Ok, today's a busy day so I'm not leaving much more than a picture. This cover by Jason Fabok is for Detective Comics #22. With all the yellow and the AR, I though the other person was going to be redesigned Deathstoke, but it's actually a new character called The Wraith. Enjoy.
I had planned to do a Superman cover this week in light of the Man of Steel release scheduled for this Friday, but then I came across this one. This is part two of Batgirl's encounter with the Ventriloquist, and the cover is nothing short of the thing nightmares are made of. And you have Alex Garner to thank for that; it's the first cover of his run on Batgirl. Garner's work is pretty spectacular, and there's a good chance (especially if you're a Wonder Woman fan) that you've looked at one of his covers and thought, "Wow." This time you might think, "Oh god, I'm never closing my eyes again," but even so, you want to look at it because it's so good. So enjoy.
The problem with not posting anything for a long time is that you end up with a ton of potential comics to choose from when you finally decide to write about one again. Unfortunately, nothing really caught my eye until I found an upcoming issue of Batwoman, done by J.H. Williams III. I've posted some of his work on Batwoman before; all of it is pretty incredible. And despite the images he creates being quite different, an almost instantly recognizable style is present in all of his work. Even as a thumbnail image, this particular comic jumped out at me as one of his. I haven't seen Killer Croc featured in a comic for a long time, so that's exciting to begin with, but the cover itself is amazing. I love the black and white background and the space on either side of the red lines with the smearing and splatter. Those minimalist elements with the busy characters at the center give contrast and depth that make for an incredible image. And seriously, if you haven't checked out any of Williams' other work, you should.
This week's cover is the final issue in X-Men volume 3! The series is scheduled to be relaunched in April as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative, and is also set to make a president for the X-Men franchise by having an all female team. Lead by Jubilee, the initial team will also include Rogue, Psylocke, Storm, Kitty Pride, and Rachel Summers. Exciting news and a fun cover? That's two for the price of one! While I'm not crazy about the art style, the nostalgic value of the cast of characters presented make this an easy choice for me. Created by Adam Kubert and Dale Keown, the cover provides a snapshot of the X-Men we all know and love. In a lot of ways, the classic uniforms and styling take me back to the original animated series, with a few additions like Hope Summers and Danger. So even though I probably wouldn't buy it for my wall, compilation pieces like this always bring up good memories for me. I hope it does the same for you.
I know it's Thursday; work's busy and I haven't had the creative energy to write at home so I apologize. Getting to why we're here, this is the first cover of a fun little series I stumbled upon last week. Created by Dave Johnson, the cover (and story, written by Dennis Hopeless) emulates the Japanese novel Battle Royale. Except this time, Arcade is the one gathering up teenagers for bloodsport instead of the Japanese government. Johnson has does a lot of great work, and this is the second time I've gone after one of his covers. I'm really excited that he will also be at Emerald City Comic Con this year, and I'm curious to see what work he brings along with him. Deep down, I'm hoping for this gem. But, as you can tell from the featured cover, he's done good work in a lot of different comic series, like this cover for Punisher Max #21 or this one for G.I. Joe. There are pages and pages of stuff like this so I'd definitely recommend taking some time to look though his work if you're interested.
And we're back on track. This cover has been a favorite of mine for a long time, and it's done by one of my favorite comic artists, Mike Choi. Choi also does a lot of interior work, but you probably already recognize the name if you're a fan of X-23 or X-Force. And if you are a fan of those, or any other project Choi has worked on, you'll be able to find him at Emerald City Comic Con this year, March 1st through the 3rd. So now you've got a cool cover and possibly something to look forward to in March. Enjoy.
In the spirit of yesterday's holiday, I decided to do a little digging to find a good holiday-themed comic cover for this week's post. Interestingly enough, there weren't a whole of options to choose from, but perhaps this is evidence that the modern comic book publisher is avoiding the potential to alienate certain readerships by focusing on a particular holiday tradition. Or more likely, people have just run out of new ideas for Christmas comic stories. There are only so many times a villain with cold-oriented powers or tendencies can escape for a late December crime spree, and the PSA stories of the past have really never found a solid foothold in today's media beyond select children's programming. Even looking outside of comics, I can only remember one Christmas episode from Batman the Animated Series (the one where the Joker escapes Arkham on a rocket Christmas tree singing "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells"... classic) and don't remember any holiday episodes from Spider-Man the Animated Series. Regardless of the comic industry's approach to December sales, I did find a cool cover from last year. Created by Tim Seeley and Leonardo Olea, it definitely got an Avenger's feel to it. Anyway, that's really all I got this time. It's the day after Christmas, and I used all my creative analysis up on last week's post. Besides, I have a rare, free day off, and I hope to use it to finally finish Dishonored. So Merry (late) Christmas, everyone.
This week's cover is one I almost posted about the first week it came out, but I think it got beat out by one of the incredible Batwoman covers by JH Williams III. I'd forgotten about it until this weekend when I saw it a comic shop while I was out buying a copy of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, which I thought provided a really interesting view of Deadpool, but that's getting off topic. Anyway, this week's cover features Karma, a hero I honestly knew nothing about until I first noticed the cover and did some research. Karma is a telepath whose primary ability is mental possession. When I first saw the cover, I thought she was some kind of cyborg like Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers, but it turns out her leg is a prosthetic that she received after having her leg cut off in a flight with Cameron Hodge (who actually is a cyborg) in the New Mutants series. Relatedly, she is one of the founding members of the New Mutants, and is also notable in the comic world as one of the first major lesbian characters in a mainstream series. The cover itself is done by Rachelle Rosenberg and Dustin Weaver, who has a cool blog post that talks about the development of that cover as well as some alternate designs. What I really like about the cover is the scene it depicts and how it reminds me of Stan Lee's vision for more human superheros. This cover, in a more basic sense, shows a girl sitting at the edge of her bed. Illustrate it slightly differently and she could be talking on the phone or tying her shoe or painting her toenails; things that anyone could be doing in this scene and you wouldn't think twice about it. Now, show the same girl is working on her robotic leg, and the image becomes a lot less commonplace even though the task is no more uncommon to the subject than anything else she could be doing at that time. It's like a Norman Rockwell magazine cover, except in a different universe. I can't say I've seen a lot of these kinds of covers (although X-23 Target X #2 is one that comes to mind); but to me, that is the essence of the humanity Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced into superheros with the Fantastic Four that revolutionized Marvel Comics and even comics in a much larger sense. It's the idea that despite the astonishing or amazing or fantastic things that these characters do, they are still people like us. And I like seeing that.
Today we're going a little beyond dinosaurs (even though they're awesome) to look at a couple representatives from a series that I've been holding in my back pocket for a while now. These two covers are issues four and five of the newest volume of Hawkeye, which - if you've been paying attention to any form of entertainment anytime in the last hundred years - is further proof that we think bows and arrows are badass. I've been following this series since it came out a few months ago, and I've been really impressed with the cover art by David Aja. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I like elegant and simplistic comic covers, and these are no exception. Even though the subject of both of these are very simple with a lot of white space, they are very visually appealing and manage to convey a lot of emotion. Although it's not as apparent in these two covers, Aja also frequently uses of color as a theme for his covers. However, what these two covers do serve as is a kind of transition point for those color themes, shifting from blue and purple (issues 1 though 3) to red (issues 5 and beyond). His designs also take on a retro feel to them, and you can see this and these other elements in nearly all of his cover work (and some of his interior work as well). So if you like it, check out his blog that I linked to above, and you should be able to find more.
So my brain neglected to remind me that today is in fact Wednesday, and I neglected to do any research or searching for a potential cover write about prior to right now. However, as luck would have it, Marvel just happened to be releasing this gem by Gabriele Dell'Otto today. The one sentence rundown for the story here is, "Spider-Man fights dinosaurs in the Savage Land." Best thing ever, right? But wait, there's more. What makes it even better (and the reason I chose this cover over the previous issue) is that Spider-Man is teaming up with a dinosaur (specifically, Devil Dinosaur) to fight other dinosaurs (specifically, scientifically enhanced Velociraptors). Yes, comic books are that awesome. So if you were hoping for some intelligent or insightful commentary on a particular piece of comic book cover art today, I'm afraid I don't have any. To be fair though, this is the Internet; and if there's anything the Internet needs to showcase more, it's pictures of Spider-Man riding a dinosaur. Good day.