“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?
Related Link: http://marvel.com/comics/issue/52933/wolverines_2015_19
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!
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:
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.
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.
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?
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!
Written by Brian Michael Bendis (who also happens to write the comic book series Ultimate Spider-man) together with Paul Dini and Man of Action (the guys behind Ben 10), Ultimate Spider-man gives us a fun to watch, often silly, but always very action-packed new take on Spider-man, new in the sense that while Spider-man is still the same insecure teenage Peter Parker we’re all pretty familiar with (and probably sick of by now), but now thrust into a new world of adventure by teaming up with Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D., gaining access to some pretty fancy gadgetry, and finally being put on a team of heroes consisting of White Tiger, Luke Cage, Nova and Iron Fist!
Ultimate Spider-man puts a twist into the origins of many of Spider-man’s more classic villains, but at the same time digs deep into the archives to bring back many of the minor faces as well as tease all the hardcore Marvel fanboys by inserting loads of references to different costumes, events and storylines which only a real fan would catch. A lot of the humor is slapstick based and gets combined with a very frequent breaking of the fourth wall, where the action freezes, you as the viewer gets directly addressed by Peter/Spider-man, before finally returning to the unfolding action.
This does get a little old fairly quickly, but it’s a minor annoyance when you realise just how much this action packed Spider-man and super pals adventure sucks you in, and at the same time makes you giggle more than once.
The animation is extremely slick, detailed and well done, particularly the choreography of the numerous fight scenes. Similarly, the voice actors all fit their respective characters like a glove, which is then wrapped in some fantastic soundtrack music.
Well worth the watch, and contains an extra sense of feel good to all the already hardcore comic book fans who will undoubtedly catch most of the little extras the writers seem so keen on including!
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_Spider-Man_%28TV_series%29
Issue 3 of Thor: The Deviants Saga now has us right in the middle of a fantastic story, with Thor invading Lemuria, the home of the entire Deviant race, as things get out of hand when Deviant turns against Deviant, not to mention the return of Gilgamesh, perhaps better known as the Forgotten One!
Robert Rodi is behind the keyboard for this one, whilst Jason Paz and Jeff Huet provide the inks for penciller Stephen Segovia’s fantastic visuals. And of course, what is a comic book without a great cover?
This electrifying pounding is dished out courtesy of Stephen Segovia who obviously had far too much time on his hands!
Because you can never have enough Spider-Man titles stocking the shelves, Marvel kicked off 2012 by launching Avenging Spider-Man, featuring a kick-ass Spider-Man/Hulk story from writer Zeb Wells, featuring a host of characters from the current Avengers line-up including the likes of Hawkeye, Spider-Woman,Wolverine, Thor, Steve Rogers and Iron Man, never mind the Red Hulk himself!
Handling the pencils for this 22 page story is the ever popular (and perhaps one of my personal favourites) Joe Madureira, who also stepped in to create this awesome piece of cover art, featuring some pretty angry meta-humans!