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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 8-2-2017


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 Robyn Hood: The Hunt #1, Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1, Rom vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #1, Mech Cadet Yu #1, The Pitiful Human-Lizard #13-14, Rocket Girl #8, Redlands #1, Secret Empire #6-7 and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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X-MEN PRIME #1 Sets The Stage For A New Beginning – Your First Look!


New York, NY – March 1st, 2017 – The RessurXion begins here! In the wake of Inhumans vs. X-Men, the Children of the Atom pick up the pieces and charge headlong into tomorrow! And it’s all kicking off in March’s can’t-miss X-MEN PRIME #1! Featuring a collection of blockbuster creators, the next chapter of the X-Men’s saga begins in this oversized one-shot!

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Civil War II Prequels and Side Stories


Civil War II is not just happening in the core title this summer and autumn (and possibly into winter!), but also throughout the Marvel Comics line. There have been a ton of comics connected to it and talking about it, or at least pretending to. Meet me after the jump and I’ll be discussing Civil War II comics featuring Ulysses, Karnak, Doctor Doom, Nick Fury, and the Totally Awesome Hulk, among others.

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MONSTERS UNLEASHED PRELUDE Sets The Stage For Marvel’s Monstrous New Series!


New York, NY—September 21st, 2016 — Long before Super Heroes patrolled the skies, mammoth monsters roamed the Marvel Universe – leaving wanton destruction in their wake. Now, they have returned! Before their explosive re-emergence in the all new spectacular MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 – catch up on the rich history of these marvelous monsters with the MONSTERS UNLEASHED PRELUDE TPB coming to comic shops and bookstores everywhere in January! Peel back this brand-new cover from artist Greg Land and you’ll find a treasure trove of iconic stories and first appearances! Titanic tales from the past and present designed to get fans everywhere prepared for MONSTERS UNLEASHED!  Details after the jump…

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Out Of Jurassic It’s Turok: Dinosaur Hunter On The Wednesday Run–February 5, 2014

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!

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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?


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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