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Heroes and Villains: Road to Justice League Edition

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Later this week a little movie called Justice League opens, and I was curious what might be waiting at the comic shop should anyone wander in after seeing the movie. I hate to say, there’s not much new, and what there is might be confusing. So here’s where this special Road to Justice League edition of Heroes and Villains comes into play. Meet me after the jump so I can let you know what is out right now, and what you should be reading when it comes to Justice League.

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Myth Making With Prometheus Fire And Stone #1 On The Wednesday Run

Here at Biff Bam Pop!, we’re big fans of the Alien film franchise. Who isn’t, right? So when Prometheus, a parallel spin off of that famous sci-fi/horror franchise was released a few years ago, we were all pretty excited.

Personally, I loved the first half of Prometheus and kind of liked parts of the last third, but it missed a lot of important storytelling marks for me. That said, perhaps the greatest strength of Prometheus was that it set up the promise of a whole new mythology from which other films, and today, comics, can draw upon.

Finally, new stories await fans with today’s release of Prometheus: Fire And Stone #1.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide – Prometheus On Blu-Ray and The Art of Prometheus

Prometheus
Blu-Ray, 20th Century Fox

The Art of Prometheus
Titan Books

art004A quick flip through, and scanning of, Titan’s recently published book Prometheus: The Art of the Film reveals Ridley Scott is a great lover of design. Leaving aside, for the moment, his amazing visions of the future in his earlier science-fiction films, consider, for a moment, the aesthetics, design cohesion, and appearance of Rome in Gladiator, the middle-ages in Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood, the worlds of the Armed Forces in Black Hawk Down and GI Jane (on the latter – we are speaking only of design here!), and the urban claustrophobia of Hannibal and American Gangster. The man has an interest in, and a love for, every detail in all of his films. While this likely causes more than its fair share of consternation and frustration amongst his collaborators, the end result is always a thing worthy of attention. Even if the designs are loosely based on actual historicity or reality, there is an internal cohesion and relevance that makes his filmic worlds at once believable within their own frames of reference and also beautiful and wondrous. The book, like the film that it describes and illuminates, is a thing of beauty.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide: Alien – The Illustrated Story – Original Art Edition Hardcover

Alien – The Illustrated Story – Original Art Edition Hardcover
Published by Titan Books 
Writer: Archie Goodwin 
Artist: Walt Simonson

“Two of comics’ greatest talents joined forces in 1979 to bring Ridley Scott’s epic Alien motion picture to the comic book page. Out of print for over thirty years, this brand new edition (released in time to coincide with Scott’s latest opus Prometheus) has been meticulously restored from original artwork in Walt Simonson’s studio — presenting for the very first time the definitive artist’s edition of the greatest sci-fi horror ever produced.” – grabbed from the Amazon.com blurb.

I’m a huge Walter Simonson fan and one of my earliest and fondest comic book memories was picking up the Heavy Metal adaptation of Alien featuring his art work. It was the first real graphic novel I had ever picked up and as I was around 10 at the time, I hadn’t seen the movie yet.

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31 Days of Horror: At the Mountains of Space Madness – Prometheus as Lovecraft

Science-fiction horror has had a rocky ride. It’s a genre filled with classics like The Thing and Pitch Black, and clunkers like “Doom”. But even if opinion on its artistic success was ultimately divided, Prometheus was a highly-anticipated movie from a number of perspectives. Long-time movie fans clutched the edge of their seat waiting to see Ridley Scott’s first epic science-fiction movie since the days of Blade Runner and Alien. Spectacle-seekers waited wide-eyed looking at the scope and beauty of the movie’s visuals. Art direction geeks were hooked by the return to the aesthetics of H. R. Giger.

One person was frustrated before it even hit the screen, however: Guillermo del Toro.

Find out why after the jump!
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Pixar’s Brave Shoots To The Top – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend of June 22nd, 2012

As predicted, the latest Pixar flick had a huge weekend at the box office, claiming the top spot with ease. But how did the rest of the new releases fair? Find out after the jump.
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Brave vs Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions, Weekend of June 22nd, 2012

Three new releases will do battle for your box office bucks this weekend – the latest from Pixar, a Vampire Hunting former president and an under the radar comedy from Steve Carrell. Will any of these be able to claim top spot? Here are our predictions:
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Prometheus Avenges Alien Franchise

Prometheus PosterPrometheus has been in theatres for a few weeks now, which hopefully means I’m safe to write this without blowing any secrets or surprises. If you’ve been waiting to see the movie, I understand your delay. Despite being a massive fan of H.R. Giger and most of the Alien franchise, I waited for the crowds to thin and secured some mind-shatteringly awesome seats in the 3D Ultra AVX theatre before seeing the film.

Although Prometheus suffered from some plot issues, I can confidently say that not only has H.R. Giger’s original design been rightly glorified, but Ridley Scott has gotten his proper revenge.

Not sure what the hell I’m talking about? Well, there’s a little more to Prometheus than meets the eye…

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Rock Of Ages and That’s My Boy Have Disastrous Openings – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend of June 15th

It was an absolutely abysmal weekend for two new releases looking to connect with audiences. Just how bad was it? Find out after the jump!

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Tom Cruise and Rock Of Ages Battles Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions, Weekend of June 15th, 2012

An R-rated comedy from two Saturday Night Live alum and a rock and roll musical that will take you back to 1987 are the big films opening this weekend. Will either of them manage to knock Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted from the top of the box office? Here are our predictions:

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