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Heroes and Villains: Reviewing The Week’s Marvels 4-19-2017

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This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics include a new espionage series, a Hulk in space, and the opening salvos of Marvel’s next big event. Meet me after the jump for my reviews of Nick Fury #1, The Totally Awesome Hulk #18, Captain America: Steve Rogers #16, and Secret Empire #0… be warned, there be spoilers…

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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing The Week’s Marvels 4-12-2017

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This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics include the other team of X-Men in the aftermath of the Inhumans/Mutants war, a team-up of two of my least-liked characters, the latest adventure of a future television star, and perhaps the end of the ‘good’ Captain America. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on X-Men Blue #1, Deadpool Vs. The Punisher #1, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #19, and Captain America: Sam Wilson #21… beware of spoilers…

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Yo Fred! Biff Bam Pop Talks To New G.I. Joe Writer Fred Van Lente

GIJOE_RelaunchIt’s an amazing time for G.I. Joe fans. Not only will the long awaited film G.I. Joe: Retaliation hit theatres at the end of March, but IDW has relaunched their comic series (while also maintaining a second series, written by longtime G.I. Joe scribe Larry Hama). Written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Steve Kurth, the first issue is the perfect jumping on point for die hard fans and newcomers to the franchise. Fred Van Lente was kind enough to talk to Biff Bam Pop via email about the new series, characters he’s looking forward to writing and much more!

Andy Burns: Congrats on a stellar first of issue of G.I. Joe! First things first – can you tell us how you wound up working on the title?

Fred Van Lente: Thanks. My understanding is you have IDW editor-in-chief Chris Ryall to thank for that. Ryan Dunlavey and I published The Comic Book History of Comics with them, so the relationship was already there. One day G.I. Joe/Transformers editor John Barber called me up and asked me if I wanted to take over the book, and history was made. Or unmade. One of the two.

Andy Burns: There’s a huge history behind the franchise – from Marvel’s legendary run to the Devil’s Due stories through to the great work that IDW’s been doing the last few years. As a writer, is there any intimidation at all working on a series that has a devoted fan base with high expectations?

Fred Van Lente: It’s not really useful as a writer to be intimidated by anything when you’re coming on a big franchise. You’ve been hired by the licensor to bring your own unique spin on the property, so that’s what you should do. Gosh knows if people don’t like my particular take on G.I. Joe they’ve got lots of others to choose from! It’s the joy of the brand Hasbro’s created, really.
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WIN The Comic Book History Of Comics Contest

The Comic Book HistoryThe Comic Book History of Comics is a treasure that any comic book fan will want to own; a detailed homage to the absolutely unique story of comics, in comic book form! And thanks to Biff Bam Pop, you can win a copy of your very own.

From the award-winning team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, this collection out from IDW offers something truly special for comic book fans. The Comic Book History Of Comics includes all the most important figures in comics/manga history: Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, Art Spiegelman, Osamu Tezuka and many more.

We know Biff Bam Pop readers are serious about comic books, so we’re giving away one copy of this epic history of the comic book industry to one of YOU!    Read the rest of this entry

The Wednesday Run – June 15, 2011

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

Alpha Flight #1
Written by: Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente
Illustrated by: Dale Eaglesham
Published by: Marvel Comics

Let’s see…

The uninspired Canadian men’s soccer team just crashed out of the 2011 Gold Cup in the measly group stage. The Vancouver Canucks hockey club look set to turtle and bow out of the Stanley Cup finals. And traffic in Toronto on a summer day is still…absolutely horrible.

Not a good time to be a Canadian, right? Right?

Wrong!

Alpha Flight is back, people!

That’s right! Canada’s premiere comic book super-group: Guardian, Vindicator, Northstar, Sasquatch, Shaman, Snowbird, Marrina and Aurora are here again! You remember them, eh? Eh?

Ok, so maybe Alpha Flight is a little niche, but it’s a popular niche with comic book readers – specifically Canadian comic book readers. They’re the super heroes that came out of the same covert government organization that gave us Wolverine for heavens sake. And you know those Canadian black-suit-government-guys can be a shady bunch…

The title had its hay day back in the 1980’s under the pen of comic’s legend John Byrne. In fact the series lasted for eleven years – not bad for niche. But the 90’s weren’t very kind to the group and neither has the new millennium, really. But vocal fans have always clamoured for more ‘Flight and Marvel editorial have always teased the Canuck super team at Canadian-based conventions.

And now it looks like things have finally gone “northern” again. Greg Pak, acclaimed writer of The Hulk has joined up with Canadian artist Dale Eaglesham, who is coming off of great runs on Fantastic Four and Justice Society of America. The new series promises to be engrossing while simultaneously visually stunning. Sure, the odds of it lasting longer than a year or two are somewhere north of, well, the north pole, but Canadians love an underdog and these Canadian characters always demand to be heard.

So get of your igloo (it’s finally sunny outside!), get on the maple syrup bandwagon and make the Wednesday run to your local comic book shop and give Alpha Flight a whirl. I promise it’ll be a good time – and that’s what comics like Alpha Flight are all aboot!

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