Comics coloring is one of the most unappreciated aspects of the medium, despite enhancing the thematic subtext of a work and just making it look better. In this series I'm going to shine a spotlight on some of the best and most interesting colorists in comics.
Rico Renzi is one of the most recognizable colorists in the business. Whether he's working on Marvel comics like Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, She-Hulk, and Howard the Duck, or a Vertigo title like FBP, it's easy to spot a Renzi-colored comic. Renzi always employs a striking color palette. His backgrounds and spot colors take advantage of the fact that comics don't always need to be realistic. While Marvel and DC comics are often colored in a more orthodox style, Renzi employs bold contrasts even there.
September 16th should become some kind of comic national holiday because it’s the birthday of both Mike Mignola and Kurt Busiek, and as far as making quality comics goes, that is one heck of a dynamic duo. Today is Busiek’s 55th birthday, and this month marks the 20th anniversary of Busiek’s ongoing masterpiece with Alex Ross and Brent Anderson; Astro City.
In celebration, we’ve compiled a collection of some of Ross’ best covers to showcase how the world of Astro City has changed over the years.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions, and graphic novels going on sale in December 2015 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s superhero line and the mature readers Vertigo imprint.
DC heralds the holidays with all kinds of upcoming comics this December, and let's just say Carrie Kelly better have her slingshot ready for what awaits in the next chapter of Dark Knight Returns III. Ever wonder what would happen if Shredder and the Foot Clan ran amok in Gotham? Batman has fought alongside (and against) all kinds of heroes in the past, and it's going to be radical when he meets the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Can Michelangelo get the Caped Crusader to high five him and say "Cowabunga?" On the other side of Gotham, Damian Wayne returns to home to find all kinds of kids throughout the city calling themselves Robin. Better yet, his father isn't Batman anymore. Throw in Red Hood, Red Robin and Grayson all into the mix and you get the first issue of Robin War.
Vertigo is making a big push with its 12 new series this fall, with an impressive roster of creators including Gail Simone, Holly Black, Peter Milligan, Gilbert Hernandez, Darwyn Cooke, and Micheal Allred.
Survivors’ Club, The Twilight Children, Clean Room and Art Ops launch next month, followed by Unfollow, Slash & Burn, Red Thorn and Jacked in November. The four books rounding out the dozen are Sheriff Of Babylon, Lucifer, New Romancer and Last Gang In Town, all launching in December and solicited in this month's Previews catalog.
We have an advance look at those solicitations, and with it your first comprehensive look at the new Vertigo line-up. Check out the covers, creative teams, and synopses below, in order of release:
A few leaked set photos marked the last we’d heard from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s AMC take on the iconic Preacher for some time, but Jesse Custer is finally ready to turn things upside down. The sinful comic-inspired series has officially set a mid-2016 premiere date, while the first poster certainly inverts expectations.
Anxious though we are to see Arrow and The Flash speeding out their fall 2015 trailers, fellow comic imprint iZombie managed to shuffle right past the DC heroes with a first Season 2 sneak peek. It’s a whole new status quo for Liv, but whose brains are on the menu this time around?
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.
It’s been a good long while since we’ve heard from AMC’s Seth Rogen-Evan Goldberg shepherded Preacher, even as our first photo failed to shed much light on its characters. Now, new set photos have revealed a much clearer look at fan-favorite characters ‘Arseface’ and the vampire Cassidy, though you may wish to gird your stomachs.
In 1995, Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Alex Ross launched Astro City, and in the years since, it's been one of the most consistently amazing superhero comics on the stands. Built around the idea of looking at the lives of superheroes from a perspective that didn't always follow the major cataclysms and battles of good against evil, Astro City gave us a person-on-the-street view of things like secret identities, flight, and even shifting continuity, in a way that no other comic ever had.
With this week's Astro City #26, Busiek and Anderson celebrate the 20th year of their universe. To mark the occasion, I spoke to them about how their process has changed over the course of two decades, the way the stories are built, and their favorite moments from the book's long history.
Frank Miller's Dark Knight III: The Master Race resumes the iconic story comic book fans have been following for almost 30 years. There are other major events going on throughout the DC universe, including the continuation of Batman and Robin Eternal. We get to see Harley Quinn hang out with the Arkham Knight, setting up the events of Batman: Arkham Knight. Don't forget that Superman and Lois Lane are still facing the ramifications of the Convergence event. Make sure you keep an eye out for Supergirl and Stargirl's bizarre encounter with Swamp Thing in this issue of DC Comics Bombshells.
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