Marvel went to C2E2 armed with a plethora of publishing announcements for the Chicago crowd, focusing largely on special projects like miniseries and some pretty cool-sounding Original Sin tie-ins, but with a couple auspicious new series as well. In an inspired bit of comic book casting, Our Love Is Real and Avengers A.I. writer Sam Humphries will write the The Legendary Star-Lord, a new series drawn by Paco Medina starring the Guardians of the Galaxy leader. In similarly agreeable news, fan favorite X-Men leader Storm will star in a new ongoing series, this one courtesy of Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez.
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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
On sale throughout April, What If? Age of Ultron is a weekly five-issue series written by Joe Keatinge that takes the central story mechanism of Marvel's Age of Ultron -- what would happen to the Marvel Universe if Hank Pym had never created the malevolent artificial intelligence Ultron -- and applies it to some of the publisher's iconic heroes. What would happen in a world without the Wasp? What would happen in a world without Thor? And so on.
What If? Age of Ultron is particularly notable for its artist roster, which includes Chris Stevens on covers with interiors and variants by talents not typically associated with Marvel titles. Among them, Ming Doyle, Piotr Kowalski, Mico Suayan, Ramon Villalobos, Raffaele Ienco and James Stokoe, whose variant cover for issue #2 you're seeing here for the first time.
The trailer for the new Godzilla movie is a really tense little film on its own, offering up only glimpses of the titular monster while Bryan Cranston and various other humans -- such as Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen who are playing Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, respectively, in Avengers: Age of Ultron -- lose their collective minds. It's gripping.
And yet it does not include any hint of Godzilla playing basketball against Charles Barkley. So there are pros and cons. Check out the trailer after the jump!
James Stoke's sufficiently blown up in recent years with the acclaimed launch of his ongoing Orc-Stain series at Image, the collection of his stylized Godzilla: Half Century War story at IDW and other high-profile projects, but the series many fans discovered him through has been getting harder and harder to find of late. That all changes in July when Oni Press reissues the first two volumes of Stokoe's Wonton Soup in a single trade paperback collection (a Wontomnibus???) sporting a brand new cover.
Prophet's success can be measured not just in awards and critical acclaim, but in the way other creators have praised it. No matter who your favorite writer or artist is, there's a good chance that Prophet, Image's sci-fi series written by Brandon Graham and illustrated by the team of Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis, Farel Dalrymple and Graham, ranks among her or his favorite current titles. So it's no surprise that Prophet #39 features artistic contributions from the likes of James Stokoe, Ron Wimberly, Helen Maier and more.
Image Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a six page preview of Prophet #39,as well as a teaser image highlighting the group of artists who contributed to the issue, and you can check them all out below.
When you do the type of work that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund does -- protecting the First Amendment rights of creators -- some of the top talent in the industry will do what they can to support. One of the latest examples comes courtesy of Brandon Graham, James Stokoe and Simon Roy, as the three artists sketched bookplates for the CBLDF, and the results are pretty great.
I talked about some of the pros and cons associated with Mark Andrew Smith's Sullivan's Sluggers Kickstarter in November. Since then, he's been abusive to backers, failed to deliver comics to consumers while fulfilling orders to retailers, and has just recently launched a second Kickstarter with an extremely low goal in an attempt to raise further funds to ship books from the initial Kickstarter...
We didn't realize when we set out to list our favorite comic books of 2012 that it had been such a fun year to be a fan of the medium that we all love so much. The last twelve months offered readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies; the return of much missed mangaka and the emergence of exciting new talent; a new crowd-sponsored visibility for self-publishing; and the ascension of the fan artist from bedroom dreamer to Tumblr tycoon...