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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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It’s A Good Day For the End Of the World In “The Kamandi Challenge #1” On The Wednesday Run

kamandi-challenge-1-coverA couple of weeks ago, friend and compatriot Glenn Walker (he of @monsura and regular contributor to all things cool on this very website), came to visit my hometown city of Toronto for Biff Bam Pop!’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Burns’ monumental birthday celebration.

It was a wonderful affair, full of frivolity, chatter and seemingly endless shot glasses of Jägermeister (many of us are still shuddering at the taste in our mouths).

At a breakfast get together the next morning, Glenn and I stated talking about our love of comic book industry-changing creator, “King” Jack Kirby (creator of so many of your favourite comic book heroes and villains), and his 1972 post-apocalyptic protagonist, Kamandi. He reminded me of the mid-eighties DC Comics series, the DC Challenge, on which today’s Wednesday Run column comic book pick is based.

Cliffhangers.

Multiple creators.

And Kamandi, the beloved Last Boy On Earth: in a brand new, limited series, full of story and art and wonder and industry legends working on the creation of the industry’s all-time Legend.

Today sees the release of the hugely-anticipated The Kamandi Challenge #1!

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The Ten Percent: The Best Man (1964)

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Promotional poster for The Best Man, 1964.

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

It’s the summer of 2016, which means it’s Convention season in the good ol’ US of A. From Cleveland, OH to Philadelphia, PA, Americans are… looking online the day afterwards to see what happened at last night’s convention. Seriously, who does these things on weeknights? No one’s got time for that. Well, here at the Ten Percent, we thought we’d get into the swing of things by talking about an incredible, thoughtful, and still relevant film called The Best Man (1964). Starring Henry Fonda as Adlai Stevenson-esque William Russell and Cliff Robertson as late-fifties/early-sixties Richard Nixon-wannabe Joe Cantwell, The Best Man takes place during the convention for a thinly disguised Democratic Party.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03 E05: 4,722 Hours

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As referenced in the title of this special episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” 4,722 hours is how long Agent Jemma Simmons spent on that other planet on the other side of the universe. That’s six months. That’s a long time. In this episode we finally get to see her struggle to survive on the blue world that might just be Hala, home of the Kree. Meet me on the other side, for my thoughts on “4,722 Hours.”

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Glenn Walker On… Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth!

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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.

At first glance, Jack Kirby’s Kamandi might seem like veiled rip-off of The Planet of the Apes with its wild humans and intelligent animals in a post-apocalyptic future, but it was oh so much more. Meet me after the jump for more on my love of Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth!

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The Sacred Scrolls – Your Key to the Planet of the Apes Comics

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I am a child of the 1970s, and like owning a vinyl copy of Frampton Comes Alive!, an Evel Knievel stunt set, and a Farrah Fawcett poster – being a fan of Planet of the Apes was mandatory. I love the Planet of the Apes, and so did everyone my age. Imagine the thrill for a comics geek like me when I found out about Planet of the Apes comic books. Now there’s a book from Sequart that examines those comics, meet me after the jump when I take a look at The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes.

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Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominated the box office this past weekend, almost sending the Transformers into its own Age of Extinction. Just as it did in the 1970s, it seems the country is gripped in Planet of the Apes mania once again. Biff Bam Pop! contributor Jim Knipp got out to the movies this weekend and saw it for himself. Check out his thoughts, after the jump.

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Apes Rule – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

An intelligent blockbuster? That’s what we got with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, an audiences responded with an excellent debut weekend. Here’w what went down.

DawnofDawn of the Planet of the Apes debut with an exceptional $73 million, good enough for first place and a substantial increase over Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ $54 million opening back in 2011. This is a franchise that is both entertaining and intelligent, and this summer is showing movies with those traits have been few and far between.

Speaking of which, Transformers: Age of Extinction was in second place with $16.5 million. Tammy was in third with $12.9 million, 22 Jump Street hit fourth with $6.7 million, while How To Train Your Dragon 2 closed things out in fifth with $5.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $75 million
2) Transformers: Age of Extinction – $20 million
3) Tammy – $10 million
4) 22 Jump Street – $7 million
5) How To Train Your Dragon 2 – $6.5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $73 million
2) Transformers: Age of Extinction – $16.5 million
3) Tammy – $12.9 million
4) 22 Jump Street – $6.7 million
5) How To Train Your Dragon 2 – $5.8 million

Next weekend sees the release of Planes: Fire and Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy and Sex Tape. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

How High Will Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Rise? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

It should be an excellent weekend at the box office, as one of the most anticipated new releases of summer climbs into the ring. Will it find its way to the top? Here’s our prediction:

Dawn_of_the_Planet_of_the_ApesDawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the excellent 2011 hit film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which made a solid $176 million and helped reboot the entire franchise. Set a few years after a plague killed off a significant amount of the population. Rise…should do extremely well this weekend. Reviews have been solid and anticipation is high, thanks in no small part to the return of Andy Serkis as Caesar. Look for a first place debut with $75 million.


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Trailer Time: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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The next step in the saga of the Planet of the Apes is coming to theaters this summer, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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