Join us tonight for a Dark Matter/Stargate tweetfest – 10/9c!
And while you rev up for the big event, check out my favorite comic book covers of the week…
Batman #36 (cover art by Jordie Bellaire)
What a great mid-action shot of two of the biggest badass BFF’s. A celebration of friendship, sure, but look at the grim determination on their faces. These guys mean business.
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #2 (cover art by Clayton Henry, Mark Morales, and Tomeu Morey)
Pandemonium reigns in this lightning flash snapshot suffused in cool blues and vibrant whites. Dynamic.
Cyborg #19 (cover art by Guy Major, Ivan Nunes, and Cliff Richards)
Man down! Love the composition of this shot, our fallen hero foreground, the ominous antagonist looming large against the background foliage. Also loving the details on Cyborg’s shell, the tattoos, and the splintered scattered remnants.
DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1 (cover art by Brad Anderson and Andy Kubert)
Yeah, I’m a sucker for these seasonal one-offs, mainly because it offers us an atypical glimpse at these oft so serious characters. I mean, I get it. Saving the world is grim business. But look at how much fun they’re having. Hell, even Batman is smiling.
Superman #36 (cover art by Patrick Gleason and Dean V. White)
Speaking of atypical, Superman is a character that rarely receives the dark treatment and yet his backstory is one filled with tragedy – the death of his parents, his people, his planet. And this is one of those rare instances where we do see a dark side, though whether its the Superman we know is debatable. He sits, regal, atop a throne, a fiery-eyed calm amid the death and destruction.
Scales & Scoundrels #4 (cover art by Galaad)
Elegant in its simplicity, its off-center framing.
Black Bolt vol. 1 (cover art by Christian Ward)
Black Bolt’s costume is one with the darkness, the vertical bars foreground of his face suggesting he is a prisoner, perhaps of his very persona.
Black Bolt #8 (cover art by Christian Ward)
And one more Christian Ward Black Bolt cover, this one, in contrast, a kaleidoscope of colors, the pinks and purples of the distant horizon lending it an otherworldly feel. Front and center, a grounded, sobering image of our hero kneeling, chained down as he awaits execution. But the eye is drawn to the scintillating flash of the falling blade. A king laid low.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #9 (cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Francesco Mattina)
I’m sure you’ve probably noticed a trend by now: another week, another favored Darth Vader cover. Again, our character is doing what he does best – looking foreboding as hell. The detailing on Vader’s costume, the judicious use of color, the play of light and shadows – excellent.
Dreadful Beauty: Art of Providence (cover art by Jacen Burrows)
A special art book showcasing the talents of artist Jacen Burrows. Beautiful cover.
The Consultant #1 (cover art by Simon Fraser)
A superhero-themed take-off of The Usual Suspects. This one looks like all sorts of fun. The characters convey so much through posture. I already know that guy in the pink, second from left, will be my favorite.
See you all tonight!