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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 6-28-2017

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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 Bankshot #1, Batman #25, Aquaman #25, Conan the Slayer #10, Robyn Hood: Tarot One-Shot, and WWE #6… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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Travel Back in Time with “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” in November

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When Ben Affleck was first announced as portraying Batman in the recent DC Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, plenty of Batman fans expressed outrage. It was just a few years after Christian Bale hung up his cowl there was yet another version of the Caped Crusader hitting cinemas? Not to mention that contingent of fans who were still invested in Michael Keaton as Bats (or George Clooney… or Val Kilmer… I mean, those people exist, right?).

What about those old school diehards who still think Adam West was the best Batman of all time? (Hey, there’s room for all of us in the Batverse!) Well, good news, Batfans! There’s a new movie with Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin. And if you’re wondering how much CGI it will take to erase 50 years, there’s an answer: none.
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The Answer Is Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year-Dark City On The Wednesday Run

Have you been watching Gotham, the new fall television show that centers around the death of an important, rich couple, the start of one good man’s policing career, and the origins of a despicable, crime-ridden city that will eventually require another man to dress as a bat, meting out vigilante justice to help keep order amidst sheer chaos?

It’s a smash hit – a program I make sure to set my schedule around every Monday night.

A riddle, then, in honour of that new television show: Where can you go in order to fully understand all that you already know?

It’s a simple riddle, really. Follow me after the jump and I’ll point you to the right answer!

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The GAR! Podcast: The All-Batman Episode

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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, in honor of the Biff Bam Pop! celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, it’s our all-Batman episode! See and hear more after the jump.

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Riddle Me This Batman #33 On The Wednesday Run

Riddle me this:

What’s better than a fallen Bat, in a lawless city, at the mercy of a question mark?

The answer: Not much, that’s what!

A story nearly a year in the making reaches its exciting, extra-sized conclusion today – and you need to be around for it. Follow me after the jump for the beautiful riddle that is Batman #33!

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Celebrate The Bat & The Clown On The Wednesday Run

There are some big, plans a-brewing when it comes to everyone’s favourite Dark Knight Detective.

It’s been seventy-five years since the first appearance of Batman within the pages of Detective Comics #27 and you can bet that the upcoming San Diego Comic Con later this month will have a plethora of Batman-related programming and announcements. Bat-celebrations get a jump-start this week with the release of two decades-spanning hardcover compilations honoring the character.

Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you about each of them!

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Trailer Time: Gotham (TV Series)

Gotham TV LogoIt’s no secret that Warner Bros. has been making big bets with a slate of new television shows based on superhero properties owned by DC Comics. Through the success of Smallville, and the more recent Arrow, we’ll soon have The Flash.

And hours after being picked up by FOX for a full season, the first trailer for one of the most eagerly anticipated 2014 fall television offerings just dropped.

Follow me after the jump and feast your eyes on the jaw-dropping Batman-inspired origin tale called Gotham!

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Riddle Me This Batman #29 On The Wednesday Run–March 12, 2014

Since DC Comics’ whole “New 52” initiative started nearly two and a half years ago, one of the most consistently entertaining titles the comic book company has published has been Batman.

Restarting the series with a brand new, fresh-faced “#1” on its cover has allowed writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo the opportunity to re-tell Batman stories from…well, from the ground up, essentially. Still true to superhero purists, this Batman series has mined the history of the Wayne family, the secrets buried in Gotham City’s past, and re-laid the blocks that make Batman, Batman.

Of course, that also means re-laying the blocks of the Dark Knight Detective’s villains, too! Riddle me this, dear reader: what Batman villain has the most to gain from a re-building?

Answers await after the jump!

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Batman Vs. Wolverine: Diving into Digital Comics

bat1I have had the ComiXology application since I got an iPhone years ago, but let’s face it, reading comics on an iPhone is a game for people who have a future as a LASIK eye surgery patient. Once I got an iPad however, portable digital comics became a whole new frontier. Learn about two of my first acquisitions – Batman ’66 and Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted – after the jump.

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The Dark Knight Rises Pregame: The Dark Knight Revisited

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I have been taken to task recently over my opinions about the film The Dark Knight. Apparently I shocked co-hosts and viewers alike on the second episode of the Biff Bam Popcast when I declared that I despised the film. So much so that in the third episode, JP Fallavollita read a statement, indirectly to me, that pretty much said, “What universe are you living in, buddy?” It was all meant in good fun, and JP is a great online friend whose opinions I respect a lot, but it might be time to defend my opinions on this one.

The Challenge

Now my buddy and editor-in-chief of Biff Bam Pop, Andy Burns, has punished me before for my movie opinions. Upon learning my not-so-fond thoughts on Alien 3, he immediately assigned it to me to review. Guess what he did to me again? Yep, I’m watching The Dark Knight again, for the first time since suffering through it in the theater. I’m a masochist. Just for a reminder, here‘s what I thought the first time.
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