I’ve been following Chris Samnee’s art since stumbling upon it in the pages of Marvel’s Agents of Atlas and on Comic Twart (where he, Francesco Francavilla, Evan “Doc” Shaner, and others devote their efforts to creating a scene surrounding a particular character each week) and I can say without reservation that he’s easily one of the most promising artists working in the field of comics today. The guy can draw anything, and do it very, very well.
It’s certainly not difficult to see the Alex Toth influence in his work (it appears Samnee has taken some of Toth’s most important artistic advice to heart in terms of simplifying the image, isolating the key elements, etc. ) and if he keeps this up — with high profile assignments like Thor, the Mighty Avenger — he’s going to end up influencing countless numbers of up and coming artists. There’s pretty much no way around it, and I couldn’t welcome it more.
Anyhow, definitely don’t miss Samnee’s art in Thor, the Mighty Avenger, which is in stores now.
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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was announced just a few hours ago, and after a decade of waiting no doubt it’s being met with thunderous applause. Count me among the chorus. I have great memories playing the originals in the nickel arcades (a great novelty place not far from home) and on my home console (where I was lucky to obtain one of the ultra rare copies of MvC2 for the PS2) and…ahem…marveling at how much fun it was to rip through the competition playing as Captain America and so many of my other favorites. I loved the graphics, the game play, and just the fun-factor of the Marvel vs. Capcom series, so while I’m a bit older than I was in those days, age hasn’t dimmed my enthusiasm, nor the fact that I’ll be pre-ordering this pronto!
And the best part…I see Captain America’s silhouette in the bottom right corner (see who else you’ll spot back there)!
[More to come, and don’t forget to check out the teaser trailer below]
Official Press Release:
Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, and the legendary Marvel Entertainment, LLC today announced the latest installment in their epic fighting game series with Marvel® vs. Capcom ®3: Fate of Two Worlds.
It’s been a decade since MarvelTM vs. Capcom® 2: New Age of Heroes was first released and now the most popular Marvel and Capcom characters join forces again in a re-envisioned team fighting game for a new generation. Fill the shoes of legendary characters from the most beloved franchises in entertainment as you battle in the first VS. Fighting game powered by Capcom’s MT Framework.
‘We are so pleased to be working with Marvel again. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has been one of the most requested titles for us to produce by our fans,” said Christian Svensson, Corporate Officer and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Capcom. “Our Capcom development studio is creating the most epic fighting game ever developed and Marvel’s input into that process has been invaluable.’
Get set for the ultimate faceoff when Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds hits PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in Spring 2011.
For more information please visit http://press.capcom.com.
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“They can’t escape each other!”
This just get’s better and better. Hawkeye is back, name and all, and Mockingbird is once more by his side. What’s more? They’ve got an ongoing series. This, from writer Jim McCann:
Newsarama: Perhaps the first big part of this announcement is… Hawkeye! This is Clint back in his gear, right? What was it like coming off “Reunion” and being told you then get to write a series featuring his other return?
Jim McCann: This IS Clint! He IS in purple, with a bow & arrow, snarky and never misses. The Hawkeye you’ve been demanding! As for what it’s like, I don’t know that it has fully processed for me. Hawkeye has ALWAYS been the male character I have wanted to write. He and Mockingbird are my all-time favorite couple. Now I get to plot the course for these two? Ongoing?!?! Get out! If my 12 year-old self only knew this day would come…wow
Be sure to check out the rest of the interview for more details about the series. And, yea, count me in. I’ve been happily following these two since I was an early teen and this has been a heckuva long time coming! Cannot wait until June.
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Terry Dodson will be Atlas' regular cover artist
One of the things I lamented most in comics late last year was the cancellation of Jeff Parker’s Agents of Atlas series (not that I had to lament too long what with the back-ups and one-shots), and I know I wasn’t alone in that, so here’s a bit of welcome news: In May the return to thier new ongoing series, right there with Jeff Parker at the helm. How’s that for a Wednesday bump!?
Anyhow, courtesy of Newsarama:
Speaking of two things that go good together, the creative team is one of them. In this new ongoing series, long-time scribe Jeff Parker returns with another familiar face – artist Gabriel Hardman, who has been a key part of the Atlas stories in recent months.
‘You can’t imagine the confidence it gives us all to have Gabe drawing from the start here,’ said Parker. ‘For one, I know I can blue-sky as high as I want with ideas, and Gabe can make that happen- there is nothing he can’t draw and draw extremely well.’
Editor Mark Paniccia, who has been shepherding the team since their modern debut, echoes Parker’s sentiments.
‘We couldn’t be happier with Gabe,’ said the editor. ‘He brings a style that’s both modern and nostalgic in just the right mix. That and a touch of noir give it a very cool edge and sense of excitement that really makes the book stand out. Gabe’s also an absolutely brilliant storyteller and you can tell how much he’s enjoying his work just by looking at the energy in his pages.’
‘And Elizabeth Breitweiser is coloring,’ added Jeff Parker, ‘and I feel they have gelled like a classic art team. Together they give it a feel that makes it really stand out when you’re flipping through the books on Wednesday at the comics shop. It really inspires me to make the best use of their time, so I put a lot into this book. Pick up number one and I think you’ll find we’re doing something well worth your time.’
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Paul Pelletier is one of a small handful of comic creator’s whose work I’ll follow on most any title, and it appears I’ll be following it on Greg Pak’s Incredible Hulk, as Comic Book Resources reported yesterday, which actually works out pretty well for me as I’ve wanted to be a part of Pak’s run on the Green Goliath for a good while now and with Pelletier on board I’ve got little choice but to finally check it out!
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I was extremely impressed with Paul Pelletier’s art — which I percieve as something akin to one part Alan Davis, one part Dale Keown and one part John Byrne but completely Pelletier’s own — on Dan Slott’s GLA, and continued to be blown away with his successive and successful stints on Exiles, Fantastic Four, War of Kings and now more than likekly, The Incredible Hulk. It’s great to see his more “traditional” approach to comic art being embraced by both Marvel and the fans alike as it’s made for consistently fun/exciting books that feel like comics used to, with dynamic page layouts and a quality story so often backing the pencils up, so here’s hoping for all the future success that he can handle! He’ll be a natural fit for the Hulk and if the preview art is any indication he may just one day be uttered in the same breath as the Dale Keown’s and Gary Frank’s on that book:
Well, when I was collecting comics years ago, I was a huge fan of the Peter David/Dale Keown Hulk stuff, and afterwards the Gary Frank stuff. I really dug the character from back then. But with both of those books, just coming off “War of Kings” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which both have a crapload of characters, I thought it’d be nice to work on a book that had a smaller cast – something to focus on a little more. And it’s fun drawing the big, strong guys, so something like Hulk or Thor would be fun too. And with Thor, the idea that I was working on “War of Kings” and “Guardians” which was a lot of sci-fi stuff, and with Thor you get into Asgard, and I’d be able to do something more feudal. That was going through my mind, to work on something different than I had been doing.
Be sure to check out Pelletier’s interview at Comic Book Resources for more on his Hulk run and the opportunity of mulling over what he’d be able to accomplish on a book like Thor with Sif, the Warriors Three, and all that mythology to work with should he ever get the chance…
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I don’t know that I can bring myself to purchase 2 copies for the 50/50 Alan Davis covers featuring some of Marvel’s greatest women (certainly not at that price), but I can definitely appreciate his craft, once more, through these images — while hoping for a full-sized poster similar to the 70th Anniversary Poster featuring Davis’ art with a similar theme which was released earlier April ’09 (and that I purchased recently).
In the meanwhile, “wow” is about all I can muster.
WOMEN OF MARVEL: CELEBRATING SEVEN DECADES
Part of the 70th Anniversary Celebration, this square-bound spectacular places the spotlight on Marvel’s extraordinary lady heroes and their astonishing adventures! Spider-Woman, Sue Storm, Ms. Marvel, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, the Savage She-Hulk and many more will grace the 100-plus pages of this oversized monster magazine. Join us in celebrating the triumph of Marvel’s leading ladies in handpicked classic reprints as well as brand new features and retrospectives on these fantastic female phenoms. Featuring a collectible 50/50 cover by the legendary Alan Davis!
104 PGS./Square Bound Magazine Format/Rated T+ …$9.99
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As the Newsarama blog reported, Marvel’s Spider-Woman Motion Comic is now available for viewing on Hulu and I reckon that it’s well worth your time to fly on over and watch them in their entirety (at no cost). Now, I’ve been vocal at times about what I tend not to like about Brian Bendis’ writing on The Avengers, but I’ve also been vocal when he gets it right — so don’t be too shocked when I say that I’ve almost always enjoyed his take on Jessica Drew a.k.a. Spider-Woman and that I was really looking forward to this series to see what he could do with her solo. Well, with an interesting “skull hunting” premise, the help of Alex Maleev’s masterful artwork (who, incidentally, draws the most beautiful Jessica Drew around) and the production values of the motion comic I have to say that I was sold early on and that having watched each of these that I’m definitely neck deep into the story (I’ve been invested in the character since the beginning so no need to convince me there).
So, enjoy the episodes if you haven’t yet downloaded them via iTunes and keep an eye out for the compilation of the first storyline in Spider-Woman Vol. 1: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. — which is where I’m really looking forward to experiencing this one most.
Definitely, great job so far folks!
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