Archive for March, 2011
This month for the Top Shelf selection, I give you That Salty Air by Tim Sievert. The classic tale of man versus sea, filled with anger, revenge, and cute little seahorses.
In this episode, I’m joined by Ben to talk about Anime Conji 2011, Sucker Puch, and Magic: The Gathering. Spoilers for Sucker Punch!
In this episode, I have two Picks Of The Week due to Rob Granito stealing my Fast Five. The first Pick goes to Batman Incorporated #4 (DC), and the second to FF #1 (Marvel).
Remember folks, WonderCon is next weekend!
Batman Incorporated #4 by J.H. Williams III
America; fuck yeah! Patriotism aside, the cover illustrates beautifully which characters to expect in this issue, and where it’s going to take place. While we all know J.H. Williams can draw the hell out of Batwoman, it’s interesting to see her as a footnote on the cover, where the main character on display is none other than Batman. I especially love how the logo and seal of Gotham flow along with the American flag, giving a great sense of unity.
FF #1 by Daniel Acuña
My favorite of the sixteen covers. Okay, there weren’t sixteen covers, but didn’t it seem like Marvel was taken over by Dynamite or Avatar this week? All joking aside, I’ve always loved Daniel Acuña’s art, and I especially love this cover of the Future Foundation he illustrated. It does a wonderful job establishing the new status quo, costumes and all. As for the costumes, I’m personally a fan. I really like how Reed, Sue and Ben each get their own highlighted hexagon on the outfit. Very unique design. And for Spider-Man? Yes it feels like he has a new costume every week, but this one looks great on him so I’ll give it a pass (this time).
Fables #103 by Joao Ruas
Simple, yet effective. The current story arc is tackling superheroes for the first time in the Fables universe, so what better way to illustrate the cover than with a John Byrne homage cover? Usually in a situation where one rips-open their shirt to reveal what’s underneath, it takes place at a strip club or a phone booth in Metropolis. For this cover, it’s the logo, and a damn fine shiny one. This looks like a job for, Joao Ruas!
5 Ronin #4 by David Aja
Another week, another beautiful Aja cover. Believe me, I’m not selecting his covers on purpose. Every week I browse online the comics that came out, and dammit, so far Aja’s 5 Ronin covers almost get me every time! This gem for instance; the girl with the butterfly tattoo (isn’t that a Stieg Larsson novel?); the use of violet with the butterfly being displayed on a bare back really captures your attention because it’s calming and beautiful. Then all of a sudden you notice the katana but it’s too late! Damn sexy assassins get me every time!
In this episode, I’m joined by Freddie & Jesse of The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast to discuss the two major upcoming comic events; Flashpoint (DC) and Fear Itself (Marvel).
Do you fear…event fatigue?
No Pick Of The Week, but we do have a great Fast Five! Picks include Ultimate Avengers Vs New Ultimates #2 (Marvel), Hulk #30.1 (Marvel), R.E.B.E.L.S. #26 (DC), 5 Ronin #3 (Marvel), and Amazing Spider-Man #656 (Marvel).
Stay tuned at the end for a special WonderCon announcement!
The Amazing Spider-Man # 656 by Marcos Martin
So while Spidey appears to have a new costume again, I find myself liking it on this cover. The yellows really pop when against the black and gray webs, and with him diving between green lasers it makes it feel like lots of action is happening. Marcos Martin’s style is a really good fit for Spider-Man, because he makes Spidey look so graceful, yet a complete badass at the same time. If anything, he almost looks like Spider-Man in Shocker armor. Add a little more red in the black parts, and it’d almost be a sure thing.
5 Ronin #3 by David Aja
Even as a lone samurai, the Punisher is suppose to look like a force to be reckoned with. And once again David Aja kills it on this series covers. Look at the empty eye sockets, with just cold and gloomy colors throughout the entire cover. The stance, the holding of the rifle, he looks like death incarnate. Plus all the sketches along the sides, including the iconic Punisher skull is the real cherry on top. Of the 5 Ronin miniseries covers, this one is my favorite hands-down. It sends a chill up my spine if I look at it for too long.
Batman #708 by Guillem March
While I’m not a fan of Azrael, I do like how Guillem March combined solid characters in the foreground, and washes in the background. The crossing of two different types of blades catches the eye, and the style of the flames are wicked to look at. The dominant reds of the knights work well against the pale blues of the screaming Batman, and when Batman is screaming, you know it can’t be good. Very nice cover overall.
Loki #4 Travel Foreman & Nathan Fairbairn
This is by far my favorite cover of the week. While I haven’t been reading this series, I almost want to because of the cover alone. I imagine these images would be the last things you would ever see if crossing Loki. The wolf, the serpent, all different forms of the legendary trickster god. Loki himself looks demonic with all the wrappings and his favorite horned helmet. It’s the intricate details of everything on the cover that really blows me away, because I’m taking literally minutes studying the time and care that went into every character. Truly spectacular cover.
Hulk #30.1 by Rob Garney
So it looks like your typical Hulk cover, where Hulk is angry and smashing the usual cars and buildings. Only with this cover, I can’t stop looking at Rulk. The way he takes up almost the whole cover as he’s charging at you the viewer, he just comes across as extremely powerful and god-like. The fury can be seen radiating from his eyes, and the foaming at the mouth conveys the rabidness of this creature very well. Rob Garney did a great job illustrating Rulk being the strongest there is, perhaps even more than Banner.
That’s right my maniacal comic book minions! This year I’m not only attending Comic-Con International in July, but I’m kicking-off the comic convention season in style once again come April with coverage of WonderCon in San Francisco! I had such a blast last year, that I cannot wait to return with Jeremy Awesome to continue covering every minute of it for your enjoyment! However, since this convention isn’t in my own backyard like Comic-Con International is, I might require a little assistance getting there.
That’s where you, the loyal viewers come in; If you’re a fan of the show and enjoy the content I put out on a weekly basis (Geeky Talky, Cammy’s Favorite Covers, Book Of The Month), and want to help me get to San Francisco in one piece, any donation would be immensely appreciated! I’m not going to be spending this money on crack, trannys, or meth, but on the necessities such as food & copious amounts of alcohol. Or for important stuff like equipment costs. I could sell my body on the streets (afterall, my milkshake does bring all the boys to the yard), but lord only knows what kind of diseases my ex-girlfriends gave me!
If you do decide to donate $20 or more, you will be receiving a random prize-pack of items from WonderCon, and things from my own personal longbox! The possibilities are endless, and I already have some sweet loot to give away. Past prize-packs included shirts, signed comics, and so many other radical items! So for helping me out, I’ll be rewarding you for being such a kind and gentle spirit, helping a fellow fanboy go the distance. Also, if you’re comfortable with it, I’ll include your name on the special THANK YOU list in the the credits, and your name will live-on forever across the interwebs! If you don’t have $20 to spare, donate whatever you can, for every little bit helps.
Lots of Bat-books this week! However, Pick Of The Week goes to Jason Aaron & Steve Dillon for Punisher MAX #11 (MAX). Fast Five picks include Batman and Robin #21 (DC), Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #2 (Vertigo), Batgirl #19 (DC), B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: Gods #3 (Dark Horse), and Batman Incorporated #3 (DC).
WonderCon news at the end!
Book Of The Month – March
The New Fantastic Four
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Paul Pelletier
Due to two recent major events in the comic book industry, I determined this should be the book of the month that I selected. Last month, the comics industry was shocked when we lost an extremely talented individual named Dwayne McDuffie. Whether you know who he is or not, chances are he’s had an impact on your comic reading experience. He wrote entertaining stories for many different companies, and had a major role in the animation field as well, giving us Static Shock and writing many of your favorite Justice League Unlimited episodes.
Also last month, the Fantastic Four lost the Human Torch to the devastating Annihilus hordes from the Negative Zone, in a way disbanding the team. The news made headlines worldwide, and was spoiled days before the issue had even hit stores. Because of these two events, one story in particular jumped out at me from a few years ago, and I find it very fitting that this Book Of The Month selection is sort of my own personal tribute to Dwayne McDuffie, may he rest in peace.
The New Fantastic Four debuted in Fantastic Four issues 544-550, taking place after Marvel’s Civil War event. Sue and Reed needed a break and decided to take a second honeymoon while trying to resolve some issues between them, while T’Challa and Storm need a new Wakandian embassy for the time being as the one in New York was just bombed. Seeing an opportunity to help out Reed and Sue, Black Panther and Storm set-up home at the Baxter Building and join the team as the new husband and wife part of the equation.
Spanning from cosmic battles against Galactus and his heralds, to battling the Fearsome Five on the moon Titan, McDuffie and Pelletier keep us the reader entertained to the max. McDuffie had said in prior interviews that writing the Fantastic Four was a lifelong dream for him, so you can absolutely tell he put heart and soul into this collection. It really is a great tribute to the Fantastic Four stories of old, and has the perfect mixture of fun, science-fiction, and glorious illustrations. Paul Pelletier kills it on art, and has the cast rendered beautifully throughout while at the same time gives us exciting scenes of cosmic proportions.
Whether you’re a new fan or old fan of the Fantastic Four, McDuffie gives us longtime friends and foes for everyone to enjoy including the Watcher, Silver Surfer, the Wizard and so many more. Do yourself a favor and pick this trade up, because it really demonstrates how talented McDuffie was, and maybe it will inspire you to checkout his other masterworks as well.
Birds of Prey #10 by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Whether you’re reading this fine series or not, you have to agree that this is one gorgeous cover! It perfectly illustrates Oracle’s role in the DCU, and how many people have come to depend on her over the years. Lau’s take on every character is golden, and no space goes to waste. The darker tones indicate peril, while the glowing Oracle seems to be the light that shines through the darkness. Absolutely superb cover!
Punisher MAX #11 by Dave Johnson
This series is still coming out? All kidding aside, one of the reasons I enjoy Punisher MAX so much is Dave Johnson’s covers. Always intriguing, this one conveys Frank Castle in deep trouble, with the fantastic detail of the Bullseye skull transforming and flowing into dripping blood when it reaches the teeth. It’s attention to detail like that which makes Dave Johnson the go-to man when you’re in need a bitchin’ cover.
Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #2 by Chrissie Zullo
This right here, just like all other of Chrissie Zullo’s work, deserves poster treatment. Hell, it deserves museum treatment, with the posters available for purchase in the gift shop. The ying and yang of both Cinderella and Dorothy looks so peaceful, despite the violent imagery of a showdown with pistols. Both ladies sexy, yet deadly, is really what hooks you. With the swirling dragon in the background, this cover would make Da Vinci cry with happiness.
Batman Incorporated #3 by J.H. Williams
So while Batwoman may be delayed until next year, at least we can still be amazed by JH Williams’ wonderful covers for Batman Incorporated. His covers are like snowflakes; every one of them amazing, yet no two are alike. The man is constantly breaking the rules of design, and in the process teaches others that it’s alright to paint outside the lines and do your own thing. Your eyes gravitate to so many images on the cover, that it’s difficult to decide where and what to focus on and enjoy first. I demand a book of all his Batwoman covers, stat!
In this episode, I’m joined by friend of the show Lobster Johnson, and he talks about what he saw at the Emerald City ComiCon this past weekend. He’s also very mean to me.
In this episode I switch things up slightly; I only talk about three titles. The three that really stood out to me this week are Annihilators #1 (Marvel), Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom #5 (IDW), and Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #1 (Dark Horse).
Like the new jacket? I do too.
Annihilators #1 by Mike Mignola
While it’s always lovely to see Mignola illustrating the covers of his own properties, it’s a delicious treat when he does the occasional covers for the bigger publishers. Take this one for the Annihilators; featuring two of the best characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, looking completely badass. It makes me want to battle Thanos while bellowing “I AM GROOT!”
5 Ronin #1 by David Aja
While the design layout of this cover slightly reminds me of the Immortal Weapons covers, it’s David Aja at his finest. Logan looks quite comfortable in his ronin attire, and it’s a look we’re familiar with back in the 616 universe. Just as Marv would have fit in well with the gladiators during Roman times, Wolverine would have fit in perfectly during Feudal Japan. Aja captures the feeling of a lone disciplined warrior with the use of warm earth tones, and the end result is just stunning to look at.
Batman: Streets of Gotham #20 by Dustin Nguyen
At first glance, this cover creeps me out. Gas mask plus syringes filled with red poison equals bad memories at the doctors office, but that’s just me. Seeing the players of this issue highlighted in the eye-sockets is a nice touch, followed by the remains of the Batman floating in the sea of red. Great execution, wonderful concept, just a homerun through and through.
Darkwing Duck Annual #1 by James Silvani
Bravo to James Silvani for the brilliant homage to Bolland’s The Killing Joke! It’s equally fitting that Crackerjack is to Darkwing as the Joker is to Batman. While Darkwing Duck is suppose to be on the lighter side of things, this cover immediately informs you to hold on to your butts. No, Gosalyn doesn’t get shot and paralyzed by Crackjack, but I’m not going to lie when I say I was almost expecting it when first seeing this cover!
Thunderbolts #154 by Arthur Adams
While it says the cover was done by Greg Land, that’s a boldfaced lie. It’s done by the magnificent Arthur Adams, and even says so in the lower left-hand corner. Look at all the beautiful details given to such a hideous creature. It certainly conveys the mystery surrounding such a strange and fascinating beast, that you almost forget it’s a violent and gruesome killer (at times). This would make a cool glow in the dark poster if done right.