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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 8-9-2017

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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 and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on DuckTales #0, Shadows on the Grave #7, Spirit Hunters #9, Avengers #10, Freelance #1-4, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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Now Is The Time For “Seven To Eternity #1” On The Wednesday Run

seven-to-eternity-1As regularly occurs at least once or twice a year, last week I began sifting though my collection of old comic book sci-fi and fantasy magazines published in the early 1980’s. I’m talking about issues of Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated.

I love those periodicals! During those days, I already had an affinity for Batman and the Justice League, but it was in those monthly and quarterly magazines that I got my first taste of the visual representations of otherworldly planets, aliens, future tech and sword and sorcery. It’s where I first read Dredstar by Jim Starlin, Marada the She-Wolf by Chris Claremont and John Bolton, Ken Steacy’s The Sacred and the Profane, and the works of Richard Corben, William Kaluta, Kent Williams, Jon J. Muth and Jeffrey jones amongst so many others.

The stories and art in those magazines led to reading monthly comics like Alien Legion by Carl Potts, Alan Zelenetz, Frank Cirocco and Terry Austin, and Six From Sirius by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy and, more recently (and more to the point) Black Science from Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera.

Why “more to the point”?

Because acclaimed writer Rick Remender is behind this week’s must-have Wednesday Run: Seven To Eternity #1!

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Remembering Sir Christopher Lee

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Whether you know him as the classic old school Dracula of the Hammer Horrors or his more recent roles as Saruman or Count Dooku in the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films, you know that today we have lost a true legend of the screen – Sir Christopher Lee. Join me after the jump to remember this great man.

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45 Years of Black Sabbath

A classic album stands the test of time. It stirs an emotion the first time you hear it, and can evoke the same response years down the road. If it kicked your ass the first time, it will kick your ass again even if you haven’t heard it in years. Such is the case with Black Sabbath’s iconic self-titled debut, celebrating its 45th anniversary this month. Read the rest of this entry

31 Days of Horror: Dio Live In London Hammersmith Apollo 1993

If you want to talk about scares during the month of October, when it comes to music, it’s hard not to think of the legendary Ronnie James Dio. From his days in Elf and Rainbow, through to his seminal albums with Black Sabbath and then in his own self-titled band, Dio always portrayed himself as a badass, the Wizard of Rock and Roll, holding the Devil Horns in the air while wailing that unmistakeable banshee wail. Dio may have been diminutive in stature, but when it came to heavy metal, the man ruled over all.

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Long Live The King Of Rock And Roll – Dio’s Finding The Sacred Heart DVD Reviewed

While the metal world may be rightfully ecstatic about the  number one debut of Black Sabbath on the Billboard charts, there are other reasons to celebrate. Specifically, the recent DVD/Blu-ray release of the mighty Dio’s legendary 1986 Sacred Heart tour, which Ronnie James Dio and company at the height of their powers.

Check out King Of Rock & Roll below and read on after the jump!

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A Gift From the Metal Gods – Black Sabbath’s 13 Reviewed

When it comes to Black Sabbath, I’m a Dio guy, through and through.

But holy devil horns! 13, the band’s first studio release with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!, is a heaping slab of absolutely awesome hard rock.

Raise your horns and read on after the jump!
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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide: Alien – The Illustrated Story – Original Art Edition Hardcover

Alien – The Illustrated Story – Original Art Edition Hardcover
Published by Titan Books 
Writer: Archie Goodwin 
Artist: Walt Simonson

“Two of comics’ greatest talents joined forces in 1979 to bring Ridley Scott’s epic Alien motion picture to the comic book page. Out of print for over thirty years, this brand new edition (released in time to coincide with Scott’s latest opus Prometheus) has been meticulously restored from original artwork in Walt Simonson’s studio — presenting for the very first time the definitive artist’s edition of the greatest sci-fi horror ever produced.” – grabbed from the Amazon.com blurb.

I’m a huge Walter Simonson fan and one of my earliest and fondest comic book memories was picking up the Heavy Metal adaptation of Alien featuring his art work. It was the first real graphic novel I had ever picked up and as I was around 10 at the time, I hadn’t seen the movie yet.

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Saturday At The Movies: Rock of Ages

You know when Tom Cruise went crazy and the world turned their back on him? I didn’t. I was there, standing in line to see War Of The Worlds, his 2005 sci-fi epic which has a firm place in my top 10 favourite films of all time. Being a loopy Scientologist wasn’t enough to turn me off of one of my favourite actors, not when he was still doing work that I enjoyed watching.

Which brings us to Cruise’s latest and possibly greatest role, as the burnt out rocker Stacee Jaxx in the new musical Rock of Ages, in theatres this weekend. Even with all the great 80’s hair metal music, even with all the fun performances from Hollywood A-listers like Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti and Russell Brand, the reason I couldn’t get enough of this film was how absolutely, absurdly awesome Tom Cruise is.

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