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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

Uncanny X-Men Cosplay: Emma Frost – The White Queen (Constantine in Tokyo) Cosplay 08 OCT 2013

Emma Frost, once the White Queen and part of the infamous Hellfire Club, has since moved on from being one of the X-Men’s most dangerous foes to being one of their most central members. Constantine, perhaps better known as Constantine in Tokyo, has taken it upon herself to don the necessary skimpy white attire and bring to life this powerful mutant telepath!

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Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne back in 1980 and first appearing in Uncanny X-Men #129, Emma Frost started out as a dangerous mutant telepath associated with Sebastian Shaw’s Hellfire Club under the moniker the White Queen. Over the years however this powerful telepath has gradually switched alliances, becoming somewhat of a hero in the process. Sophisticated, elegant and with quite a dry wit, Emma Frost has since become one of the most popular female characters in the entire Marvel stable.

Her abilities include of course her powerful telepathy which allows her such feats as broadcasting and receiving thoughts, mind-control, altering perceptions and memories, psychic shielding, astral projection, mind switching, mental sedation and even the ability to inflict mental pain via touch. She can also activate or boost other mutants’ abilities as well. Outside of her psionic abilities, Emma also has the ability to transform into her diamond form, which comes at the price of her psychic abilities but delivers to her an indestructible body and increased strength.

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Amazing Spider-Man Cosplay: Black Cat (Marie Doll) Cosplay 30 SEP 2013

American cosplayer Marie Doll (Maria Ramos) dons today’s figure hugging costume in order to bring to life for us one of the Marvel universe’s premiere female cat burglars, the Black Cat, a.k.a Felicia Hardy when she isn’t bearing her wicked little claws.

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Having been generated as a Spider-man antagonist and released into the wild in 1979, Black Cat has gone through numerous rewrites over the years, some of which included superhuman capabilities and other that didn’t. However, at the end of the day, The Black Cat is a skilled, world-renowned cat burglar who dresses like a cat, employs a lot of acrobatics, has access to a lot of nifty gadgets to aid her work on either side of the law, and has a more than decent set of martial arts abilities.

And yes, just like DC universe’s Catwoman Selina Kyle, Felicia Hardy can’t quite figure out if she’s good or bad or just why she’s fallen for the hero who will never return her calls!

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Mark Bagley and Danny Miki: Avengers Assemble Vol. 2 #8 Cover (2012) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 26 JAN 2013

The explosive conclusion to the Avengers’ cosmic odyssey! Will the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy be able to stop Thanos from making Earth the throne world of his new empire? The fallout of this story will change one Avenger’s life forever!

Written by Brian Michael Bendis and with interior art from the team of Mark Bagley on pencils and Danny Miki on inks, issue 8 of Avengers Assemble came wrapped in an awesome pulse-pounding action-packed cover featuring Thor and Hulk taking on Thanos, courtesy again of Mr. Bagley and Mr. Miki.

Review: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – Season 2 (2012) My Reviews 16 JAN 2013

Having thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed the first season of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it is pretty awesome to be able to say that I was just as thrilled with 2012’s Season 2, featuring the return of Iron Man, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Hulk, Thor, Wasp and the First Avenger, Captain America!

Season Two depicts the Avengers as they track down the remaining members of the Masters of Evil and end up facing the secret invasion of the Skrulls in the first half of season, followed by the Kree in the second half. Intertwined with this is a number of other story plots that get opened up and then closed again, making for an enthralling, overarching storyline that is guaranteed to satisfy any long time comic book fan, never mind the people getting exposed to the Avengers for the very first time.

The amount of characters drawn in from the Marvel Universe over the course of the series is staggering, with the likes of Ms. Marvel, The Vision, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Scott Lang, Heroes for Hire, Doctor Doom, Surtur, Crossfire, Thunderbolt Ross, his Red Hulk form, Guardians of the Galaxy, Falcon and Beta Ray Bill all making an appearance.

The show is cleverly written, the characters well handled, the touches of humour are all in place, but above all else, the unrelenting superhero action is without a doubt what makes this such a pleasing watch.

Whilst the voice actors all do a terrific job with their respective characters, and backed by an outstanding musical score and soundtrack, I remain a little disappointed with the chosen animation style – the stylized designs are just a little too square for my liking and although visually The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes does stand out as its own animal, I can’t help but feel that a stronger, more streamlined animation style could have been employed, something similar to say what Young Justice and ThunderCats is currently doing.

But this is a minor gripe because I really can’t fault Avengers in terms of keeping me on the edge of my seat and entertaining me all the way through. Plenty of twists, action and drama, and more than enough superheroes to make even the hardest to please comic book fanboy happy!

Well worth tracking down and watching then.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avengers:_Earth%27s_Mightiest_Heroes

Comic Book Art: Scarlet Witch by Travis Charest Comic Book Art | Comic Books 15 DEC 2012

Travis Charest is a Canadian comic book penciller, inker and painter, known for his work on such books as Darkstars, WildC.A.T.s, Grifter/Shi, WildC.A.T.s/X-Men: The Golden Age and The Metabarons. He has also done extensive cover work for many other books, such as various Star Wars series from Dark Horse Comics.

I am particularly fond of his meticulous pencils, attention to detail and just sheer atmosphere that his art seems to evoke, making Travis one of my definite all time favourite artists.

His latest online project is that of Spacegirl, which you can find on his conveniently named Travis Charest’s Spacegirl website. Spacegirl aside though, below is a marvellous illustration he put together of Marvel’s reality altering mutant, the Scarlet Witch, an absolute bewitching visual don’t you agree?

Danni Shinya Luo: X-23 #1 Cover (2010) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 13 DEC 2012

After the events of Second Coming and the stunning conclusion to X-Force, X-23 strikes out on her own in this 2010 ongoing series from Marvel Comics, written by best-selling author Majorie Liu, spinning out of the events of Wolverine #1! X-23 has never had an easy relationship with the rest of the X-Men, but when she learns someone has taken down Wolverine, she must step up to fill his shoes.

While the interior art chores on X-23 fell to artist Will Conrad, artist Danni Shinya Luo, known for her gorgeous watercolor depictions of fantasy girls, was tasked with coming up with what ended up being a pretty awesome cover for the latest book featuring everyone’s favourite girl with claws!

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Uncanny X-Men Cosplay: Emma Frost – The White Queen (Aktrez) Cosplay 16 NOV 2012

Emma Frost, once the White Queen and part of the infamous Hellfire Club, has since moved on from being one of the X-Men’s most dangerous foes to being one of their most central members. Captured at the San Diego Comic-Con 2009, American cosplayer Aktrez has taken it upon herself to don the necessary skimpy white attire and bring to life this powerful mutant telepath!

Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne back in 1980 and first appearing in Uncanny X-Men #129, Emma Frost started out as a dangerous mutant telepath associated with Sebastian Shaw’s Hellfire Club under the moniker the White Queen. Over the years however this powerful telepath has gradually switched alliances, becoming somewhat of a hero in the process. Sophisticated, elegant and with quite a dry wit, Emma Frost has since become one of the most popular female characters in the entire Marvel stable.

Her abilities include of course her powerful telepathy which allows her such feats as broadcasting and receiving thoughts, mind-control, altering perceptions and memories, psychic shielding, astral projection, mind switching, mental sedation and even the ability to inflict mental pain via touch. She can also activate or boost other mutants’ abilities as well. Outside of her psionic abilities, Emma also has the ability to transform into her diamond form, which comes at the price of her psychic abilities but delivers to her an indestructible body and increased strength.

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