This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week, and a brief interlude from the traditional superhero genre for me, including selections from both Boom! Studios and Image Comics. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2017 Annual #1, WWE #5, Ladycastle #4, Black Science #30, and Sex Criminals #19… be warned, there may be spoilers…
I don’t usually write about superhero comics, or add my two cents to the internet outrages, controversies, and speculations that the comic book industry produces like Campbell’s makes soup, but I think this might be a good time to make an exception. Biff Bam Pop! readers may know that I’m something of a Captain America fan from my two-part look at Cap and historical memory, which you can read here and here. What you may not know is that these days, the only comics I collect are Our Army at War/Sgt. Rock, and Captain America. Those are the only two titles that will never be sold and replaced with trades, or donated to a library book sale, or whatever, that I bag and board using archival materials, and that I occasionally take Smaug-like glee over just possessing. I also occasionally like to take a pile of them out of their bags and curl up and binge-read them, reveling in the smell of old comics, looking at the ads, old-school lettercols, back matter, backup stories, etc. – you know, enjoy them as comic books.
Congratulations! You’re going to have a great time this weekend! But don’t bother jamming your swim trunks and your snorkel gear into your Samsonite. Or your backpack. Or your courier bag. You won’t have room. Not with all the exclusives you’ll be picking up at the Con.
And don’t forget the art tube you’ll need to store all those sketches and prints you’ll be getting. (Make sure it has a strap so you can sling it over your shoulder!)
Still, there’s time to make a Wednesday run to your local comic book shop today right?
Get into the spirit of sequential art early with today’s release of the first Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof Edition: Black Science #1.
Follow me after the jump where I’ll parse out that mouthful for you!
Marvel Comics released an original graphic novel this week, Avengers: Rage of Ultron, written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Jerome Opena, with Pepe Larraz, and additional inks by Mark Morales. Supposedly in continuity the story pits the Avengers of today and yesterday against the threat of Ultron, ending with mind-boggling circumstances and an insubstantial cliffhanger. The title nails it – rage, which is what I felt while reading it. Be prepared for spoilers, and meet me after the time jump for my angry thoughts about Rage of Ultron.
Over the last few weeks, our 2014 Gift Guide has detailed a number of comic book related ideas that you should consider wrapping up for that special pop-culture comic book fan in your life. You can check out two of those lists here and here.
Now, those selections are a little on the pricier side of things, but there are a number of fantastic – and affordable – comic book related compilations that you could lovingly give this holiday season.
Follow me after the jump, and I’ll run through eight different titles, in multiple collections, that everyone needs to reading!
Maybe it’s because of this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, one of the great superhero films made.
Maybe it’s because of the weekly Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, which has been firing on all cylinders in its second season.
Maybe it’s because of last month’s pretty awesome Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer.
All of these things have got Captain America fans, old and new, whipped up into a bit of frenzy. And today Marvel Comics services that frenzy with two – count ‘em two – new Cap titles to read! Follow me after the jump for the goods…
Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, the boys are all over the map, talking Guardians of the Galaxy and Rick Remender’s Captain America, comic books and movies, hot dogs and potato chips, hip hop and ebola, and even give shout outs to a podcast or two. See and hear more after the jump.
Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audiozine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. It’s officially summer, and it’s grilling season, so this week, we talk about the joys of grilling, the magic of outside barbecue, from there it leads to divorce, dating, occupational terrors, books, soccer, as always comics, and, believe it or not, the Japanese Doctor Who. See and hear more after the jump.