Archive for May, 2011
This month for the Top Shelf selection, I give you Liar’s Kiss by Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano.
Sex, crime, and revenge; a great comic for the noir lovers!
Third week in a row where no comic has been Pick Of The Week worthy. I commit seppuku to show you how truly sorry I am. Fast Five picks include Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #10 (DC), Super Dinosaur #2 (Image), American Vampire #15 (Vertigo), FF #4 (Marvel), and Detective Comics #877 (DC).
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King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel #4 by Darick Robertson
One of my favorite things about the various Conan series, is being treated to the occasional Darick Robertson cover. Robertson’s gritty tone is what really sells it here, showing why Conan is the ultimate warrior. This cover in particular does a fantastic job illustrating the word ‘badass’, with the definition being a Cimmerian barbarian cleaning a freshly stained sword, as chaos and destruction is blurred in the background. Just looking at this cover makes me want to take a shower, then curl up in the fetal position. By Crom what a great cover!
Green Lantern #66 by Clayton Crain
When I first saw this variant cover, I was slightly disturbed by Krona’s facial features. Something about this cover screams Vincent Price to me, and I think it’s just the eerie-lookin’ Oan front and center. The legion of shadowy Lanterns adds to the creepiness factor, and with the only two colors being blacks and greens it’s just downright spooky. And yet, there is some real beauty in this cover. With Crain’s great attention to detail, it really hooks the eyes and reels them in for the kill. You want to look away, you want to feel hatred seeing Krona, but you can’t bring yourself to do so. It’s hauntingly beautiful, pure and simple.
FF #4 by Daniel Acuña
What’s that? Another gorgeous Acuña FF cover? You don’t say! With Ben Grimm featured prominently on this cover, we get the unique opportunity to explore him as a whole. In doing so, I’ve made a few notes; number one, he’s rather orange. Number two, he needs a new shirt and shorts. And finally number three, Daniel Acuña’s art is consistently gorgeous. Just look at the cracks and texture of Ben’s skin; not a single black line. Instead, just wonderfully painted cracks connecting every rocky panel. Also, check out the license plate on the crashed car; best place for an artists signature ever! So yes, while the rest of the team can also be seen behind him, who cares? Bed makes you focus on him while proving why he’s such a valuable asset to the team.
Strange Adventures #1 by Paul Pope
Upon first glance, I was a little confused at what I was looking at. After deciphering a sexy lady emerging from her spacesuit in nothing but skimpy lingerie, you suddenly have my undivided attention! The pose both she and the suit convey to the reader is one of weightlessness, completely bliss-free. This being Strange Adventures, surely this sort of occurrence will be happening on a frequent basis, and I’m all for it. My only complaint about this cover is that horrible Green Lantern movie banner up on top. Here I am trying to drool over Paul Pope’s artwork, and you’re completely ruining my focus with a vibrant green banner above the title. Completely takes away focus from the cover, and makes me want to ditch seeing the movie. Obviously I’ll be there for the midnight showing, but I’m still pretty miffed at what they did to the cover. Not cool, DC.
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In this special episode I interview John Rovnak, editor of the Panel To Panel: Exploring Words & Pictures project on Kickstarter. We discuss his love of comics, what the collection includes, and why you should help back this project.
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Another week, another Fast Five. Picks include Super Dinosaur: Origin Special #1 (Image), Uncanny X-Force #10 (Marvel), 28 Days Later #23 (BOOM! Studios), Batman: Gates of Gotham #1 (DC), and Science Dog Special #2 (Image).
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Batman: Gates of Gotham #1 by Trevor McCarthy
Apparently no one told me that Cliff Chiang and Dustin Nguyen had a baby, and he grew-up to become Trevor McCarthy. The thing I enjoy the most about this cover is the different line textures, and how they scatter across the page every which-way. Add the infused colors, and it all comes together perfectly. I also think I’m a sucker for beautifully rendered stained glass designs, because I recall highlighting another cover last week that featured stained glass as well. Great stuff.
Rocketeer Adventures #1 by Alex Ross
The first comic book movie I saw growing-up was Disney’s The Rocketeer. True Story. Because of it, I was inspired to follow Dave Stevens’ series when I got older. Back to the cover, this is my favorite cover of the week. Alex Ross is one of the best known cover artists out there, and he did a truly spectacular job going above and beyond with this cover in particular. The shininess of the leather, the reflection in the eye-socket, and the cherry on top being the endless waves of clouds below. Almost brings a tear to the eye, because this cover encapsulates everything that is The Rocketeer. A beyond stunning tribute for sure.
Hulk #33 by Gabriel Hardman
The combination of Hardman’s gritty style with bright vibrant coloring makes the entire image just pop, treating the viewer to another great Hulk cover. Rulk may be down, but he’s definitely not out no matter how many villains seem to be teaming-up to finish him off. The rasping state of the Hulk-busting armor, the Steranko-like design of the siren’s costume; it makes my eyes want to dart all over the image eating every little detail up. Hardman helps convey that while it doesn’t appear to be going in Rulk’s favor, the tables can turn in his favor at any moment.
2000AD #1734 by Garry Brown
I see Jim Steranko influence in this image, as well as Sean Phillips. It doesn’t feel like a swipe at all, but a wonderfully executed image by Garry Brown perhaps tipping his hat to both artists. It’s a very beautiful design, using only whites, blues and violets. The images that speak volumes to me are the ones that use little to no black at all (think Asterios Polyp). The circles almost give her a halo-type visual, perhaps communicating she’s the last hope for Mega-City One? All I know is; I’m intrigued. I’d gladly hang this as a poster in my room if it was big enough.
Batman and Robin #23 by Guillem March
A very nice homage to Frank Quitely’s original cover for Batman and Robin #1 from the series relaunch in 2009. Can you spot the difference? If you guessed dead Batman and Robin by Jason Todd’s hand, you’re right! Now while we don’t actually see Todd as The Red Hood in this issue, I’m still a big fan of his costume design. The elongated shiny helmet, the giant red smoking guns, our fallen heroes slowly dying before him, it all has such a dominating feeling upon first glance. A cover and design so fine, Quitely should feel honored by March, because it’s a very cool cover.
In this special episode we discuss the first five episodes of Game of Thrones on HBO. I’m joined by Art (Television Division), Matt (Duke of Douche), and introducing Dommy the House-Dwarf (Don’t Ask). We recap the episodes, discuss our favorite characters, and comment on how the show differs from the books. Spoilers!
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No Pick Of The Week, but we have a wonderful Fast Five! Picks include Daredevil: Reborn #4 (Marvel), Batman Incorporated #6 (DC), CHEW #27 (Image), FF #3 (Marvel), and R.E.B.E.L.S. #28 (DC).
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Batgirl #21 by Dustin Nguyen
With Stephanie poised ready for action against a gorgeous stained glass of the Grey Ghost, this cover is without a doubt not only one of my all-time favorite Batgirl covers, but Dustin Nguyen covers as well. The way he plays with the different geometrical shapes and colors all while keeping it so striking and gorgeous shows us how much time and effort Nguyen commits to his craft. This cover just grabs your attention, and sucks you in for the kill. If this cover was stalking you out in the jungle, consider yourself a goner. Even the perch is incredibly detailed! I don’t feel like I have to cover any other covers this week. We could just end this segment here and now. It may be a bold statement, but this could be a very likely contender for Cover Of The Year for me.
PunisherMAX #13 by Dave Johnson
There are two sides of Frank Castle, and only two sides; Vietnam Frank and Punisher Frank. With such flawless execution, Dave Johnson sums up Frank Castle in a nutshell with this very special Punisher skull yin-yang. Vietnam Frank was a killing machine who didn’t have an off-switch, and Punisher Frank, um, well, is the same thing only with years of experience and a mission of vengeance. With the current arc focusing on the origins of the Punisher while at the same time throwing a captured Frank Castle into a maximum security prison, this cover is the perfect concoction of both, letting the reader know what’s going on within the pages. No twists, no secrets, this cover is as honest with you as Abraham “Honest Abe” Lincoln.
Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #4 by Chrissie Zullo
Confession time; whenever I see solicitations for the next Cinderella issue, I get more excited for the actual cover itself by Chrissie Zullo rather than the current story. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with this current miniseries, but I’ve been in love longer with Zullo’s art going all the way back to her first work on the first Cinderella miniseries. Is that so wrong, to be completely head-over-heels in love with an artists covers? It’s not like I’m trying to marry them or anything (and believe me, I’ve tried!), I just want to whisper in it’s staple-hole “you are the most beautiful image I’ve ever seen.” Apparently society doesn’t allow this, and I must continue to bury my shame deep down within my broken heart. Slightly off-track, yes, but I’ve still communicated my point; this cover is amazing. Chrissie Zullo is amazing. Therefore, Chrissie Zullo could do nothing but covers for the rest of her life and I’d still melt into a warm puddle of goo every single time. Also, this cover in particular makes me suddenly crave those hard peppermint candies with the red and white swirl.
Batman Incorporated #6 by Chris Burnham
Not going to lie, I thought at first glance that this was a Frank Quitely cover. Upon closer look, it’s definitely a Chris Burnham cover. And that’s the thing I love about his style; it’s something familiar, yet he completely makes it his own. In this cover in particular, we get a wonderful look at the extended and updated Bat-family so far. With so many different caped crusaders now running all over the world, it’s nice to see them take time out of their busy schedules to take this one group photo. Some of the characters we’ve seen before, some we haven’t been introduced to yet. Either way, this cover intrigues me and looks like we’re going to be in for some epic fun with a flip of the page!
FF #3 by Daniel Acuña
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” -Michael Corleone, The Godfather: Part III. That quote was the first thing that came to my mind when seeing this cover. I love the multiple Reeds storyline that Hickman introduced, and I love Acuña’s painted style that helps illustrate that the boys are back in town. The best part about the multiple Reeds was the fact that each Reed, while incredibly smart, was also drastically different from our 616 Universe Reed. That’s what we’re treated to in spades on this cover, and the primary color of blue helping highlight the main Reed adds that extra ‘umph!’ factor. The rest of the Reeds are visibly pissed-off, and judging by the look on our Reed’s face, he knows fully well. I can see this as the cover to the second trade paperback as well. Very well done, and a true sight to behold!
Book Of The Month – May 2011
Written & Illustrated by Ross Mackintosh
One of the aspects that make comics great is that opportunity of escapism from everyday troubles and woes. What may start as a bad day could easily end snuggled-up in a nice warm bed, reading who the Guardians of the Galaxy are currently up against (Spoilers: no one. The series ended), as your anxieties drift away into the back of your mind.
However, on occasion we tend to get lost in these worlds, slowly becoming dependent on the individuals who play dress-up and fight crime, and you know, don’t exist. What Would Batman Do? has suddenly become a legitimate question for those who can’t differentiate from real life and comic books, nor show any concern about the problems plaguing the world around them. Sometimes we need to derail these happy-go-lucky stories with something that hits a little close to home, provoking us to show that we’re still human.
For the Book Of The Month selection for May, SEEDS by Ross Mackintosh does precisely that. In his first graphic novel from Com.x Comics, he tells the story of his father’s battle with cancer from a firsthand account. Chronicling the first detection of prostate cancer, followed by a secondary cancer in the lungs, Mackintosh compels the reader to look past feeling sorry for his father, and to celebrate the legacy he left behind instead. Chances are you know or knew someone in your life who has struggled with cancer, so it really does hit close to home for the majority.
On a personal note, I recently was informed of my grandfather being diagnosed with liver cancer, so while I was reading the graphic novel there was definitely a few moments that I could relate to regarding his current state of well-being.
By the end of the story, you feel like you have a better understanding of the kind of man he was, and are thankful that Ross Mackintosh provided you with the opportunity to get to know a complete stranger. For a first graphic novel, I was tremendously impressed by his art and storytelling. His style of art reminds me of someone else who I can’t recall at the moment, but it was simple and yet spoke volumes.
So before you go back to reading the latest Fear Itself tie-in, treat yourself to SEEDS by Ross Mackintosh. Perhaps it will compel you to go out and live life to the fullest a little bit more, appreciate the loved ones around you, and seize the day.
In this episode I’m joined by Ben and JT to discuss the blockbuster THOR. We talk about the movie, the comic runs you should read, and the upcoming Marvel movies. Spoilers!
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Happy Mothers Day! Pick Of The Week goes to Jeff Lemire for Sweet Tooth #21 (Vertigo). Fast Five picks include Avengers Academy #13 (Marvel), Jonah Hex #67 (DC), Gladstone’s School For World Conquerors #1 (Image), Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #3 (Dark Horse), and Heroes For Hire #6 (Marvel).
I have yet to see Thor this weekend thanks to sold-out showings. I guess I should go checkout the awesome webcomic and sponsor of the show VALKYRIE SQUADRON instead!
Fear Itself: Spider-Man #1 by Marko Djurdjevic
The classic blue and red outfit of Spidey is the first thing that really pops-out at you the viewer. And with the muddled background colors, it really makes the purple of the banner standout as well, which is something I try not to focus on usually but in this case it’s hard not to. I really enjoy the mash-up of images between the spider webs, with the combination of different people in some and blood-splatter in the others. And as usual, Spider-Man is stuck in the middle of it all. To help sell the looming doom even further is the display of his shadow; long and prominent. Very good design throughout this cover.
House of Mystery #37 by Esao Andrews
If you liked it then you should have put a city on it. That is one hell of a ring, am I right? I’m a fan of bright, neon colors in a sea of grey and boring, and this cover definitely delivers. The same colors of nail polish match the wristbands, and that’s no easy feat for a girl nowadays. I love how the city looks so natural perched upon her fingers, as if it’s been that way for centuries. I’m not sure if Andrews used pastels or paints (or both), but this is a very beautiful cover.
Sweet Tooth #21 by Jeff Lemire
In the animal kingdom, the colors red, yellow, and black usually symbolize ‘danger!’ or ‘toxic!’, so to have all three featured in this cover conveys to us that Gus is definitely in some deep doo-doo (as if being displayed in the jaws of a rabid bear wasn’t your first clue). Lemire’s sometimes radical style really makes the insane bear look terrifying, and the color scheme is an added bonus. This is my selection for I-Want-It-As-A-Poster for the week. I don’t think I could handle being in Gus’ position; it would be un-bear-able.
Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder #4 by Mike Mignola
Simple, yet effective; that’s Mignola’s cover art in a nutshell. All we get is some well-placed undead townsfolk sprinkled with symbols of a dead dark language, and that’s all we need really. How can something be so incredibly detailed, yet so simple at the same time?! I’d like to get Mike Mignola and Chris Ware on a panel together, and ask them both this question.
Uncanny X-Force #9 by Esad Ribic
Run Wolverine! Magneto is a giant! Okay not really, but that what it may look like upon first glance. Esad Ribic proves once again how to create a gorgeous cover, and how you don’t need the entire team to make a statement; just two characters will suffice. And knowing both Logan & Magneto’s history, some sparks could fly. I especially love the electricity sparking from Magneto’s eye, looking almost like an electric tear. Maybe that’s why Wolverine is running away; because he doesn’t like the taste of electric tears.
In this special episode, I’m joined by Pat Loika of the Loikamania! podcast to discuss the 2011 Eisner Nominations. We discuss the nominees, who should have been nominated, and much more.
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