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, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
The casts of IDW's two flagship Transformers titles are set to collide this Wednesday with the release of Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1, the kickoff of a potentially apocalyptic event that could reshape the Autobot and Decepticon's homeworld forever... as in, like, leaving everybody dead. The issue is the first of a twelve-part series that will alternate between Transformers: Robots In Disguise and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye each month through its conclusion in March. IDW has provided CA with a first-look at the beginning of the Transformers event, which is co-written by James Roberts and IDW senior editor John Barber, with layouts by Phil Jimenez, finished art by Andrew Griffith, prologue art by Brendan Cahill, and colors by Josh Perez and J.P. Bove. Transform and roll out past the cut to see Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons.
If you've been following the story of Vertigo -- the DC Comics mature readers imprint that's home to The Sandman, Preacher, Scalped and much, much more -- you know that there was a time in the recent past when it seemed the once legendary label had lost its prestige, especially when founder Karen Berger left the company. Thankfully that downward trend has been steadily reversed with the progress of JH Williams III and Neil Gaiman's new Sandman project, critically acclaimed new titles like FPB: Federal Physics Bureau, The Wake and Trillium, and promising books to come like Hinterkind. All these projects speak to the variously dark and wild-eyed visions that defined the Vertigo line at the height of its influence, but what you may not recall is that this creative refocusing began in earnest where so many great comics do: within the pages of relatively innocuous anthologies.
On sale this week, The Unexpected is a paperback collection of The Unexpected #1 and Ghosts #1, two Vertigo anthology one-shots released in 2011 and 2012, respectively, that signaled the imprint's aesthetic resurrection. The book compiles done-in-one horror shorts from the imaginations of some of comics' most enduring talents as well as promising newcomers, including one of the final works of master cartoonist Joe Kubert and a rare mature readers outing from DC's top superhero writer Geoff Johns.
On sale now from Vertigo is Ghosts #1, a new anthology one-shot produced specifically for the Halloween season. The book features new work from Gilbert Hernandez, Al Ewing & Rufus Dayglo, Paul Pope & David Lapham, Neil Kleid & John McCrea, Toby Litt & Mark Buckingham with Victor Santos, Mary H.K. Choi & Phil Jimenez, Cecil Castellucci
Just imagine The World's Greatest Super-Heroes facing off against some evil Robots in Disguise. It sounds unlikely, but apparently a crossover between the Justice League of America and the Transformers almost happened last year, offering up both Optimus Prime as a Green Lantern and a new purpose for Wonder Woman's invisible jet.Pitch art for the project by Phil Jimenez (with co
On sale now from Vertigo is Fairest #1, the first issue of the latest spinoff from Bill Willingham's popular and hugely acclaimed Fables series. The new book stars Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and, in Willingham's words, anyone who could be interpreted as "fairest in the land." Announced at the Fables panel at last year's Comic-Con
On sale this week from IDW Publishing and DC Comics is the second issue of Star Trek/The Legion of Super-Heroes. Written by Chris Roberson (iZombie, Superman, Cinderella) and illustrated by Legion alumnus Jeffrey Moy, the the six-issue miniseries finds the DC heroes of the 30th century and the intrepid Enterprise crew of Gene Roddenberry's original television series trapped in the grim "mirror universe" version of the 23rd century, where there is only war. Kind of.
Click after the cut for a seven-page preview.Featuring covers by Phil Jimenez, Gabriel Rodriguez and
On sale now from IDW Publishing and DC Comics is the first issue of the oh-so-perfect yet never-in-a-million-years-expected crossover between the Legion of Super-Heroes and the original, classic era crew of Star Trek's U.S.S. Enterprise. Written by Chris Roberson (iZombie, Superman, Cinderella) and illus
Vertigo came to NYCC armed with a few announcements and plenty of updates this year, including news that many of its ongoing titles will accelerate its transition to a simultaneous digital and print release schedule beginning in November and continuing through 2012. The panel also
Even if it's a sweeping generalization, Canadians have been doing pretty okay with the "nice" label for awhile. This summer even the friendliest Great White Northerners will be faced with the influence of Fear Itself, however, pitting the latest incarnation of Alpha Flight against its own government. Woe be to sweeping gener