Archive for October, 2012
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. This week, to get in the Halloween spirit, I was given the opportunity to review the Dark Country graphic novel adaptation from RAW Studios. So enjoy at the link below!
A-Babies vs X-Babies One-Shot by Skottie Young
It’s a shame this one-shot wasn’t a 12-issue event, for I got more excited for this cover than any of the actual Avengers vs X-Men covers. Young’s playful style works well when depicting the mightiest mini marvels of the 616 Universe, as they epically rough-house as kids are wont to do. May the most adorable win! My favorite sight-gag of the whole cover however has to be the lowercase ‘a’ in both the title and on Captain America’s forehead. It’s just too darn cute!
Fables #122 by Joao Ruas
Oh my, what nasty, big, pointy teeth you have! Who the mysterious woman is, we don’t know, but it’s safe to assume that Bigby isn’t too thrilled with her for whatever reason. The pastel-like colors, the eerie patch of blood underneath the paw, and the smearing of the logo really do it for me, bringing that feeling of artistic beauty to the cover. Ruas continues to kill it on these covers, despite DC’s attempts to desecrate his art with a goddamn Arrow banner up top.
Astonishing X-Men #55 by Phil Noto
My favorite cover of the week, hands down. In this endless war between mankind and mutants, it sometimes feels as if every mutant is but a mere bullet in the chamber, most effective if aimed at certain targets. In they constantly go, willing to take one for the team. I highly doubt you can get mutant ammo at your local Walmart, and for the Wolverine bullet in particular you might need to persuade him with a Silver Bullet (Coors Light). Great concept, fantastic execution, I can definitely see this as the image to use for the eventual hardcover.
Adventure Time #9 (Cover D) by Jon Vermilyea
I’m pretty sure if I gave this cover to a child, they would freak the fuck out and run away crying. Therefore, I propose this cover be made into a black light poster aimed at the stoner audience (the other fan majority of Adventure Time). “YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS??” *takes hit of bong* “No really, do you? I just forgot. OH GOD! PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM’S FACE IS MELTING!!!” Very trippy cover, with some radical color choices. Bravo, Vermilyea!
Deadpool #63 by Dave Johnson
Simple, yet effective. It took 63 issues to happen, but finally his own logo became susceptible to gravity. I saw it as an appropriate cover for the final issue, and bravo to Dave Johnson for all his hard work on the past 37 Deadpool covers.
The Unwritten #42 by Yuko Shimizu
I can shout from the rooftops that everything Shimizu creates belongs in an art museum only so many times, before the neighbors get annoyed and call the police. Look at the flames, look at the Death’s-head Hawkmoths, look at the ghostly girls in the background. Not only is the use of space fantastic, but the color scheme is top notch as well! In my opinion, Yuko Shimizu is who artists should strive to embody when it comes to designing covers; make every single one look like it belongs in a gallery.
In these past 12 hours of my life, I’ve gone through some seriously deep, life-changing shit. So unfortunately, I’m halting my podcast effective immediately. I thought about this long and hard, for I’ve been producing Cammy’s Comic Corner in one form or another on a consistent basis since October 2007 (Happy Anniversary, me). Originally as many of you know, I switched over to the monthly format to help me balance both school and this hobby I’m so passionate about, and that was going swimmingly, but then I had an epiphany that I required some serious help. Now I don’t want anyone to worry, for I’m planning on working through this. I’ve repressed some seriously deep shit over the years, and just coming to terms with the fact that I have a problem and I’m not okay is rather unsettling to me. I need to get my life in order, and be completely honest with not only myself, but everyone around me.
So for the time being I figure it would be best just to stick to writing reviews and articles for now, since I find writing to be very therapeutic. Maybe when I get things sorted, I’ll start podcasting again but with a different show (for new beginnings). I want to thank all of you for the tremendous support you’ve shown me over the years, and I’m glad if I helped expand your tastes or knowledge about comics in some way. I love comic books, and plan on reading them until I’m old and grey, and feel strongly about introducing the medium to the uninformed masses.
Thanks again for understanding this difficult chapter I’m going through, and how hard it’s been for me to type these words. If you need recommendations of what podcasts to listen to, comic books to read, movies to watch, or any other questions, feel free to email me at CammysComicCorner@gmail.com and I’ll definitely get back to you.
See you around the internets,
-Cameron “Cammy” Hatheway
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5 by Dustin Nguyen
It all comes down to this final issue, and it’s going to be a bloody one. While the last cover focused primarily on the greys and reds, this one is focusing on the glacier blues and reds. Lots of gruesome splatter effects all over the place here, and judging by the glowing eyes of Agent Hobbes, he’s finally under a certain Lord-of-Nightmare’s influence. Nguyen definitely killed it with every one of these covers, for his art style in particular brought this genre to life. Consistently disturbing, just how I like ‘em!
Batwoman #13 by J.H. Williams III
Is anyone else’s skin crawling after looking at this cover? Gives me the willies, through and through. As you can see from the cut-off DC logo in the upper left-hand corner there, I once again shopped the annoying banner out, but alas, DC wants to make my life difficult by having a sliver remain. Anyway, centipedes are enough to make anyone squeamish, even the bravest of the brave like Wonder Woman and Batwoman. However, in the wrong hands, this cover could easily be the beginnings of The Super Human Centipede, and no one wants that. Nature tells us black and red are dangerous colors, and it appears that nothing but danger lurks within these pages. The cherry on top for me is the red from Batwoman’s cape coloring the centipede’s head and fangs. Beautiful cover, I expect nothing less from J.H. Williams III.
B.P.R.D. 1948 #1 by Dave Johnson
Apocalypse now. Err, then. Ladies and gents I present to you my favorite cover of the week, hands down. For the longest time I knew that ‘little girl’ was bad news, for she always gave me the creeps. Now with this cover, my suspicions have been confirmed! She seems to be a tremendous force to be reckoned with, and perhaps one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse in a sense. The nuclear explosion wrapped in Lovecraftian tentacles is chilling as it is terrifying, and the colors mixed with the black and white is a blend much to be desired. Johnson’s covers always amaze me, but this one in particular bitch-slapped me with amazement, and left me begging for more.
Glory #29 by Ross Campbell
Ross Campbell can illustrate one hell of a sexy-yet-deadly cover and he knows it! All I know from the previous issue is that this is Glory’s sister, and just by observing the blades, spikes and warrior woman haircut, something tells me she’s not one to be tamed or take orders. The different shades of blue simply pop on her alabaster skin, and I love the textures on her tail, hair, and back. Also the flow and movement of this cover really help focus on that evil look in her eye, and that child-like smile helps keep you feeling nervous. While I don’t think she’ll be inducted into KISS anytime soon, this cover entices me to immediately read this comic and get her whole backstory. Surely it’s happy one.
Hawkeye #3 by David Aja
I sometimes believe Aja is too skilled for his own good. The man definitely understands the use of space, and simplicity. Archers arching within arches is a wonderful way of looking at this cover, and bravo to Aja for keeping with the same purples and white motif. Sometimes less is more, and Aja is a master at keeping your eyes full with his aesthetically pleasing covers. Oh, and did I mention his wonderful style continues on the inside? This miniseries is a homerun for fans and cover art enthusiasts alike.
My friend/editor of the Arts & Entertainment section of the Sonoma State STAR (my school’s newspaper) gave me the opportunity to submit a graphic novel review. What better book to highlight to the masses than Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan Mcleod?? I’m thinking about joining newspaper next semester, so be sure to keep an eye out for other possible reviews for them!
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #2 by Adam Hughes
Being inspired from the sci-fi publications of old, Hughes thrills me to no end with this cover depicting two familiar characters in a seemingly familiar genre. The explanation of Dr. Manhattan’s origin as some sort of alien invader (complete with the pointy ears) would make sense to some people, with Ms. Jupiter falling madly in love with him as the couple made their way back to Earth. The strategic placement of her helmet is another thing I liked, as well as the design of her breathing apparatus. Another beautiful cover by Adam Hughes, and another homerun for the Before Watchmen covers in general.
Dark Shadows #8 by Francesco Francavilla
While I don’t have a fear of clowns, ventriloquist dolls, or mimes like some people do, I must admit that this decaying doll face did give me the willies. That asymmetrical design combined with the mismatching noses and mouths creeps me out, with the cherry on top being the miniature bat in the eyeless socket. With Halloween just around the corner, leave it to Francavilla to get me in this eerie mood.
Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #7 by Rafael Grampá
Upon a quick glance, I originally wasn’t going to pick this cover as a contender (the stupid Arrow banner didn’t help). Some gal going all Ariel out from the waves, big deal! But then I came back to it after double checking all the titles that came out this week, and thought “hey, why not give it another look? It is Rafael Grampá after all.” Sure enough, it’s not just some gal emerging from the waves. Those aren’t even waves! It’s all a part of the majestic dress she’s wearing, as she soars towards the undiscovered beyond. It’s a very wondrous dress, intricately detailed with the whimsical effect of mist added throughout. From a distance, waves. At a closer glace, Fashion Week in Paris. I apologize for almost doubting your brilliance, Grampá. My favorite cover of the week, hands down.
Evil Ernie #1 by Dan Brereton
While I’m unfamiliar with the character, I do enjoy this cover something fierce. Maybe it’s the evil grin on his face, the hellfire surrounding him, or the poisonous stench oozing from his ribcage. Whatever it is, it reminds me slightly of Simon Bisley a bit, with the painted style and the punk rock vibe it carries as a whole. From what I’ve heard from friends who enjoy this character’s legacy, this dude’s a badass, so it only seems fitting to pair him with a cover artist who is equally so.
Batgirl #13 by Greg Capullo and FCO Plascencia
Simple, yet effective. I think it’s the lip gloss that really got me with this cover. FCO Plascencia’s coloring is just perfect, and really works well with Capullo’s style in my opinion. Her eyes, her lips, her hair; it’s all we see from this view, and yet it makes all the difference.
Fairest #8 by Adam Hughes
First and foremost, I had to edit the ARROW banner from the top, because it just ruins the image had I included it. Why do you hate beautiful covers, DC? It’s completely insulting to the artist to try and draw attention away from this beautiful damsel we see before us. Judging by the excess of hair, I believe it’s safe to assume the pretty young thing in question is Rapunzel, modeling for The Emperor’s New Clothing line. I love the shine on the hair, making it appear that she’s glowing, and a wonderful contrast with her skin pigmentation. Very gorgeous cover, with Adam Hughes once again showing why he’s a master at illustrating women.
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #2 (Variant) by Jock
I wasn’t impressed with the main cover, but this variant cover by Jock is fucking awesome! It’s like Edvard Munch’s The Scream for comic books, because you can really see the horror and intensity flowing through the cover like some sort of twisted nightmare. At first I thought it looked a little like Sienkiewicz, but upon closer inspection it’s definitely that gritty style that Jock’s best known for. How amazing would that be to see Jock on interior art as well? A man can dream.
HACK/SLASH #18 by Matt Merhoff
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. The lighting is what rules supreme here, with the precise shadowing and pitch black background making the rest of the image pop. The lens flare from the flashlight looks completely natural, and it’s just spooky seeing the darkness slowly engulfing the two of them. Then looking at the little things like the reflection of light in their eyes and wrinkles in their attire, Merhoff completely blew me away. Maybe the girls stumbled upon Jock’s Rorschach cover in the dark, and weren’t expecting it. Or maybe they came across the Spanish Jesus fresco restoration painting. Well done regardless, Mr. Merhoff.
The Hypernaturals #4 (Cover E) by Bill Sienkiewicz
Now this is definitely Sienkiewicz. KNEEL BEFORE THIS SIENKIEWICZ! What more can I say? The water coloring is fabulous, and I love the texture surrounding the characters as a whole. Even if it’s only a retailer incentive cover or something like that, Sienkiewicz still gives it his all and makes it look easy. The lack of text and titles works well, and definitely makes it more pleasing to the eye. Christmas is coming up, so if someone wanted to buy me the original art and frame it, that’d be greeeat.