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!
Can a beloved action character make waves on the printed page? That’s what we’ll find out this week, when Dynamite releases John Wick #1, based on the successful film franchise.
John Wick #1
Writer: Greg Pak
Art: Giovanni Valletta
Following two big movies starring Keanu Reeves, the character of assassin/enforcer John Wick is now the focus of a series from superstar writer Greg Pak. Here’s what to expect from the first issue, titled JOHN WICK: BOOK OF RULES PART ONE:
When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga?
It will definitely be interesting to see how the franchise translates to comic books, which is why John Wick #1 is our big pick of the wick…I mean, week.
That’s what Steve Miller expertly told us, in the 1976 Steve Miller Band mellow release titled “Fly Like An Eagle”. The song went to number 2 on the US Billboard Charts and the lyrics about time ceaselessly moving forward while we worry about life and death and freedom of the soul in the present tense, has since become quite famous.
Tick. Tick. Tick.
That’s the general sound effect for a clock, an apt aural representation of time, of course. But any reader of comic books knows that the Tick. Tick. Tick. sound is also the noise a bomb makes – right before it’s detonated.
Interestingly, today’s long anticipated release of DC Comics’ Doomsday Clock #1, the first issue of a twelve issue monthly series, plays on all three of the “time” and Tick outcomes. And all for various reasons:
The future the DC Comics Universe!
The past of DC Comics publishing!
The critical and commercial bomb that the Doomsday Clock series could be!
The best kind of art takes risks, right? Doomsday Clock #1 is a huge risk – and we all can’t wait to dive right in!
I know there are a number of Moon Knight fans out there, fans from all the way back to the characters first ongoing monthly series in 1980, written by comic book luminary, Doug Moench and illustrated by the culture-shifting work of the now legendary, Bill Sienkiewicz.
The hero that proved to be more than a Batman rip-off.
The hero with multiple personalities and multiple versions of himself, who’s reality shifts as easily as the sands upon which his Egyptian-lore based origin is told.
This particular column has thrillingly lived through the various iterations of the character over the last half decade…and we’re extremely excited for the new version – which begins today in the pages of Moon Knight #188!
Fifty years ago.
That’s when Strange Adventures #205 hit newsstands across North America.
It was DC Comics’ first science fiction monthly comic book and it told tales featuring all sorts of weird and arcane…well, adventures, starring some of DC’s more obscure characters (as well as their more famous ones). It was a place for readers to see their heroes in unfamiliar settings as well as a proving ground for new characters. Captain Comet first appeared here. As did Star Hawkins, the Atomic Knights, Enchantress and Animal Man. You may know their names.
And then there was Deadman, created by comic book luminaries, Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino and later written and drawn by the legendary Neal Adams, who honed his pencil and ink chops on the character.
Biff Bam Pop! has featured the character of Deadman in a number of articles over the years. We begged for a film series here. We pleaded for a television series starring the beloved character here. And we featured him in this very column here and here among other pieces.
So, what is it that makes Deadman, the crime-fighting, supernatural ghost, who inhabits the bodies of the living so appealing?
Look no further than today’s risen-from-the-grave release of Deadman #1!
And with all the little ghosts and ghouls and goblins (and, let’s face it, superheroes) ringing your doorbell and asking for tricks or treats next Tuesday evening, you may want to shake things up a bit.
Instead of the usual candy and chocolate bars and chip bags handed out on Halloween, why not a comic book as a loot bag stuffer?
It’s a great idea: the gift of four-colour literacy! Of pop culture personified! Of imagination and excitement!
Then again, it can get pricey handing out all those comics.
So, treat yourself (or a select few) to some comic book scares this Halloween with the just-released, over-sized, frightfully awesome, completely fun, and altogether appropriate, DC House of Horror #1!
31 Days Of Horror: The Wednesday Run Goes Criminal With “Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion Of Evil #1”
Here is the tale of Spiral City’s greatest heroes, condemned to an idyllic farmland existence in rural America, a prison from which they can never escape!
That series, Black Hammer, published by Dark Horse Comics, has been a favorite of this particular reader since it began. Biff Bam Pop! has written about it both here and here and its following in the comic book community has only grown with each passing month.
The Black Hammer universe has developed exponentially, it seems, as Lemire and Ormston have been busy world-building by laying storytelling foundations of important, historic events in and around the main characters in each and every issue. It’s actually reminiscent of Mike Mignola’s work on Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. in its early days. Not only has this creative expenditure ripened the main Black Hammer story, but it’s provided colourful jumping-off points, for other, ancillary stories set in the same universe.
Today sees the first fruit of that endeavour with the publication of the first issue of the first Black Hammer spin-off series: Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil!
31 Days Of Horror: The Wednesday Run Visits Spooky Riverdale With The “Archie Halloween Spectacular” & More
Well, maybe it’s just growing up that can be scary at times.
Depending upon what you’re reading (or watching these days!) and between boyfriends and girlfriends, bullies and gossipers, teachers and principals, moms and dads, and all sorts of mischief by friends – Riverdale, home to Archie and his pals, can be a pretty scary place (especially in October!)…but it’s also a pretty interesting and fun place to visit alongside your best fictional pals!
The adventures of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and all the others continue in amazing popularity with kids and adults – over seventy five years after they first saw publication, way back in 1941!
And, keeping up with trends and interests of a twenty-first century fan-base, Archie, like us at Biff Bam Pop!, loves the Halloween season.
Continuing with our month-long 31 Days of Horror theme, that’s why this particular column is focusing on Archie Comics today…and their release of the Archie Halloween Spectacular #1!