This year was, unquestionably, a beautiful success in the world of visually stunning comic book art. The sheer amount of gorgeously illustrated, and intensely inspiring, works being created by insanely talented individuals seemed to be at a remarkable high. So, the idea of choosing just a few artists to represent this year’s “Best” could seem like an excruciatingly trying task, given the myriad of admirable choices available. Fortunately, the process couldn’t have been more simple and painless, and the artists chosen couldn’t be more deserving.
Ranked for the sake of competition and good old heated discussion, here’s my list for this year’s Top 3 Comic Book Artists of 2013. READ MORE
December has just about reached completion, which means it’s time to take a look back at the best this year had to offer in comic book cover art. If there was ever an industry where judging a book by its cover was considered perfectly acceptable and often times encouraged, it’s most definitely this one (though still unfortunate). After meticulously perusing through an obscene amount of solicitations, from a multitude of publishing companies, over these past 12 months, I’ve managed to compile my Top 10 List of the Best Comic Book Covers of 2013. What are yours? READ MORE
With J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman announcing their extremely premature leave from “Batwoman” due to continuous, badly timed editorial interferences — which include, but aren’t limited to, DC’s refusal to let series’ namesake, Batwoman (Kate Kane) marry her twice proposed to partner, Maggie Sawyer on panel — you’d think the reverberating backlash heard ‘round the internetz would spark some sense of self-preservation in the folks at DC headquarters. You’d think… but you’d be so unbelievably wrong.
First the uncredited “Villains Month” covers. Then the “Batwoman” thing. Not even 24 hours after the fact, DC announced its controversial open talent search calling artists to draw a suicidal Harley Quinn, in various questionable — and sometimes naked — scenarios for a chance to win a one-page feature in “Harley Quinn” #0. It’s another case of outrageously bad timing, considering World Suicide Prevention Day is the 10th of September, as it’s ALWAYS been; and Suicide Prevention Week began yesterday. I’m beginning to wonder if their PR guy is on sabbatical or something. I mean, just how ridiculously out of touch with reality do you have to be to run this type of contest, during this specific time? READ MORE
DC Comics did not have a good day yesterday. First the whole uncredited covers for the “Villains Month” books, and then the announcement that the “Batwoman” creative team quite due to editorial intervention. J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman posted a letter late last night to announce that they will be leaving the title after issue #26, though they had planned to continue for much longer. They list a number of editorial restrictions as the reason for leaving, the most shocking of which is the fact that DC would not let the team show Kate (Batwoman) and Maggie (her partner) getting married in the book. That is basically to say, DC won’t show same-sex marriage in their books. J.H. Williams III is one of the most talented people working in comics, it’s a shame to lose him on such a wonderful title. DC, ya blew it. READ MORE
Batwoman is, indubitably, one of the best looking books on the market and issue #13 is no exception. Special guest star Wonder Woman continues to fight alongside Batwoman in a team-up that dreams are made of. The creative team of Williams and Blackman keep pushing the at the boundaries of the medium to deliver a book that combines visual innovation with stellar story-telling. The latest issue of “Batwoman” is equal parts expertly paced plot, character study, and stunning imagery, the likes of which we don’t see often enough. READ MORE
With San Diego Comic-Con behind us, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year for comic book fans. You may want to consider buying your tickets for next year’s Con, they sell out quicker than Lebron James. In the meantime, this hot week in July ushers in the second issue of Mars Attacks, a brand new storyline in Hellblazer, plus the highly anticipated Creepy Presents: Richard Corben collected edition.
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve all got to limit our reading list somehow. We present you with our ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, we’re here to help you decide which books to pick up. If I’ve missed something you’re stoked about or if you’ve got any questions, list it in the comments. READ MORE
In preparation for International Comic Con, DC continues to announce a load of new plotlines for the post summer season, following “Zero Month” in September. The latest news is that “Wonder Woman” will be crossing over with “Batwoman”, done by JH Williams III and Haden Blackman. “Batwoman” has consistently been a top tier book at DC that beautifully combines the superhero and horror genres. We’re hoping to see Wonder Woman experience terror during the crossover, which begins in issue #13. READ MORE
I hope you’ve all got an untamable appetite for comics because there is quite the feast laid out for you this week. Now that you’ve all devoured your holiday trades and graphic novels like the little monsters you are, it’s time to get back into the swing of weekly issues. This week in January unloads Snyder’s fifth ish of BATMAN, the second issue of MEMORIAL, plus and all new HELLBLAZER arc. Read on for the skinny…
Welcome back for yet another week of Comics To Feast On. This week kicks off with Joshua Luna’s first issue of WHISPERS, plus the newest installments of BATWOMAN, SEVERED, and more. Read on for the skinny…
J.H. Williams III is an extremely unique and thought-provoking artist making him stand out among the many who illustrate superhero comics today. His art is so distinct because of the imaginative design work making for mind-tripping pages that you will not find anywhere else. His artwork really leaves you baffled as to how he could possibly imagine such a layout in his mind. After his collaborative work on the character with Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III now tries his turn at scripting Batwoman and I couldn’t be more excited to have her back. The series was supposed to begin earlier this year, however DC pushed it back in order to make it a part of the new DCU. Finally, after months of wondering, the wait is over. Batwoman will without doubt be the most unusual looking book of the New 52, and this first arc kicks off a horror story bringing Batwoman full-fledged into a dark psychological world. Read on for the skinny…
Easily the best part of the entire DC Comics Reboot controversy has been the announcements pertaining to “BATMAN” and all of his supporting characters. The franchise seems to be taking a major leap forward while other titles will be getting a fresh start, and that notion was furthered today as the publisher announced two more monthlies in the Bat-Universe with “PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE” and “HUNTRESS”. The titles (featured inside) will go on sale this Halloween, but beyond the break you can also check out the full solicit info and cover art for ALL the Batman related titles hitting shelves in October. Read on for the skinny…
Alrighty folks, pull up a seat, grab your favorite treats, and buckle up because you’re going to want to hear this. In the past couple of years there has been one Uni within the DC mothership that has only gotten progressively better with each and every issue of its main title and tie-ins respectively, and that is “BATMAN”. With that being said you would have thought that ol’ Bats and the rest of the Fam. would be safe from the upcoming “reboot” that the publisher will be instating in September. Well think again, because today DC released ALL the deets on their decisions to revamp several of the titles in the Bat-Library, and we have all of that PLUS the first ever stills from “BATMAN” Issue #1, “BATWOMAN” Issue #1, “NIGHTWING” Issue #1, and MORE! Read on for the skinny…