John, Migs, and Alex gladly take a break from the holiday hustle to bring you the second installment of The List. Continuing our compilation of 100 comic recommendations we think you guys should read, this is the next ten books.
Cover of the Week is a presentation of the best cover from last week’s comic book releases, based on the art, design, and overall good looks.
Hello everyone and welcome again to another issue of Cover of the Week. Today we will discuss the beauty of Kaare Andrews’ Astonishing X-Men.
Astonishing X-Men – Xenogenesis #1, art by Kaare Andrews
I rarely use group shot covers because of two things. One, the cover looks cramped with all the characters in it; and two, they all have these generic poses. So why choose a group shot this time? Well, because of two things! One, because it’s a double spread, that means you don’t have to cramp 6 characters in one page; and two, the poses are generic, yet Andrews is able to draw it in such a way that each characters’ personality shows on their poses! I also like how he used a plain white background, that way the characters are highlighted without unnecessary details. A black border on the top that blends in to the title, which doesn’t make the title very awkwardly placed. If you want, you can buy another copy of this book and turn the cover into a poster!
I know some people don’t like Kaare Andrew’s art. They say the anatomy is so off and everything looks weird. Well, Andrews is one of those artists who sacrifice anatomical accuracy to gain fluidity in storytelling. Sure, he’s not accurately drawing which muscle contracts when drinking a glass of water, but he sure knows how to make his characters “move” from panel to panel. It also allows him to draw characters who are oozing with individuality and personality that other “realistic” artists cannot do. And that’s exactly what he was able to do with this cover.
It’s a clean straightforward cover that’s perfect for a first issue arc. And if you like to check out more Kaare Andrews art, try picking up Spider-Man: Reign.
Here we go with another edition of Prejudged! This week sees the release of a new issue from Jonathan Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four, the start of X-Men’s Second Coming, and the Blackest Night finale.
X-Men: Second Coming #1
written by: Craig Kyle & Chris Yost
art by: David Finch
cover by: Adi Granov
This is to the X-Universe, what Siege is to the Avengers Universe. X-Men Second Coming is the culmination of four years worth of X-Men stories from House of M to Decimation to Messiah Complex and Utopia. This event promises that “MANY WILL BE WOUNDED. SEVERAL WILL DIE.”, and I’m guessing that by “SEVERAL WILL DIE” they’re referring to several C or D-list characters you’ve never heard of, along with one or two major characters who you know are coming back eventually. Despite that, it’ll be interesting to see how it all turns out in the end. Will all the Mutants who lost their powers in House of M get them back? Will Hope be the new Phoenix, and if so, will Scott and Logan start fighting over her? Will those two ever get over their obsession with red-heads? How will Kitty’s return figure into all of this? For one thing though, this whole Second Coming deal has made me want to jump back on the X-Men wagon. Let’s hope it’s the bumpy thrill ride that every event promises to be.
Fantastic Four #577
written by: Jonathan Hickman
art by: Dale Eaglesham
cover by: Alan Davis
This is part three of Jonathan Hickman’s Prime Elements arc, called Universal Inhumans. This issue sees Marvel’s First Family on the Blue Side of the Moon discovering that the Inhumans have a deeper and richer history than previously thought. Hickman’s run on the Fantastic Four has been stellar; deconstructing the team with the “Reed Solves Everything” arc and bringing the team back to it’s roots with this “Prime Elements” arc. He’s done a good job at bringing in big Kirby-sized ideas to the title, and along with Dale Eaglesham adapting that classic look and feel to the art, they have brought about a Fantastic Four Renaissance of sorts. It’s great to see a creative team that’s capable of playing on how different the Fantastic Four instead of making it more realistic and gritty. Hickman recognizes that the whole idea of the team is in fact quite outrageous and out of this world, and yet is able to bring it down to more human level with themes of family and friendship. This has been a fun and brilliant run, and I hope Hickman and Eaglesham stick around for a very long time.
Blackest Night #8
written by: Geoff Johns
art by: Ivan Reis
cover by: Ivan Reis
Here it is! This one’s for all the marbles! It’s the final battle between Sinestro’s Rainbow Corps and Nekron’s Caped Corpses. There’s a lot riding on this issue. Yes, the whole Blackest Night series has been awesome so far, and all it needs is one big finale to take it home. I’ll save any thoughts I have on this for the podcast since I’m 100% positive that we’re reviewing this baby. All I’ll say is that I am totally pumped for this that with all the anticipation that he’s built up throughout this event, Geoff Johns better make sure that this multicolored superfest that is Blackest Night ends with a ginormous bang, like a firecracker going off in the center of that huge cloud of balloons holding up that old guy’s house in that movie. WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
And as a bonus, I stumbled onto this fan made poster of the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America movie starring Chris Evans.
This image totally sold me on Evans playing Cap, granted that he bulk up a bit more. I can actually imagine Evans saying the “You think this letter on my head stands for France!?” line from the Ultimates, and not be grossed out by it. Adding the shield to the poster wouldn’t hurt either.
Another poster can be found on FilmSchoolRejects.com, but I liked this one better. The other one had Evans pouting his lips a little too hard. Both posters are brought to us by a regular Film School Rejects.com reader, Christopher M.
John, Alex, and Migs return with a boatload of reviews with their spotlights (eew?) shining on Power Girl #9, Devil #1, and DoomWar #1. After a hefty round of quick shots, the boys discuss the recent big changes in the big offices with Dan Didio, Geoff Johns, and Jim Lee each getting title upgrades. The show is capped off with a panel discussion about the komikeros’ expectations for the New Heroic Age and Brightest Day. Listen and learn, kids.
Oh! Hey! Fancy meeting you here. Me? Well, I was just about to wade through this week’s upcoming comic book covers. Care to join me? What’s that?… Yes, I am well aware of how big a nerd I am. Now, come! Sit down as I tell you about Jeph Loeb’s new title…
Ultimate Comics X #1, cover by Art Adams:
Very little is known about this ominous little title from Mr. Loeb. All we know is what we can gather from mere images like this, where we spot a young teen with bonelike knives protruding from in between his knuckles. Also we see that he may not be the friendliest among the young men in campus. What strikes me as a mite odd though is that this boy’s backpack looks awfully bulgy for someone who doesn’t look like he knows what to do with a textbook. Indeed, we know very little of what to expect from this new series, but what we do know is that art from Art always looks awesome. Not unlike the art on…
God Complex #3, cover by Michael Avon Oeming:
This new series has been off to a good start, with a somewhat classic tale of mythic proportions. It’s not too outrageous to picture the Gods of Olympus as Corporate Executives, and in God Complex, Mr. Oeming showcases such concepts. Along with a story about a damsel and a battle with Hercules, this comic book title is shaping up to be an enjoyable read with colorful characters and the light and comical art style of Michael Avon Oeming, which is perfect for balancing out the dark themes in Greg Rucka’s…
Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3, cover by Greg Horn:
Do not fret, little one, for try as they may, DC has not made this cover Un-Prejudged!able. We have only been deprived of a preview of another image of Wonder Woman as a scantily-clad Star Sapphire (Redundant? Perhaps.) There is a simple Prejudged!ing formula to apply in these situations; Greg Rucka (Great Writer) + Nicola Scott (Great Artist) = Great Issue.
So, there, lies before you, a trio of comic books, Prejudged!
P.S. If this week’s article seems a bit off to you to, don’t worry. It’s just that I’ve been playing massive amounts of Super Metroid (Yes, the SNES game) and it’s apparently done some damage. I’ll have the game beat before next week’s Prejudged! (probably) and everything will be back to normal.
With Alex and EJ busy with the Christmas rush, John and Migs set up a table for two and review Captain America: Reborn #5, Incorruptible #1, and Brave and Bold #30. After a round of quick shots, the boys discuss Bryan Singer back on the X-men franchise and talk about news regarding the 300 sequel. They end the show with their ideas for inter-company superhero team-ups. Look out, JMS!