but there’s an underlying need and desire to listen, to read about, and to share favourite music.
Ask Andy Burns, Editor-In-Chief of Biff Bam Pop! and his ever-lasting love of prog-rockers, Yes. And yes, he was there in New York City last weekend when Yes finally entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ask Less Lee Moor, resident Managing Editor of this site as well as the Editor-In-Chief of Popshifter. Besides sharing her enthusiasm for all things music in her regular Pump Up The Jam column here on BBP!, you’ll find that she often waxes lovingly for Richard Oakes-era Suede on social media.
These are the bands, this is the music, that we all grew up with – specifically through our formative years.
And that bit of musical magic brings us straight to the excitement of The Complete Phonogram Hardcover, released today.
Back 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!
Team Up With BATMAN & SUPERMAN IN WORLD’S FINEST: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 On The Wednesday Run
The answer is no, if we go by the title, merchandising, clips and various trailers to the March 24th sure-fire blockbuster film premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Black and blue. God versus man. Day versus night.
If we didn’t know better, we’d think that Batman and Superman never got along! But we all know better than that, don’t we?
Still, can you believe there’s a generation of kids out there who might think that Bats and Supes are the worst of enemies when, in truth, they’re the best of friends? In fact, they’re the world’s finest friends, to be sure!
That’s why today’s release of the hardcover compilation, Batman & Superman In World’s Finest: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 is the real-deal story primer for the upcoming film.
Follow me after the jump for the black and blue scoop!
If you’re not coming to Biff Bam Pop! for insightful readings and interviews on your favourite television shows, movies, video games or music, then you must be coming here for the comic books! Right? Right!
And what would a Holiday Gift Guide be, here on Biff Bam Pop!, if we didn’t make mention of some of the great comic book collections that should be under the tree, or given as a gift for every fan this season?
Here it is, then:
Over the rest of the week, we’ll be listing some of the cheaper, more moderate, are quite expensive trade paperback and hardcover collections of some of the best comic book reading you or a loved one will likely experience this year! Let’s hit the more affordable ones first, shall we?
Follow me after the jump for all the winter holiday horror, detective sci-fi, comedy and heroic fiction that needs to be read!
Get Hit With A Heavy Dose Of Mythology With WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS VOL. 1 On The Wednesday Run
In terms of name recognition, globally she falls only behind Superman, Batman and probably Spider-Man. But I terms of comic book stories, well, there just aren’t that many that can ben deemed “classic” for the art form. And there are a myriad of reasons for that, which this column won’t get into.
For all the marketing behind collections of The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told or The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told or even The Greatest Joker Stores Ever Told, Wonder Woman doesn’t come close. But the late 1980’s had, for a time, arguable put stories about the Amazon Princess right up with any comic book legend.
Lucky us, here they are collected, under the pen of one of the greatest artists of the medium. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Wonder Woman By George Perez Omnibus Volume 1.
Follow me after the jump for all the heroic news!
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!
Of course, we all know it to be from Arthur C. Clark’s widely renown novel, 2010: Odyssey Two.
Still, with scientists stating that the Jupiter moon of Europa surely carries a sea of water under its surface of ice, and, curiosity being a main trait of humankind, warnings aside, who wouldn’t want to land on Europa?
With the just released Ocean/Orbiter Deluxe Edition hardcover, readers get that particular story (Ocean) as well as another science fiction tale involving missing space shuttles and deep space mysteries (Orbiter).
Follow me after the jump for the run-down!
Over the last few weeks, our 2014 Gift Guide has detailed a number of comic book related ideas that you should consider wrapping up for that special pop-culture comic book fan in your life. You can check out two of those lists here and here.
Now, those selections are a little on the pricier side of things, but there are a number of fantastic – and affordable – comic book related compilations that you could lovingly give this holiday season.
Follow me after the jump, and I’ll run through eight different titles, in multiple collections, that everyone needs to reading!
No, not with weights or elliptical machines.
We thought we’d make a select list some of this year’s fantastic – and weighty – tomes of comic book collections. They’re heavy (hence the muscle building) but they’re also page turners that will undoubtedly have you burning calories.
Follow me after the jump for some books that will make great gifts this holiday season!