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It’s A Wonderful #WonderWomanDay – Let’s All Celebrate!

You’ve already heard that the new Wonder Woman film has been released this weekend – and it’s making for some pretty glowing reviews!

We’re hearing that it’s full of action, adventure, tears and joy – and that there are <a-hem> pardon the pun – wonderful performances throughout the film!

Yesterday, Biff Bam Pop! Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, predicated a $105 million bankroll for the film in its first weekend of release. That’s a hefty and, frankly, outstanding sum of coin for this film and a number that can only be deemed a victory for the DC Cinematic Universe. There’s a lot riding on the Wonder Woman film both creatively and monetarily.

But Wonder Woman is more than just a single film. The character is a 75-year old pop culture icon of strength, love, hope, and will – not to mention an number of other positive and engaging adjectives!

Did you know that today, June 3, is #WonderWomanDay?!

Perfect timing, really…and there are a number of things you, or someone you love, can do to participate in the worldwide celebrations!

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Celebrate An Early #WonderWomanDay w. “Wonder Woman Annual #1” On The Wednesday Run

Even if you had your head under a rock, you’d know that there’s a highly anticipated (and finally!) Wonder Woman film being released this weekend!

Early reviews have been positive to absolutely glowing – and that sense of affirmation is just the vaccination that the DC Extended Universe film franchise has desperately needed! With the tent pole Justice League film dropping later this year and the cinematic debut of Aquaman now firmly in production, the Wonder Woman film had a massive pop culture encumbrance to bear on its shoulders.

Indeed, perhaps unfairly, the future of Warner Brother’s comic book universe of films was in absolute jeopardy due to previously dark and critically lackluster movies.

Thankfully, that sentiment is not the same in the comic book world – the wellspring of these globally recognized pop culture icons.

This Saturday, June 3, is appropriately, #WonderWomanDay. Fans around the world will be celebrating the feminist icon with comic book readings, cosplay, theater-goings and much, much more.

But you can get an early start on the festivities today with the release of Wonder Woman Annual #1 – a fantastic introduction to the character for readers of any age!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Comic Book Collections Part 3

art-of-atariOver the last few weeks, we’ve highlighted a series of comic book collections that would make ideal gifts for your comic book loving friends and loved ones this season.

You can find the first part of our trilogy of lists here, which showcases a number of more affordable trade paperback collections.

Last week, the second installment focused on hardcover collections, although slightly more expensive. You can find that list right here.

Today, we’re getting into the crème-de-la-crème of comic book collections. Save these for someone you really care for…or for even someone like yourself! Who wouldn’t want these tomes wrapped up?

With only a few days to go before Christmas, and without further ado, here is the final installment of our list of comic book collections for the 201 6holiday season!

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Uncover Old Lies & Discover New Truths In WONDER WOMAN #1 On The Wednesday Run

A few weeks ago, this column focused on the release of Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, a sort of standalone, introductory issue, aimed at setting the stage for the new Wonder Woman monthly series.

Wonder Woman #1The various “Rebirth” branded publications from DC Comics have been released since the beginning of June and will continue over the coming weeks. They all refresh their respective characters and series in advance of brand new “#1” issues. You can catch up on our early June Wednesday Run column on Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 right here.

Today, however, sees the release of Wonder Woman #1 – the new monthly series starring everyone’s favourite Amazonian Princess. It starts directly after the last page of Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, which was a little thin as a story chapter, but a riveting start on a long-form story, full of potential.

Wonder Woman #1, of course, expands on that potential. Radically and epically!

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Celebrate 75 Years With The Iconic WONDER WOMAN: REBIRTH #1 On The Wednesday Run

Wonder Woman Rebirth #1Last week saw the launch of a number of new DC Comics #1 issues – all under the “Rebirth” brand. Of course, this column, like much of the pop culture world, focused on their significance, which you can read about that right here.

Yeah, it’s pretty exciting stuff.

But it’s summer, after all, and that must mean a DC Universe reboot.

We comic book fans are suckers for reboots. We may gripe about them and their yearly regularity, but we love them nonetheless. And so do comic book stores. Those “Rebirth” branded issues last week saw some pretty high sales numbers and there are many more to be released over the coming weeks.

But there’s one “Rebirth” title that I’m really excited about, really rooting for. And it’s out today – with a timely new start for its title character.

This year, the iconic and world-renowned Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th year! Follow me after the jump for the brand new Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1!

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Ensley F. Guffey Reacts to Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

 Cover for Steve Rogers: Captain America #1. Art by Jesus Saiz.

Cover for Steve Rogers: Captain America #1. Art by Jesus Saiz.

I don’t usually write about superhero comics, or add my two cents to the internet outrages, controversies, and speculations that the comic book industry produces like Campbell’s makes soup, but I think this might be a good time to make an exception. Biff Bam Pop! readers may know that I’m something of a Captain America fan from my two-part look at Cap and historical memory, which you can read here and here. What you may not know is that these days, the only comics I collect are Our Army at War/Sgt. Rock, and Captain America. Those are the only two titles that will never be sold and replaced with trades, or donated to a library book sale, or whatever, that I bag and board using archival materials, and that I occasionally take Smaug-like glee over just possessing. I also occasionally like to take a pile of them out of their bags and curl up and binge-read them, reveling in the smell of old comics, looking at the ads, old-school lettercols, back matter, backup stories, etc. – you know, enjoy them as comic books.

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Celebrate Captain America’s 75th Anniversary With the Oversized CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #7

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Marvel Comics continues to recognize the 75th anniversary of Captain America this March as superstar creators unite to celebrate the sentinel of liberty in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #7! Meet me after the jump for your first look!

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Something Witchy This Way Comes With BLACK MAGICK #5 On The Wednesday Run

Black Magick 5 coverWhile we slowly inch our way to better months, better weather, and increased sunlight here in the northern hemisphere, there still seems to be a dark pall across many of our imaginations.

And we love it!

Horror’s pop cultural resurgence in comic books (did it ever really go away?) continues pace and, over the last few years, witches – not zombies – have been front and center in that renaissance.

Back in late October, Image Comics released Black Magick #1, the first issue of a new monthly series from industry favourites, writer Greg Rucka, and illustrator Nicola Scott. Although perfectly timed for the Halloween season, the comic didn’t make this particular column. I almost feel like I need to apologize to you readers because believe me, that particular issue made waves. Bot did it! And I’ve been making quick work of my monthly Black Magick Wednesday runs ever since.

Follow me after the jump for the low-down and the importance of Black Magick #5 – out today!

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Journey To A Comic Near You With STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE #1 On The Wednesday Run

SW Shattered Empire 1 coverIt goes without saying, doesn’t it? The biggest, most eagerly anticipated film of the year is only three months away.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh episode in the famed series of your youth will be released in North America on December 18 (a few days earlier in some countries across the globe) and the hype machine is in full swing. Toys based on the movie were highlighted last week, sending fandom into a tizzy and they’re have been a plethora of talks, symposiums and interviews during the summer comic book convention season. And Marvel Comics, subsidiary of Walt Disney, are in on the game.

What happened directly after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi?

Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you all about Star Wars: Shattered Empire, the comic book mini series that aims to answer that all-important question!

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Comic Book Compilations Part 1

Velvet Vol1Over the last few weeks, our 2014 Gift Guide has detailed a number of comic book related ideas that you should consider wrapping up for that special pop-culture comic book fan in your life. You can check out two of those lists here and here.

Now, those selections are a little on the pricier side of things, but there are a number of fantastic – and affordable – comic book related compilations that you could lovingly give this holiday season.

Follow me after the jump, and I’ll run through eight different titles, in multiple collections, that everyone needs to reading!

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