This book is to bridge the gap between Ultimates 2 & 3. I'm not sure about the artist on this book. Marvel's site has solicited as Travis Charest & Trevor Hairsine, I'll buy the book based on any of these artists. I'm highly anticipating Ultimates 3. I haven't seen good Joe Mad interiors in a long time. If we get one good issue out of the guy, I'll be happy. Don't be surprised if Ultimates 3 is late.
All Star Superman #9 by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely
With Quitely on the art, I'd buy this book if it was written by a monkey. Luckily it's not written by a monkey, it's written by Grant 'Fuckin Insane' Morrison. Amazing series, I buy, I buy.
Thor #4 by J. Straczynski & Olivier Copiel
The first 3 issues have been visually amazing & the last 2 have been great reads. This book is worth the $$$ for Colpiel's art alone. Last issue Thor kicked Iron Man's ass. Next issue, I buy, I buy.
New Avengers #36 by Bendis & LeinilYu
I love this series. I think this issue is dealing with the symbiote take over & Wolverine confronts Spider Woman about taking the Skrull body to Tony Stark. I don't really care what happens in this issuecuz , I buy, I buy.
World War Hulk #5 by Greg Pak & John Romita JR
Wrapping up World War Hulk, I think this issue is gonna be Sentry & Hulk kicking the crap out of each other. sounds great, I buy.
I picked up my comics this week at one million comix , over on Yonge st. great shop
a quick run down
my new rating system is gonna be one word system to sum up the entire issue
BRILLIANT - i love every inch of this book GREAT - i really enjoyed this issue & i would recommend to others PRETTYGOOD (yes, one word) - it had it's moments LAME - it was an effort to read, did not enjoy YAWN - just not my taste
Astonishing X-men #23 - i loved it. Whedon finally uses Cyclops properly. You always hear that Cyclops is a great character but no one does him right. well, this is it. this issue shows why he's the leader of the Xmen. I love the back & forth banter between Wolverine & the newest Xman, Armor. John Cassaday's art, great as always. The only bad part is that Whedon & Cassaday have only one issue left. me = sad.
this book: BRILLIANT
New Avengers: Illuminati #5 (of 5) - great issue. lots a fightin'. great surprises. still not sure how i feel about the Skrull deal. It seems that Bendis & other marvel writers can now undo pretty much any story, cuz it could a been a Skrull. I love Jim Cheung's art. He is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. I especially love his Namor & would love for him to do a regular stint on a Namor book. best issue of the 5. only problem with this book is the timeline. is it before or after WWHULK? WWHULK #5 isn't out yet. i guess Hulk lost?
am i gonna buy Secret Invasion? you betcha.
this book: GREAT
Silver Surfer: In thy Name #1 (of 4) - I was really surprised. it was good. the story started off really slow & was very wordy. 1/4 of the way through, i found myself liking this book. The art is great. Tan Eng Huat + Jose Villarubia = excellent. I'm not usually one to go for cosmic books, but i loved Tan's designs for all the different aliens. Apparently the covers are gonna be done in this order, Mike Turner #1, Gabriele Dell'otto #2, Paul Pope #3 ( it looks amazing) ,& TanEngHuat #4. I was pleasantly surprised at Turners cover. I'm not a huge fan of Mike's. not that Mike Turner's bad , it's just not my taste. but this cover is exactly how the Surfer should look. the colours & line work are very sleek looking. good job. I will definitely be picking up the rest of this series.
this book: PRETTYGOOD
my spontaneous pick of the week, MoonKnight #13 - this is Charlie Huston's last issue on Moon Knight. This issue is about Moon Knight trying to register for the Superhuman Registration Act. It's pretty damn good. I picked up the first 4 issues of this series , hoping for good things & was sadly disappointed. I love Dave Finch, but now i realize that it was his art, & not Huston's scripts, that was keeping me from enjoying this book. Sorry Dave , i love ya but i found myself not enjoying the issues. The artist on this issue is TommCoker. I don't know where this guy came from but i love his art. i've seen a few other images from Coker & was very intrigued. the splash page where Moon Knight jumps off the roof , after talking to Tony Stark is incredible. I wanna see more from Mr. Coker. there is a new creative team taking over on #14 , & i wont be picking it up , but that was a refreshing surprise.
this book: GREAT
OMEGA the UNKNOWN #2 (of 10) - loved it. the cover alone is something to look at. this is a very weird book with really great art. there is just enough robot smashing. it seems that there is alot being set up that is gonna pay off towards the end of the series. I love the character of Omega, he is very weird & mysterious , with a little bit of power , but not so much that he is a superman. Omega has yet to utter a word & he is easily one of my favourite characters. i wanna know more about him, but at the same time, i don't. can't wait for the next issue.
It was recently announced that I would be taking over the art chores for one mister Awesome Marcus Ninja.
I'll be working with , writer & creator of Awesome Marcus Ninja, Mr. Joel Buxton. If you haven't heard of Awesome Marcus Ninja, you can check out the archive of strips at http://www.marcusninja.com/. I will be taking over art duties for Ian McKendry, who has drawn the strip for four seasons.
November 9th 2007 is going to be my debut strip & it will kick off season 5. The new strips will be updated weekly.
For those longtime fans of AWN , i will do my best to stay true to Ian's version of the Marcus universe & hope you will enjoy what I have to offer. If you do enjoy AMN, then please subscribe to our mailing list & you will get an email reminder weekly , to let you know that a new strip is up. Awesome Marcus Ninja is gonna be a lot of fun & I can wait to get my pencils on this whole universe that has been built over the last 4 years.
please give me feedback & let me know what you think, even if you hate it.
we will be giving away some comics & cool shit. Iby & i will be doing sketches so definately check us out. if you haven't seen Iby's art you have to come by & see him draw. Iby does some really cool stuff.
i will be selling copies of my mini- comic 'the ALMIGHTY' #'s 1 & 2. i will also have some preview art for the new project that i am currently working on & will announce at the show.
just recently, I came across some amazing sketches by John Paul Leon, on Comic sketch gallery http://comicsketchgallery.com/. I was blown away. when i was about 9 years old , i used to buy DC comics Milestone line of comics. i thought they were a bunch of really cool black superheroes , & i think all (or most) were written by Dwayne McDuffie . i used to get Icon , which was basically a black Superman. it was great, but my favourite was Static. in those days , i didn't know artists by name, all i knew was that Static looked fuckin' cool. there was no other book that looked like Static. Later on, after i rediscovered comics, i came across Alex Ross' Earth X from Marvel. the interior art on earth x was done by John Paul Leon (formerly the artist on Static). his style developed quite a bit & was ultra- realistic & dark & shadowy. at first, i didn't like that he no longer did the 'cartoony funky' style that he did on Static. i read the entire Earth x & realized how amazing JPL's art is. i am loving JPL's art these days. it is just amazing. i just wanted to share some of his art with everyone. check it out , below . there is some old & some new, but it's all great. i've decided that , from now on, i will buy anything by JPL. http://www.johnpaulleon.com/
(1) i just finished 'the Walking Dead' volume #7 - the Calm Before by Robert Kirkman (writer)& Charlie Adlard(pencils/inks) & CiffRathburn (greytones,very important to this book)
it is utterly brilliant
i love this comic
i'm not one to usually read zombie, or horror books but I kept hearing about this book & finally my comicshop guy ,Troy (http://thecomicroom.com/store.html) , convinced me to pick it up.
I got the first trade & I was hooked. At this point , there were already 6 trades worth. within a month I had 'em all . I didn't want to start picking up the singles , so I told myself that I would only buy the trade, & #7 was coming out soon, so it'd be alright. Well, after reading #7 , I'm gonna have to cave & go for the single issues now because Mr. Kirkman left me on the edge of my seat & I cannot wait 6 months for the next part.
everyone is talking about this book for a good reason. it is fucking awesome!
i suggest everyone read it . i love it
(2) another book I just finished is Captain America - 'the Chosen' #1
The art , by Mitchell Breitweiser, is excellent. I have a feeling this guy is gonna be amazing once he evolves out of the John Cassaday clone style. Don't get me wrong , I love John Cassaday, he is one of my all-time favorite artists , I just don't need 2 of him.
So far , the story didn't impress me. It's written by the dude who wrote Rambo , David Morrell . meh. Personally, I think this book is Marvels attempt to give us a bit of Cap, to tie us Cap fans over until they bring him back from the dead.
Charest is easily one of the greatest artists I've ever seen, but unfortunately , he is incredibly slow. & to be very honest, the Charest covers are good , but I have seen much better Captain America images from Mr. Charest.
I've decided to wait & hear what everyone is saying about this book & if it sounds good , I'll pick up the trade
(3) one book that I'm definitely picking up is Omega Unknown #1 , from Marvel.
it was shipped yesterday (Oct 3rd) & it looks really cool.
I have no idea what it is about but it looks nothing like a regular Marvel book. It almost has an indy look to it. I'm going to pick it up based on the fact that it just looks cool. Actually , I would say it looks , Bad Ass. I love it already.