A great comic book cover is an advertisement, a work of art, a statement, and an invitation. A great comic book cover is a glimpse of another world through a canvas no bigger than a window pane. In Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month), we look back over some of the most eye-catching, original and exceptional covers of the past month
November's covers include some superb compositions, some new twists on familiar iconography, a Catwoman, a Batgirl, and an enormous killer whale. Check out some excellent comic covers from familiar names like Michael Del Mundo and David Nakayama, and some new names for this column, like Butch Guice and David Rapoza.
Sleepy Hollow is my favorite show on television, and has been since that scene in the first episode where the Headless Horseman showed up and tried to kill Ichabod Crane by blowing him away with a machine gun in each hand. It was, and remains, the single most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and while I initially worried about whether the show would be able to keep that energy up as the story rolled on, well, there was an episode last week with the premise of Benjamin Franklin building a Frankenstein's Monster out of the most powerful soldiers who died in the Revolutionary War, so, y'know, they've pretty much maintained a constant level of being absolutely bananas.
So needless to say, I was pretty excited when Boom Studios announced that they were going to be releasing a comic tie-in by Marguerite Bennett, Jorge Coelho, Tamra Bonvillain and Jim Campbell, because if nothing else, Sleepy Hollow's particular brand of horror-themed kookiness is exactly the sort of thing that would lend itself well to comics. Having read the first issue, out this week, I can confirm that the team did their absolute best to make the comic as weird as the show, and while it's not a perfect translation, it's definitely a good one.
Fox's action/horror/comedy Sleepy Hollow is one of the best shows on TV right now, and it deserves a tie-in comic that captures its oddball charm. Luckily, it looks like that's what fans are getting in the new Boom Studios series by writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Jorge Coelho.
The team isn't just shoehorning TV plots into comics form, though. While Bennett and Coelho do a really nice job of capturing the voices and looks of lead characters Ichabod Crane and Lt. Abbie Mills, the team also adds in some big action that you can't really pull off on a TV budget. Check out the first six pages here at ComicsAlliance.
New York Comic Con is right around the corner, and if you're planning on heading to Manhattan's Javits Center next weekend, the good people at Boom! Studios want to give you as many chances to part with your money at Booth 1344 as they possibly can. To that end, they're offering up a slate of pretty amazing looking variant covers, including a beautifully painted wrap-around cover for the Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake hardcover and an NYC-specific image where Jake Lawrence's Teen Dog takes a ride on a cosmic subway.
My personal favorite, though, is the first issue of Sleepy Hollow, the tie-in to the amazingly bonkers Fox television show, which features Abbie and Ichabod charging through the forest with a hot pink lantern, as drawn by Lumberjanes co-creator Noelle Stevenson. It is basically amazing.
Fox's Sleepy Hollow may be the most comic-book-like show on television, excepting the growing list of shows that are actually based on comic books. It tells the story of a Revolutionary War-era man -- who always wears the same clothes -- being revived in the present day and working with a local police officer to fight an invincible demon with no head and a semi-automatic rifle. They have to come up with clever ideas -- like traps made of light -- to fight off the evil all around them.
Frankly, it's a wonder the show hasn't become a comic before now. Boom Studios has recruited writer Marguerite Bennett (Superman: Lois Lane) and artist Jorge Coelho (Venom) to tell stories that tie into the show. From the sound of it, they have a pretty good handle on it in their upcoming four-issue miniseries.
This might be the strongest "oh crap I need to own that" reaction I've had to anything in 2013 so far. Criterion, the company that produces high-end Blu-ray/DVD collections of classic films, has recruited more than 25 artists to produce illustrations for an upcoming Zatoichi box set, collecting the 25 Zatoichi films produced between 1962 and 1973. The list of creators involved is somewhat staggering, with names like Bill Sienkiewicz, Ron Wimberly, Yuko Shimizu, Jim Rugg, Paul Pope, Samuel Hiti and more.
Max Bemis and artist Jorge Coelho's bombastic, well... funnyhyperviolentintrospectiveactionromance comic known as Polarity concludes on July 3 with issue #4, bringing to a close one of my favorite limited series of the year. Initially (and quite happily) surprised by the book's sheer resonance back in April, it's been rad to ride along for the Say Anything/Two Tongues frontman's fun dialogue and Coelho's fluid art, which at times (especially with the colors of Felipe Sobreiro) feels evocative of the extraordinary Kevin O'Neill -- if O'Neill were a little more into v-necks and cardigans Boom! Studios has provided CA with a first look at the issue, along with its cover by Frazier Irving, which you can preview past the cut.
I admit it. I was worried about Polarity. I'm a 27 year-old dude who, until a few years ago, dreamed of glibly belting thinly-veiled Kamandi allusions over metalcore breakdowns for a living. I'm only filling you in here so you have a sense of the kind of baggage that got unpacked when I was presented with a comic written by the frontman of bands like Say Anything that I once wanted to open for...
Back in 2009, in an interview with Marvel.com, Max Bemis of Say Anything and Two Tongues mentioned that in addition to loving to read comics, he'd also started writing his own, "...but that probably won't get thrown into the public eye for a while because I'm a perfectionist...
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