The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.
It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).
Despite its popularity, I have yet to actually read/watch Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan, a series about teens with swords and crazy zipline harnesses protecting their walled city from human-eating giants who look like Mr. Body. As I have said so many times, anime is for nerds, bro, but today, I am suddenly interested in finding out everything I can about the show. Why? Because whatever it is, it has resulted in Japan developing a ten-patty hamburger that sells for $20, along with a keychain and a drink.
"Heart Attack On Titan" jokes aside, the development of the massive tower of meat, available at the Lotteria fast food chain starting today, represents a clear challenge to the people of America. Find out more below!
We've been seeing an increasing number of 1/4 scale figures from the likes of Enterbay and Hot Toys, but NECA's new Batman: Arkham Origins figure may be the beefiest take on the Caped Crusader so far -- even moreso than its Batman '89 and Batman '66 offerings. Standing at an intimidating 18" tall, the toy may even be able to serve as a home security option. Surely no superstitious and cowardly home invader could get past a grapnel gun-armed Batman the size of a toddler.
While not quite as difficult to believe as a 25-years-later sequel to Tron, it's still pretty surprising to lay eyes on the honest-to-god trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to the 2005 hit by Robert Rodriguez based on Frank Miller's black-and-white Dark Horse graphic novel series. A prequel (of sorts... the timelines are complex, ok) to the first film, A Dame to Kill For stars Eva Green in the title role and is adapted from what might be Miller's most intensely dark and violent Sin City yarn of all.
I know when I go to the movies, I often think, "This is great, but it'd be a lot better if there was a four-minute sequence I'd already seen."
Well, when I go to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier next month, that's a worry I won't have weighing upon my mind, because I've seen the clip below, which features Cap, the Black Widow and some S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives systematically taking down Batroc (the Leaper)'s gang of toughs. Now you can, too!
Hey, you know how you wanted to spend the next 15 minutes watching a Norwegian metal singer belting out every Power Rangers theme song from the past 20 years? No? Well, too bad, because that's what we're doing, and it's going to be awesome.
The singer in question is PelleK, who's been getting attention lately for his energetic, soaring cover songs like Frozen's "Let It Go" and Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball," but since those songs aren't about teenagers with attitude fighting monsters in a giant robot, I'm comfortable in declaring that nobody cares about them. This, however, is fantastic -- and considering that he sings every song from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers all the way up to Power Rangers Super Megaforce in one continuous shot, it's actually really impressive, too. Check out the full video below!
DC Comics' event series pitting its bad guys again some even worse guys from another universe reaches its penultimate installment this week, as the home team of villains finally takes the fight to the evil invaders from Earth-3, the evil universe! Which of course means our super-close reading of this superhero epic also reaches its penultimate installments.
With its dramatic tale of time travel trauma, "City on the Edge of Forever" is widely considered one of the best episodes of the original Star Trek TV series, but what made it to the screen was quite different from sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison's original script, which was too long for a one-hour TV show and had far too many speaking parts for the production budget.
Comics don't have those restrictions, though, so IDW Publishing is taking Ellison's full, original teleplay and adapting it into a comics mini-series, starting in June. It'll be written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, and with interior art by J.K. Woodward. Juan Ortiz will be the artist on the main covers, which give the series a sort of pulp-novel look, while movie poster artist Paul Shipper will be on variant covers. Ellison will serve as a sort of consultant.
I have to admit that, after the first episode of this season of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead video game, I was worried. It seemed like the game was becoming too dour, even by zombie fiction standards, and had abandoned the first season's tendency to throw some good-hearted humanity in with the misery.
I'm happy to report that the second episode of the season, titled "A House Divided," brings a big chunk of that humanity back, and even manages some levity. Of course, that doesn't mean that there's no tension. Indeed, this may be the most tense episode of the game yet, and most of it happens in scenes that are nothing but dialogue.
Over the past five issues Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch's Rat Queens has quickly become one of my favorite comics on the stands. The story of four Dungeons & Dragons-style adventurers who claim to protect the town while actually being the biggest possible threat to the peace is hilarious, brutal and action-packed, and more often than not, it's all three at the same time.
The first story arc, Sass & Sorcery, wrapped up in the fifth issue last week, so to look back on one of the best debuts of the past year, I spoke to Wiebe about the influence of gaming on his storytelling, the character he relates to, and the almost unprintable original title.