2014 promises to bring a flood of amazing work from a raft of talented cover artists, writers, web cartoonists, interior artists and mangaka. ComicsAlliance has looked at the new projects on the horizon and made a pick of 14 comic creators who we think will make an impact in 2014. Our hope is that this is just the tip of the iceberg, that there are 140 amazing creators on the cusp of creating something great in 2014 -- but these are our picks of the creators to keep an eye on.
The movie rights to Marvel's superheroes are famously divided. 20th Century Fox plans to build a cinematic universe around the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, which are the Marvel franchises whose film rights Fox controls. Sony is working on a similar masterplan for Spider-Man and his related characters. Marvel Studios retains the lion's share of characters and has already built its cinematic universe around characters connected to the core Avengers team.
And then there's Namor.
Earlier this year, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie rights to the Sub-Mariner are locked up at Universal. There's been no word since 2006 that Universal is doing anything with him, yet Marvel has made three Iron Man movies, two Thors and a Captain America in that amount time.
Universal, it's time to pull your finger out. Here's why.
Agents of SHIELD is currently enjoying a holiday hiatus, with no new episodes until January 14, 2014. That makes this the perfect time to look back over the first ten episodes and see how they stack up.
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The news that Paul Rudd will play Hank Pym in the 2015 Ant-Man movie is the latest piece of inspired casting from Marvel Studios. Rudd will bring charm, humor and an appealing eye-twinkle to what may prove to be Marvel's most comedic movie under writer Joe Cornish and writer-director Edgar Wright.
Marvel characters have found tremendous success on the big screen, both in Marvel's own "in-house" movies such as the Avengers line and in those produced by other studios, such as the Wolverine/X-Men films. Bringing an established character to the screen is an unusual challenge because readers have a strong idea of what they want to see, and actors want to bring something new to the role. ComicsAlliance offers its view on the performers who pulled this off best.
ComicsAlliance continues its look back at the best cover artists of 2013, putting the spotlight on Mike Del Mundo (X-Men: Legacy), Massimo Carevale (Conan the Barbarian), Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Force) and Dave Johnson (Brother Lono). When it comes to creating compelling character portraits that open a window on another world, these are four artists who make it look easy.
Agents of SHIELD came back from a one-week hiatus last night to drop its one and only December episode on us before heading out to the hills until January. TV executives call this a "mid-season finale", but that is a nonsensical concept, so let's call it "the Christmas hiccup" instead.
'The Bridge' marks an important point in the pacing of the season. The show's creators have used this episode to tie much of the first half together and propel us into the second half. In theory it should feel momentous. In practice, I was sadly underwhelmed.
With hundreds of comics released to stores every month, a great cover can make a big difference. That tiny rectangle needs to grab the eye, set a mood, convey an idea, and entice a reader to pick the book up and look inside. It takes a great cover artist to get all of that right.
ComicsAlliance continues its look back at some of the best cover work in 2013 from some of the most talented cover artists in the industry. This week we pick highlights from the work of Nathan Fox (Collider/FBP), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and John Paul Leon (The Massive).
Another week, another Marvel crossover. No sooner has Infinity packed its bags and left the planet than the universe is propelled into Inhumanity, a more nebulously constructed event that weaves between a dozen or so books this winter, all marked by the sound of a disaffected teenager who doesn't want to take out the trash, "inh."
The event will lead up to a new ongoing series, Inhuman, by writer Matt Fraction, artist Joe Madureira, and whoever takes over art from Joe Madureira halfway through issue #1. (The book has already been bumped from January to April.) But it all begins with this week's Inhumanity one-shot, by Fraction, Olivier Coipel and others.
Last week's Uncanny Avengers, by Rick Remender and Steve McNiven, killed off a whole bunch of characters. The last issue of Avengers Arena, by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker, came out the same day with that book's final death tally. It was a good day for funeral directors in the Marvel universe.
The deaths in these two titles ran the gamut from newly minted minor characters seemingly created just so they could die to major Marvel heroes with substantial fanbases and decades of history. Does that distinction matter in a genre that takes such a light view of death?
Spoilers for Uncanny Avengers and Avengers Arena follow.
Great cover art requires a special set of talents; a gift for composition, an eye for striking color or attention-grabbing contrast, and a knack for conveying story or mood in a single image.
ComicsAlliance continues its look back at some of the best cover work in 2013 from some of the most talented cover artists in the industry. This week we shine the spotlight on Rafael Albuquerque (Animal Man), Jenny Frison (Revival), Ibrahim Moustafa (High Crimes), and Jock (Wolverine).