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Gilbert Reviews Edwin Herbert’s Historical Mystery: ‘Mythos Christos’

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I was offered a chance to read and review a novel written by Edwin Herbert. The write-up that his publicist sent was quite intriguing and something that was definitely up my alley: Vatican conspiracies, history, mystery, and adventure. Edwin Herbert is president of his local free thought society and has been a regular op-ed newspaper columnist on topics concerning science, skepticism, and the mythical roots of various religions. Mythos Christos is his debut novel. Meet me after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

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21st Century Noir Meets ‘Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1’ On The Wednesday Run

Murder!

Mystery!

Danger!

And teenage sleuths!

But these aren’t the teenage sleuths you thought you knew.

No, we all remember reading the investigative exploits of amateur detectives Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys during our formative, pre-pubescent years. If you’re at all into the mystery and noir genre today, these three characters probably play a significant role in the development of that interest. You know, along with Scooby Doo.

But Nancy Drew and bothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, were never ones for light and rollicking comedy. Their adventures often took them into the worlds of dark, shadowy and dastardly villains, and often around the world to far-flung locales.

Today sees their return with the release of Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1, a new series featuring these beloved, time-honoured characters, in a take that’s completely twenty-first century… but still totally noir!

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‘The Missing Tourist’: Coming To Canada To Disappear

In October, 2014, a tourist visiting Yellowknife disappeared. Atsumi Yoshikubo seemed like a typical Japanese vacationer, visiting for the majestic creaking pines and the ethereal beauty of the northern lights. Five days after arriving, she walked out of town and into the woods, never to be seen again. Award-winning producer, writer and director Geoff Morrison’s The Missing Tourist delves into the mystery of Yoshikubo’s vanishing. With no signs of criminality, or much hard evidence at all, could Atsumi have traveled all that way just to slip silently out of the world?

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Trip Through The “Ether #1” On The Wednesday Run

ether-1-coverHolee molee there’s a litany of awesome creator-owned science-fiction and fantasy comic books around these days!

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!

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Mysterious And Heavy Lands The “Black Hammer #1” On The Wednesday Run

Black Hammer 1First issues.

They get me excited!

And first issues by great creators that I trust and whose work I constantly follow due to their reverence for the history of the comic book art forum – as well as their interests in turning it on its head? Well, that makes a “Wednesday Run” to the local comic book shop all that much easier!

And hurried!

In that vein, today sees the release of a brand new superhero series from some pretty incredible talent. Action-filled and full of mystery, adventure, and science fiction elements, it’s a series that should prove worthy of your monthly comic book reading habits.

After a lot of buildup and a lot of anxious wait, today finally sees the release of Black Hammer #1!

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Don’t Get Caught Out Of Your DEPT.H. #1 On The Wednesday Run

Dept.H 1 coverMind 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!

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Something Witchy This Way Comes With BLACK MAGICK #5 On The Wednesday Run

Black Magick 5 coverWhile we slowly inch our way to better months, better weather, and increased sunlight here in the northern hemisphere, there still seems to be a dark pall across many of our imaginations.

And we love it!

Horror’s pop cultural resurgence in comic books (did it ever really go away?) continues pace and, over the last few years, witches – not zombies – have been front and center in that renaissance.

Back in late October, Image Comics released Black Magick #1, the first issue of a new monthly series from industry favourites, writer Greg Rucka, and illustrator Nicola Scott. Although perfectly timed for the Halloween season, the comic didn’t make this particular column. I almost feel like I need to apologize to you readers because believe me, that particular issue made waves. Bot did it! And I’ve been making quick work of my monthly Black Magick Wednesday runs ever since.

Follow me after the jump for the low-down and the importance of Black Magick #5 – out today!

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Marie Gilbert reviews Child 44

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I love channel surfing and, on the few occasions that I’m able to commandeer the remote away from my hubby, I search for new films or series to watch. Last night I came across a film I hadn’t heard of. Although Child 44 bombed at the box office, there were two major reasons I watched the film; Ridley Scott and Noomi Rapace. How was the film received at the Gilbert home? Grab a bottle of vodka and have a seat. Read the rest of this entry

All Eyes On THE PRIVATE EYE: THE CLOUDBURST EDITION HARDCOVER On The Wednesday Run

Raise of hands: who here is reading comics digitally?

Put your hand down, Andy. I know you are. You tell me constantly.

The Private EyeNo, really ‘tho. Who here is reading comics on your desktop, your iPad, your Kobo, your Kindle, your phone?

Well, more and more of you, that’s who. And that’s why there’s a yearly Eisner Award for “Best Digital Comic” (among many, many other important awards celebrating the comic book medium).

Earlier this year, The Private Eye won that particular Eisner Award and now the entire series is being published in the old-school hardcover format for people like me who still read that sort of physical thing.

Follow me after the jump for all the detective work on the release!

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Go Hard, Go Boiled With JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE #1 On The Wednesday Run

A retro-past. A dystopian present. A hard-boiled mystery. And monsters.

Joe GolemThere are always monsters.

Look, I know it’s November. I know we’re post Halloween 2015 and that we should have our minds set on the relentlessly upcoming holiday season, but like Kit Kat and Coffee Crisp chocolate bars, how can you possibly get enough this kind of stuff? It’s the fodder for great comic books and Dark Horse Comics, publisher of some of the best comic book around, has got another title that should turn your head.

And, beyond the intriguing story, it’s got one of the premiere names in the industry attached to it.

Follow me after the jump for all the info on amazingly-titled Joe Golem: Occult Detective #1!

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