By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes, and it's a very welcome kind of wickedness. The first issue of Boom Studios' witchy new series Toil And Trouble by writer Mairghread Scott and artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews arrives in stores next week, telling the tale of Shakespeare's Macbeth from the point of view of some of the most famous characters in fiction to never get names; the witches. Boom has provided us with an exclusive preview, so if your thumbs have been pricking strangely, now you know why.
Cyclops is the absolute worst. He's a bad husband, a bad father, a bad leader, and his whole deal is acting like the king of the martyrs around people who have it so much worse than him. Oh no, do you have to wear glasses all the time, Cyclops? I can't imagine what that must feel like! Cyclops is so bad that even when he becomes a villain, he's the most boring villain on his island. Cyclops is so bad that there's a petition to transfer him to the DC Universe so that Aquaman can feel cooler than someone.
On the other hand, Stacey Lee is the best. Propelled to fans' attention thanks to her amazing work on Silk with writer Robbie Thompson, she's fast proved be one of the best new superhero artists in the business. She's so good, she can even make Cyclops look like a badass on her variant cover for Secret Wars #7 by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic, out next week.
James Jean's celebrated run as one of Vertigo's most accomplished cover artists on Fables began six years after Vertigo's other big mythology-and-fiction epic ended, meaning that we never got to see a James Jean cover on a Sandman comic. Now, we didn't exactly miss out --- Dave McKean's Sandman covers are rightly just as highly regarded as Jean's Fables covers --- but it's tempting to wonder what a James Jean run on writer Neil Gaiman's magnum opus might have looked like.
The 2015 Hugo Awards took place at the 73rd annual Worldcon in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday, recognizing achievements in science fiction and fantasy storytelling. Administered by the World Science Fiction Society, the awards are considered the most prestigious in their field, and many of this year's winners reflected the progressive edge of the genre --- a trend perhaps exemplified by the winner for Best Graphic Story (aka the comics category); Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, published by Marvel.
I know that seems like a clickbaity headline, but we're just quoting the front page of the latest edition of The Tea Leaves, as you'll see in this preview of Adventure Time #34 by Christopher Hastings and Phil Murphy... where you'll also get to see what happens next.
You know how much we love cosplay at ComicsAlliance; we put a spotlight on it every week. Fans who create their own costumes and dress up as their favorite heroes are some of the most passionate and enthusiastic people in comics, and the level of talent and committment on display at conventions seems to get more impressive every year. If there isn't a Carol Corps cosplay meet-up or a whole dang Spider-Verse at a show, you'll probably go home disappointed.
So it's great to see Marvel paying tribute to these fans with a selection of cosplay variant covers on several of its All-New All-Different launches this fall. The Marvel Cosplay variants place fans of Spider-Gwen, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Thor (both versions) and more on the covers of the books they love. Cosplay connoisseurs will see some familiar faces among the cosplayers, including Birds of Play's Amanda Lynne Shafer, cosplay legend Yaya Han, and Marvel's own in-house cosplay blogger Judy Stephens as Captain Marvel.
A little self-obsession is a prerequisite of autobiographical comics, but learning to actually love yourself? That's a near-mythic destination that cartoonists might hope to someday reach, and that's the journey undertaken by Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage with Daniel Freedman; Li'l Depressed Boy with Steven Struble) in Self-Obsessed, his upcoming collection of comic strips and personal essays from Image Comics. Taking 'self as project' as its premise, Self-Obsessed is a frank exploration at sexuality, relationships, and a life in comics.
But what does it really mean to be self-obsessed? We asked Grace to pick five icons of vanity and personal indulgence to help us unpack the phenomenon of masterful self-obsession. He also shared a few select strips from his book, so that you too can get to know him a little better!
Hope Larson, the award-winning cartoonist behind A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, has teamed up with illustrator Rebecca Mock for Compass South, the first book in the planned middle-grade graphic novel series telling the story of a pair of young twins in 19th century New York who tumble into a world of piracy, adventure, and hidden treasure. ComicsAlliance has an exclusive first look at Rebecca Mock's wonderful cover, introducing the characters Cleopatra and Alexander.
Jose Molina and Simone Bianchi are bringing back a spiritual Afro-Latino Tribeca superhero team that you've probably never heard of in the pages of the newly announced Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 this fall. The very obscure Santerians, who have had four appearances in total in the last ten years, will be the featured guests of the ninth Spider-Man-related Marvel title on the stands this November --- a limited series spinning out of Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli's Amazing Spider-Man ongoing starring the Peter Parker Spider-Man.
I've heard tales of Northampton, and because of those tales I have never visited. No, I'm sure it's fine; a picturesque town in the heart of England. It's probably not at all the dangerous and vengeful place it's hinted to be in this prevew of Giant Days #6 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman, which sees university friends Esther and Daisy on the search for the third of their cohort, Susan, in the unfamiliar territory of her home town.