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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 6-14-2017

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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. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #5, Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #4, Bitch Planet Triple Feature #1, Kill the Minotaur #1, Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality #2, American Gods #4, Harrow County #24, Geek-Girl #4, Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #11, Normandy Gold #1, the Savage Dragon: Warfare trade, and the new book on Reed Crandall from TwoMorrows… This is a loaded week, so who cares about Secret Empire when we have so many other cool things to check out, be warned, there may be spoilers…

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Ensley F. Guffey On… War Comics

Cover of Battle Action 198. Joe Colquhoun, art.

Cover of Battle Action 198. Joe Colquhoun, art.

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things.  Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years.  Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too.  Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

This week we once again have the pleasure of having Ensley F. Guffey share his love of War Comics, but this time on a more specific period and set of characters – Johnny Red and the Falcon Squadron. 

As I think the last Ensley F. Guffey On… War Comics showed, my love of the genre began early, and Sgt. Rock and the rest of DC’s war line are some of the very first comics I read and obsessed over. To this day I maintain that DC was the preeminent publisher of war comics in the US, and that very few comics have matched, much less surpassed DC’s work, particularly in the period 1960 – 1975.

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World Declares Marshall Law: The Deluxe Edition On The Wednesday Run–April 17, 2013

Ah, the 1980’s: a decade of consumerism, no-so-great music and bad, bad hair. Well, some of the music was quite good but teased and/or poofed up hair was a horrible mistake! A horrible one!

Still, it was a good decade for comics. Stories and art became more sophisticated forms of literature, the graphic novel format came to the fore, and the medium became legit in eyes of the mainstream press. Sure, there was a lot of negativity to be passed around too. Superheroes became too dour, for one, and comic books themselves became altogether too violent, too graphic.

In 1987, you’d think that all of that negative press was due to one little comic book mini-series: Marshall Law.

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Doctor Who S07 E08: The Rings of Akhaten

doc1Anyone who saw the preview last week for this week’s episode of “Doctor Who” might have had the same thought – on no, it’s the Doctor vs. the Cenobites, disco Cenobites. Well, not quite, but I am sure that The Vigil do shop at the same fabulous boutique as the Hellraiser crew however. My spoiler-filled recap and review of “The Rings of Akhaten,” perhaps more fashion discussion, and much, much more, when you join me after the jump.

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Biff Bam Pop! Exclusive Interview: Writer Andy Diggle Takes A Snapshot

Writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock have worked together in the comic book medium on a few occasions, namely the critically acclaimed The Losers and Green Arrow: Year One. Last month’s release of the thrilling four-issue mini-series, Snapshot, is their first creator-owned partnership. Published by Image Comics, Snapshot is fast-paced noir that tells the story of a teenager who finds a cell phone containing photos of a murder scene. It made our Wednesday Run as a pick of the week, and lived up to it’s billing as edge-of-your-seat reading!

Andy Diggle took some time out of his busy schedule to answer questions via email on the Snapshot series, working with his good friend Jock, the economy of writing opening scenes, the self-promotion of his work and his creative process.

Read more after the jump!

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Action Heroes: Too Old to Rock and Roll?

old1As I write this, Black Sabbath has just announced a new album and tour. David Bowie has released a new single after more than a few years in isolated retirement. The Who, the Rolling Stones, and even Paul McCartney are still out there rocking. It’s obvious that you can never be too old to rock and roll, but we’ll find out if the same is true of action heroes, after the jump.

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Seeing Dredd Should Be The Law For Action Fans – Andy Burns on Dredd

What happens when a beloved yet underground comic book character hits the big screen via creators and stars who seem to have zero clue what makes said character tick.

This:

Now, let me be clear – back in 1995 I actually enjoyed Sylvester Stallone’s Judge Dredd. I thought it was vastly superior to Batman Forever, which brought in all the money that summer. Though it featured a helmet-less Dredd for the majority of the film, something that never happens in the comic, and a ridiculous buddy role for Rob Schneider, the movie was still a lot of fun. Of course, fun doesn’t always translate to money, and Judge Dredd was a box office bomb. Just like 2012’s take on the character, simply titled Dredd.

That’s where the similarities end, mind you. The big difference between the two is quality – which this latest version has in spades. Check out the trailer and then read my take on the flick after the jump.

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