Archive for June, 2011
This month for the Top Shelf selection, I give you Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme.
Alcoholism, anorexia, and some very powerful storytelling!
In this episode I’m joined by Nic Fury as we compare and contrast the manhwa PRIEST (Tokyopop) and the movie PRIEST (Screen Gems). Spoilers; they’re astronomically different.
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In this fairly disappointing episode, I discuss only two titles, because these two were the only titles I somewhat enjoyed this week. I discuss Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates #5 (Marvel) and Fables #106 (Vertigo).
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The Mighty Thor #3 by Olivier Coipel
God of Thunder versus Devourer of Worlds. My money’s on the blond one. This cover almost reminds me of an updated Hang In There! motivational poster, where it’s a David versus Goliath type situation. Only in this case David has a magical hammer that can shoot lightning, not some wimpy slingshot. When Thor relaunched with JMS at the helm, I though Coipel was the perfect choice as artist. If you have to take away one thing from this cover, take this; Coipel is still the perfect artist for Thor, whether it’s interiors or covers.
Action Comics #902 by Kenneth Rocafort
I’ll always remember the first time I was introduced to Kenneth Rocafort’s art; it was Paul Dini’s Madame Mirage miniseries, and his style just blew me away. The babes were bodacious, the action scenes epic, and the colors astounding. It brings me great joy to see his talents on higher profile projects such as Action Comics. He’s able to make every Doomsday hand distinctive in its own unique way, while at the same time making Superman look like a Man of Steel who isn’t to be taken likely. Add the wonderful Metropolis background and this cover is the one you want to have for the eventual hardcover.
Hack / Slash #5 by Jenny Frison
Not going to lie, at first glance I could have sworn this was a Chrissie Zullo cover. Upon further inspection of the credits, my eagle eyes have failed me yet again! I’m not familiar with Jenny Frison’s artwork, but after falling in love with this cover, I want to be very intimate with it (not in that way, sicko) from now on. Here we have a very angelic style for such a bloody horror comic. It’s disturbing, yet beautiful, and I could definitely see it being apart of a mural in my comics room. A very soft painted style, it just intrigues me to no end. I’d definitely buy a lithograph of this if one ever became available.
Batman: Gates of Gotham #2 by Trevor McCarthy
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands-down! Trevor McCarthy is an absolute artistic genius with these covers, that they belong in a museum! The use of symmetry paired with the very fine details covering almost every inch of space is what makes it absolute eye-candy, and you can feel yourself observing it for minutes at a time. This is poster worthy material, and DC would be insane not to push these covers to print ASAP! This could be the worst series in the world (but with Snyder writing it, no way that’ll ever be true), and I would still buy it for the cover alone. Amazing stuff!
In this episode I’m joined by Benjamin Grimm to discuss the Green Lantern movie. We discuss our likes/dislikes, the comics, and Kyle Rayner. Spoilers! Lots of Spoilers!
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Happy Father’s Day! Pick Of The Week goes to Rob Williams, Matteo Buffagni & Riley Rossmo for Daken: Dark Wolverine #10 (Marvel)! Fast Five picks include 28 Days Later #24 (BOOM! Studios), Invincible #80 (Image), Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #5 (Vertigo), Batgirl #22 (DC), and Darkwing Duck #13 (Kaboom!).
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Flashpoint: Deadman & The Flying Graysons #1 by Cliff Chiang
It’s a pin-up! No wait, it’s a circus poster! No wait! It’s another glorious cover by Cliff Chiang! With this carnival themed cover, it promises the reader nothing but excitement, thrills, and death-defying feats within the comic! I just love the old-school set-up of chains and alligators (you can tell by the length of the snout), plus the color scheme of teals, yellows, and oranges. Somehow with just a dash of white throughout, it makes the entire cover come together.
Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #1 by Geof Darrow
While I am pretty rusty when it comes to my kaiju knowledge, what I do know is that this is one amazingly sophisticated cover by Darrow. Upon first glance I thought it was done by Juan Jose Ryp because of the amount of detail was involved, but upon further inspection it is obvious Geof’s work. I feel like I can almost see every leaf on each tree, and count every tiny scale on Godzilla’s tail. Every nook and cranny bold and easy on the eye, as hundreds of reptiles and dinosaurs swarm every inch of the page. Add in the twenty different shades of green and this is definitely a poster-worthy cover!
Graveyard of Empires #1 by Paul Azaceta
This is a cover of very few images, and yet it speaks volumes to the reader. Throughout war, something beautiful will eventually emerge. Life will find a way. Either that, or that is one flesh-hungry killer flower! While the presence of the skull invokes thoughts of death and violence, it’s the flower that acts as the yang to its yin, making it feel almost like a natural pairing you would witness within nature. The vines swerving between the nostrils and eye-sockets is a very beautiful little detail.
28 Days Later #24 by Sean Phillips
With the conclusion of this epic series comes a simple cover conveying the inevitable end. Selina’s goggles draped over her favorite machete, which is plunging into her scarlet headband. Either she’s dead, or this is just her way of moving on; it’s whatever the viewer decides (before actually reading the issue). The water colors of Phillips are really what seduce my eyes, causing me to restrain them from leaping out of my sockets and running away and getting hitched. The different reds muddled in the background make it almost look like blood-stained clouds in a war zone,with the bright and intoxicating red from her headband shimmering and flowing as if it were alive. The use of space, the colors, the style; it all screams perfection to me of how final covers should be.
In this special double feature episode, we’re talking movies. I’m joined by Jesse (Fourth Wall Comics Podcast) to discuss X-Men: First Class, and Pat Loika (Loikamania! Podcast) to discuss Super 8. Spoilers ahoy!
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Quite the impressive week for comics! Pick Of The Week goes to Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera for Scalped #49 (Vertigo). Fast Five picks include Deathstroke: The Curse of the Ravager #1 (DC), Journey Into Mystery #624 (Marvel), American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #1 (Vertigo), PunisherMAX #14 (Marvel), and Citizen Cold #1 (DC).
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American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #1 by Sean Murphy
So while some comic book fans can grow weary of Nazis in their comics, I for one still enjoy them as the villains as long as the story remains interesting. Vampires, and Nazis? You have my complete and undivided attention! Sean Murphy throws a lot of imagery at you with this cover, causing your eyes to dart to and fro to try and get a sense of what’s happening this issue. To me, it tells of a story set in WWII with Pearl & Skinner battling against Nazi Vampires. Murphy’s radical art style sets the perfect tone of what to expect in the interior pages. With the swastika shown, are they allowed to sell this issue in Germany?
Batman and Robin #24 by Guillem March
While this is a very intimidating cover of the Red Hood having his way with the dynamic duo, what I enjoy the most is Damian not going down without a fight. Batman succumbs without any gestures to indicate he tried to prevent this choke-out from happening, and then you have Robin fighting quite literally tooth and nail. The anger, frustration, and determination we can see in his face is hilarious, yet dark at the same time. March does a wonderful job in the tiniest details as well; I found myself observing the soles of Robin’s boots for quite some time, inspecting every crevice. And how about the muscles on Red Hood? Not too shabby! So while you may think this cover isn’t the next Sistine Chapel, you can at least take joy in the fact that Damian ain’t no wimp!
PunisherMAX #14 by Dave Johnson
Three colors is all it takes for you to enjoy this cover; red, black, and white. Let’s first take a look at the wonderful warped giant skull, looming down at Frank like an acid trip. And what’s that dangling all around the skull? Why, meat hooks of course! Shiny white chains and hooks, with the negatives highlighted when going across the skull. Speaking of negatives, the skull on Frank’s chest is also one, and it does look rather cool. Dave Johnson was the perfect choice for cover artist on this series, and he hasn’t let me down yet. Then again, I can’t think of a single Johnson cover outside of PunisherMax that has let me down! The dude is that good.
Scalped #49 by Jock
At first this cover amazed me, then as I started looking at the red glowing eyes within the trees, it freaked me the fuck out! It’s like those demon eyes are staring right into my soul, judging me. Maybe it’s because I was caught off-guard that I’m still a little spooked by this cover. First of all, you have this massive tree with branches that zig-zag all over almost like lightning, followed by the fact that owls aren’t usually regarded as the best omens. Are they restless spirits? Do they know something I don’t know? Why does Catcher have glowing red eyes too? I’m still uneasy about this whole cover, but I don’t hesitate for an instant to claim it as a thing of beauty. I’m fairly certain I have a COVER ARTIST OF THE YEAR category, and Jock is just slaying the competition.
In this rambunctious episode, I’m joined by Matt (Duke of Douche), Darcy (The Destroyer), and Dommy (The House Dwarf) to discuss a myriad of drunken topics ranging from sailing to Comic-Con. WARNING: HIGHLY EXPLICIT CONTENT! ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO LISTEN!
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Book Of The Month – June 2011
Written by Juan Diaz Canales
Illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido
Last week when I reviewed Liar’s Kiss for the Top Shelf selection for the month of May, something happened to me; I was bitten by the Noir bug. Now this type of bug isn’t your typical damsel in distress, nor is it lethal, but upon being bitten you will find yourself craving more and more noir stories, whatever medium be damned. That bite definitely influenced my selection this month.
Blacksad isn’t anything new to you if you live in Europe. It was originally a graphic album made for the French comics market by two Spanish creators, and later collected by Dark Horse for the comic fans over here in the states to enjoy. It follows a run-of-the-mill detective, John Blacksad, as he rights wrongs and solves mysterious in 1950-60’s America, in three different stories collected in this volume. So how does this standout from the other pulps and noirs? Simple; anthropomorphic characters with the species based on their personalities. Blacksad is a black cat who always seems to land on his feet, and is very stealthy when he needs to be. A lot of the police are some sort of breed of K9, and the shadier characters and lowlifes tend to be reptiles or other sorts of vermin. Remember those old Disney cartoons, whether it be Ducktales or Rescue Rangers? Same sort of style we enjoy here, only think of this world as a lot more grittier and adult than what you remember. There are certain situations that are rather explicit at times, but don’t let that turn you away; nothing feels forced, it all flows very naturally.
In the first story, Somewhere Within The Shadows, Blacksad investigates the murder of an old flame who he used to be very intimate with. We discover the culprit is a few million dollars above his and the authorities pay-bracket, so John has to get his paws a little dirty to make sure justice has been served, caution to the wind. This first arc really helps introduce us to this world, and has us begging for more by the last page.
The second story, Artic Nation, is my personal favorite. It deals with racial segregation in the 1950’s between the black and white animals. The white supremacist casting is spot-on, and makes it feel that much more real and enticing. Blacksad has been hired to find a kidnapped little girl, with the local white authorities being his number one suspects. What follows is betrayal, deceit, and a whole lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.
The final story of this collection, Red Soul, focuses on the Red Scare of the 1960’s, with the famous witch hunts for communist sympathizers. When Blacksad discovers one of his old teacher / mentors is swept-up with the wrong crowd, he feels it necessary to become his guardian angel. A good thing too, because someone puts out a hit on his old friend, and the shocking reason of why causes Blacksad to question everything he thought he knew about him.
The art by Juanjo Guarnido is just absolutely gorgeous to look at. The man used to work in a few different animated Disney projects, so he obviously knows how to create anthropomorphic characters that feel so natural and relatable. His watercolor work really progresses each story, and is just mind-boggling to try and calculate how long each page must have took him to produce.
As for Juan Diaz Canales, the man obviously lives, breathes, and eats noir on an everyday basis to bring us such wonderfully suspenseful stories. To have a post-WWII era as the background for each story really brings a sense of nostalgia to the reader, despite what generation they might be apart of. We learned of these events throughout history class, so to see a different interpretation of each time period is something very special.
If you’re a fan of Parker by Cooke or the criminal Criminal by Brubaker & Phillips, do yourself a favor and add this to your Noir section on your comics shelf. It’s a natural fit, and you’ll find yourself wanting to learn French just so you can see what happens in the yet-to-be-released volume four.
I’ve got my mojo back this episode! Pick Of The Week goes to Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Brad Walker for Heroes For Hire #8 (Marvel)! Fast Five picks include Secret Six #34 (DC), Hellboy: The Fury #1 (Dark Horse), Batman: Knight of Vengeance #1 (DC), Sweet Tooth #22 (Vertigo), and Flashpoint #2 (DC).
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Hellboy: The Fury #1 by Mike Mignola
The start to an epic mini-event deserves only the best covers. It’s no secret that Mignola absolutely destroys it on every comic cover he illustrates, but this one in particular adds more suspense to the events that are about to unfold. He’s got one eye, he’s got a giant axe in one hand, and he’s mad as all hell. Watch out, Rebecca Black! He just listened to Friday and now wants to make it your Death-day! The jagged white and black background really does help guide the eye and illustrate the main point of focus (Hellboy), and the reds seal the deal. I’d like this as a poster.
Hellboy: The Fury #1 Variant by Francesco Francavilla
Since this is an important event in the Hellboy universe, it’s only fitting to have an equally amazing variant cover. Enter my favorite artist of 2011, Francesco ‘Psychedelic Pulp Machine’ Francavilla. The layering and different solid colors really float my boat, and the line work is just absolutely beautiful. Look at that attention to detail on the feathers and chain-mail of the angelic king, all the way down to the bottom with a detailed mugshot of our brave protagonist. I nominate this cover as the one they use for the trade. Or the pulpy spin-off book series. Be sure to see the step-by-step creation here!
Moon Knight #2 by Alex Maleev
So while I’m personally not a fan of Maleev’s interior art, I sure as hell enjoy this cover! It’s so simple, yet incredibly detailed if you take a closer look at the costume. His pose reminds me only slightly of The Thinking Man, which would be ironic for Moon Knight since he’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal in the first place. The little things like his cloak disappearing into the background, or the red steam evacuating Ultron’s skull, is what keeps me interested. Again, very simple yet super effective.