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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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Let Your Cup Runneth Over With “Time & Vine #1” On The Wednesday Run

Oh, those beautiful vistas of the Sonoma countryside – how I long for thee!

Oh, those marvelous Tuscan hills, ochre-tinted and rolling against a clear blue sky – how I want to stay again!

Oh, the endless panorama of the Barossa Valley – may the image be forever in my sight!

Oh, the cool and calming climate of the Valle de Casablanca – may I dream of you once more!

The connection to these four locales? It’s evident isn’t it?

Wine. Nectar of the capital “G” Gods. And if you’re anything like me, a good glass of wine makes for an enjoyable time.

Be it Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Syrah or a Blanc, every glass of wine takes you to its place of origin, enlightening you to its landscape, its people and its history.

And that’s the premise to today’s release of the absolutely lovely and tasty Time & Vine #1!

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Solve A Classic Murder In “Clue #1” On The Wednesday Run

I used to spend the summers of my youth playing board games with the other kids on the street.

Inside the living room or outside on the backyard patio, single games of Monopoly would last for days, The Game of Life would last for hours, and games of Connect Four would be quick and energetic fancies in-between (although we sometimes turned them into larger, multiple-win tournaments).

But the game that would stay with me though my childhood days and nights, the game that would morph into mysterious DIY role-playing games, and cross boundaries and technology into VCR-led playing, movies, books and video games, was the murder-mystery game of Clue.

And for the first time ever, that Hasbro-published classic is making the jump into comic books!

As comic book lovers, now we can sleuth the sequential art mystery, beginning in today’s release of Clue #1!

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American Politics Are Out Of This World In ‘Saucer State #1’ On The Wednesday Run

I would have thought we’d have heard something “official” about alien encounters by now.

And by “official” I mean something on social media – from the sitting President of the United States. If anyone were to read government classified material and leak it at 2 a.m. via Twitter, it would be Trump, don’t you think?

But that hasn’t happened. Yet.

Maybe he’s been too busy hiring and firing.

Maybe he’s been too busy with his own office shenanigans.

Then again, maybe that classified material we all think exists – doesn’t after all. And what a major disappointment that would be.

Still, while waiting for that late-night tweet, there’s a government-alien-conspiracy comic book we should all be reading…and the first issue of a brand new volume drops today with Saucer State #1!

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IDW hails the king of team books with Marvel Artist Select Series: George Perez

There’s no comic book company on the planet celebrating the history of comics better than IDW. From their oversized Artist Editions to their new Marvel Artist Select Series, the company is the master of collector-friendly deluxe collections. Last fall, IDW released their first IDW Marvel Artist Select Series title, highlighting the work of Sal Buscema on the Incredible Hulk.  This time around, the latest artist to get the treatment is the legendary George Perez, whose various runs on the Avengers are highlighted.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: IDW’s Sal Buscema Incredible Hulk Artist Select Series + an interview with IDW CCO Chris Ryall

The folks at IDW are masters of the high quality historical comic. By that I mean that they’ve been putting out expansive (and expensive) books that highlight legendary artists and comic book runs. Their Artist Editions are simply works of magnificent art – I’ve got a few of them on my shelf, including ones reprinting in all their oversized glory issues from John Romita, Jack Kirby, Dave Mazzuchelli and Gil Kane.

IDW’s latest high end compilation is the Marvel Artist Select Series, a limited print run book celebrating a specific artist in beautiful and vibrant color. In this case, the first artist is Sal Buscema, who had an impressive run on The Incredible Hulk and is viewed by many as one of the character’s definitive interpreters.

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We’re Finally Outatime With BACK TO THE FUTURE #1 On The Wednesday Run

OutatimeOctober 21, 2015.

We still have roads for our cars. We don’t have hover boards. I’m still forever tying knots in my shoelaces. I do believe the Cubs are still looking to win a World Series. And, thankfully, the Jaws series of films have yet to reach their nineteenth installment. (But there’s still time.)

These are all things that keen-eyes futurists caught in the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy of films. But it was that original movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd thirty years ago that captured our imaginations in 1985.

Still October 21, 2015 plays a large part in BTTF lore. It was the day in the future that Marty McFly had to get to in order to save his kids. And what better way to celebrate that incident, and the anniversary of the first film, then with a comic book tie-in event.

Follow me after the jump for 1.21 gigawatts of pure childhood pleasure with the scoop on Back to the Future #1!

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: STILL MORE BIG Hardcover Comic Book Collections

Jack Kirby AEA few days ago, we posted the first part of our 2014 Gift Guide’s “BIG Hardcover Comic Book Collection” which you can find by either scrolling down the Biff Bam Pop! main page or by clicking here.

Those were some big books that require some degree of heavy lifting. But they’re not the only ones that would make fantastic gifts this year!

Follow me after the jump and I’ll detail a few more awesome tomes released earlier this year that any comic book, comic book historian or comic book art lover – would absolutely love to have their hands on!

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Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City On The Edge Of Forever #1 On The Wednesday Run

Trekkies rejoice!

Back in the spring of 1967, at the tail end of the first season of Star Trek, NBC broadcast what would widely considered to be one of, if not the, greatest episode of the science fiction series. Titled “The City on the Edge of Forever”, and staring Joan Collins alongside William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley, it detailed Kirk, Spock and McCoy jumping into the earth’s past in order to fix an inadvertent time-change that would have far-reaching effects in their 23rd century present.

Famed science fiction writer, Harlan Ellison, wrote that episode, which went on to win the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. But his script would get embroiled in long-standing controversy as it was doctored by a host of production writers.

Today, IDW, long-time publisher of Star Trek comic books, presents Ellison’s original script, unaltered, unabridged and undoctored, in a brand new five-issue mini series.

Ladies and gentlemen, Trekkies of all ages, at long last, I present to you: Start Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay!

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Glenn Walker’s Top Five Comics for 2013

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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.

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