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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 6-28-2017

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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 Bankshot #1, Batman #25, Aquaman #25, Conan the Slayer #10, Robyn Hood: Tarot One-Shot, and WWE #6… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 6-21-2017

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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 Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1, Dark Days: The Forge #1, Bill & Ted Save the Universe #1, Black Hammer #10, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #2, Red Agent: The Human Order #8, Plastic #3, Kong of Skull Island #12, Empowered #10, Spencer & Locke #1-3, and Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1-2 from the Allreds… This is another loaded week, so who needs Secret Empires when we have so many other cool things to check out, be warned, there may be spoilers…

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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 6-7-2017

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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 Batman #24, Secret Empire #3, Secret Empire Uprising #1, Predator: Hunters #2, Slayer: Repentless #3, Grimm Tales of Terror #6, and the first Infinite Seven trade collection… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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Aim For Big Game With “Predator: Hunters #1” On The Wednesday Run

Space aliens and pop culture.

They leave a lasting effect in the mind, don’t they?

Why, just last week, this very column highlighted the highly anticipated release of the new Aliens: Dead Orbit series, published by Dark Horse Comics. That one starred, arguably, the greatest and most horrific alien to ever chest-burst its way on to the silver scree. The comic book release happily coincided with #AlienDay and you can catch that particular column here, if you missed it the first time around.

But there’s another cinematic alien every bit as popular as the double-mawed creature of our nightmares.

And today, Dark Horse Comics is once again behind the furthering of that creature’s pop culture legend.

Today sees the release of the universe’s biggest and baddest big-game hunter with Predator: Hunters #1!

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Facehug Your #AlienDay With ‘Aliens: Dead Orbit #1’ On The Wednesday Run

We’re told that “in space, no one can hear you scream.”

Here on planet earth, it’s a different story! Screams of fright, horror and joy abound when we’re talking about the Alien film franchise. You know, the one made famous by directors Ridley Scott and James Cameron: Alien in 1979 and Aliens in 1986. They were the first R-rated films that an under-age me needed to see. Well, those two and Canadian classic, Porky’s.

Those two highlight films have spun-off a flurry of pop culture gold that includes five other Alien-centered films of varying quality (two of which enthusiastically co-star the sci-fi classic Predator creature) with a new and eagerly-anticipated film in the horror franchise only a month away from release.

There’s even a day of the year dedicated to the Alien franchise, an unofficial holiday for fans around this planet: #AlienDay is today, April 26! Tweet out those chest-busters!

With pop culture supremacy, of course, come loads of comic books. Appropriately, then, today sees the release of the first issue of a new mini-series…Aliens: Dead Orbit #1, the perfect accompaniment to a day dedicated to everyone’s favourite xenomorph!

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The Flag Was Still There In “Rebels: These Free And Independent States #1” On The Wednesday Run

And the rocket’s red glare!

The bombs bursting in air!

OK. We’re talking about comic books, not the star-spangles banner of the United States of America – although the two, seemingly disparate elements, intermingle today.

We’ve all talked about his before: one of the great things about comic books is that they are ever-malleable in terms of art, design and story. Regardless of distribution method, or frequency, or shape, or size (all great aspects inherent to comics) there’s also no effects budget to hinder the artistic look of an individual issue. There’s no defined wall, no genre that a writer can’t hurdle a story over – or gloriously crash one through!

There’s proof through the night (and day) of this belief every time we pick up and read a comic book.

Today is Wednesday. It’s new comic book arrival day, a day all comic book readers eagerly look forward to. Let’s celebrate the first issue of a new volume of stories set in America’s nascent past that proves this point – again.

Let’s celebrate Rebels: These Free And Independent States #1

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Relive Days Gone By With “Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual” On The Wednesday Run

black-hammer-giant-sized-annual-1The comic book annual.

In many ways, the comic book annual is a thing of the past – the last refuge of a special excitement for regular readers of an ongoing comic book series. For the most part, the “Annual” magic died out in the mid-1990’s. That makes for at least two generations of young comic book readers that have never really known the thrill of the double-sized, more experimental, stories that “Annuals” often produced.

Today, the “Annual” has generally been replaced by the one-shot issue, the miniseries, or completely wiped from existence in lieu of publishing multi-part stories within an ongoing comic book, that can be easily collected into trade paperbacks or hardcovers. With market-driven forces changed and thin margins and full workloads, there is no appetite for the back-end work needed to create a separate visual tale within the story of an ongoing series.

But there was a time when comic books were madcap fun – and the “Annual” was a staple and eagerly anticipated part of comic book lore.

One series aims to return to those glory days.

Today sees the release of the thrilling, multi-faceted, multi-part, Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual!

And all of comic book fandom rejoices!

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Trip Through The “Ether #1” On The Wednesday Run

ether-1-coverHolee molee there’s a litany of awesome creator-owned science-fiction and fantasy comic books around these days!

From Seven to Eternity to Black Science to Saga to Monstress, to Red Thorn to name only a few!  There’s a litany of amazing reads available to us each and every week, and we here at Biff Bam Pop! love every single one of them!

And since there’s so much love to go around, why not add another to your fervent reading pile?

This week sees the release of Ether #1 from the critically acclaimed (and one of The Wednesday Run’s favorites) writer and artist, Matt Kindt!

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31 Days Of Horror 2016 Brings “Harrow County #17” On The Wednesday Run

harrow-county-17As Biff Bam Pop! continues it’s 2016 edition of 31 Days Of Horror, this week, the Wednesday Run column gives you yet another in-season choice to read.

Imagine then, a small town in rural America, beset by a dreadful history of witchcraft and malevolent magic that is plagued in present day life by an unending series of “Haints” – inhuman creatures, ghosts, goblins and monsters!

Harrow County is an absolutely beautiful monthly horror series from publisher Dark Horse Comics, and one this site has recommended before. If you need to catch up, there have been three volumes collected already, with a fourth on the way, early next year. (Just so you know, Harrow Country is also in development as a television series!)

That said, the scary season is upon us and that means that the comic book to pick up this week is Harrow County #17!

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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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