Archive for September, 2012
Another month already? That means it’s time for Cammy’s Comic Corner for September 2012!
[1:19] Dragon*Con discussion with Chandra Free!
[26:00] Listener Questions!
[37:32] DC’s New52: One Year Later with Chris Thompson!
[1:06:16] Judge Dredd and DREDD 3D movie review!
[1:15:36] Molly Danger victory lap with Jamal Igle!
[1:41:15] The Rundown!
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Space: Punisher #3 by Mark Texeira
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this cover screams “Absolute 90’s” to me; the excess of muscles, the fierce-looking battle cry, and the giant guns blazing at no one in particular. Hell, Frank even has a ponytail! And yet, I love everything about this cover. It’s so wacky, so intense, and it even has a murdered Galactus front and center. I heard a rumor that this cover was going to double as the album cover for the next Dethklok record, it’s so metal. Texeira’s style here is like the love-child of Esad Ribic and Mike Zeck, and that’s the highest compliment I feel like I can bestow upon this piece.
The Spider #5 by Francesco Francavilla
Every time I see the Spider, I just imagine in some alternate universe Peter Parker and Lamont Cranston were playing Frankenstein, creating a monster of their own beings. Moving on, I’m loving the shadowing Francavilla accomplishes with the cape, for it makes the red webbing pop that much more on the equally red background. Also, how about those cool little strands of purple about? Love it! Zombies inbound? No problem, time to use his cool webbing gun, a must-have for every Johnny this holiday season. Beautiful stuff, and as always, nice and pulpy for such a noir character.
Elephantmen #43 by Brandon Graham
My favorite cover of the week, hands down. If you’re not familiar with Brandon Graham, shame on you! The man has been producing tons of great stories these past few years, and equally amazing art as well. This is a great example of Graham’s feeling and style in a nutshell, and what better comic to pair with for a cover than Elephantmen? That’s a setting right up Graham’s alley, and the result (as you can see) is truly mesmerizing. There’s so much to study with this illustration, that it’s an added bonus that you get both back and front covers here. Brandon Graham is one of those creators I will gladly support if I see his name or art attached. Do yourself a favor and go pick-up King City today!
Rachel Rising #11 by Terry Moore
Kissing a girl who had a snake’s tongue would be pretty disturbing, but to kiss a girl with a snake as a tongue would be even more disturbing. It’s at that point in the relationship you calmly suggest the two of you should see other reptiles. Moore knows how to use color to his advantage with these covers to his black and white comic series. The barf-ilicious background stained with drops of blood make the viewer feel queasy, and the cherry on top are her murderous eyes. Oh, and the snake head emerging from her mouth. But we already covered that aspect, didn’t we? 2/10 WOULD NOT BANG.
Captain America & Black Widow #637 by Francesco Francavilla
Francavilla double feature! You know what the best part about being a test tube baby is? You get a womb with a view.
Hey guys! Waiting for September’s episode of Cammy’s Comic Corner? Well not to worry, you’ll get it in in the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy me guest hosting on the Fourth Wall Comics Podcast, Episode 25!
Jesse, Freddie, Danny and Cammy from Cammy’s Comic Corner are on the case. Reviews of Batman #0, The Creep #1, and Stumptown Vol. 2 #1. But that’s not all! In honor of 150 podcasts (including those before the re-numbering) we answer your listener questions.
Womanthology: Space #1 by Renae DeLiz
You can’t see it from this image, but on the back cover it’s the sun; and this little astronaut is walking away from it, with the sunlight still attached to her every step. With the return of the ground-breaking Womanthology series, it’s a great feeling to go simple, yet complex with this cover. With the theme being space, you have to prepare for stories that are out of this world (literally), and what better way to illustrate that than with a cowboy-boot-wearing-cosmonaut-artist? Intriguing and effective, this cover does a great job selling this second series to both new and old readers.
Lobster Johnson: Caput Mortuum by Tonci Zonjic
I can’t tell you how long and hard I struggled to choose between this cover, and another for my favorite cover of the week. This almost won the honor, but lost by a hair. Seriously, look how stunning this illustration is. A busy city at night, office lights still on all over town, everything being seen through the ghost of a man known as Lobster Johnson. His colors of blue and orange being reflected in this cover is what floored me, for it’s truly such a work of art that I would proudly display on my bedroom wall (or a museum) if given the opportunity. This cover deserves your full attention and respect, and I proclaim no other artist outside of Zonjic is allowed to work on this character!
Godzilla: Half-Century War #2 by James Stokoe
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of extremely detailed art styles, so with this magnificent Stokoe cover depicting Godzilla getting bombarded by every explosive in the book; one can spend a nice long time absorbing it all. The use of colors plays a major part as well, with a napalm of sherbet engulfing each layer of the illustration. First there’s the monster, then the ineffective explosions, the small village that’s about to be crushed, and finally the Japanese army unable to pierce Godzilla’s hide. How could one possibly walk past this cover in the store and not pick it up?! Stokoe’s style is one that should be feverishly studied by artists wanting to make it into the industry.
Daredevil #18 by Paolo Rivera
My favorite cover of the week, hands down. I remember first seeing it in Previews a while ago and being in absolute awe of it, and several months later it still maintains that same effect on me. It’s a completely brilliant idea to use just the circulatory system of Daredevil to illustrate what makes him tick on the inside. All the veins and arteries are so incredibly detailed, that I find myself comparing this illustration to a few of James Jean’s covers on The Umbrella Academy featuring the White Violin. The red-on-black (with a little white also included) really makes it pop, and like most of the covers this week, I definitely would love this framed as a poster. Let’s just make sure the villains of the 616 Universe don’t get their hands on this cover, because it would make good target practice. Paolo, you continue to astonish me.
Danger Girl / G.I. JOE #3 by J. Scott Campbell
I think I just have a thing for the Baroness. Perchance it’s the black leather, maybe it’s the glasses, or perhaps it’s because she seems to be quoting Hamlet in this cover. Bottom-line, she’s a bad girl that can’t be trusted, and when it comes to illustrating sweet & sexy looking women, Campbell is one of those artists who always comes to mind. The ink spray as a final touch is great, because you can’t tell if it’s actually supposed to be ink, or maybe blood. All too often have I been seduced by eyes, only to then notice they were also packing heat.
Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #3 (Cover C) by Yuko Ota
When I was going through my ‘punk rock’ phase in early high school (Oi! Oi! Oi!), I was hanging out at venues and clubs on the weekends supporting my friend’s bands. Plastered all over the walls and every nearby telephone pole were hundreds upon thousands of flyers highlighting upcoming shows, and usually only on one color paper. The better-known bands who could afford the multicolored flyers were obviously doing well, and those flyers in particular would usually stand out more when stapled amongst the others. With this cover, I feel Yuko Ota did a superb job of capturing that simplicity of a music flyer, and with the addition of the aesthetically pleasing negative colors, I could definitely see this plastered on the wall at CBGB. And I would take notice, jot down the date, and definitely attend with my lighter at the ready. I don’t smoke, so I’ll just have to download that one App ahead of time.
The Shade #12 by Tony Harris
This cover is very Lovecraftian, and Harris does a fantastic job of really creeping me out because of it. Not only is the outfit from the right era (then again, Shade always was a dapper individual), but to include the tentacles, and then color the whole thing a horrific shade of crimson?! Shit is about to go down, and I do not want to be there when it happens. I almost feel that as soon as I flip to the first page, a tentacle is going to shoot out from the comic, wrap around my face, and suck me in to my death. WARNING! DO NOT BUY THIS COMIC: YOU COULD POSSIBLY BE KIDNAPPED INTO ANOTHER DIMENSION! Personally? I blame Harris for this dabbling in the dark forces.
Captain America & Black Widow #636 by Francesco Francavilla
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was momentarily confused this week when I saw this comic, then Winter Soldier. Sometimes with all these Captain America and Winter Soldier comics coming out (in the same week, no less) and using the same characters, it almost feels a little incestuous at times. However, that does not distract from the fact that Francavilla continues to kill it with these covers. The sexy redhead, the bloodied shield, the worried Captain; all mashed together beautifully with excellent use of coloring and shadowing. And while it may not be Francavilla’s doing, I do enjoy that black widow spider crawling across the shield in the logo. If I only had enough for one Captain America comic that came out this week, I would pick this one up because of the cover alone.
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #4 by Dustin Nguyen
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. There will be blood! This incredibly eerie cover could be used for a publication like Creepy, had the title at the top been omitted. It’s so terrifying, that even if you’re not following this miniseries, your gut is screaming at you that nothing good is going to come of this. The undead hordes descending upon Felicia and Hobbes, as they smell the fresh blood oozing from his body. Nguyen has always been a brilliant artist when it comes to watercolors, and this cover is one of my favorites he’s done in a while. Just look at those darkened skies, the glowing red eyes, and let yourself become overwhelmed with fear while looking at this cover. Death has arrived.
Before Watchmen: Comedian #3 (Variant) by John Paul Leon
When Jim Lee was doing the variants for every first issue of the Before Watchmen titles, I just thought that some characters felt a little too crisp. With the Comedian in particular, there’s nothing clean about the guy. He’s a no-nonsense killing machine; proudly wearing the gore like a soldier would a medal. What John Paul Leon achieves in this cover is capturing that grittiness the Comedian possesses. The illustration is raw, and real; no Golden Age Hero pose, no propaganda poster here. The man just finished gunning down a lot of people with a rather large gun. Your life is nothing more than a joke to him, as he mows you down with the metal punch lines. The cherry on top? A yellow button in a sea of red. Maniacally beautiful, wouldn’t you say?
Warhols are cool.
Bloodshot #3 by Esad Ribic
Man, the movement is what really makes this cover in my opinion. While I do get a slight Frank Castle vibe from this well-armed man-with-a-plan, Ribic does a fantastic job illustrating this character as his own badass menace, falling upon his prey like a coconut on an unsuspecting tourist in paradise. The pose, the lighting effects, the colors; all contribute to making this cover damn fine, and awfully pretty. Err, badass! Awfully badass, and manly, and…stuff.
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3 by Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
This cover really brings the room together, man. Focusing on the continuing adventures of a young Silk Spectre in the swinging sixties, we witness young Laurie on her first drug trip it appears. It’s the colors that really standout, and appropriately so for this time period. I also like how her hair and shoes seem to be slowly melting into the psychedelic surroundings. This cover is a shining example of why Amanda Conner is such a spectacular artist, and can do no wrong in my opinion.
Savage Dragon #181 by Erik Larsen
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Dragon. Its continuing mission: to beat up bad guys on strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new resurrections, to boldly go where no Chicago police officer has gone before.
Hawkeye #2 by David Aja
Oh, so that’s how you do it! After an entire summer consisting of The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and Arrow, I now know how to successfully shoot an arrow. I completely forgot everything I learned as a tyke, first earning that archery merit badge when I was a Tenderfoot those many years ago. In all seriousness, that is one beautiful color. The use of space, the use of colors best associated with Barton; it’s as if David Aja knows how to successfully illustrate this character or something! I can definitely see this as the cover to the eventual trade.
2000AD #1799 by Lionsgate/Reliance Entertainment
This may come across as blasphemy (since it’s not an illustrated cover), but this is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. Just from what I’ve seen from the trailers and footage, Karl Urban is Judge Dredd, no question (he is the law!). My sphincter tightened just looking at this cover, because even if I haven’t committed any crimes (allegedly), I still can’t help but think I did. The 2000AD logo adds to the epicness of this cover, for where better to feature this character than the comic magazine that started his legend back in 1977? Bottom-line, I can’t wait for this movie to come out, and I’ll be there for the midnight showing!