Over the past few months, I think I've been so excited about IDW's upcoming Revolution event --- which, as you probably know by now, is the big reboot that combines Transformers, GI Joe, MASK, Micronauts, Action Man and Rom The Space Knight into a single universe full of the crossover potential that some of us have been waiting thirty years for --- that I'm not sure if I've ever stopped to consider what's going to happen next. I mean, presumably we'll see Snake-Eyes fighting Megatron at some point, but beyond that? I hadn't even considered the possibilities.
Now, however, we know that at least one of the things we're going to be getting comes in the debut issue of John Barber and Kei Zama's Optimus Prime, in which the leader of the Transformers is going to be fighting a giant corkscrew from space. No, that is not a typo, and yes, I am into it. Check out all three covers for Optimus Prime #1 below!
Everybody loves Aquaman. Okay, that's not true. A lot of people make fun of him. But those of us who do love Aquaman actually love him a lot. And with the always impressive Jason Momoa playing him in the upcoming Justice League movie and an Aquaman movie to follow, the Sea King is getting the most positive attention that he's gotten in years. Possibly ever!
Aquaman debuted in 1941's More Fun Comics #73, but he really came to prominence in the Silver Age, with a founding membership in the Justice League of America and his own solo comic. He was a mainstay of the Justice League for decades, and led his own version of the team, commonly known as the Detroit League, in the 1980s.
Whether he's known by his surface-world name, Arthur Curry, or his Atlantean name of Orin, Aquaman has always been a moody and passionate hero. His 1990s incarnation is famous for a piratical look complete with a hook/harpoon in place of a hand, but he's since returned to his more classic appearance. He's had a couple of sidekicks named Aqualad, a baby named Aquababy, and of course a wife named Mera. He was one of the first superheroes to get married on-panel, although they've split up and gotten back together across multiple continuities since then.
This collection of fan art includes quite a bit of classic Aquaman, as well as some great new work based on Jason Momoa's take on the role, and several variations in between. Plenty of sea creatures too, and maybe a mermaid here or there.
Here's a fun fact about me: My dad once told me that he was late for work every day for a year because I refused to leave the house until MASK was over. Clearly, that show was my entire, all-consuming jam circa 1986, and even though I'm pretty excited about seeing a rebuilt IDW universe that involves GI Joe, Transformers, Micronauts, Action Man and ROM The Space Knight all coming together, the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand is the one that's really got me hooked.
And now, we're finally starting to see it come together --- and folks attending September's Granite State Comic Con in Manchester, New Hampshire are going to get a pretty awesome look at it in the form of Ben Bishop's awesome variant cover for Revolution #1.
Mondo certainly has a great eye for art, and not only does it help produce some of the coolest looking prints, statues, records and pretty much anything else it can get its hands on, it knows to celebrate great artists with free gallery shows highlighting the work of artists from across genres and mediums.
Later this month, Mondo will be hosting one of these gallery shows in its home base of Austin, Texas celebrating the work of Francesco Francavilla who this year is celebrating his tenth year as a comics professional. Also available at the show will be four limited edition screen prints highlighting the artist's range.
In honor of Suicide Squad's release, we've gathered some great fan art of the Suicide Squad characters in their recent incarnations, tattoos and all. No surprise, there's a lot of Harley Quinn (she's a beloved character with an amazing look in the new movie), but you'll see plenty of the other team members as well. This is the gallery you want to look at when you're feeling bad. This is the best Suicide Squad fan art.
Stranger Things, the Netflix series created by the Duffer Brothers, isn't quite like anything we've seen before, and yet it owes a lot to many things we remember fondly. If you grew up in the '80s, Stranger Things feels somehow like an original work within the genre of "VHS tape that your friend recorded off their satellite that you sat in their basement and watched over and over again."
When the kids are gathering their slingshots and radios to investigate the mysterious darkness that's overtaken their town, or when the mysterious little girl is lashing out with her psychic powers, it feels like Steven King. When a single Mom strives to pierce the dimensional barrier to find her son, there's a strong hint of Steven Spielberg. And when the teenagers are out in the dark woods looking for the monster that's attacking their loved ones, it's pure John Carpenter. But it's not a soulless pastiche; it's a moving story with lots of fascinating twists along the way. Naturally this is the kind of project that gets fans excited, so we've gathered some of the best Stranger Things fan art for you here.
If there's one thing that we can all agree on, surely it's the fact that we are all living in an amazing golden age of high-end movie posters. Between official releases from studios like Mondo and Phantom City Creative and the kinds of prints you can see from artists at conventions, there are so many beautiful posters out there that it's almost tempting to buy a bigger house just so that you have the wall space to display them all.
And today, Grey Matter Art is releasing one of the coolest I've ever seen: Matt Ferguson's new screen-printed poster for John Carpenter's classic Escape From New York. And not only is there a standard regular version, there's also a limited variant that glows in the dark --- and a 1" United States Police Force pin that's inserted into random orders.
With the recent release of the third installment in the new Star Trek film series, Star Trek Beyond, the future of the past continues to zoom into the future of the present. Even as that future continues to change around us. And just as our present vision of the future changes, so too the exploits and adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise have changed. And that makes sense, especially when you consider the fact that this new iteration of the franchise has revolved almost entirely around time travel and alternate timelines.
But if all this time talk has got your head spinning, there's a lot of great fan art by talented artists to enjoy, and we've compiled a small collection of some of the best. Gallery Viewer… Engage!
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