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Comic Book Art: Wolverines: Mystique by Juan Doe Comic Book Art 21 MAY 2015

“Wolverine may be dead… but what will happen to his mortal remains, encased in something as rare and powerful as Adamantium? The battle for control of this valuable artifact has begun! But why does it matter so much… and why is a war brewing in Logan’s name? Death is on the books for a dozen heroes and villains, and Mystique is playing chess with them all, including X-23, Sabretooth, Daken, Lady Deathstrike and more! Murder, mutilation, betrayal and trauma… none will be spared!

Mystique’s endgame is now in final swing – everything is exactly how she planned in this penultimate issue!”

2015’s Wolverines series reaches its issue 19 mark (released May 2015), and features the writing talents of Charles Soule. Interior artist for this issue is the talented Ariela Kristantina, and the particularly eye-catching cover art is courtesy of Juan Doe – which really does sound like a bit of a pseudonym, doesn’t it?

wolverine issue 19 (2015) cover art by Juan Doe feauring mystique

Related Link: http://marvel.com/comics/issue/52933/wolverines_2015_19

Comic Book Art: Captain Britain and MI:13 by Brian Hitch Comic Book Art 28 FEB 2015

Pete Wisdom couldn’t save John the Skrull. He couldn’t save anyone he cared for. Being in his unit can be fatal. So now all else seems lost, now Plokta’s engine for making Mindless Ones is threatening the world… what will he sacrifice to save the Black Knight?

Issue 8 of the horror action series Captain Britain and MI:13 was published in December 2008 by Marvel, with the story written by Paul Cornell with interior art from Leonard Kirk. Comic book artist Bryan Hitch handled the cover work, coming up with a scenario that sees a hopelessly outnumbered Captain Britain punching things left, right, and center!

comic book art captain britain and mi13 issue 8 captain britain punching by artist bryan hitch

Not that it was only the good guys wrapping this issue – comic book artist Humberto Ramos also pitched in and produced this striking villain variant cover for Captain Britain and MI:13 issue 8:

comic book art captain britain and mi13 issue 8 by artist humberto ramos

Related Link: http://marvel.com/comics/issue/22951/captain_britain_and_mi_13_2008_8

Comic Book Art: Fearless Defenders: Valkyrie by Mark Brooks Comic Book Art 22 FEB 2015

Come for the banter, stay for the surprises! Everything Valkyrie knows about her origin is wrong! And Caroline LeFay unleashes her Doom Maidens upon the world! (So many exclamation marks. And after that official synopsis from Marvel, I still don’t know what happens in this issue!)

Anyway, Fearless Defenders #4 was published in May 2013 by Marvel, written by Cullen Bunn, with interior art from William Sliney, and featuring this fun homage to those dress them up paper cutout dolls from yesteryear (depicting Valkyrie choosing between her identities) from comic book artist Mark Brooks as the cover.

comic book art fearless defenders 4 sexy valkyrie by artist mark brooks

Not that this was the only artwork released for this particular issue. Comic book artist Stephanie Hans turned out this slightly more serious, darker in tone, variant cover featuring Valkyrie front and center!

comic book art fearless defenders 4 valkyrie by Stephanie Hans

Related Link: http://marvel.com/comics/issue/46072/fearless_defenders_2013_4

Comic Book Art: Legendary Star-Lord by Paco Medina Comic Book Art 11 FEB 2015

The 3rd chapter of the Black Vortex! With a schism forming within the assembled heroes, the youngest among them face the temptation of immeasurable power. Sometimes those with great power shirk their responsibility to use it for good, though. And with Knife and his new business partner looking to take back the Black Vortex, the group may have left themselves a little defenseless…

Published February 2015, Legendary Star-Lord #9 is written by Samuel Ryan Humphries with a bit of a gun-slinging standoff between Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde cover by comic book artist Paco Medina.

legendary star-lord issue 9 star lord versus kitty pryde art by paco medina

Related Link: http://marvel.com/comics/issue/52029/legendary_star-lord_2014_9

Comic Book Art: Superior Iron Man by Mike Choi Comic Book Art 10 FEB 2015

Daredevil on the Rocks! Daredevil discovers the secret to Tony Stark’s success! How far will Tony go to stop Matt Murdock from revealing this shocking secret to the world? As Tony’s actions become even more questionable, who will conspire to take him down, leading up to the battle you thought you’d never see?

Published January 2015, Superior Iron Man #4 is written by Tom Taylor and features this don’t mess with me cover of a very smug Iron Man resting his heels on a very battered Daredevil by comic book artist Mike Choi.

superior iron man issue 4 iron man taking out daredevil art by mike choi

Related Link: http://marvel.com/comics/issue/52739/superior_iron_man_2014_4

Comic Book Art: Wolverine by Jock Comic Book Art 18 JAN 2014

I’m quite a fan of Jock’s always pleasing comic book artwork (having first been introduced to his work in Judge Dredd Megazine all those years ago), and thus it came as no surprise that he nailed this piece of cover art, featuring everyone’s favourite short, surly, and unbreakable mutant, Wolverine.

In case you were wondering, this comes off the cover of Wolverine Max issue 5, released in 2012.

comic book art wolverine max issue 5 cover by jock

Comic Book Art: Batman by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray Comic Book Art | Comic Books 11 JAN 2014

The dynamic duo art team of Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray pull out all the stops in delivering this rather fearsome rendering of the Dark Knight, leaping into action and ready for a bloody fight!

comic book art batman by patrick gleason and mick gray

Comic Book Art: Bruce Wayne by Greg Capullo Comic Book Art | Comic Books 04 JAN 2014

It’s difficult not to love Greg Capullo’s explosive, dynamic pencils, and this bit of cover art depicting a gun wielding Bruce Wayne, in other words the Batman, most certainly makes for a worthy bit of comic book art appreciation.

comic book art batman by greg capullo

Ryan Benjamin: Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #1 Cover (2011) Comic Book Art 02 JAN 2014

They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous they’re sheer suicide! Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! Defeated and imprisoned, they’re being interrogated about their mission – and about who’s pulling the strings behind this illegal operation.

Written by Adam Glass, Suicide Squad hit their fourth outing in DC’s big The New 52 relaunch campaign, the first issue debuting a very different team, never mind a very different Harley Quinn!

Whilst Federico Dallocchio and Ransom Getty handled the interior art, the ever talented Ryan Benjamin was tasked with coming up with the particularly eye-catching first issue cover art, showing the new look Quinn at her finest!

Comic Book Art: Green Arrow by Andrea Sorrentino Comic Book Art 19 NOV 2013

In the post-Flashpoint continuity (New 52), Oliver Queen is Green Arrow and he balances his own breaking of laws with his efforts to bring outlaws to justice across the globe. Queen runs Q-Core, a communications technology company that is part of Queen Industries, through which he funds and armors himself as Green Arrow. He makes scarce allusion to his former partnership with Roy Harper, but Roy’s memories in Red Hood and the Outlaws establish that the pair fell out badly, leading Oliver to expel him from Q-Core, and prompting Roy’s own downward spiral.

He is based once again in Seattle and supported in his vigilante activities by a small team of close friends who are tech geniuses. New mysteries concerning Oliver’s original time on the island where he was shipwrecked are brought to the fore, a central mythology concerning the ancient Arrow Clan is introduced, and new antagonists, including Komodo, who Oliver learns was his father’s archer apprentice and murderer emerges from the shadows!

Italian comic book artist Andrea Sorrentino puts together this chilling view of a very distraught and battered Green Arrow with some pretty threatening helicopters rapidly closing in!

comic book art green arrow by andrea sorrentino

Comic Book Art: Batman by Jason Fabok Comic Book Art 12 NOV 2013

The Batman saga takes place primarily in the fictional municipality of Gotham City, a city overrun with crime, graft, and corruption. Its citizens live in perpetual fear from the vast number of criminals, gangs and common thugs. In an effort to combat the cancerous infection of crime, billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne creates the costumed persona of the Batman to prey on the superstitious and cowardly criminals’ fears.

Wayne, a young socialite who witnessed his parents’ murder during a mugging when he was a small child, used his trauma and vast personal wealth to travel the world and gain the skills needed to wage his war on crime. Batman utilizes his keen analytical mind and sophisticated technology and gadgetry, as well as outstanding physical agility, power and stamina to ensure that criminals never feel safe in Gotham, and are always afraid of the dark at night.

In the eyes of the public, the Batman is believed to be both an urban legend and something more than human: an indeterminable black specter that represents terror. Wayne reasoned that fear was his weakness as a child, but as a man, it became his weapon.

Canadian comic book artist Jason Fabok brings us this particularly menacing take on the ever growling Dark Knight:

comic book art detective comics batman by jason fabok

Comic Book Art: Katana by Juan Jose Ryp Comic Book Art 05 NOV 2013

DC’s New 52 version of Katana sees her joining Black Canary and Starling as the third member of the Birds of Prey. Katana is described as a lethal fighter who has spent the last year waging war on the Yakuza clan that is responsible for the death of her husband. She is rumored to be mentally unstable due to her belief that her husband’s soul, whom she often converses with in Japanese, resides in her sword.

After a number of adventures with the Birds of Prey, Katana leaves the group in order to keep an eye on a cult of assassins known as the Daggers. She later accepts membership in Amanda Waller’s new Justice League of America in exchange for information on her husband’s murderers.

This time around, Spanish comic book artist Juan Jose Ryp dips into his artbook and produces this fantastically detailed depiction of a rather battered Katana seemingly in a rather fragile predicament.

comic book art katana by juan jose ryp

The Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short Comic Book Notes 16 OCT 2013

superman statue based on jim lee artworkThe 75th anniversary of Superman officially kicks off with this amazing super-short film created by Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and Zack Snyder (Man of Steel), and produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

This animated short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 all the way through to Henry Cavill in this year’s Man of Steel.

Seriously, there’s so much history in this two-minute film, it’s enough to make any fanboy quiver with happiness!

The official DC Blog went and wrote up a full breakdown of the video, and I thought it worth saving here just in case they go ahead and lose it in the next site redesign (which always seems to happen).

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Comic Book Art: Birds of Prey (Batgirl) by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes Comic Book Art | Comic Books 15 OCT 2013

The Birds of Prey are definitely under attack, and by the looks of it, Batgirl doesn’t have much other choice than to surrender, in this wonderfully detailed piece of comic book art by the art team of Indonesian native Ardian Syaf and Spanish resident Vicente Cifuentes.

comic book art birds of prey batgirl by ardian syaf and vicente cifuentes