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Gaumer’s Top Comic Book Artists of 2014

Outright Geekery continues its rundown of the year that was 2014, and I’m sticking with comic books again, but this time it’s my favorite artists of the year. Man, there were so many pretty pictures, so much great art, this year that it was nigh impossible to come up with a short list. So, I made a long list featuring my favorite artists of the whole year, and instead of some long, drawn-out critique of how awesome these folks are at drawing lines on paper, here’s the list and some of their best stuff from the year. I implore you to click the images to make them larger, and behold the most awesome art of the entire year. Continue reading Gaumer’s Top Comic Book Artists of 2014

COVERED: November 26th, 2014

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COVERED: November 5th, 2014

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Review: Detective Comics #34

Review: Detective Comics #34

Story and Art by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Manapul’s and Buccellato’s first arc in Detective Comics comes to a close this week as Batman and Detective Bullock finally confront the mystery killer. Do Manapul and Buccellato stick the landing of their pretty enjoyable or does it burst in flames? Either way, it sure is pretty to look at. Continue reading Review: Detective Comics #34

COVERED: July 30th, 2014

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COVERED: July 9th, 2014

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Batgirl #33 by Alex Garner
Batgirl 33


Batgirl #33 (Batman t7 variant) by Cliff Chiang
Batgirl 33 (75th Anniversary Variant)


Batman Eternal by Dustin Nguyen
Batman Eternal 14


Constantine #16 by Juan Ferreyra
Constantine 16


Detective Comics #33 by Francis Manapul
Detective Comics 33


Detective Comics #33 Batman 75 variant by Jim Steranko
Detective Comics 33 Batman 75 variant


Royals Masters of War #6 by Simon Coleby
Royals Masters of War #6


Superman/Wonder Woman #10 Batman 75 variant by Karl Kerschl
Superman-Wonder Woman 10 Batman 75 variant


Smallville Season 11: Lantern #4 by Cat Staggs
Smallville Season 11 Lantern #4


Turok Dinosaur Hunter #6 by Jae Lee
Turok Dinosaur Hunter 6


Black Dynamite #3 by Riley Rossmo
Black Dynamite 3


 

Amazing Spider-Man #1.3 by Alex Ross
Amazing Spider-Man 1.3

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: July 9th, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week?


Jules: Death Vigil #1

STJEPAN SEJIC! Easily one of my favorite artist of Witchblade is back with a brand new miniseries on Image! Gifted? Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! The only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between good and evil. I’m intrigued and ready to pick it up are you?

Death Vigil 1

DEATH VIGIL #1 (of 8)
story / art / cover: STJEPAN SEJIC
JULY 9 / 48 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
Forty pages of story and art in this contemporary fantasy adventure series written and painted by STJEPAN SEJIC. Gifted? Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! The only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between good and evil.


Taylor: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1 (or Original Sins 5.1 or whatever)

As an unabashed fan of Thor, I’ve got a keen interest in this story, which aims to introduce a fairly major change to the status quo. Introducing Angela as Thor’s sister could be either a great or a terrible idea, and this initial story will go a long way in determining which. In any event, I have a great deal of trust in Jason Aaron, and Al Ewing has been solid on the Loki book, so it’ll be interesting to see how this collaboration works out.

Original Sin 5.1

THOR & LOKI: THE TENTH REALM #1 (of 5)
Writers: Jason Aaron/Al Ewing
Artist: Simone Bianchi

• Thanks to the events of ORIGINAL SIN, the deepest secret of the Nine Realms is revealed… a Tenth Realm!

• Thor and Loki embark on a quest to discover this strange new world — and the sister Thor never knew he had… Angela!

• But can Loki be trusted? And will brother and sister murder each other before the truth comes out?


Christian: Detective Comics #33

With Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato on this title I knew the art was going to be amazing, but it’s truly surprising that the Icarus story-arc in the current run of Detective Comics is just a wonderful Batman story. With all the Bat-family showing up in Batman Eternal, and Batman proper being a tale of old, I’m really happy that there’s still a Batman book that just stars Batman in a fun adventure.

Detective Comics 33

DETECTIVE COMICS #33
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 variant cover by TONY MOORE
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
In “Icarus” part four, Batman must contend with a gang war between The Squid and the Kings of the Sun before it consumes all of Gotham City! But can even the World’s Greatest Detective defuse a blood feud that’s about to go nuclear?


Gaumer: All-New X-Men #29

It’s a light week for me, but there are still plenty of gems in my stack. Despite great potential in Original Sin #5.1 and amazing art in Detective Comics #33, I’m most looking forward to the siege of the New Xavier School continue in All-New X-Men. Bendis is teetering on the brink of a cliff of time-traveling tropes, and whether he makes it across or falls off the edge, it’s going to be interesting.

All-New X-Men 29

ALL-NEW X-MEN #29
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER)
STUART IMMONEN (ARTIST)
Issue #29 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• Past, present and future collide as the Future Brotherhood exacts their final judgment on the All-New X-Men.
• Plus, Angel takes control!
32 PGS. Rated T …$3.99


Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: June 11th, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week?

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Jules: Real Heroes #3

Made famous as the original Ultimate artist, Bryan Hitch is now writing and penciling this title. Imagine Galaxy Quest with superheroes! The stars of the Olympians, after the screening of their second film, are transported to another dimension where the heroes they play on film are real. And since the real Olympians have been murdered they have to pretend to be them until the can help to achieve peace. The first two issues are absolutely spectacular looking, Hitch’s designs are stellar, and with his honest story telling this title has been a solid read. I can’t wait to pick this one up.

Real Heroes 3

REAL HEROES #3
story / art / cover: BRYAN HITCH
MAY 28 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Lost and alone in a world they only knew as fiction, the cast of The Olympians movies are beginning to realize things aren’t easy when fantasy is made reality. The dangers are all too real and it might mean their deaths when Brainchild and Brute come to defeat the world’s greatest heroes.

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Taylor: New Avengers #19

The current story arch of New Avengers crosses an important threshold this week as our protagonists are finally forced to face a team of genuine heroes, with both groups’ worlds hanging in the balance. This book has been skating around the dilemma of making an impossible choice for a long time; will the MU’s defenders finally be forced to do the unthinkable? Hopefully, we’re about to find out.

New Avengers 19

JONATHAN HICKMAN (WRITER) • VALERIO SCHITI (ARTIST)
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
• It’s the battle you didn’t know you wanted to see—until now! As the New Avengers take on the combined power of the Great Society—and only a single parallel Earth can survive!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: Detective Comics #32

There’s lots of Bat-goodness hitting the DC side of new comic shelves this week, and Batman Eternal, BatgirlBirds of Prey, and the rest should be good, but I just can’t wait for the amazing art and surprisingly great story Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are gifting readers within the pages of Detective Comics #32. A new drug has hit the streets of Gotham, and a new villain for Batman to deal with along with it.

Detective Comics 32

DETECTIVE COMICS #32
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by JOE QUINONES
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The next great Batman murder-mystery continues to unfold in “Icarus” part three, brought to you by the acclaimed creative team of THE FLASH! Batman is caught in the clutches of the crime boss known as “The Squid” as he digs deeper into a whodunit for the ages!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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Gaumer: Figment #1

Yeah, Figment #1. I’m not a huge fan of the character, or the idea of Marvel even doing a Disney book like this, but I’m looking forward to Figment #1 for one reason and one reason only: Jim Zub. I’m a big fan of his work on the zany fantasy Skullkickers, a book that has a unique style all its very own, and I can’t wait to see what he brings as he takes on a Marvel title. Yeah, it may be a book starring an obscure Disney character, but Zub is definitely a writer to keep an eye on.

Figment #1

FIGMENT #1 (OF 5)
JIM ZUB (WRITER) • FILIPE ANDRADE (ARTIST)
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Imagineer Variant Cover by TOM MORRIS
FIGMENT DISNEY VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
THE NEXT DISNEY ADVENTURE IS HERE – STARRING ONE OF DISNEY’S MOST IMAGINATIVE CHARACTERS!
• Dive into a steampunk fantasy story exploring the never-before-revealed origin of the inventor known as Dreamfinder, and how one little spark of inspiration created a dragon called Figment.
• What is the Academy Scientifica-Lucidus? Who is Blarion Mercurial? What is the Integrated Mesmonic Spark Convertor? Find out as we give a Marvel spin to Epcot® Theme Park’s mind-expanding attraction, Journey Into Imagination!
• Brought to you by the acclaimed and uniquely talented team of Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (CAPTAIN MARVEL)!
Elements based on Figment © Disney
32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 7th, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #1

Brian Michael Bendis has been delivering a Spider-Man tale for my generation since it’s inception at the tail end of the 90’s. This recent reboot comes at a solid time in the Ultimate Universe as the rebuild after 616 Galactus destroyed New Jersey. Now a member the fresh, young Ultimates, how will Miles Morales continue his life and the legacy of Peter Parker the original Ultimate Spider-Man? I’m ready to pick this one up!

Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man 1

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER) • DAVE MARQUEZ (ARTIST)
Variant Cover by FIONA STAPLES
Variant Cover by Brandon Peterson
PART ONE OF THE BIGGEST SPIDER-MAN STORY OF THE YEAR “REVIVAL”!
• MILES is back in action with a new status quo and a new outlook on life!
• A BIG BIG BIG villain from PETER PARKER’s past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down!
• The last page will have ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN fans SCREAMING!
• This issue can’t be missed!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: She-Hulk #4

She-Hulk has been the most pleasant surprise of the year for me, and I’m looking forward to this new issue. With the promise of a showdown with Dr Doom, it’ll be interesting to see how Charles Soule keeps up his blend of super-heroics and legal intrigue. Should be fun!

She-Hulk 4

SHE-HULK #4
CHARLES SOULE (WRITER) • JAVIER PULIDO (ARTIST)
Cover by KEVIN P. WADA
• Jen’s new client Kristoff Vernard has been kidnapped by his dad, DOCTOR DOOM!
• What does fellow lawyer (and recently outted Man Without Fear) MATT MURDOCK know about it?
• It’s an international jailbreak, She-Hulk Style, as Charles Soule (INHUMANITY) and Javier Pulido (HAWKEYE) take us to Latverian soil!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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Christian: Detective Comics #31

Another week, another issue of Batman, but this time it’s not Eternal or vs. Bane, it’s the tour de force of art known as Detective Comics by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The job this dynamic duo did on The Flash was special, but the seeing them work on the Bat last ish was an amazing thing to behold. Can’t wait to get into this comic come Wednesday!

Detective Comics 31
DETECTIVE COMICS #31
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 7 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Death comes to Wayne Manor – and the number one suspect is Bruce Wayne! In order to solve this mystery, Batman’s investigations will lead him to the mysterious man known as Sumo!

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Gaumer: The New 52 – Futures End #1

Yes this is just a really big What If? sort of book, yes it’s a weekly investment, and yes I wish they’d punctuate better (of maybe it’s a bunch of futures ending??), but the FCBD #0 issue of this series really got me going, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Batman Beyond travels back in the day to stop Brother Eye from putting the Borg on the entire DCU. This one is going to be fun!

Futures End

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #1
Written by KEITH GIFFEN, DAN JURGENS, BRIAN AZZARELLO and JEFF LEMIRE
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
1:50 Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
On sale MAY 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52! In this debut issue of The New 52’s weekly series, Batman Beyond arrives five years later! Grifter turns against humanity! And a Justice League member DIES!

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Jesse: Nailbiter #1

Image Comics has been hitting the shelves really hard with number 1’s lately, and I couldn’t be happier about it. The publisher adores topics and stories that the Big 2 won’t touch with a 10-foot pole, and my pick this week is a testament to that fact. Serial killers solving crimes isn’t anything new, but when Scott Snyder says something is a great idea, you listen and listen hard.

Nailbiter 1

NAILBITER #1
story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art / cover: MIKE HENDERSON
MAY 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99
JOSHUA WILLIAMSON & MIKE HENDERSON deliver a mystery that mixes Twin Peaks with the horror of Se7en!
Buckaroo, Oregon has given birth to sixteen of the vilest serial killers in the world. An obsessed FBI profiler investigating the town has suddenly gone missing, and now an NSA Agent must work with the notorious serial killer Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to find his friend and solve the mystery of “Where do serial killers come from?”
“If Josh died I wish he’d leave NAILBITER to me in his will so I could say it was my idea.” — Scott Snyder (SEVERED, Batman, American Vampire)

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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Review: Detective Comics #30

Detective Comics #30

DETECTIVE COMICS #30
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and FRANCIS MANAPUL
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale APRIL 2
32 pg
$3.99 US
RATED T

Way back when DC Comics first unleashed The New 52 upon the comic community I tried a lot of books that I otherwise may not have even looked twice at. This was one of the compelling aspects of the entire relaunch, and although I missed out on quite a bit of greatness, picked up some garbage that was quickly dropped, and have had my fair share of cancellation disappointments, I found some gems that I otherwise never would have picked up. The most noteworthy of this bunch was The Flash by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. While the story in this team’s previous work was never outstanding, the work on art was always a tour de force of brilliance, and I expected the same with the team’s latest offering, Detective Comics. Although the story in this ish is starting better than anything I saw in The Flash, this team still isn’t quite there when it comes to writing, but thankfully the art is so damned good it doesn’t really matter.

The Good

As I previously mentioned, the art in this title is amazing. Manapul and Bccellato are artists at heart, and it comes through in spades on each and every panel. From the single panel shots to the full page spreads, the emotion, design, and consistency are beautifully sculpted in wonderfully detailed fashion. The tour de force of artistic talent that was THE defining quality of The Flash remains the shining facet of this gem a of comic, although the story was fairly entertaining. Characters and villains were introduced very nicely, the plot threads being spun are kind of interesting even at this early stage, and the writers really seem to have a firm handle on The New 52 version of Batman, but the story was by no means perfect.

The Bad

Although the washed-out watercolors used in this ish aren’t usually my cup of tea, I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the art whatsoever. The watercolors worked for me! The story, however, is another story. Although it’s a well-told tale of the Batman, it is a Batman story we’ve read at least a hundred time before. Bruce Wayne makes business deal; Batman stops criminal gang; the two worlds cross paths. Yeah, that again! Maybe things will become a bit less derivative later, but, in a Batman book living in a world full of “different” Batman books, it very well may not. Although the characters used to “retell” this story are depicted well, they just aren’t really all that compelling to begin with, leaving me questioning some of the overall creative choices that were made. That DOES kind of make the story compelling in it’s own unique way, and I kind of want to see where/when/if these odd choices come into play, but not enough to for this writing to swing the book one way or another.

The Verdict

Manapul and Buccellato have delivered another beautiful piece of comic book art, but their story, while adequate, just doesn’t live up to the same quality. They’ve certainly got a much better handle on Batman than they had on The Flash, but this early start to this team’s brand new run on Detective Comics stumbles quite a bit in the writing out of the gate. It’s not a complete wash, though, and the writing is good enough to keep me interested, but I’d come back for that art every time, even with half as good a story.

Writing: 2.5 Out of 5
Art: 5 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out of 5