It’s that blessed time of the year where we all try to take stock of what we’ve done with our lives and what other people have created that we enjoyed. That's right, it's time to start putting together our "Best of 2016" lists, and today we're going to take a look at the Best Marvel Covers of 2016.
Thanks to Civil War II, the Guardians of the Galaxy are grounded on Earth and for Peter Quill that means he's stuck on his homeworld for the first time in decades. While his situation might be grim, his new ongoing series should be anything but, thanks to the creative team of Chip Zdarsky and Kris Anka, and Marvel has provided us with a preview of Star-Lord #1.
Will there ever be enough Deadpool collectibles in the world to satisfy the legions of fans that endlessly follow the Merc with a Mouth? It's one of the great questions of the modern era. It's stumped philosophers around the globe. International think tanks continue to crunch the numbers to find an answer. We may never know at what point peak Deadpool saturation is attained, but until that moment arrives Sideshow Collectibles will be there bearing the banner as it bursts through the fourth wall.
The inevitable comes to pass in Thunderbolts #7, by Jim Zub and Sean Izzakse, when two Avengers find out what Bucky and the Thunderbolts have been up to. One is Captain America, Steve Rogers that is, who was Bucky's partner long before the Thunderbolts were a thing. The other is Songbird, a founding member of the Thunderbolts team.
Ironically, while former supervillain/pro wrestler Songbird is a totally legit hero now, Captain America isn't anymore. He's a double agent for Hydra, thanks to some nonsense the Red Skull pulled in Cap's own book. So how they each react to Bucky's capture should be very telling.
Comic books are always driving to be more inclusive and more representative of the real world. It might not always be obvious, and there might be roadblocks, but most of the time there are creators in and out of the mainstream working hard to push the entire industry uphill and make it more welcoming to people of all races, sexualities and gender identities.
The power of stories like these, whether it’s a deep and personal tale wrought with emotion, or some fun and flirty fanart, cannot be underestimated. It’s partly thanks to comics that I was able to come out as bisexual earlier this year.
One of the highlights of every San Diego Comic Con is the abundance of awesome and exclusive art prints that you can pick up on site that aren't available anywhere else. There's so many that it's tough to choose which ones you want to snag!. Even worse, you might miss the announcement of one you really want in the deluge of Comic Con news.
In order to help you decide which new exclusive art prints you should take home with you from this year's event (or to give you a taste of what you're missing if you're not there), we've put together a list of just some of the coolest art available only at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
San Diego Comic-Con is mere weeks away, but Sideshow Collectibles just doesn't have the patience to keep its new Black Canary premium format figure under wraps any longer. It's curious that even Sideshow couldn't keep quiet as Dinah herself requests, but who could really blame them? When Stanley Lau and Kris Anka come together to design a statue of one of the baddest Birds of Prey around, you gotta do what the heart wants --- even if it means being on the business end of a Canary Cry.
Black Canary is the latest DC hero to be immortalized in Sideshow's premium format series, joining the likes of Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Power Girl. More importantly, she also joins fellow Bird of Prey, Batgirl. And not to distract from Dinah's moment here, but in her official prototype photos, Sideshow also intimates Huntress is on the way. Yes, by the end of 2017, you might be able to recruit the core members of DC's Birds of Prey... provided you've got a total of $1500 to spare.
There are a lot of things manga does a lot better than the western comics scene. Whether it's stories about cooking, race cars or tennis, manga's genre diversity is through the roof. One area where manga really excels is in its portrayal of beefy dudes, but now the west is finally catching up thanks the recently launched Kickstarter for a zine dedicated to hot hairy men, Burl & Fur.
Marvel unveiled its July variant cover theme at C2E2 this past weekend, and the pictures definitely tell a story. As a follow-up to March's "Women of Power" covers, which highlighted the strength of Marvel's heroic women, the July covers are dubbed "Mighty Men of Marvel." While "covers with men on them" might seem like an unremarkable theme, given that it describes most Marvel covers already, it's clear from the art released thus far that the concept was meant to be more bold than that --- but it's equally clear that Marvel missed its target.
New images emerge almost daily from X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest installment in Fox and Bryan Singer's X-Men film franchise, set in the 1980s. Naturally, this has led to much discussion about how the '80s version of the X-Men look, and whether they could look better. After all, the body armor they seem to wear through much of the film has as little relation to 1980s fashion as it does to X-Men comics.
This led famously fashion-oriented cover artist Kevin Wada to tweet a suggestion that everyone should draw the X-Men in film-friendly '80s style outfits.