Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cover of the Week

Welcome to my reveal for cover of the week. Since I've been doing these weekly posts, there have been several surprise winners. A lot of picks have come from books I haven't or wouldn't touch. Such is the case with today's winner. Let's greet Green Lantern: New Guardians #12.

When Tyler Kirkham took over art duties on the previous Green Lantern Corps series, I had never heard of him but I was glad he did. I definitely like his work. You get a taste of that on this cover depicting GL Kyle Rayner on his knees. He's being held in place by energies of five of the various Corps. When used with more vibrant colors, the power of the different Corps can really pop. Green Lantern: New Guardians is a good example. As stated, I like Kirkham's art and I've been meaning to check for any other books he's worked on.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cover of the Week 8-15-12

Welcome to Cover of the Week. This is actually for last week. Yes, it's extremely late, but that's okay. It's here and we're ready to check out some cover art. I must say that the pool of last week's choices were slim. There just weren't that many books that caught my eye. But of course there's a winner. Here's the variant for Harbinger #3. Take a look.

The aspects of this cover that stand out are the use of shadows and the electricity. The one responsible for this is Patrick Zircher. I planned on picking up this series, but it never happened. If you're reading Harbinger, I'd like to hear some thoughts.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cover of the Week

I think it's time for a little art appreciation. Well hello cover of the week, glad to see you again. What do you have for us this week? Batman #12, huh? Excellent choice. Take a look my friends.

Greg Capullo has provided some good visuals on this book. And this cover is definitely near the top of the list. I haven't read it yet, but this is supposed to be the epilogue to the Court of Owls (finally that's over). I don't really know what the cover symbolizes. All I know is Batman is catching some lightning action and it looks amazing. FCO Plascencia's colors make the cover really pop. Beautiful piece.

What do you think about this choice? Let me know and thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Transformers Chat

I was never a huge Transformers fan as a kid. In the battle of what I consider the 80's powerhouses, G.I. Joe and Transformers, I was quick to shout "Yo Joe!" There were obviously more franchises that held our interests, such as the Ghostbusters, which was probably my first love. But G.I. Joe and Transformers are still very relevant in multiple forms. That was my brief disclaimer so as not to discount the impact of other franchises. Now back to Transformers.

I've seen the TF movies and just recently watched Dark of the Moon for the first time since its theater release. The movies aren't great and despite what longtime fans may have rated them, they always tempted me to buy TF toys. I never actually did, but I spent a few minutes browsing the toys when the movies were out.

How things have changed. I've actually purchased not one, but two TF figures within the last week or so. I picked up Dark of the Moon Mechtech Jolt and Sideswipe on clearance at Wally World. These are the first Transformers I've owned since I was in elementary school. I grabbed these because I prefer the faster and more finesse vehicles (motorcycles, sports cars, and jets) over the larger trucks other characters transform into and because they were on clearance. I'm just checking these out, I'm not quite ready to commit to the prices I pay for Gears of War or Marvel Legends.

Originally, I had this post planned before purchasing any of the toys. I picked up Jolt on a whim so that changed how this was going to go. I was going to ask where one should start with multiple TF lines still in stores. I've been to the usual retailers, except TRU, and have seen Prime and DotM still on shelves. With DotM having been out for some time and the figures on clearance, they're obviously not a major factor.

I'm watching TF: Prime on netflix now and it's decent at best. Plot-wise, it's far from a masterpiece. I've grown fond of Arcee. She's a hell of a fighter, she's blue, and she's a motorcycle. Those all earn major points in my book. I spotted TF: Prime Arcee at Target the other day and have watched reviews of her, but the way her robot mode has her motorcycle parts looking like a backpack kinda turns me off of the figure. She's still a potential purchase though.

I don't have much knowledge on the characters, so there's not much to draw on there. However, the figures do appeal to me more as an action figure collector. From a design standpoint alone, they're worth at least looking into. I'm sure others can attest to this as well, sometimes a figure from a line you don't collect just looks cool and you want it.

This point is almost what got me to pick up a Star Wars General Grievous figure. His two arms split into four, which is slick by itself. Plus he has four lightsabers (the only aspect of the SW universe I actually like). There are a few out there and I have no idea which one I saw that I liked. I must investigate. And once again, back to TF.

For the more dedicated TF fans out there, what do you think of the current TF toys? What figures do you like? On the flip-side, which would you suggest avoiding? Also, I'm curious what people think of the Prime television series. Thanks for any help and comments.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cover of the Week

Welcome ladies and gentlemen of comicdom and anyone else who happened to find their way here. It's time for cover of the week. This week's winner is one of the many books I'm reading. Well Daredevil #16, you sure are looking good.

I like how Chris Samnee shows their office inside DD's silhouette. And of course you must notice Murdock's name crossed off. Hmm...I wonder what that means.

Daredevil has been fun since issue #1 and I'm sure this one won't disappoint. I would easily recommend reading up on this book.