Archive for May, 2013
Clive Barker’s New Testament #1 by Goñi Montes
The colors! Look at all the beautiful colors! It’s like Joseph and his amazing technicolor dream coat suddenly exploded after being zapped by a few proton guns, with this cover being the end result. I really do enjoy the psychedelic mash-up look that Montes has illustrated for this god-like figure, for it’s definitely a good way to stand out on the comic racks. I can see Lady GaGa looking at this cover, then incorporating it into her next outfit.
Fury MAX: My War Gone By #12 by Dave Johnson
Instantly seeing the American flag morphing into tentacles taking root all over the globe is an extremely powerful image, especially with the corporate overlord looking guy using the flag in question as a mere dinner napkin. Thanks a lot, Obama! Allowing the banks to dine on international wealth and…stuff! Moving on, The minimalist take on Fury is a cool looking one, for it’s obvious he’s not going to let this takeover happen on his watch. Another awesome cover by Johnson.
Chew #34 by Rob Guillory
Have you seen this cibopath? Or is this cover saying something deeper, like all cibopaths are the same in nature? Or maybe, just maybe, this cover is the result of one of those What Will My Baby Look Like in 30 years? websites if these three men shared a baby. For all I know, this cover is just another gimmick to buy multiple covers and cut them all up and glue them together on an upcoming blank Chew cover! There Layman and Guillory go again, making me throw all my monies at them. Well played, you two.
Elephantmen #48 by Boo Cook
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. And here I thought Ganesha was a god of intellect and wisdom. That’s obviously an out of date text I was getting my information from, for the being we see here on the cover is one that’s here to eat peanuts and kick some ass, and he’s all out of peanuts. Cook does a wonderful job with portraying Gabbatha as a force to be reckoned with, while at the same time keeping with the subtle Indian look and feel. The crosshairs on the bindi is especially well designed.
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. Last year leading up to the Eisner Awards, Rich allowed me to have a weekly column in where I discussed my picks for each category. Well Countdown To The Eisners is alive and well again, with the ninth article of 29 debuting this weekend. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win!
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. Last year leading up to the Eisner Awards, Rich allowed me to have a weekly column in where I discussed my picks for each category. Well Countdown To The Eisners is alive and well again, with the eighth article of 29 debuting this weekend. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win!
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. This week, I was given the opportunity to review District 14 – Season 1 by Pierre Gabus & Romuald Reutimann (Humanoids).
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. Last year leading up to the Eisner Awards, Rich allowed me to have a weekly column in where I discussed my picks for each category. Well Countdown To The Eisners is alive and well again, with the fifth, sixth and seventh articles of 29 debuting this weekend. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win for each categories!
2000AD Prog 1833 by Glenn Fabry
An absolutely beautiful cover from Fabry to start things off this week. Cadet Anderson’s hair blowing in the wind is so sexy, even when that’s not her intent. The use of reds, the shadowing in the face, the wrinkled aged leather in her uniform all play vital parts in this portrait of hers. She’s a badass, and with that look she’s giving you, a cat-call is the last thing you should be thinking of doing right now. Fabry at his finest.
Daredevil #26 by Chris Samnee and Javier Rodriguez
Hey man, I just put those out to dry! Is it me, or is one of the Planeteers hanging their laundry on the line too? While the set-up is simple, the execution is exquisitely rendered as Murdock makes his way from one side to the other with ease. I also enjoy the title of the series in the sunset, for pink on that shade of blue is rather pleasant to look at. Wonderful job by both Samnee and Rodriguez!
Tank Girl: Solid State Tank Girl #1 by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
I want that jacket. Shut up and take my money, I want that jacket! It almost appears that Tank Girl hunted down Spaceboy and skinned him alive, while at the same time she looks like an extra in the latest Gorillaz music video. Very stylized and punkish, Johnson-Cadwell has been gone for too long if he’s been holding back his brilliance with covers like this one. It’s so bold and radical upon execution, that if you look closely enough you’ll see a little nip-slip. SOMEONE ALERT THE ZILLION MOM MARCH OF THIS FILTH!!
Akaneiro #1 by Shu Yan
Whoa. If Little Red Riding Hood and Xena had a baby, I think this warrior woman would be the outcome. Brilliantly painted by Yan, it’s gorgeous yet violent at the same time which provides me with conflicting feelings; do I hang it on my wall, or recommend it as a heavy metal album cover? Whatever the outcome is, this cover is eye-candy pure and simple. Astonishing attention to detail!
The Unwritten #49 by Yuko Shimizu
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. With everything spiraling out of control, it’s hard to keep your balance. One small step and you’re falling through memories, both good and bad in a Phantom Zone kind of landscape. Shimizu’s design is hypnotizing, and the use of colors is so aesthetically pleasing that I find myself being sucked into the vortex, unable to resist its charms. I can almost hear the chaos unfolding on this cover, and like Pavlov’s dog, I salivate just thinking about what’s taking place on the inside.
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. Last year leading up to the Eisner Awards, Rich allowed me to have a weekly column in where I discussed my picks for each category. Well Countdown To The Eisners is alive and well again, with the third article (Rich has them out of order) of 29 debuting today. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win!
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. This week, I was given the opportunity to review The Grove Nymph #1 by Jecaro (Fairie Folkways Comics).
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. Last year leading up to the Eisner Awards, Rich allowed me to have a weekly column in where I discussed my picks for each category. Well Countdown To The Eisners is alive and well again, with the second and fourth articles (Rich has them out of order) of 29 debuting today. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win for both categories!
This semester I’m both Arts & Entertainment and Online Editor at my college newspaper the Sonoma State STAR. I’ll have a group of staff writers I’ll be overseeing, but every now and then I’ll be submitting a review or article if we need to fill space. Be sure to write to the editor if you like what you see! In the meantime since the paper doesn’t get published over the summer, that means there’s going to be an abundance of exclusive online content!
Fatale #14 by Sean Phillips
Why did it have to be toothy Cthulu faces? I hate toothy Cthulu faces! The eerie use of black and white works quite well with this cover, followed by the stunning red center drawing attention to our femme fatale. She’s got her Chicago Typewriter prepped and ready for action. Judging from her outfit and the iron eagle looking symbol at the bottom, if I didn’t know any better I’d guess this issue take place during World War II! With a cover as intriguing as this one, I’m willing to check to see if I guessed right.
Conan the Barbarian #16 by Massimo Carnevale
In this issue, Conan embraces the hippie culture of the 1960s in Cimmeria, drops acid, and takes advantage of all the free love going around. All kidding aside, this is truly a beautiful cover. Carnevale just goes wild with the coloring, making it a pleasure to let your eyes wander and really soak-in the cover in its entirety. Great contrast of warm and cool colors, and creepy use of the dangling hands.
The Shadow #13 by Alex Ross
Speaking of contrasts, major props to Ross for this bloody masterpiece. It brings chills seeing the Shadow in the reflection, for it looks as if he’s trapped in a doomed city of some kind. The lady in white doesn’t look all that innocent for no matter who you are, everyone has someone’s blood on their hands (including her). Ross always succeeds with the angelic glow technique, for just from looking at this cover you’re lead to believe that she must be innocent in all of this. Absolute stunning job by Ross.
X-Factor #256 by David Yardin
“Always the artists,” –Mance Rader. Great use of faces forming from the blood, as it spirals out of a lifeless corpse front and center. It’s almost like following the yellow brick road, only nastier. The expressions on the faces are those of pure horror, for this death was shocking to everyone it seems, and Yardin does a fabulous job conveying that in a few brush strokes. The real question isn’t ‘who did it,’ but rather ‘who is going to clean up this mess?’
Batwoman #20 by J.H. Williams III
I now know what’s black and white and red all over (spoiler: it’s not a newspaper). Williams III does a superb job incorporating Gotham City and the occult-looking archeology into Batwoman’s cape, having it all connect together as a whole. It’s a great use of layout, something Williams III has been displaying for the past 20 issues with ease. The blood spatter up top only makes the cover that much more thrilling.
Wonder Woman #20 by Cliff Chiang
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. The sleek grayscale look of Wonder Woman and her logo is so cold feeling, that the swarm of red-hot hands make for an intense scene. The god baby with the blue eyes and aura is a little unsettling, but obviously it’s somehow special enough to warrant being surrounded by would-be babynappers. The arms alone remind me of the style of Saul Bass, which always scores extra point in my book. Bravo to Chiang for making a cover design so simple spring to life with just the right use of color.
While I normally whore myself out to the usual websites, I always have a special place in my heart for the sluts over at Brightest Young Things. This week, I wrote about the filming for Captain America: The Winter Soldier that’s happening in Washington D.C., and why our nation’s capital is the setting.
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. Last year leading up to the Eisner Awards, Rich allowed me to have a weekly column in where I discussed my picks for each category. Well Countdown To The Eisners has returned, with the first article (second actually; Rich started out of order) of 29 debuting today. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win for that category!
As most of you know, I write for Bleeding Cool. This week, I was given the opportunity to review Pietrolino from Alexandro Jodorowsky & O.G. Boiscommun (Humanoids), and The Trip from Jesse Grillo & David Brame (Action Lab: Danger Zone).
Astonishing X-Men #62 by Phil Noto
You’re as cold as ice, willing to sacrifice your…looks? With all these younger versions of themselves bouncing around, it was only a matter of time before we started getting covers like this one. However this being Noto, it’s going to make for a damn good compare/contrast. Spiky hair (err, ‘icicles’) are all the rage for Bobby now, not the chrome-dome look he was sporting back then. Even the ice on older Bobby looks a little dirtier, and it makes sense if you consider how much time he’s been spending with Kitty Pride recently (the implication being she’s a dirty little girl). I love the textures Noto plays with, for it helps make this cover another homerun in his arsenal (mixed metaphors, I know).
Avenging Spider-Man #20 by Paolo Rivera
I’m so happy Marvel and DC are doing crossovers again! Amazo has been on the shelf for far too long and—what’s that? It’s the Chameleon?! He got me again! I swear, he’s the Gene Parmesan of the Marvel Universe! I really like how Rivera used each part of the cell to highlight Chameleon’s camouflage abilities. It makes it fun to test your knowledge of which character is which, even though almost all of them are pretty straightforward. I gotta admit though, I’m still not a fan of Nick Fury’s son/Ultimate Nick Fury, because it’s just uncreative and pandering the Marvel movie crowd. Other than that, fantastic cover!
Creepy #12 by Richard Corben with Dave Stewart
I used to always associate Mignola’s art with Dark Horse, but nowadays I find myself associating anything with Corben to Dark Horse even more. With a classic title like Creepy, it’s only appropriate to include a cover from a classic horror artist like Corben. With a style that makes a decaying zombie walking through an old graveyard look perfect, Corben is a modern day master when it comes to goblins, ghouls, and the undead. Corben goes with Creepy like a rotting corpse goes with a necrophiliac.
The Fearless Defenders #4 by Mark Brooks
Ah yes, the perfect cut-out cover for the 13-40 male demographic! All the fanboy cheesecake aside, Valkyrie’s outfits don’t stray much from ‘work’ for I don’t see a ‘casual’ outfit from the two provided. All work and no play makes Valkyrie a dull…I’ve got nothing, for she’s the sexiest Norseman since Alexander Skarsgård. The cutouts and bendy flaps send a punch right to the nostalgias, for I fondly remember the Aladdin version of this cover way back when. I always found it weird that Aladdin had a diaper-looking pair of underwear when completely ‘naked.’
Avengers Arena #9 by Dave Johnson
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. Immediately the cracking lava-esque background that engulfs Apex draws the eye, followed by Apex’s marionette work of Juston’s pet Sentinel. To contrast all the hot colors, Apex herself is as cool as a cucumber, looking to be fully in control of the situation. Johnson never fails to deliver, as this cover is another scratch on his ‘AWESOME COVERS’ bedpost.