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The Dog Days Of Summer Brings “Millarworld Annual 2016” On The Wednesday Run

Millarworld Annual 2016It’s the morning of July 13 here in Toronto, and the iPhone weather app is telling me we’ve got a high of 33 degrees Celsius to look forward to today. That’s 91.5 degrees Fahrenheit for those five, hard-headed countries that still use that particular form of measurement.

In an entirely separate conversation, someone nearby to me utters “…and that doesn’t even include the humidity.”

There are storm clouds converging, little coloured icons of lightning bolts on my phone screen, warning me to bring an umbrella if I’m out and about later tonight. No worries there.

For when the dog days of summer hit, it’s best to relax, a cool beverage within arm’s reach, and a comic book in hand. Today, how does an anthology compilation take you? An “annual” even?

Today, let’s talk about the Millarworld Annual 2016!

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A New Generation Of Surprising Underachievers With “Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1” On The Wednesday Run

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Oh, how this generation is such a disappointment.

They couldn’t possibly live up to the ideals, pride and fervor of those that wrote the book on the twentieth century. Not with their reality TV, drugs, sex, and selfies.

But really, how could they ever live up to their parent’s and grandparents’ generation? Isn’t the disappointment of our children a forgone conclusion?

Well, that was the premise of Jupiter’s Legacy… and continues, albeit with a few turns of plot, through today’s release of Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 2 #1.

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Marvel Sets The Stage With Their Prelude to Civil War II

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We’ve all heard the hype about Marvel Comics next big event, a sequel to the acclaimed mini-series that inspired the biggest movie of the year so far, yeah, I’m talking about Marvel’s Civil War II. It began at the start of this month with a Free Comic Book Day special, and then this past week with a zero issue. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on the prelude to Civil War II.

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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected – Just a Kid from Brooklyn: Captain America, American Memories of World War II, and the MCU, Part II

 

Splash page from The Ultimates #1, 2002. Script by Mark Millar, art by Bryan Hitch.

Splash page from The Ultimates #1, 2002. Script by Mark Millar, art by Bryan Hitch.

In the first part of this essay, I briefly sketched the construction of American memories of World War II that began slightly before the war and continue into the 21st century. In many ways the war has become a defining part of American identity, and the dominant, triumphal memory narrative we have created about it serves to elevate American participation in the war almost to the level of the sacred, and certainly to the realm of the simple black and white, good v. evil duality that is much more comforting than any messy and contradictory reality might be. The character of Steve Rogers/Captain America is one of the more perfect cultural artifacts to illustrate this process of memory construction, and the ways in which counter-memories, which challenge the dominant narrative, inevitably influence the national mythology.

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Avengers: Ultron Revolution S03 E02: The Ultimates

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When we last left Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, they had reunited and defeated A.I.M.’s super Super-Adaptoid, only to find the evil scientist cabal had also awakened the Avengers’ deadliest foe, Ultron. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “The Ultimates,” the latest episode of “Avengers: Ultron Revolution.”

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Mark Millar & Stuart Immonen Unite – Your Look Inside EMPRESS #1!

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Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen, these two superstar creators are launching a new series as part of Marvel’s ICON imprint. Meet me after the jump for your first look at EMPRESS #1!

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Biff Bam Pop Exclusive: Jeff Lemire talks Old Man Logan

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Today (Wednesday, January 27th) sees the publication of Old Man Logan #1, written by Toronto native Jeff Lemire, who picks up the reigns of this alternate universe Wolverine from Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis. Unsurprisingly, this title topped JP Fallavollita’s Wednesday Run, so check that our here to get more details on the series. As to what you can expect, find out right now, in our exclusive interview with Jeff Lemire!

Andy Burns: Thanks for talking to Biff Bam Pop once again, Jeff! Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis, and now you, taking on the character of Old Man Logan. Any intimidation in directing the way of this character based one who and what came before?

Jeff Lemire: Well, I wasn’t intimidated until you mention those two guys. Big shoes. But honestly, no, I’m not really intimidated. I feel so comfortable working with Andrea Sorrentino, since our run on Green Arrow, that I feel very confident we are going to do something special. If I didn’t think I had a strong take on the character, I wouldn’t have accepted the gig. Logan is the kind of character I love, and by that I mean he’s Canadian. So what can go wrong?

And, in truth, the entire idea of bringing Old Man Logan to the present day Marvel Universe provides me with all sorts of new directions and story potential, so I don’t feel any fear of retreading what’s already been done, either with Old Man Logan or with Wolverine stories in general.

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Aw Shucks, It’s Millar With His HUCK #1 On The Wednesday Run

Huck1Everybody remembers that scene, in that movie, don’t they?

Revered American comic book superhero creation, a fictional emblem for those who believe in truth and justice and all things inherently good, snapping the next of his most feared enemy.

Yep. That scene from the Man of Steel film a few years ago.

Many people had serious problems with Superman killing the evil General Zod in Man of Steel. Superman is inherently good, after all. He doesn’t murder. He always finds another way. We here at Biff Bam Pop! discussed that very issue and that very scene in our Biff Bam Popcast! and we wrote about it here.

Acclaimed comic book writer Mark Millar decided to write a new, ongoing comic book series because of that scene. What he’s given us is Huck #1.

Follow me after the jump for the scoop!

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Kingsman vs. SpongeBob SquarePants

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This week, Steampunk Granny got to see two movies, one with hubby and one with the youngest of the nine grandchildren. Kingsman: The Secret Service I was excited to see and the other? Let’s just say that I love my grandchildren. Did I like Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge out of Water? Let’s find out. Read the rest of this entry

Hyperbole Abounds With Jupiter’s Legacy #1 On The Wednesday Run – April 24, 2013

When a comic book company advertises one of their new publications as the comic book event of the year, you’ve got to assume that it’s just hyperbole. Heck, it happens all the time. The big spring, summer and fall franchise crossover stories get all of the headlines. Many comic book fans are embroiled in one or two of those titles right now.

But when you put a genre-smashing and well-regarded (if polarizing) writer together with a fan favourite artist, and have their work published by a company that is known to let their creators create, you get the possibility of something special.

That’s what we get today. The fist issue of the long-awaited series, Jupiter’s Legacy is finally released. And it might very well live up to the hyperbole!

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