It’s July 12th and that means that it’s my birthday! Yes! Thank you for all the birthday wishes…twenty-nine years young forever, I say, although it’s been “forever” for a number of years already.
But that’s one of the great things about being interested in, a fan of, and a part of, the pop culture community: you never really do grow old. With the comic books, movies, television programs, board and card games, toys, music, cartoons, and video games, you always seem to find a way to stay youthful.
At heart, at least.
And if you were to subtract twenty nine years from today’s date, and then subtract a few more, and then a few more for added measure, you’d have one of the greatest years of my youth – as well as many of you out there!
It’s the early 1980’s.
And you’re hanging out at the local arcade.
And your hair is long.
And it’s on purpose.
And you’re playing Centipede.
And it’s awesome!
Relive that youthful glory with today’s comic book-styled modern release of Centipede #1!
Without a doubt, the biggest movie coming out this weekend is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from Marvel Studios. The first movie in this franchise within a franchise was a surprise hit, and one of the best of the Marvel movies. How did its sequel hold up? Meet me after the hyperspatial jump for my thoughts. Heed my warning, folks, there be spoilers ahead.
And teenage sleuths!
But these aren’t the teenage sleuths you thought you knew.
No, we all remember reading the investigative exploits of amateur detectives Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys during our formative, pre-pubescent years. If you’re at all into the mystery and noir genre today, these three characters probably play a significant role in the development of that interest. You know, along with Scooby Doo.
But Nancy Drew and bothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, were never ones for light and rollicking comedy. Their adventures often took them into the worlds of dark, shadowy and dastardly villains, and often around the world to far-flung locales.
Today sees their return with the release of Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1, a new series featuring these beloved, time-honoured characters, in a take that’s completely twenty-first century… but still totally noir!
While playing a little BSG with a group of gaming friends last week, I was reminded by our friend Brad about the exciting debut of the comic that makes up this week’s Wednesday Run column.
Now, Brad may be an untrustworthy sort during our rousing gaming sessions (he was a hidden Cylon toaster last week and deftly saw to the annihilation of the human race), but the man knows his comics. If he’s excited about something, well, damn it, we should all check out what’s caused that enthusiasm.
This week, the fervour we should all be feeling is due to the return of an old classic! It’s Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1!
Everybody at Biff Bam Pop! is talking about Top Fives this week, and I’ve already hit you with my thoughts on 2013’s film offerings. There were a lot of cool things going on in the comics world this year, so it’ll be difficult to narrow them down to five, but I’ll try, or maybe I’ll just talk five movements in comics, we’ll see. Next, after the jump, we’ll look at my top fives (give or take) in comics for 2013.
Everybody at Biff Bam Pop! is talking about Top Fives, so I guess it’s my turn. Put on your seat belts, because as the regular readers around here know already, my tastes are not normal. I liked Santa Claus and hated Dark Knight. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Next, after the jump, my top fives in film, music, television, and comic books. Look out.
There are lots of new comic books out on the store shelves today. Lots.
All of the publishing companies, big and small, are pushing books out on the last before-the-holidays Wednesday even though there’s still one more Wednesday Run to go before the end of the year. That means that there are a lot of great comics to read while sitting by the fire and watching (hopefully) a little snow fall and whiten the ground, a cup of hot, chocolaty cocoa nearby.
That’s how I’m hoping to be spending some of my December days. It sounds like a bit of a nostalgic throwback to a bygone era, doesn’t it? A time when newspapers were sold at kiosks on street corners and movie theatres showed adventure films in weekly instalments! Well, that’s exactly what The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0 is. A throwback. And you should be picking it up today!
Whether you know it or not, an injustice has been thrown upon us comic book fans for too long now. The legendary, red-scarved and black-cloaked vigilante with the hooked nose, steely gaze, and ominous laugh has been unceremoniously resigned to our misty-coloured memories and plaintive sighs – but no longer!
Today is an exciting day for us suffering, pulp-deprived fans!
Lamont Cranston, the Shadow, returns in a new ongoing, monthly series from Dynamite Entertainment. Criminals will cower and the gunfire of retribution will ring out loud in the streets of 1930’s New York…for the Shadow knows – say it with me now – what evil lurks in the hearts of men!
Aren’t we lucky? You bet we are!