Archive for December, 2012
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. This week, I was given the opportunity to review the original graphic novel Babble from Lee Robson & Bryan Coyle and Com.X.
Mara #1 by Ming Doyle
It’s the very simple color palette Doyle uses that grabs my attention, and keeps my eyes glued to this cover. Her raw style adds to the tone of this first issue, intriguing the reader to find out more about this mystery woman in uniform. The bit of smeared blood on her cheek indicates she’s a badass, and the flying cars behind her inform us she’s a badass in this advanced dystopian society. The icing on the cake is that volleyball-looking insignia under the title. I’m simply in love with Doyle’s style, and this cover definitely pleases my eyes.
Justice League #15 (Variant) by Billy Tucci & Hi-Fi
One of my all-time favorite pieces of Japanese art is The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. I think it’s the claws in the whitecaps that gets me. Tucci does a nice little homage to the classic work by adding the Justice League to do battle with the monstrous wave as it devastates a city. Initially I thought this was a variant by Cliff Chiang because of the softness of the lines and colors, but sure enough it’s the combined talents of Tucci and Hi-Fi that brings the epicness of this cover to life. The situation appears to be dire, for if Aquaman can’t even control the water, then what good does a Superman punch do, let alone Batman scowling at it? Beautiful cover, nonetheless.
Amazing Spider-Man #700 by Mr Garcin
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. While this cover was unveiled during Comic-Con this past summer, it’s still quite amazing to look at several months later. Mr Garcin is a genius when it comes to collages like this one, and it surely took him several months to put together. No two Spider-Men are alike, and it’s so much fun to see how many different artists have contributed to this series for the past 700 issues. This is the image to use for posters, iPhone covers, puzzles, t-shirts, and on the upcoming omnibus. There is so much to look at and enjoy, that this is what a milestone cover should look like.
Fables #124 by Joao Ruas
I must say, Sir Bufkin looks rather dashing on this cover. His face shows years of battle, while his greatness radiates behind him like the most epic halo imaginable. Who would have thought that this little blue flying monkey would one day be one of the most well respected knights in all the land? Ruas continues to dazzle us with his unique style, blending both colors and design into the perfect covers that we see here on a regular basis. My only complaint is we don’t get more art on the bottom, unless this was meant to be a recruiting poster of sorts. Whatever it is, it’s definitely beautiful, and gets the job done.
Daredevil #21 by Paolo Rivera
The battle with Coyote continues! I’m just loving the fact that Rivera keeps incorporating the blood veins in one form or another with these covers. For this cover in particular, interweaving the veins throughout the coyote skull is both creepy and visually stunning at the same time. Everything is closing in on Matt as he tries desperately to escape this unnatural trap of teeth and blood. If I was in the same situation, I’d probably belt out a line like “Just checked my watch and the time is tooth-hurty!”
Hellblazer #298 by Simon Bisley
I didn’t realize the truth campaign is targeting comics now! This has to be their most powerful ad yet! All kidding aside, I absolutely adore the texture of the skull and bones here; gritty, unpleasant, eerie. Speaking of ‘eerie,’ that John Constantine mask is a little unsettling as well, huh? Don’t get me wrong, I’d totally wear one, but it looks difficult to breathe in if there’s a cigarette blocking the mouth hole. Awesome cover, I need to go hunt down a Biz lighter now (and I don’t even smoke!).
Avengers Arena #2 by Chris Bachalo & Tim Townsend
The kids-battling-each-other-to-the-death homage covers continue this week with the 1954 classic Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I’d almost completely forgotten about that book! It was definitely a favorite of mine in middle school, and I’m feeling bad for Piggy again just thinking about it. Isn’t that book due for another film adaptation? Strike while the iron is hot, Hollywood! Anyway, very nice tip of the hat to an iconic book cover by both Bachalo and Townsend. I’m assuming The Hunger Games cover isn’t too far behind? Oh, and like Leif Kendall’s article the other day pointed out, the Marvel banners are ugly as sin, so I cropped it out here for your sake.
The Unwritten #44 by Yuko Shimizu
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. With today marking the end of the world and this being my last covers article ever, what better cover to end my run with than this one from Yuko Shimizu? I’m just in awe of the Harpie with the golden red locks, as they just explode off the black and gray background. And the attention to detail in everything from the feathers to the sky is just so incredibly mind-blowing, for Shimizu really outdid herself this time. I’ve just been made aware of her art book, and that’s definitely on the top of my Christmas list! Oh wait, nevermind; Christmas has been cancelled by the Mayans. Thanks A LOT, Mayans! Bunch of sadist savages.
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #3 (Variant) by Neal Adams
Choosing this cover came to be a surprise for me. While I appreciate the contributions Neal Adams has made to the comics medium, his style in recent years has been pretty hit-or-miss for me (i.e. Batman: Odyssey). That being said, he’s totally won me over with this cover in particular. Here we have Dr. Manhattan giving himself the iconic tattoo that we’re all used to, but it’s the scientastic leopard design that has me head-over-heels in love with this cover. My eyes are darting all around, trying to decipher if all scientific freckles are alike, or different (like snowflakes). The transparent hand over the eye is the icing on the cake, and this is definitely a variant cover worth owning.
Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #6 by JaB & Lisa Moore
Again, I feel the need to emphasize the further along I am in seasons of Adventure Time (I’m almost done with the second season), the more likely I am to swoon over covers like this one. Then again, I instantly got a feeling of Piet Mondrian when viewing this cover, despite it being the artist’s intention or not. Will Marceline’s daddy ever know how upset she was when he ate her fries? She cried, good sir, despite the fact you didn’t see her cry. There are many panels to view on this cover, which is fun when you try and spot characters who aren’t Marceline or Princess Bubblegum (I’m a fan of Tree Trunks and Beemo, personally). Awesome cover, definitely fits the category of ‘Algebraic!’
Avengers Arena #1 by Dave Johnson
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. After an entire year of “Is The Hunger Games a rip-off of Battle Royale and The Running Man?!” (Spoiler: it’s not) It’s nice to see an actual homage to the later by the magnificent Reverend Dave Johnson. With the Avengers Academy graduating to this next level, it’s rather enticing to see what situations the students might be in for with a Battle Royale type of format. For instance, why are Red Raven and Bloodstone(?) crossed out? That doesn’t bode well, and I’ll be contacting my bookie shortly after this write-up. It would be considered blasphemy to include the MARVEL REVOLUTION NOW NEW 52 BUKKAKE banner on a Dave Johnson piece, so I did you all a favor and cropped it out. You’re welcome, America.
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. This week, I was given the opportunity to review both Big Nate Makes the Grade & Big Nate All Work and No Play graphic novel collections from Andrews McMeel Publishing‘s AMP! Comics for Kids line of comic stories targeting younger readers. So enjoy at the link below!
Fairest #10 by Adam Hughes
Oh deer! So if you’re a regular reader of this column, you’ll know of my infatuation with these Adam Hughes Fairest covers. They’re always featuring a beautiful scantily clad woman, which would be the homerun for a lot of people, but it’s what’s surrounding the woman that always makes it a grand slam for me. The giant cat with the glowing eye, the deer with a nice rack, the majestic spackle that’s present all over. This cover is just as gorgeous as the ones before it, and Hughes makes it look like child’s play. I’m waiting in anticipation for the eventual Fairest: The Adam Hughes Covers book to go along with my James Jean edition.
Hawkeye #5 by David Aja
So while I didn’t highlight the cover to Hawkeye #4, the last issue consisted of just the tape in tons of empty space, with some audio waveform along the bottom. It was nice, but didn’t really thrill me. This issue however, has my undivided attention. First of all, what kind of bully beats up a VHS tape?! Haven’t VHS tapes been embarrassed enough over the past decade, with the rise of DVDs and BluRays?? Now that I think about it though, who has something to gain if the VHS tape is no longer around? That’s right, our prime suspect Betamax has everything to gain! It’s relevant again! Anyway, lovely cover by Aja, and now I know what Kill Bill looked like on VHS.
While I feel that I’ve seen this kind of cover by Johnson before (possibly one of the PunisherMAX ones), it’s still fresh nonetheless. The black and white with a touch of pale green color scheme is what my eyes are initially drawn to, then I slowly become creeped out a bit by the shadow eyes and twisted mouth. I’ve never read Shadowman, but just looking at this guy sends me the message that I do not want our paths crossing. So much blood! So many eyes! Very well executed cover.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow – Wonderland #2 by David Mack
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down! Now were I Alyson Hannigan, I’d be honored to be a part of a series like Buffy, because if it continues on in the comics medium, every artist would illustrate me forever young. That, my friends, is immortality thanks to artist extraordinaires like David Mack. I’ll admit, I was getting lost in Willow’s eyes, but I was also marveling at the intricate snake skeleton weaving throughout the cover. Every rib and vertebrae accounted for. Throw in some pieces of scribbled parchment here and there, and this cover is just plain magical to look at!
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. This week, I was given the opportunity to review the AAAA! A FoxTrot Kids Edition graphic novel collection from Andrews McMeel Publishing‘s AMP! Comics for Kids line of comic stories targeting younger readers. So enjoy at the link below!