Archive for April, 2011
This month for the Top Shelf selection, I give you Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover.
Hopefully, my very own penfield homunculus isn’t running around out there!
The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde #1 by M.S. Corley & Jim Campbell
Instantly my eyes wrap themselves around every curve and contour, as if trying to solve a non-existent maze. I love the multiple beakers intertwining with the smoky concoction Mr. Hyde holds in his hands. The earthy tones do a wonderful job of giving this cover that classic old-timey feel, and from what we do know from old-timey horror movies, drinking whatever potion you yourself brewed is always a good idea. M.S. Corley really knocked this cover out of the park, and I can totally see this as a poster in a punk-rock scientists bedroom.
Venom #2 by Tony Moore & John Rauch after Todd McFarlane
A very fitting homage to McFarlane first of all, and secondly, how much of a badass does Flash look like in this pose?! Swinging into action, assault rife firing backwards without a care it seems; all of it really grabs your attention by the balls and yanks you forward to pick this comic off the shelf. And that’s what covers are suppose to do, right? Give you a little taste of the honey, hoping you then want the whole beehive! The details in the web excite me (yet I don’t know why), and the red circle in the background helps highlight all the black and white features on the costume. I’m no expert, but I think it’s awfully careless to just fire an automatic weapon willy-nilly. What if some pigeons were perched on that ‘V’?! Very uncool, Venom. Didn’t you watch Bowling For Columbine?!
American Vampire #14 by Rafael Albuquerque
Rafael Albuquerque is on notice for being too disgustingly talented for his own damn good. The man just oozes creativity and unity from every pore of his body, and transforms a blank piece of paper into a thing of beauty. I’m always a fan of the rising sun in imagery, but this takes it to the next level. So much energy and intensity on this cover, that instantly you’re aware of the situation; it’s taking place in Japan, it’s World War II, and the soldier pointing his gun at you is a vampire. The washes Rafael uses in this cover are beyond stunning, and the colors balance out the image perfectly. Muddled, action-packed, and just plain pretty to look at. This is a poster I want hanging on my wall.
Scalped #48 by Jock
The first thing that comes to my mind when seeing this cover is that old song Kiss of the Spider Woman by Kander & Ebb. Some out of focus individual can be seen in the background, with a simple, yet beautiful imagery of the spiderweb in the foreground. Yet, why is the web incomplete? Is it symbolizing something deeper about unfinished tasks in this issue? Did something break the web? Perhaps I’m reading into too much, but it doesn’t matter; Jock is once again killing it on these covers, proving time and time again he’s like the Wu-Tang Clan; he ain’t nothin’ to fuck with!
Turok: Son of Stone #2 by Raymond Swanland
So while I don’t read this series, that doesn’t take away from me loving these covers. Swanland’s painted style really fits the content well, giving it that needed feeling of intensity conveyed to the reader. Turok is in trouble, and only his girlfriend and his trusty bow are in the way of him becoming velociraptor chow in these next few seconds. Chaos happening on all layers of the image give it that great sense of an epic battle taking place, and only a few will be surviving to tell the tale. Great image, through and through.
Justice League: Generation Lost #24 by Dustin Nguyen
A fitting cover to an explosive ending! Featured; the entire Justice League International team finally going toe-to-toe with Max Lord, the one man they’ve be after for the past 24 issues. This exquisitely done image tells the viewer all that and more. Great use of psychic-rings blasting forth from Max, trying to hold his own against our heroes. Nguyen’s style in particular is just very clean, a bit muddled in all the right places, and just rendered wonderfully. I’m not sure if it’s watercolors or what, but it certainly does delivery justice to this cover. I can see this being the cover to the last trade paperback or hardcover. Either, really.
In this double-feature episode, I’m joined by both Matt and Sarah to discuss the first episodes of both Game Of Thrones and the new season of Doctor Who. Spoilers!
Lots of T-Rex’s in this weeks picks, I’ve noticed. Pick Of The Week goes to Christos Gage & Tom Raney for Avengers Academy #12 (Marvel). Fast Five picks include Invincible #79 (Image), Uncanny X-Force #8 (Marvel), Green Lantern #65 (DC), Super Dinosaur #1 (Image), and Avengers #12 (Marvel).
The upcoming episodes for May could very well be brought to you by…you! Tune-in at the end and find out how.
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Gotham City Sirens #22 by Guillem March
We’ve all been there; torn between both good and evil, stuck in the middle with that hard decision to make; drown all the lawyers, or just half to send a message to the others? With this cover it beautifully illustrates the situation Selina finds herself in this issue. While both wings are radically different, they fulfill that sense of unity perfectly. So while Catwoman is battered-down once again, you would think she’s figured out what side she’s on by now.
28 Days Later #22 by Sean Phillips
Sean Phillips is such a professional when it comes to catching my attention with these covers. Black and white loose-sketch in the foreground, skies of different reds in the background. Together, they make every detail of the black and white pop-out at the reader. What I particularly enjoy about the muddled reds in the background is they give me that sense of post-apocalyptic dread, that the situation is completely not okay anymore. Not that it has been for the past twenty-two issues, but that’s not the point! This is simply a beautiful cover.
Green Lantern #65 by Doug Mahnke and Keith Champagne
The thing about this cover is Hal Jordan fits-in with the Sinestro Corps perfectly, that I had to do a double-take to see what series I was reading. Obviously, the dominant color is going to be yellow, but it’s spread all over the cover in a way that doesn’t make it tiresome to look at. I just love Mahnke’s bold line-work and little details throughout, that this cover in particular would be one badass poster. That’s the great thing about Jordan; he makes any color look good.
Dark Horse Presents #1 by Paul Pope
I remember when this title was first solicited many months ago, and people were getting excited for both the Frank Miller and Paul Chadwick covers. I’m sorry, but the real hidden gem is this Paul Pope cover. Does it have anything to do with one of the stories inside? Who cares! Look at this glorious cover; we have a mysterious looking pirate-tiger-lady with her pet tigers among the tiger ruins. The attention to details in the cover are mesmerizing, especially in the faces of both tigers and in the ruins behind them. Just like the tigers, Paul Pope can’t change his stripes; he’s still a fantastic artist.
Superman / Batman #83 by Travel Foreman
I’ve often lain awake at night wondering what it would look like if Superman and Batman were transported into Middle Earth. I then look at this cover, and all those long sleepless nights are suddenly put to rest. First of all, we have the goddamn Batman riding what appears to be a dragon / Nazgul hybrid. If anyone is capable of saddling one of those beasts, it’s Batman. Then we have Superman charging with a claymore-sized lightning sword, looking more extremely awesome than usual. He doesn’t even need a sword, but the fact that he’s proudly got one on display should make you fear him even more! Sauron better watch himself, because he’s got two super Hobbits on their way to Mt. Doom in a hurry, and they ain’t no Sam & Frodo!
In this episode, I go on a bit of a rant about Blue Water Productions and their unauthorized biography “comics”. Grumpy Cammy is Grumpy.
Good reads, good people, good times this week. Pick Of The Week goes to Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason for Batman & Robin #22 (DC). Fast Five picks includes Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates #3 (Marvel), The Infinite Vacation #2 (Image), R.E.B.E.L.S. #27 (DC), S.H.I.E.L.D. Infinity (Marvel), and PunisherMAX #12 (MAX).
How many more hours until Comic-Con in July? I wanna go nooooow!!
Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates #3 by Leinil Yu & Frank Martin
First of all, nice homage to Gil Kane. It really does fit both of these characters in such an updated setting such as the Ultimate Universe. It might be just me, but I’ve always been a fan of Frank Castle’s black-ops Captain America outfit. So while the whole event is about the death of Ultimate Spidey, this was the best cover to sample from because not only is it an iconic image, but it conveys the sense of danger and peril for our hero in the cross-hairs. Plus it’s Yu’s great fast-paced style, which I’m always a fan of.
The Infinite Vacation #2 by Christian Ward
The colors are the first thing that catches the eye, and it’s a nice mixture of of cool and slightly warm textures. I also love the multiple Mark’s scattered around, completely fixated on the violet-haired free spirit goddess front and center. She has a secret, and we’re not allowed in on its juicy contents quite yet. It’s her eyes that really intrigue me, and knowing my track-record with women based on their seductive eyes alone, I can already predict this won’t be ending well for me. Hundreds of cubes, nice use of space, these The Infinite Vacation covers are continuing to be the cat’s pajamas.
The Incredible Hulks #626 by Jock
This cover is just plain silly. And that’s why I like it! Never in a million years did I think I’d see the mash-up of 007 and Bruce Banner, and this cover is why; it’s extremely silly to look at! Where would you even get a tuxedo that large, the Big & Smash store? Very good use of colors, and the only thing I have to complain about is that Thor movie banner; totally takes away from the image itself. Other than that, it’s the perfect cover for my upcoming straight-to-DVD fan movie; 00Green: The Spy Who Smashed Me.
Batman and Robin #22 by Patrick Gleason
The disembodied eyes staring right at the reader is the creepy factor for me. It reminds me of the one scene in the Great Gatsby, with the glasses on the billboard staring out over the vast wasteland. In this case it’s peering out over the gritty city of Gotham, with it’s two lone protectors in the way. Batman and Robin strike a pose that says “nothing bad is going to happen under our watch!“, but those evil eyes keep staring. Why do they stare without blinking, mommy? Make the bad eyes go away! Very haunting cover. Now only if I can go to sleep tonight.
PunisherMAX #12 by Dave Johnson
I’m happy this series is coming back out on a regular basis, because that means I get more of these always-fantastic Dave Johnson covers! I really like the use of red in this cover, because dripping blood is always an effective tool to intrigue the viewer with hopes of violence and gore. This being a MAX title, it’s a pretty good indicator of what’s probably going to happen. The tan-gray tones of the shadowing on the bars rendered perfectly in the image, followed with that badass skull-key protruding from the lock; a chance for freedom and a rampant killing-spree in the prison! Yaaaay!
In this episode I’m joined by Benjamin Grimm to discuss two stoner comedies that came out recently; Your Highness and Paul. We’re also joined by a peanut gallery. This episode is brought to you by Gullible Moms. Spoilers!
Book Of The Month – April
Written & Illustrated by Rafael Grampá
When I first got into comics, it was superheroes or nothing else. There was only one kind of shape and design for characters, and it was the classic cookie-cutter look of big muscles, tight spandex, and skimpy outfits for the girls. That’s the comics everyone is reading, and because of it they’ve been dominating the market for the past several decades. Like sheep we follow blindly into the comic stores to verify that Spider-Man still loves Mary-Jane, Batman has a Robin, and the Hulk is still smashing things. This is the only type of comic style we know, and slowly we’re all dying a little inside because of it.
First, there was bland. Then, there was Grampá.
Rafael Grampá is one of those boys from Brazil that is reinventing what we perceive as the standard comic book mold. He not only breaks this mold, he completely obliterates it. I first heard of him a few years ago from the 5 anthology he participated in with a couple other unknown artists; Becky Cloonan, Vasilis Lolos, Gabriel Bá, and Fabio Moon. Yeah, never heard of any of those chuckle-heads. A majority of you first gazed in amazement at his work with the Daredevil #500 pin-up he provided featuring an old-school red and yellow Matthew Murdock. More recently, he did the fantastic Wolverine story in the first issue of the second volume of Strange Tales, which is an absolute crime that the story wasn’t considered Eisner worthy (politics, I say! Politics!).
Enough about how amazing Grampá is, let’s talk about his first graphic novel Mesmo Delivery. Originally published by Adhouse back in 2008, it just last year started coming-out under the Dark Horse banner. And when it comes to the kind of material Dark Horse publishes, this graphic novel is a absolute shoe-in. The story is a simple one of two men, one ex-boxer and one Elvis impersonator, driving a delivery truck across the country containing some sort of mysterious cargo. Only one of them knows, and it’s his job to keep it hush-hush. After stopping in a small Podunk town for some rest and milk, the ex-boxer Rufo starts getting the attention of a group of bored locals who mean business. A fight ensues, and it doesn’t go the way you’d think it would when an ex-boxer is involved. As a matter of fact, one simple fight turns into a balls-to-the-wall bloody massacre, and ends with no evidence left behind. Well, bruises and busted knuckles aside.
It’s not fair to artists to compare their perfected personal style to others, but in a case where it’s hard to describe with words a style so randy, it’s best to compare only to give you a clear vision. Think of Grampá’s style as if you blended together the styles of Geof Darrow, Frank Quitely, Gabriel Bá, Fabio Moon, Juan Jose Ryp, and Becky Cloonan. Add a dash of Asian influence, and you’ve got yourself one beautiful mindfuck on paper.
The entire graphic novel is under 100 pages (including extras and back matter), and because of it I pine for more. It does leave it open for future stories, so if they’re currently in development I cannot wait! I want more pretty pictures ASAP!
So if you’re interested in something new that ain’t your daddy’s comic book for under $10, do yourself a favor and pick-up Mesmo Delivery today. It will certainly tickle your art taste buds.
The review episodes are back! No pick this week, but we do have a Fast Five! Affordable Fast Five picks include Chew #18 (Image), Jonah Hex #66 (DC), Nonplayer #1 (Image), Sweet Tooth #20 (Vertigo), and Who Is Jake Ellis? #3 (Image).
It’s been a hectic week, so I’ll have the Book Of The Month show up within the next few days!
Annihilators #2 by Guy Davis
I find it funny that so far, I’m enjoying the variant covers of this mini-series more than the originals. Also funny? They’ve both been by Dark Horse artists. Who’s the next cover going to be by, Eric Powell?? All kidding aside, Guy Davis presents us with this magnificent cover of Groot and Rocket Raccoon, in a style and pose reminiscent of the old science-fiction comics of decades past. Having Dave Stewart on colors definitely helps the colors pop, but it’s the details and almost cartoony style that makes it the most enjoyable to me.
Nonplayer #1 by Nate Simpson
That’s one epic mount, am I right? So the story behind Nate Simpson is that he used to do video game concept art, then became the next big thing over at Image with this first issue (as a matter of fact, you can checkout my interview with him here). This cover is a fantastic sample of the art to expect inside. The attention to detail astounds me; I feel like I can see every scale and observe every leaf on the cover. And what about that dude in the armor? He intrigues me, and I don’t know why. Everything works on this cover, and this makes me happy to look at it for hours on end. I smell future video game box art!
Orc Stain #6 by James Stokoe
I feel inclined to state ahead of time that I haven’t had the opportunity to read Orc Stain yet. With that being said, I love this cover despite having no idea who the characters are, or what’s going on. However, isn’t that the job of the cover to begin with? Grab your attention on the comic racks? I feel like shouting “OI!” when looking at this cover, because it feels like a blend of fantasy and punk rock. It’s wild with different sinister beings surrounding the rebel without a cause character, all colored beautifully with a water color feel. In other news, I’m starting a Punk Rock Fantasy band, and James Stokoe is invited to play electric guitar.
Who Is Jake Ellis? #3 by Tonci Zonjic
Damn 3D technology seeping into my precious comics medium! Oh wait, false alarm. Because of the blues and purples not lining-up completely, it has a good sense of frantic movement which one would observe at a club scene…or a Parkinsons dance-off. The only two characters in focus (therefore drawing the eye) are the main characters of the series, obviously on the run once more. I think the thing I like most about the cover is no more than four colors are used. What can I say, I’m a big softie for simplicity in layouts.
Sweet Tooth #20 by Jeff Lemire
I really like how the bullet holes are still smoking. Tells the reader ahead of time that not only is Gus in danger, but he’s barely managing to stay alive from a blood-thirsty Charlton Heston. Add the beautiful playing of watercolors in the background and you’ve got yourself a winner right here.
In this special episode I interview DC artist Amy Reeder. We talk Madame Xanadu, Batwoman, and much more!
In this special episode I interview Marvel writer Christos Gage. We talk about Captain America: Super Soldier (SEGA) and the writing process for video games.
In this special episode I interview the writers behind Freakshow and the Penguins of Madagascar, David Server and Jackson Lanzing. We discuss Freakshow, and much more!
In this special episode I interview the woman behind F*X*T Magazine, Fawn Lau. We discuss the process of discovering talent, anthologies, and much more.
In this special episode I interview Gerimi Burleigh, creator of Eye Of The Gods. We discuss his inspiration of the graphic novel, his upcoming project Morningstar, and much more.
In this special episode I briefly interview Hope Larson. We discuss her journey from Flight to Mercury, and upcoming projects.
In this special episode I interview writer Jason Aaron. We discuss his rise to the top, Scalped, and all things gritty.
In this special episode I interview Michael Alan Nelson, writer of 28 Days Later. We discuss the infected, upcoming BOOM! Studios projects, and more.
In this special episode I interview Nate Simpson, creator of Nonplayer from Image. We discuss his background in video game art, possible MMO’s for Nonplayer, and more.
In this special episode I interview Atomika creator Sal Abbinanti. We discuss the final issue of Atomika, his daily art exercises, and much more.