Archive for February, 2011
This month for the Top Shelf selection, I give you Lowlife by Ed Brubaker. Yes, THAT Ed Brubaker. After reading it, you might look at the man in a whole new light!
So many good choices this week, only so few spots available. Pick Of The Week goes to Nathan Edmondson & Tonci Zonjic for Who Is Jake Ellis? #2 (Image). Fast Five picks include Fantastic Four #588 (Marvel), King Conan #1 (Dark Horse), Star Trek: Infestation #2 (IDW), Scalped #46 (Vertigo), and Avengers #10 (Marvel).
Remember to vote for The Cammy’s Speech for the Best Picture Oscar!
In this episode, I’m joined once again by Nic Fury to discuss the upcoming geeky movies of 2011. Well, they’re not all geeky, but the ones that strike our fancy.
Action-packed week for comics! Pick Of The Week goes to Mike Costa, Christos Gage, Chee, and Antonio Fuso for G.I. JOE: COBRA #13 (IDW). Fast Five picks include Brightest Day #20 (DC), Darkwing Duck #9 (BOOM! Studios), Thunderbolts #153 (Marvel), Green Lantern Corps #57 (DC), and 28 Days Later #20 (BOOM! Studios).
Daredevil: Reborn #2 by Jock
This cover makes me happy. Don’t get me wrong, Jock’s covers always make me happy, but because of the yellow background, I find myself warm and full of smiles. If that sounds slightly odd, then I’ll go with explanation number two; Daredevil is depicted beautifully in the image, and the yellow background really makes him pop. He’s currently a torn soul still trying to redeem himself, and Jock’s raspy interpretation of him really sells it to me. Are you currently holding out for a hero? Then this cover is for you.
Jennifer Blood #1 by Tim Bradstreet
When you have Tim Bradstreet involved in a Garth Ennis project, you know that you’ll be getting some kick-ass covers for sure. With the first issue of Jennifer Blood, we’re treated with nine (you read that correctly) variant covers, and this one is my absolute favorite of the bunch. It’s this cover that gives us the introduction to this new character, and with Bradstreet’s dark and gritty style we get the idea that she’s the kind of broad who isn’t afraid to get a little dirty (or bloody). Jennifer Blood is if the Punisher was a housewife living in the suburbs, and the cover clearly illustrates just that.
Venom Deadpool #1 by Skottie Young
I’ve always been a huge of Skottie’s style. While I do enjoy his interior art in comics, what blows me away every single time are his gorgeous covers. His covers are so good, I’ll buy the crappiest comic just for his cover alone. With this cover, you have the perfectly executed hybrid of Venom and Deadpool. Their costumes really were made for each other. With the addition of the grotesque green tongue, this cover screams “I’d look badass hanging on your bedroom wall”, or at your local punk rock venue.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 by Gerald Parel and Dustin Weaver
I nominate this cover to be the image for the first trade. It informs the reader of which main characters are featured, and it’s done in a beautifully almost painted style. The details of each character is enticing and fascinating at the same time, as it keeps you guessing who’s a good witch, and who’s a bad witch. Weaver’s been delivering some great art in general for this series, and this cover proves it a hundred times over.
Thunderbolts #153 by Greg Land and Dan Brown
Believe me, I did a double-take as well when I saw this awesome cover was done in part by Greg Land. Excuse me? Baking powder? Yes, that Greg Land. Sure it’s easy to make a crack that we just haven’t found the porn site where he traced the heroes from yet, but I think it was nothing but honest-to-goodness hard work this time. Is this a new renaissance for Land? As long as he keeps creating covers like this one, I’ll have no more qualms with the man’s work.
In this special episode, I’m joined by DC exclusive artist Mike Norton to discuss his new webcomic Battlepug. We also discuss pugs, Young Justice, and upcoming Marvel work.
The Walking Dead #81 by Charlie Adlard
When you think about The Walking Dead, zombies come to mind. And with this cover, we sure do get a herd of terrifying zombies grabbing at our seemingly doomed heroes. Just the look of terror on Glenn’s face alone sends chills down my spine. I also like the vomit-green coloring of the zombies in the background, making the protagonists in the foreground pop. This cover is like the anti-Hang In There! poster with the adorable kitten on a rope. This is the You’re Fucked! poster for sure.
Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #1 by Chrissie Zullo
When the first Cinderella mini-series came out, I was instantly hooked to Chrissie Zullo’s covers. She made Cinderella pretty, yet a total badass babe. Upon seeing her lovely style once again gracing the covers on this latest series, I once again melted into a warm puddle of goo. Cinderella, in a skimpy outfit, in the snow, packing heat. I don’t know about you, but I think Russia is going to start melting in the background! I think I’d have to claim this cover as being my favorite of the week, if not the entire month.
Justice League: Generation Lost #19 by Dustin Nguyen
Dammit, not again! This cover is simplistic and iconic, yet tells the audience everything they need to know. The shadowy figure with the smoking gun, the fallen hero, all déjà vu to comic fans. I think my favorite detail is the blue smoke rising from the gun, just because it balances well with the other two colors (red and black). While usually Dustin Nguyen gives us extravagant covers with lots of fine detail and pretty colors, this one really stands out as one of his personal bests in my opinion. As depressed as I am about the outcome of this issue, the cover alone is something I would want hanging on my wall.
The Unwritten #22 by Yuko Shimizu
Another Yuko Shimizu cover, and once again I’m stunned by all its radiant beauty. The only thing I can see myself being more fascinated by other than this cover, is Shimizu’s process on creating such a masterpiece. It looks like he took months to create this cover, when in reality I’m sure it took him a week or two because he has his own way of doing things down cold. This cover just screams “adventure”, and all I want to know is where can I sign up?
The Flash #9 by Francis Manapul
Very simple cover; Flash logo, with the Flash himself running right at you. Then again, I just love Manapul’s take on the Flash. I always thought no one should draw the Flash unless it was Scott Kolins, but then here comes along Manapul with his beautiful watercolors, and steals my heart. So yes, although there isn’t much on this cover, it speaks volumes about the character.
In this episode, I’m joined by Jeremy Awesome as we look ahead to WonderCon 2011 and Comic-Con 2011. Also, we discuss pants.
While there wasn’t a Pick Of The Week, we do have a delightful Fast Five! Picks include Secret Six #30 (DC), Hulk #29 (Marvel), Invincible #77 (Image), Amazing Spider-Man #653 (Marvel), and Sweet Tooth #18 (Vertigo).
Get your Comic-Con tickets yet?
Superman 80-Page Giant 2011 #1 by Dustin Nguyen
So obviously there’s a lot going on with this cover. However, since it’s a special issue filled with a variety of different Superman stories, it’s very fitting. You’re immediately swarmed with all sorts of wonderful colors that cause your eyes to dart across the cover rapidly, not having enough time to focus on one character. When you are finally able to rein your retinas in, you treated to the many beautiful illustrations by Dustin Nguyen and his takes on the Superman cast. Villains, heroes, sidekicks, all look lovely on a white canvas. The use of color really makes each of them pop-out, and it’s a very pleasing cover from top to bottom. This would look great as a poster
iZombie #10 by Michael Allred
This cover is very clever; my eyes instantly inform me that there is nudity on this cover, and it’s female nudity (the best kind). No skimpy outfits, no nude-colored costumes, no huge…tracks of land; an actual naked woman, and since it’s so dark, you can barely make-out her nipples. And I’m not the only one noticing; the three vampires behind her are quite aware of her lack of clothing as well. So while myself and the vampires are both hungry, and for different reasons, I applaud Allred for producing a cover so intriguing and so well designed. This cover makes necrophilia look hot.
Hellboy: The Sleeping And The Dead #2 by Mike Mignola
The covers for Hellboy are usually quite simple, but it’s the amount of detail that Mignola puts into each one that really makes it special. You see the iconic Hellboy stance, giant fist balled-up and ready for action, then just horror and supernatural icons surrounding him. Coffins, giant skulls, and bats? Something’s up, and you just know you’re in for a fun adventure! While I do always love Mignola’s covers, he really needs to take some time-off from the movies and just draw another arc or two. I miss his style.
Iron Man: Legacy #11 by Juan Doe
The first time I saw Juan Doe’s work, I was instantly mesmerized by his style. It’s bold, energetic, and eye-popping every single time, and this cover is one of his best pieces in my opinion. The symmetry and abstraction rolled into one forms a unique sense of unity, and yet still maintains order. The man is mysterious, for I know virtually nothing about him, but I’d love to see more interior art by him for sure. If you want a treat go pick-up the Joker’s Asylum: Scarecrow one-shot. He did the art, and it was gorgeous! Just like this cover.
Secret Six #30 by Cliff Chiang
Have I mentioned that it’s fantastic that Cliff Chiang is back and better than ever? Because it certainly is. For the past year he’s been doing a spectacular job on the covers for some of my favorite series (Justice League: Generation Lost), and once again he’s doing the covers for Secret Six. The intensity of Catman combined with the shoot-em’-up styling of Deadshot results in the cover seen here. Chiang not only kills it on colors, but with the energy in this image as well. Fingers-crossed for more Secret Six covers in the near future done by him!