Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!
Well, we’re inching closer to the end-of-year holiday season. Maybe you’ve noticed that your local mall is decked to the gills in tinsel? Perhaps you’ve guiltily watched one or two bad made-for-TV holiday movies on some run-of-the-mill specialty channel (so that’s what Winnie Cooper is up to these days! Also, she was great!)? Maybe you’ve been busily writing, then scratching, then re-writing various dinner engagements with friends and family in your December calendar?
Well, DC Comics and their stable of writers and artists have been busy getting various superheroes and villains in the spirit of the season, working tirelessly on a holiday-themed production of their own.
Today sees its very timely release!
Get set to jingle all the way to the DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1!
New York, NY—October 17th, 2016 — The next chapter in the sensational saga of Captain America begins here! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #7 – the first installment in the next exciting story arc “Hail Hydra”! Blockbuster creators Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz re-unite once more as Hydra’s tentacles slowly tighten around the Marvel Universe! Civil War II may have ended, but Steve Rogers and his machinations are just beginning! S.H.I.E.L.D is coming apart at the seams as the Red Skull marches across Europe, with an army at his back. Steve Rogers can only smile – everything is going according to plan. Be there for the start of a new jumping on point as Hydra comes to Marvel NOW! in CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #7 – on-sale November 9th!
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!
Get Behind The Shield With Captain America: Winter Soldier Directors Cut #1 On The Wednesday Run–April 2, 2014
Hypothetically, let’s say you find yourself, surprisingly perhaps on this particular Wednesday, driving, walking, cycling or even skateboarding towards your local comic book store. What a strange concept!
And let’s say that, hypothetically, you happen to be recently excited for a certain patriotic comic book character that also, hypothetically, happens to have a big-budget Hollywood sequel being released later this week. Inside your comic book store, you scan the racks of new comics that have, surprisingly, just arrived today. And then you see it. The one comic that captures all of your attention here, on this Wednesday.
Forget talking in hypotheticals. That one comic is here, today. That one comic is Captain America: Winter Soldier 1 Director’s Cut #1!
Ah, the cold war of the 1970’s.
It’s fertile ground for stories, isn’t it? A time when truth is probably stranger than fiction. Spies. Secret agents. Enigmatic politics. Clandestine agendas. Shadowy organizations exerting influence over an unsuspecting populace.
Our world doesn’t currently have enough comic books set during the cold war!
Truth be told, our world doesn’t currently have enough comic books being written by Ed Brubaker.
Both of those issues get rectified with today’s release of Velvet #1.
Come and celebrate with me after the jump.
This week saw two different yet similar Avengers releases from Marvel Comics, both written by Jonathan Hickman – Avengers #8 and New Avengers #4. Both show vastly different sides of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in drastically different yet similar situations. You’ll have my thoughts, after the jump.
The Brian Michael Bendis era is over. The guiding hand of the Avengers franchise at Marvel Comics has essentially relinquished control of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with the advent of Marvel NOW!. Bendis may have one last devastating word for the team with his “Age of Ultron,” but for the moment, other hands on are the Avengers. Here’s a quick look at recent doings in the Marvel NOW! era, after the jump.
I don’t know if it’s a champagne hangover I’m currently sporting or if it’s one brought on by comic books.
Between Christmas gifts and Boxing Day sales, I’ve been reading a lot of sequential art in my free time over the last seven days. Perhaps you have too! But Wednesday, January 2, 2013 is the first “new comics” release date of the brand new year and, like every other Wednesday, there’s something that has me raising a quizzical eye and more than a little excited at storytelling possibilities.
And yeah, you need to get it NOW!
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!
It’s the only true constant in the comic book genre. Well, that and rebirth. Heroes and villains die, heroes and villains return. They always have, they always will. You could bet the house on it, if you were a betting kind of person.
I am. Just don’t ask about the two million I currently owe resident EIC, Andy Burns. (That monetary burden, however, is under control. In the last few years, I’ve weaned it down from the original five million. Still, I could have sworn that M. Night Shyamalan directed Stuart Little, dammit!)
But I digress. This is the Wednesday Run and if you’re gonna run, you better run fast!
You see, Marvel Comics’ First Family, the Fantastic Four, shall see a subtraction of one this Wednes-err-make that Tuesday–yesterday!
That’s right! If you’re reading this column, you’re already a day late! Marvel Comics, in their infinitely sensationalist wisdom, in their glee for life’s black veil and the almighty green dollar, released issue #587, the big “superhero death” issue, to comic stores a day early!
Absolutely it’s a gimmick. So is the sealed black plastic bag the issue is being sold in.
There was a time not so long ago–let’s call it 1993–where such comic-related gimmicks very nearly spelled the death knell for the industry itself. I can’t help but wonder if history, like comic book superhero deaths, is repeating itself again.
If you’re a betting kind of person, lay down your odds in our dark-humoured dead pool. Who will cease-to-be this week?
Could our unlucky, four-colour adventurer be Ben Grimm, also known as the rock-encrusted The Thing? Could it be the elastically malleable scientist Reed Richards, AKA Mr. Fantastic, once thought dead in his own comic some years ago? Could it be his loving wife Sue Storm, where the clue may already be found in her nom-du-super: the Invisible Woman?
Personally, I’m putting my money on wisecracking brother, Johnny Storm, better known as The Human Torch – he who cracks one too many somethings this particular week.
But don’t cry for this long-standing, much beloved, Marvel family. Right as rain, the recently deceased will become the recently reborn. Just give it a few months, a major storyline dealing with the ramifications of loss and an inevitable change of creative team on the book – another true constant in the comic book genre.