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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 9/10/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

I dunno but something about seeing Spider-Man in full gear looking at a mag, makes me think…hmm…he taking care of business?  As for Dale Keown’s Avengers cover, I just like it.  Very clean and the design pulls you in.  I’m a huge fan of the current Valiant Entertainment series Archer & Armstrong and this weeks variant cover by Pia Guerra was pretty sweet.  I also was able to pick up the Deadpool 3D New 52 Spoof incentive cover and should be arriving next week, I hope.

As for the ECCC inspired covers for 3 Boom series, I’m from Seattle and well, they just look damn cool and i have to support the ECCC as I’ll be attending this next year’s comicon.  Spread made my list again and even though some might think I’m being a little unfair then let me explain.  This cover regurgitated some deep dark scary episode I had when I was much younger from a certain Brad Pitt movie Seven.  The gluttony scene was not a pleasant scene for me, need I say more?

Alex Ross did a wonderful job on the tribute cover for Marvel’s 75th year anniversary special.  Finally another cover that triggered some deep dark fear of the movie Aliens, yes I’m talking about the sequel to Alien where the damn things were in the walls?!?!  Christ man that freaked me out and I bet if I watched it again it would yield the same gut wrenching response.

Top 10 List (Not in order…)

  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #6
  • Archer & Armstrong Vol 2 #24 Cover B Incentive Pia Guerra Variant
  • Dead Letters #1 Cover D ECCC Exclusive Variant
  • Deadpool Vol 4 #34 Cover B Incentive Mark Brooks Special 3D Motion Variant
  • Edge Of Spider-Verse #1 Cover B Incentive Greg Land Variant
  • Herobear And The Kid Saving Time #1 Cover D ECCC Exclusive Variant
  • Marvel 75th Anniversary Magazine Special #1 Cover B Alex Ross Fantastic Four
  • Prometheus Fire And Stone #1 Cover B Variant Paul Pope
  • Spread #3
  • Avengers Vol 5 #34.1 Cover A Regular Dale Keown

Comic Book Cover Source: Midtown Comics

Comic Review: Pop #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Published by Dark Horse Comics, August 2014
Story: Curt Pires
Art: Jason Copland
Colors: Pete Toms
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Covers By: Jason Copland

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Synopsis: To be honest the cover was the selling factor for this new miniseries. I’m used to reading well thought out science fictions stories from the likes of Jonathan Hickman and Rick Remender. Now that being said I had a simmering amount of hope that this miniseries would deliver a somewhat gratifying story. After all, the thought of growing a Paris Hilton (…not a fan of Paris Hilton…just want to be clear on that…) that you own, what an idea. Boy was I surprised to find no substance with the opener, hardly any science to back the story, and no tantalizing details about how our young main character was created. All the reader got was a big round gooey blue ball. The background on a few of these panels were just cheesy, I mean, think cheesy props from the movie Buckaroo Banzai with lackluster characters. I know that sounds pretty harsh but comics are hot right now. You gotta take a niche topic like what Pop is trying to run with and exploit the hell out of it because the storyline definitely has major potential. I mean it kind of fell in line with Brian Wood’s recent Image series Mara where corporations sponsored you. This takes it a step further where a corporation literally owns you, your parent of sorts. Albeit the delivery wasn’t the best we still have 3 issues to go so there’s hope.

We start out our story with a brief view into the inner workings of raising and creating the next big star; did I say brief? Then we our main character escape from the plant and our second main character enter into the equation. We then see the two meet. One thankful to be alive while the other is thinking of the end. That initial meeting soon brings a sense of meaning to the both of them allowing for a mutual friendship to grow. I swear as I flip through this comic I’m seeing brief images of Buckaroo Banzai and it’s making me want to queue up that movie to satisfy my 80s hunger for cheesy ass cult classics. Any ways, blah blah blah we see some tracing bug get activated but since she is technically under developed, you know what i mean but let me rephrase. Since she escaped too soon from her cocoon the tracing bug seems to short circuit causing a freakout under her forearm skin. She’s a complete bad-ass as she cuts the damn thing out of her arm without hesitation. I had to laugh, it literally looked like a centipede, why the hell a centipede if the scientist refereed to the bug as nanites? Nanites are small tiny little robots number in the millions, read Valiant Entertainments series Bloodshot for a reference! So unfortunately that’s where the writers really lost my interest. The only redeeming factor to this entire book was the fact that we got to see the knee caps shot out of a Justine Beaver lookalike. Yeah, for some reason that really did feel satisfying so thank you Mr. Pires.

Layout & Flow: The layout of the comic was done well utilizing most of the space to tell the story. I felt that Jason Copland took advantage of the real estate and maxed out what he could. This allowed the action sequences to play relatively well without any issues aligning both the art and story for the reader. The colors were good, the cover was awesome. I mean it popped, pun intended!

Verdict: Overall I see why this is a 4 part miniseries and nothing more. Honestly I’m not even sure I’ll follow up on the rest of the series simple because of the many issues I had with this book. I realize in a 4 part miniseries that you have limited time and space to get your story across to your readership. The art does go the distance in aiding the storytelling but I feel it could have had more eye-catching detail if only the story had that additional detail written to aid the artist Jason Copland. I guess I’m just to used to reading sci-fi stories by Jonathan Hickman and Rick Remender. There seems to be a trove of willing artists in need of collaboration with those two. If you don’t believe me then just look at some of the current releases from these guys. I’m sure it’s hard to compete but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t.

Rating: 2/5 

Official Site: Pop

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Sep 7

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 9/3/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

With the Marvel event of the year Death of Wolverine now chugging full steam I have to give props to some of the covers as I was impressed.  There is some great talent and thought going into the interpretation of of Wolverine’s supposed upcoming death.  I’m not sure if Wolverine will actually stay dead but imagery is amazing!

It’s no secret that Skottie Young is one of my favorite all-time comic book artists and I was ecstatic that he landed himself the opportunity for his own mainstream series Rocket Raccoon volume 2.  In this series we get to see a very different interpretation of the pesky little fur ball and #3 makes my list; gotta be the guns.  His Marvel Baby interpretation for the Death of Wolverine #1 book also made my list, yeah, I’m a sucker for the babies!

I’m actually not in following Squidder but I may have too as each cover released literally mimics fine art, David Stoupakis killed it.  As for the new series Hawkeye vs. Deadpool there’s nothing like seeing the goofball square off with one of the most serious Marvel universe characters, besides Captain America, and as with most of the Deadpool miniseries, I’m excited for each one and this is no exception.

Top 10 List (Not in order…)

  • Silent Hill Downpour Annes Story #1 Cover A Regular Tristan Jones
  • Death Of Wolverine #1 Cover C Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Death Of Wolverine #1 Cover G Incentive Alex Ross 75th Anniversary Color Variant
  • Death Of Wolverine #1 Cover H Incentive Joe Quesada Color Variant
  • Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1 Cover A Regular Travel Foreman
  • Detective Comics Futures End #1 Cover A 3D Motion
  • Hawkeye vs Deadpool #0
  • Rocket Raccoon Vol 2 #3 Cover A Regular Skottie Young
  • Squidder #3 Cover B Variant David Stoupakis Subscription
  • Stephen Kings Dark Tower Drawing Of The Three Prisoner #1 Cover A Regular Julian Totino Tedesco

Comic Book Cover Source: Midtown Comics

Sep 5
idwcomics:

Transformers Primacy #2 30th Anniversary RI Cover by Sarah Stone

Sarah did an awesome job on that cover!  Look forward to reading it here soon!

idwcomics:

Transformers Primacy #2 30th Anniversary RI Cover by Sarah Stone

Sarah did an awesome job on that cover!  Look forward to reading it here soon!

Sep 2

Marvel Event - Death of Wolverine

Unfortunately Tumblr will only allow up to 10 pictures per pic post.  That being said there are just too many covers of issue #1 for this years over-hyped Marvel event Death of Wolverine to post.  If anyone cares to share then definitely tack on additional covers to the post. There are also retailer incentive sketch variants complimenting the color variants listed below.

So, taking Marvel’s direction at face value, if and when Wolverine is killed off, when do you think the writers at Marvel will resurrect the beast?

Variant Covers:

  • Death of Wolverine #1 Regular Steve McNiven
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Midtown Exclusive J Scott Campbell Connecting Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Variant Deadpool Memorial Color
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Variant Steve McNiven Canada
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Incentive 1:50 Leinil Francis Yu Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Incentive 1:75 Alex Ross 75th Anniversary Color Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Incentive 1:100 Joe Quesada Color Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 GameStop Variant
  • Death of Wolverine #1 Salt Lake Comic Con Greg Horn Exclusive

Image Source: Midtown Comics
Comic Review: Comic Vine

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 8/27/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

I have always been amazed at the artistic talent of Alex Ross and although he has been releasing many spectacular covers this one of Spider-Man emerging from the flames caught my eye.  Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT cover is almost 3D’isk in appearance and I’ve been waiting for Low #2 to hit the shelves simply because Greg Tocchini’s art blew my mind with issue #1. Now that the pieces have been reassembled I’m expecting the same mind blowing experience with this issue.

As for the rest, both covers of Transformers vs. GI Joe made the list as they are just damn cool, a bit reminiscent of the past Marvel versions.  The Flash was ridiculous, a selfie just wouldn’t work…superman should be way out of focus, now that would have been cooler…

Top 10 List (Not in order…)

  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #1.4 Cover A Reg Alex Ross
  • Black Science #8
  • Low #2
  • Mind MGMT #25
  • Pop #1
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Turtles In Time #3 Cover B Var Ben Bates
  • Transformers vs GI Joe #2 Cover A Reg Tom Scioli
  • Transformers vs GI Joe #2 Cover B Variant Ed Piskor Subscription
  • Bo Plushy Gangsta #4
  • Flash Vol 4 #34 Cover B Selfie

Comic Book Cover Source: Midtown Comics

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 8/20/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

Excited that Supreme Blue Rose #2 is finally out and I think Phil Jimenez did an amazing job on the Wonder Woman collage.  Eastman does his usual and boy do I love it!  I also think Manifest Destiny constantly releases eye catching covers, part of the reason why I’m so hooked on the series.  However my first love is Transformers and anything that Alex and Casey release, please keep paying them well IDW.

Top 10 List (Not in order…)

  • Dark Horse Presents Vol 3 #1 Cover B Variant Geof Darrow
  • Deadpool vs X-Force #3
  • Delinquents #1 Cover E Incentive Emanuela Lupacchino Variant
  • Manifest Destiny #9
  • Peter Panzerfaust #20 Cover B Incentive Tyler Jenkins Virgin
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 Cover B Incentive Phil Jimenez Variant
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 Annual 2014
  • Batwoman #34
  • Transformers Robots In Disguise #32 Cover C Incentive Casey Coller 30th Anniversary Variant Cover (Dawn Of The Autobots Tie-In)
  • Supreme Blue Rose #2

Comic Book Cover Source: Midtown Comics

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 8/13/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

Finally a new issue of Dream Merchant is out!  I thought that was gonna be a canceled mini series since issue #3 came out what seems like eons ago.  Who doesn’t love Archer & Armstrong’s homage cover.  I love all these covers, especially Casey Coller’s version of one of my most favorite Transformers and that would be Blaster!

Comic Book Cover Source: Midtown Comics

Superman Volume 4 #32 Signed by John Romita, Jr. & Klaus Janson
What can I say, I’m glad I surfed Midtown’s website Wednesday and was able to snag this copy. Sold out quick!

Superman Volume 4 #32 Signed by John Romita, Jr. & Klaus Janson

What can I say, I’m glad I surfed Midtown’s website Wednesday and was able to snag this copy. Sold out quick!

(Source: midtowncomics.com)