Category Archives: Comic Books

Comic Book Art: Wolverine by Jock

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

Ryan Benjamin: Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #1 Cover (2011)

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

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

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

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

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).

Continue reading

Comic Book Art: Birds of Prey (Batgirl) by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes

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