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 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #17, Sisters of Sorrow #1, Dark Days: The Casting #1, New Super-Man #13, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #9, Angel Season 11 #7, Kill All Monsters! Omnibus Volume 1, The Guild Library Edition, and Dept. H #16… be warned, there may be spoilers…
In many ways, the comic book annual is a thing of the past – the last refuge of a special excitement for regular readers of an ongoing comic book series. For the most part, the “Annual” magic died out in the mid-1990’s. That makes for at least two generations of young comic book readers that have never really known the thrill of the double-sized, more experimental, stories that “Annuals” often produced.
Today, the “Annual” has generally been replaced by the one-shot issue, the miniseries, or completely wiped from existence in lieu of publishing multi-part stories within an ongoing comic book, that can be easily collected into trade paperbacks or hardcovers. With market-driven forces changed and thin margins and full workloads, there is no appetite for the back-end work needed to create a separate visual tale within the story of an ongoing series.
But there was a time when comic books were madcap fun – and the “Annual” was a staple and eagerly anticipated part of comic book lore.
One series aims to return to those glory days.
Today sees the release of the thrilling, multi-faceted, multi-part, Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual!
And all of comic book fandom rejoices!
From Seven to Eternity to Black Science to Saga to Monstress, to Red Thorn to name only a few! There’s a litany of amazing reads available to us each and every week, and we here at Biff Bam Pop! love every single one of them!
And since there’s so much love to go around, why not add another to your fervent reading pile?
This week sees the release of Ether #1 from the critically acclaimed (and one of The Wednesday Run’s favorites) writer and artist, Matt Kindt!
Mind MGMT, one of this writers’ fave reads over the last decade or two and was a sort of call-to-arms for writer/artist Matt Kindt. It proved that his very indie sequential art storytelling style could appeal to a more mainstream, mass audience.
And that it did.
Through thirty-six (and maybe a few more if you count on-line productions) monthly issues of Mind MGMT – each full of mystery, shock, mythology, espionage and critical acclaim, Kindt wove a tale unlike any have read before – a truly original work.
Today, Kindt plunges into the deep waters of originality once more with the release of the first issue of his new monthly series, DEPT.H
Follow me after the jump for a murderous dive!
At once, it’s been as fascinating as any Philip K. Dick narrative, as engaging as any John Le Carre novel, and as exciting as the best Wachowski films.
Today, MIND MGMT, after 35 monthly issues, comes to an end. Prepare for the astonishing conclusion in the one-shot issue, aptly titled, NEW MGMT #1.
Follow me after the jump for all the secret info!
Yes, it’s Wednesday – and that means a new sci-fi comic book available at your local comic book shop. Not that anyone’s complaining, mind you. Not when the “sci-fi” in question is based in present day times and it’s from the fertile mind of writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), a favourite of ours on this very site.
So, what happens when you’re trapped in the early twenty-first century – prehistory – and you’ve discovered that the time stream is an absolute mess?
You’ve got to fix the problem. And that’s what the fascinating Past Aways, a brand new monthly series, is all about.
There are so many great comic book compilations available this holiday season, you’re sure to find something of interest for a friend or loved one (or yourself). The only thing you have going against you right now is time.
Still, it’s not too late to grab something and wrap it up before the holidays!
Here then, is the second installment of our great comic book compilation list. You can find the first one, published yesterday, right here. Of course, we have other comic recommendations for the holiday season here and here as well as more pricey picks here and here.
Follow me after the jump for some fantastic suggestions!
The 2013 edition of Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide kicks off today! Over the course of the next 24 days, we’ll be sharing with you all sorts of excellent gift selections for the pop culture afficionado in your life. Some will be a bit obvious, some will be unique and a little expensive. Music, movies, comic books and more – it’s all going to be covered. So get excited and get into the first instalment, courtesy of our pals over at Dark Horse Comics.
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A phoenix from the ashes. That’s what we’re talking about when we talk about publisher Valiant Entertainment.
Founded in the late 1980’s as Valiant Comics by Marvel Comics legends, Jim Shooter and Bob Layton, sold to video game maker Acclaim in the mid 1990’s and shuttered in the mid 2000’s, Valiant Entertainment (as it’s now called) was resurrected in 2005 but really rose to prominence in the comic book scene only last year.
But it’s today that the publishing company of superhero comics comes into its’ own. Today sees the release of Valliant’s first superhero team-up book with Unity #1 – history in the making!
In Marvel Comics current big event, Infinity by Jonathan Hickman, the Avengers are in deep space fighting a losing battle along with the Galactic Council against the mysterious and powerful Builders. Meanwhile the Earth is undefended, and at the mercy of the mad Titan called Thanos, and things are about to get worse. Meet me after the jump for reviews of Avengers #19, Mighty Avengers #1, and Infinity The Hunt #1.