With comics being the visual medium that they are, there's no shortage of pictures of the characters. With the exception of media darling Stan Lee or commercial star Rob Liefeld, however, most comic book creators exist behind a much deeper veil of obscurity -- especially in the Golden Age, when their names were rarely attached to the comics they worked on. When you hear names like Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster or Jack Kirby, you think of the creations rather than the people.
Now, artist Drew Friedman is attempting to change that, at least a little, with Heroes of the Comics, a Fantagraphics hardcover book of portraits of the pioneers of the golden age, from the creators we all love like Siegel and Shuster, above, down to the villains like Bob Kane and Frederic Wertham.
The winner of the 2013 ComicsAlliance prize for Raddest Superhero Art for his work on Captain Marvel, Filipe Andrade's latest project is inspired by one of Disney's quirkier theme park attractions. Figment stars the titular dragon and his human creator Dreamfinder, who are features at the Journey Into Imagination attraction at the EPCOT portion of Disneyworld, and tells the story of how they came to be in a time-and-space-spanning adventure written by Jim Zub (Skullkickers, IDW's Samurai Jack). I think this is the kind of cool, weird, funny and gorgeous comic that sometimes flies under the radar in our superher-saturated market, but hopefully this exclusive first look at finished pages from Figment #1 will remind some readers that there's going to be something special on the shelves next week.
Look, I'll admit that I haven't been completely excited about the upcoming Rocket Raccoon series by Skottie Young. Don't get me wrong, I love Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen's spacefaring guardian as much as the next guy, and I'm pretty sure it's just our signature brand of ComicsAlliance Elitist Hipsterism creeping through that made me a little dismissive since the upswing in popularity that's keyed to this summer's big-budget Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but I just wasn't really into it. And then I found out that the first issue is about space-wrestling.
Let it never be said Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's Vertigo Comics series The Wake didn't keep readers on their toes. From issue one, the creators have seemingly been committed to pivots, swerves, and complete turnarounds. It's even changed genre a few times.
This week, in the series' penultimate issue, readers will find Leeward, the heroine of the series' second half, about to reach a big breakthrough after traveling the globe seeking a connection to Lee Archer, the heroine of the first five issues. Just FYI, they two characters are separated by about 200 years and one giant, apocalyptic, flood, so it's quite an adventure.
Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo cemented themselves as successful comics-to-film directors this summer with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but the team's been working with Capote in Kansas and Union Station writer Ande Parks for the better part of the past six years forging Cuidad with artist Fernando León González for Oni Press. While the movie is still in production at Sierra Pictures, Oni's finally ready to reveal the cover for the upcoming graphic novel, which promises hyperviolent action set in a fictionalized version of Paraguay's Ciudad del Este. Get your first look after the cut.
Remember that scene in Ghostbusters where Bill Murray is talking about the catastrophic effects of shutting down the containment unit, and he's all like "Cats and dogs, living together! Mass hysteria!" Of course you do. Now, if you ever heard that and thought "well that sounds like a pretty good premise for a comic book story about my favorite characters from the smash hit TV show Adventure Time," then friend, you are in luck, because that's exactly what's going down in Adventure Time: The Flip Side #6, the final installment of the miniseries by Colleen Coover, Paul Tobin and Wook Jin Clark!
Having wrapped his landmark Courtney Crumrin series last year, artist Ted Naifeh is set to launch his next ongoing series at Oni Press with Princess Ugg #1 on June 4. The book stars Princess Ülga of Grimmeria, a barbarian from the land of Grimmeria who has made her way into polite society to attend Princess Academy riding the back of her trusty war mammoth. Celebrating the series' launch, Battlepug creator Mike Norton has swapped his series' warrior with Ülga for a special variant uniting Ugg with pug. Oni's provided us with a first look at the variant cover, along with ten interior pages from Princess Ugg #1, which you can check out below.
Those of you who haven't kept up with IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magiccomic may not be aware of this, but the junk has gotten real over the last few issues. In the latest story arc by CA favorites Katie Cook and Andy Price, everyone's favorite ponies have found themselves in a Star Trek style parallel universe, where the good guys are bad, Applejack is a member of the pony Mafia, and Princess Celestia is eeeeeeeeevil.
But those aren't the only revelations they're providing. This week's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #19 also explores the rarely seen past of (good) Celestia, in that shady period of time between exiling her sister to the moon and taking Twilight Sparkle as her student.
Even though they met in the 1994 Mega Man animated series, it's been almost 20 years since Mega Man and his future counterpart Mega Man X crossed paths. Next Wednesday, Capcom's Blue Bombers correct crossover course in Archie Comics's Mega Man #37 by writer Ian Flynn and artists Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms. The new storyline builds on previously released MMX backup stories and gives fans an updated take on why and how Dr. Light's most heroic androids become timecrossed allies with common foes. Lots of common foes. We got a quick look at some line art back in March, but now Archie's ready to reveal some pages in full color. Click past the cut for what Chris Sims refers to as "The Crossover Event of 20XX".
There's still several weeks before James Stoke‘s Wonton Soup gets collected in a new 6 x 9" trade paperback by Oni Press, but the publisher is aiming to whet readers' appetites for the previously out-of-print comic in a glorious 30-page preview of the upcoming Wontomnibus. Have some water handy, though, we don't want you burning your tongue.
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