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Heroes and Villains: February 9, 2018


There are mountains of snow outside the home office here in Cobourg, Ontario, but I’m at my desk next to a stack of trades, so it must be time for Heroes and Villains!

This week I was inspired by watching season one of Young Justice (which is awesome if you’ve never watched it) with my kids to do an all-DC edition of the column focusing on the post-rebirth version of the DCU.
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Brave The Cold Horror Of The “Swamp Thing Winter Special #1” On The Wednesday Run

I don’t know where you live, but Toronto just got dumped on with about ten centimeters of snow today.

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.

Perfect timing.

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!

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Andy Burns’ Faves of 2017

For all the strife our world went through, there were some solid pop culture releases that managed to make the year a little better place. As my colleagues here have been running down their favorite things, so too shall I. Let me know what you enjoyed, and if any of my faves made your list as well. Read the rest of this entry

Fly High With “Hawkman Found” On The Wednesday Run

It’s the last Wednesday of 2017.

Sniff. Sniff.

Thanks for reading along with The Wednesday Run through the last three hundred and sixty-five days – well, fifty-two installments of it, anyway. Hopefully, there have been one or two comic books that we’ve featured here this year that you’ve dug as much as we have.

Good news!

2018 is just a week away, and, looking through all of the upcoming releases for the year, it looks like there’s plenty of comic books to highlight in this column and keep our fingers excitedly turning page after page!

But before we get into that, we’ve got one ore highlight to focus in on this year….and it’s like shining a light under a rock, because this particular character hasn’t been seen in a long, long time.

Good news, everybody! Hawkman’s been found in, well, Hawkman Found #1!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 2

There’s time! There’s time! You still have time!

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!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comic Book Collections Part 1

It’s the week before the Christmas holiday!

Some of you might already be neck-deep in celebrating cultural festivities, but there’s probably ample opportunity for you, regardless of the holiday you observe, to still be out there amongst the masses, shopping for gifts.

You know. Shop to shop. Elbow-to-elbow. Debit card to debit card.

And I’m certain, with you being a regular, casual, or happenchance purveyor of this fine pop culture site, that you’re into comic books. And so are your friends!

A few weeks ago, regular Biff Bam Pop! contributor (and comic book aficionado), E. A. Henson gave his list of comic book compilations to give as gifts, which you can find right here. A fine list it is, too.

Here, then, is another: the first of three parts over the next few days, all showcasing 2017 comic book compilations worthy as giving as gifts to a friend or loved one.

Or to yourself.

Let’s start off with the most expensive, while you still have money in your bank account!

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Jingle Your Way To “DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1” On The Wednesday Run

Outside, the snow is falling and friends are calling “yoo-hoo!”

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!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Comics For Everyone On Your List

The hardest part about putting together a gift guided for me is not starting it off in a way I consider “hack-y.” That is to say, I don’t want to launch into a tirade along the lines of “Boy, the malls are SO crowded! Shopping is the WORST. Guess the holidays are here again, right guys?”

Amazon just had their biggest Cyber Week in their history. I’ve been to the mall twice since Black Friday and one of those times I saw an actual tumbleweed. During both of those trips I desperately wanted to do all my shopping at my local comic shop. Graphic novels, not Isotoners.

What if I told you it was possible? That you could indeed find something for almost everyone at your comic shop. Well, you can find out after the jump!

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Tick. Tick. Tick. Goes The “Doomsday Clock #1” On The Wednesday Run

“Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping, into the future.”

That’s what Steve Miller expertly told us, in the 1976 Steve Miller Band mellow release titled “Fly Like An Eagle”.  The song went to number 2 on the US Billboard Charts and the lyrics about time ceaselessly moving forward while we worry about life and death and freedom of the soul in the present tense, has since become quite famous.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

That’s the general sound effect for a clock, an apt aural representation of time, of course. But any reader of comic books knows that the Tick. Tick. Tick. sound is also the noise a bomb makes – right before it’s detonated.

Interestingly, today’s long anticipated release of DC Comics’ Doomsday Clock #1, the first issue of a twelve issue monthly series, plays on all three of the “time” and Tick outcomes. And all for various reasons:

The future the DC Comics Universe!

The past of DC Comics publishing!

The critical and commercial bomb that the Doomsday Clock series could be!

The best kind of art takes risks, right? Doomsday Clock #1 is a huge risk – and we all can’t wait to dive right in!

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Road To Justice League: Long & Winding & Obstacle Filled

The road to the about-to-be-released Justice League film has been a long and winding one.

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.

Sort of.

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.

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