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It’s Knittin’ Time

Don’t let the Yancey Street Gang know about it, but Ben Grimm’s now into knits.  When the creator of this gem figures out how to make a flaming Johnny Storm, I’ll be impressed.

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September 25, 2007 Posted by | Batman, Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Oddities, Superman, Toys | Leave a comment

Once…Twice…Three Times Amazing

IGN recently posted the following article regarding the upcoming changes in the various Marvel Spider-man titles.  All of the disparate titles are going to coalesce under the Amazing Spider-man header, creating a thrice-monthly published comic book.  Unfortunately, J. Michael Straczynski is bowing out of Spidey’s universe, opening the door for several new writers and artists.  IGN has posted some of the artwork below, but it’s anyone’s guess who one of the new artists is going to be.  Leave your speculations here or at IGN (or both) and tell us what you think about the new incarnation of the Spider-titles.

 

Spider-Man – Brand New Day: Mystery Artist Debut

IGN Exclusive – Day One: Introducing one of the creators behind Marvel’s thrice-monthly Amazing Spider-Man direction.

by Richard George

July 20, 2007 – One month ago, at Wizard World Philadelphia 2007, Marvel Comics revealed big changes were in store for Spider-Man. For months fans had heard about the epic storyline entitled “One More Day.” Drawn by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada and scribed by J. Michael Straczynski, the four-issue arc was supposed to change Spidey’s life forever. “One More Day” would also be Straczynski’s last story; the writer has been working on Amazing Spider-Man for over six years.

But the news revealed in Philly was regarding what would come after this major storyline. Sensational and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man would be cancelled. Amazing would step in their places, shipping three times a month, creating a unified approach to the superhero drama.

However Marvel stopped there. It didn’t announce the creative teams behind this new endeavor. Rumors ran rampant, particularly with the teaser image that was released (see our related story below to view that image). But fans wouldn’t have to wait long. San Diego Comic-Con 2007 would reveal all.

But we at IGN Comics have never been the patient type. We’ve managed to secure the first interior art from the “Brand New Day” initiative (the marketing slogan attached to the new, thrice-monthly direction). Starting today, and spread throughout the next week, we’ll be unveiling pieces from one particular artist’s finished interior work. Here’s the slight catch: We can’t specifically say who it is.

 

Astute comic book aficionados are probably going to figure it out – if not today, then certainly as we reveal some more. We encourage the speculation, and if you think you know who it is, feel free to comment in our feedback thread below. More importantly, maybe determining who this is will let you see other trends with Marvel talent, and maybe you can narrow the potential talent pool even more. Regrettably, IGN knows the entire creative team, but we can’t say. But we’re doing the best we can – and wait until you see the final piece, which will be unveiled Saturday morning. To say it kicks ass isn’t doing it enough justice. And rest assured, when you finally know who’s involved, you’ll understand just how amazing Spider-Man will be.
So stay tuned to IGN all this week as we bring you more from our Mystery Artist as well as some other very cool exclusives. San Diego is right around the corner – and there are going to be some incredible announcements.

 

Think you know who this is? Speculate with other IGN readers by posting your comments below. Your comments are actually linked to our free message boards (which are located here, so swing by some time and chat away!

July 23, 2007 Posted by | comic books, Comics, Commentary, Marvel Comics, Spider-man | Leave a comment

Brubaker + Epting – Cap = Totally Cool

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Ed Brubaker continues to amaze me with his writing on this book. I mean, who else could get away with producing a completely riveting (and complicated) story arc without the title character? There just doesn’t seem to be any lame concept in Captain America’s past that Brubaker cannot infuse with total cool. This issue featured a newly-restored Serpent Society, and again Brubaker took these fairly useless villains and made them ruthless and horrifying.

Steve Epting’s gritty, realistic art hearkens back to even the legendary Steranko, and coupled with the fantastic storytelling there are really few negatives I can find.

I was a latecomer to this newest Cap series, but I’m glad I’ve finally caught up.

Overall Rating (out of 10): 9

July 22, 2007 Posted by | Captain America, comic books, Comics, Marvel Comics, Reviews | 1 Comment