Archive for June, 2013
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 20th article of 29 debuting this weekend. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win!
Hawkeye #11 by David Aja
Now either this dog is a stone-blooded killer, or he just accidentally walked through some raspberry jam. Having a Labrador myself, I would not be surprised whatsoever if it was explanation number two. Again with Aja, it’s the simple things that really speak volumes when illustrating a cover with little detail as possible. Bottom line, this cover is doggone good!
Amala’s Blade #3 by Michael Dialynas
And that’s why you always make sure the back gate is locked. Heaven forbid if your beloved cybernetic serpent hound gets out and runs away. I initially thought this was a Paul Pope cover, but alas it’s not. Michael Dialynas does a superb job here with the grittiness and the coloring, for there’s tons of energy in this cover. I can hear the snarls of hell from just staring at it.
Prophet #36 by Aaron Conley
This illustration must be a postcard from planet Australia, because it appears that everything on this cover is trying to kill you. The yellow and green starfish (or in this case, murderfish) combined with the gem throne and see-through goldfish at the bottom balance perfectly, for it feels good to allow the eyes to wander. Lots of great stuff happening here, or as the Prophets call it, “Just another day.”
B.P.R.D.: Vampire #4 by Fábio Moon
The thing I love the most about this cover is you don’t see the head or body of the spider, but merely the legs emerging from the dark. It could look like a thousand different things, but because we’re relying on our own references, it’s going to end up being a manifestation of our worst nightmares. It’s big, it’s creepy as hell, and while you’re reading this article, it’s slowly dangling down from overhead.
The Unwritten #50 by Yuko Shimizu
A Fables/The Unwritten crossover? Shut up and take my money! It will be interesting (and by that I mean fascinating) to see what Shimizu has in store for us as she illustrates characters from both universes. Already I’m loving her take on Bigby, and the flowers, birds, and big cloud of smoke are a nice touch as well. Can’t wait to see what the next cover holds!
Elephantmen #49 by Boo Cook
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. It doesn’t get any more science-fictiony than this! Troops on the planet’s surface fending off from crystal serpents with nasty big pointy teeth; Can this please be a movie?? Boo Cook goes above and beyond with this cover, for it’s a painted masterpiece depicting some of the coolest alien action I’ve seen in a long time. I can only imagine what the interior art looks like!
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 19th 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 18th 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 17th 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 16th article of 29 debuting this weekend. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win!
100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1 by Dave Johnson
¡Ay, caramba! Such a delightfully pulpy cover by the Reverend Dave Johnson. While his covers are frequently featured here, it looks like he really took his time illustrating this cover in particular. Just look at Brother Lono’s face; it’s definitely seen some action. The floating hypnotic skull in the background is a wonderfully eerie image, and the cherry on top has to be the color palate Johnson chose for the overall look and feel. It all feels so right, and yet so wrong.
Captain Marvel #13 by Joe Quinones
Right off the bat I really like the softer tones being used in the background. Yes Captain Marvel is a part of a bigger team, but she’s obviously shining pretty bright on the cover of her own title. The evil eyes up top surveying the scene add a nice sinister touch to the overall theme of distress, with all Avengers present ready for action. Lots of warm colors, both muted and bold. Great stuff from Joe Quinones.
Fables #130 by Joao Ruas
If I was surrounded by gigantic rats, I too would be clutching my teddy bear rather tightly! The look and colors of the three rats in the back remind me of the orange and black designs displayed on the pots from ancient Greece. The ones up front look rather ugly, as we’re able to see every wart and whisker on their yellow faces. They may be misunderstood creatures, but they’re still pretty hideous. Only a talented hand such as Ruas’ can make them appear beautiful.
Wonder Woman #21 by Cliff Chiang
It’s a cover crossover! Wonder Woman and friends are being sucked through a boom tube, and they’ll reappear in the cover of 100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1! I just love how Chiang shows how powerful the boom tube is by having immortals like Orion and Diana being pulled in. Hell, Diana is about to lose her favorite tiara! The cherry on top is of course the Kirby crackle, for you can’t draw the New Gods without a little tip of the hat to the man who started it all.
Occupy Comics #2 by Riley Rossmo
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. The cold, alien look she’s giving is very unsettling, and yet I’m enticed by her cybernetic-like beauty. The radical outline of a skull in her hair adds to the mystery of who or what she is exactly. Rossmo is just one of those artists where everything he touches turns to gold. I may not care for the title, but dammit do I care about that fantastic cover art!
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 15th 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 14th article of 29 debuting this weekend. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win!
Six-Gun Gorilla #1 by Ramón Pérez
Nothing more intriguing than a gigantic gorilla wielding some humongous guns, launching itself at the reader. Pérez’s zany style works well for such an interesting concept, for with the beginning of a new series the best angle to go with is the unexpected. Mammals and firearms should never mix, but Pérez makes it feel very natural and inviting with a dash of mystery. I wouldn’t necessarily trust this being around my children, but hey, that’s just me.
2000AD Prog 1836 by Leigh Gallagher
Such violent imagery, yet it blends so well together. I love the contrast of the faded logo and background with this howling blood-red zombie front and center, with the main cast of characters filling the space in its being. ‘The Damned Make Their Stand’ the title promises, and judging from the imagery alone, I’m willing to say it’s a safe bet. I especially love the crows and the flying monkey looking dude with the sword hovering around.
Batgirl #21 by Alex Garner
For a second I thought it was the artistic stylings of Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, but was pleasantly surprised when I learned it was Alex Garner tricking my eyeballs only momentarily. With a character such as the Ventriloquist gracing the cover, Garner’s sophisticated painted style is reminiscent of tree bark upon closer inspection. I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but it’s creepy when applied to a violent Ventriloquist and his blood-splattered beauty. Very creepy and well thought-out cover.
The Manhattan Projects #12 by Jonathan Hickman
If extraterrestrials ever do land and request that I take them to my leader, I’ll gladly point them in the right direction of Jonathan Hickman. Yes Hickman may be confused at first with little green men knocking at his door, but something tells me he’d know exactly how to approach it. All he would have to do is show them his cover art and his eccentric graphic design, and the aliens would bow down and proclaim him Supreme Emperor of the Galaxy. Oh, and it’s a nice cover too.
The Shadow #14 (Cover B) by Tim Bradstreet
It’s been a while since I highlighted a Tim Bradstreet cover. Not to say the covers he’s been putting out for the past few months haven’t been noteworthy (for the man is extremely talented), but this cover in particular really made me swoon. The skeleton hands emerging from the bottom of the page are absolute eye candy, as well as the praying skeleton in the Shadow’s shadow. The red scarf is a nice way to draw the eye, and this cover as a whole is downright awesome.
Thor God of Thunder #9 by Esad Ribic
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. First thing that comes to mind is “this trio of Thors needs to be painted on the side of some metal head’s van.” Each one of them reigns down the lighting while looking extremely badass in every version. Esad Ribic almost makes it look easy, the way he paints each character to life. Shit is about to get real this issue, and this is going to be a bloodbath you definitely don’t want to miss.
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!
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 13th 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 Multiplayer #1 by Tomi Hanzek (TH Studios).
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 12th article of 29 debuting this weekend. Be sure to go and comment on who you think is going to win!
The Fearless Defenders #5 by Mark Brooks
Ah, this cover brings back some awesome memories from my childhood. Arriving over at Paolo’s house on the weekends, putting in Street Fighter, and playing for the rest of the day. Since I wasn’t very good, I would always play as Blanco and try my best to electrocute my opponent to death. Sure it was a cheap move, but Paolo didn’t mind because he was able to kick my ass with every character. Oh, I also played Vega a lot. I could never tell if he was a guy or a girl. Speaking of women, it’s nice to see the women of the Marvel Universe featured on this cover. Now to play ‘Marry, Fuck, Kill’ as they fight to the death.
Fairest #16 by Adam Hughes
Not only do I love the use of warm and cool colors in this cover, but I absolutely love that explosion of sand from the horse’s hoof. It feels like this duo escaped in the middle of the night, and are still on the run in the desert while the sun is just rising over the sand dune over yonder. This cover could be a movie poster for a romantic drama with the right title; Desert Desperation, or maybe Sin & Sand. Whatever you’d want to call it, it’s a gorgeous cover, and definitely something I’d love to frame and hang on my wall.
Polarity #3 by Frazer Irving
A nice modern twist on the classic M.C. Escher piece Drawing Hands, Irving presents us with a magnificently creepy yin and yang with this cover. Who is drawing who? This is like an eerie version of Harold and the Purple Crayon for a more mature audience. I do like the sketchbook types of drawings surrounding the main character, and the use of pink in the overall design. I guess you could say that the tiny triangles tickle me…pink.
Red She-Hulk #66 by Francesco Francavilla
Someone needs to inform She-Hulk that is not how you perform the Heimlich maneuver. Isn’t Man-Thing going to do something about it?! As a matter of fact, what is Man-Thing doing here? Is it the support group for superheroes who have a hyphen in their name? Surprised Spider-Man isn’t there, but then again knowing Peter; he probably forgot to bring the cookies this week and instead just called in sick to avoid the embarrassment. Oh, and another dazzling cover by Francavilla.
Swamp Thing #21 by Jock
Wait, what’s Man-Thing doing in this cover too? Oh wait, my bad. I always get confused with who came first. I do like Jock’s stylized take on the jolly green giant, with the layered multicolored ivy being a nice touch. Sharp contrast with the kneeling girl makes for some aesthetically pleasing imagery, and all together a great cover to look at. The stoic look on Swampy shows that he knows pain, yet endures. He’s to be respected, yet feared. Kids, eat your goddamn veggies or else Swampy will find you.
Winter Soldier #19 by Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. Since this is the final issue for the series, it only makes sense to go out with a major bang. The blinding white light from the explosion mixed with the rain of shrapnel makes this cover gripping and action-packed, drawing every wandering eye in the store to behold all its glory. Hell, even the title got rocked! This cover is sizzling with awesomeness, and I’ve come to expect nothing less from the dynamic duo of Shalvey & Bellaire. I can’t wait to follow them to their next series.