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The Manhattan Projects #13 by Jonathan Hickman
Glad to know that several pairs of Vans checkered slip-ons were recycled into making this cover. It’s not entirely checkered, which makes the overall design that much more intriguing and appealing. Is there a pattern, or is it all just random? If there is a method to Hickman’s madness, I’m not sure I could nail it down. What I do know however is this cover is geometrically gorgeous, with its overall simple yet effective aesthetic.
Prophet #38 by Jim Rugg
See, if Kirby Crackle was included in my geometry and algebra textbooks, I would have passed those classes without any problems. Instead, my experience with mathematics is much like this cover if you were to swap John Prophet with me, and that tiny pink Earth destination in the triangle with me passing the class. It wasn’t an enjoyable journey, but I eventually overcame and conquered (barely). But enough about me; this Jim Rugg cover is absolutely splendid!
Swamp Thing #23 by Guillem March & Tomeu Morey
I don’t know if Constantine ate one of Swampy’s psychedelic roots, but it looks like he’s having one hell of a bad trip. The vibrant colors of the tentacled poppies really catches the eye, as well as the tiny details for each flower with the shadowing and texture. Is this cover considered tentacle porn for botanists? Very creepy-yet-beautiful cover, and I find it enjoyable to see a new take on Swampy (what big white teeth you have!).
The Shadow #16 by Tim Bradstreet
With that Manhattan Projects cover it was squares, with Prophet it was lines and shapes, and now with The Shadow it’s circles. I hope Bradstreet didn’t have to rely on just a compass for this cover, otherwise it would have taken him all week. Black, red and white always work well together, and yet Bradstreet somehow makes it look more fantastic than usual. His red shadow in the main cluster of white rings is my favorite little aesthetically pleasing detail.
Trillium #1 by Jeff Lemire
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. The mix of science-fiction and what appears to be a battle from World War I crossover exquisitely, enticing the viewer to pick-up and see what Lemire’s latest series is all about. To add another layer of mystery, the symbols along the right-hand side of the cover appear to be Native American or Mayan or some ancient culture, which prompts me to wonder if time travel is somehow involved. The watercolor background is brilliant, and the watercolors in general are dazzling. Mr. Lemire, you once again have my undivided attention.
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.
The Shadow #8 (Variant) by Tim Bradstreet
Remember that hilarious film of the same name a while back starring Alec Baldwin? Yeah, let’s forget about that movie and focus on this awesome cover instead! It reminds me of an old pulpy movie poster, with the nice effect of folds and creases as if it were plucked from a magazine and well-loved over the years. The cross hatching is wonderful, as well as the simple black, white, and red all over color choices. I’d definitely see this movie. Who should star in the remake? I nominate Jon Hamm. Or Michael Fassbender.
Fables #123 by Joao Ruas
I don’t know why, but I feel like I’ve seen these kinds of faces before in another medium. Pan’s Labyrinth maybe? Anyway, the smooth and marble-like texture in their faces makes me feel chilly just looking at them. Then looking into their dark eyes makes me feel somewhat calm, as if I know they’re the good guys or something (probably just lulling me into a false sense of security). Very simple design, and in this case that’s all it takes to catch my eye.
Batwoman #14 by J.H. Williams III
Possible crossover with Jonah Hex?? Entirely possible by the looks of the Stetson, and radical redesign of the Confederate flag. However, if it is Hex back from the dead, that just proves how much of a badass he really is; a sonuvabitch so crazy, the Devil himself kicked him out of Hell. But what’s with the Medusa figure in his silhouette? Is she controlling this dead man, only to make matters even more complicated for Batwoman & Wonder Woman? It’s an enticing cover, and does a good job getting me all antsy to find out if it in fact is Jonah Hex or not. Then again, if it is, Williams III and Blackman are going to have to do a damn good job keeping him as entertaining like Palmiotti & Gray have all these years. Pretty cover, whatever the actual story may be.
Comeback #1 by Michael Walsh
Anyone else fooled for a second, thinking it was Tonci Zonjic? I certainly was. I mean, the style looks almost identical to Zonjic, so I don’t feel bad mistaking the stylings of Mr. Walsh with another great artist in this medium. Can you guess which one of these shades of blue is actually an x-ray machine? It’s the TSA variant cover, I believe. I definitely like how there’s something slightly altered in each of the shades, but the skeleton definitely draws the eye to that second shade in particular. I also enjoy how my brain could make out the title of the comic, despite the ‘back’ being backwards. MY BRAIN IS ON IT’S A-GAME TODAY, FELLAS (just like Michael Walsh is with this cover)!
The Unwritten #43 by Yuko Shimizu
Speaking of beautiful shades of blue, have I introduced you to my favorite cover of the week (hands down)? Because Shimizu definitely deserves that top honor this week, with this magnificently gorgeous cover. That brilliant shade of blue pigmentation of the hands, combined with the darker blue frilly cloth, and lighter outlines all around. Even on the main character’s face you can see reflections of blue, with even the air bubbles around him also contributing to the overall illustration. Eiffel 65 comes to mind when looking at this cover. Calm-yet-eerie, this cover is absolutely superb in every way. I would proudly hang it in my room if it were made available as a poster.
Hellblazer #297 by Simon Bisley
One of the things I’ll miss the most about this series will be the Simon Bisley covers. He has that perfect combination of punk rock and magic needed when it comes to a character like Constantine, and I always get excited in anticipation when his illustrations are the first things I see before flipping to the story inside. I especially love the spiky, thick hairs in this cover, but at the same time I laugh because I can imagine those would be a bitch to try and shave. The Oi-Oi-Oi Fairy is wonderfully executed as well, and I’m definitely a fan of those symmetrical skulls on her wings. This cover is like Constantine’s eye; radical looking.
Hack/Slash #13 Cover B by Ben Templesmith
Ben Templesmith’s art and Hack/Slash seemed like such an obvious pairing to me. However, after a little research it seems this is the first time that Templesmith has provided any illustrations to Seeley & the series. What was the frickin’ hold-up?! Cassie embodies the creepy-yet-total-badass combination wonderfully, with the blood on her signature bat a very nice touch. The looming villain with the wall filled with hanging torture tools is the cherry on top, with the perfect use of lighting and colors. If I may be so bold, I demand more Templesmith & Seeley collaborations! It just feels so right.
Spaceman #4 by Dave Johnson
There are so many wonderful techniques the Reverend Dave Johnson uses on this cover. And because he’s a genuine master of his craft, it makes it that much easier to proclaim it as my favorite cover of the week, hands-down. The color scheme of orange and gray, with the mixture of cold and warm colors dominating the majority of the cover make the white bones pop-out that much more effectively and really draws you in to it’s design and beauty as a whole. Such a cool idea with the bones on the arms in crossbones formation, that it makes me wonder when will that tattoo idea catch on with the young folk. “You call that a sleeve? THIS, is a…radical radius?” I want this as a poster, I want this as a print, I want this on the hood of my car. It’s badass, it demands your attention, and it’s the reason you should be submitting your body and soul to the Reverend’s gospel on a daily basis.
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #4 by Rafael Albuquerque
Goddamn is this an awesome looking cover. To me, this is what DC’s Ultimate rendition of the Flash would look like; a red-hot crimson blur, angry at the world, looking like he could explode at any moment. I’ve always been a fan of Albuquerque’s wicked style, but this cover in particular feels like he’s taking his game to a whole other level! This is what Hermes would look like if he was appointed one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; streaking down his message of destruction to our world. The last message we would ever hear before total annihilation.
Star Trek #6 by Tim Bradstreet
“The creature within me is gone. I am free of it, and the pain. I am also quite blind. An equitable trade, Doctor. Thank you.” -Spock in The Immunity Syndrome
The Unwritten #34.5 by Yuko Shimizu
Angelic. Purely whimsical and magical, radiating artistic beauty across the entire comic book medium. The fine details in her curly golden locks and hundreds of feathers just leaves me breathless, completely soaking everything in. I saw her face, now I’m a believer. The minute Shimizu opens a gallery anywhere in the world, I’ll be the first one in line to purchase a ticket. Perhaps one day, I’ll even be fortunate enough to own an original piece. Until that time however, we can all continue to glimpse at in awe, cursing the heavens that none of us will ever produce anything remotely close to perfection like Shimizu does.
All Star Western #6 by Ladrönn
Rarely do we see any expression of shock or fright from Jonah Hex, but if you were to put yourself in his current situation, chances are you would crap yourself. Multiple times. I’ve fallen in love with the details Ladrönn puts into the giant bat, right down to every strand of hair. That bat face is just pure terrifying, for if the fright from the size alone didn’t kill you, those sharp teeth certainly would. Next thing you know, you’re a human Capri-Sun. Absolutely stunning cover by Ladrönn, and it’s definitely my favorite cover of the week.
Dark Horse Presents #9 by Mike Mignola
Want to easily have your way with me and my money? Simply have Lobster Johnson on the cover. Doesn’t need to be action-packed or anything like that, just the simple menacing pose will suffice. It works so well to have anything but black as the background, because then you can really hone-in and appreciate the beauty of both characters. This cover once again proves that Mignola remains one of the best cover artists in the business.
Incorruptible #27 by Garry Brown
The colors and loud images just screams “PUNK ROCK!” to me, and here I am moshing away to another Garry Brown cover. It almost feels like I dropped some acid, stared at this cover for a few minutes, and suddenly the dose hit me I could hear what the soundtrack was to this cover. I was transported back to the CBGB in the mid-70’s, and the Sex Pistols and the Ramones formed a Punk Rock Super Group, and the New York Dolls provided the colors. In my opinion, jagged lightning bolts make everything better. Oi! This cover is wicked! Oi Oi Oi!
Jennifer Blood #9 by Tim Bradstreet
“Shot through the heart, and you’re too blame, darling you give love, a bad name…” – Bon Jovi
Prophet #22 by Simon Roy
At first glace I feel much like the main character; I was just dropped into this cover, and have no idea what’s going on. I find myself drawn to the beautiful muted coloring of this illustration, and the intense action between the two foes. Plus it’s a well-known fact that automatically any cover is improved by 46% when you include prehistoric flying reptiles. The gripping of the slimy tongue, the dagger sticking out of it’s neck, and the human ready to swing again with his machete; all beautiful details, which make this cover so damn awesome.
Secret Avengers #23 by Arthur Adams
Finally we get a sneak-peek of that Kevlar outfit that was sewn together with threads from goat’s milk. You know the goat I’m talking about; the one that was spliced with arachnid DNA. It makes perfect sense for Venom to receive the first prototype.
Daredevil: Reborn #2 by Jock
This cover makes me happy. Don’t get me wrong, Jock’s covers always make me happy, but because of the yellow background, I find myself warm and full of smiles. If that sounds slightly odd, then I’ll go with explanation number two; Daredevil is depicted beautifully in the image, and the yellow background really makes him pop. He’s currently a torn soul still trying to redeem himself, and Jock’s raspy interpretation of him really sells it to me. Are you currently holding out for a hero? Then this cover is for you.
Jennifer Blood #1 by Tim Bradstreet
When you have Tim Bradstreet involved in a Garth Ennis project, you know that you’ll be getting some kick-ass covers for sure. With the first issue of Jennifer Blood, we’re treated with nine (you read that correctly) variant covers, and this one is my absolute favorite of the bunch. It’s this cover that gives us the introduction to this new character, and with Bradstreet’s dark and gritty style we get the idea that she’s the kind of broad who isn’t afraid to get a little dirty (or bloody). Jennifer Blood is if the Punisher was a housewife living in the suburbs, and the cover clearly illustrates just that.
Venom Deadpool #1 by Skottie Young
I’ve always been a huge of Skottie’s style. While I do enjoy his interior art in comics, what blows me away every single time are his gorgeous covers. His covers are so good, I’ll buy the crappiest comic just for his cover alone. With this cover, you have the perfectly executed hybrid of Venom and Deadpool. Their costumes really were made for each other. With the addition of the grotesque green tongue, this cover screams “I’d look badass hanging on your bedroom wall”, or at your local punk rock venue.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 by Gerald Parel and Dustin Weaver
I nominate this cover to be the image for the first trade. It informs the reader of which main characters are featured, and it’s done in a beautifully almost painted style. The details of each character is enticing and fascinating at the same time, as it keeps you guessing who’s a good witch, and who’s a bad witch. Weaver’s been delivering some great art in general for this series, and this cover proves it a hundred times over.
Thunderbolts #153 by Greg Land and Dan Brown
Believe me, I did a double-take as well when I saw this awesome cover was done in part by Greg Land. Excuse me? Baking powder? Yes, that Greg Land. Sure it’s easy to make a crack that we just haven’t found the porn site where he traced the heroes from yet, but I think it was nothing but honest-to-goodness hard work this time. Is this a new renaissance for Land? As long as he keeps creating covers like this one, I’ll have no more qualms with the man’s work.
I interview the artist Buzz at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Tales of Atomika, Ground Creeper, and more.
I interview creator Jules Rivera at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Marsh Rocket, Valkyrie Squadron, and hand sanitizer.
I interview artist Tim Bradstreet at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Raw Studios, Bad Planet, and more.
I interview creator Rebecca Hicks at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about her comic Little Vampires.
I interview creators Josh Finney and Kat Rocha at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Titanium Rain 2, Transcend, and more.
I interview writer Michael Colbert at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Crazy Mary, Tales of the Supernatural, and more.
I interview the creative team of Darkwing Duck from BOOM! Studios at Long Beach Comic Con 2010. Joining me is James Silvani, Ian Brill, and Tad Stones.
I interview writer Joshua Williamson at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Superman / Batman, Mirror, Mirror, and more.
I interview writer Richard Starkings at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Elephantmen and more.
Long Beach Comic Con 2010 wrap-up!
In this special episode, Cammy reviews Atomika from Mercury Comics. God created Man, then Man created God. Special thanks to Sal Abbinanti!
Stay tuned at the end for a special Atomika Contest!