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Category Archives: Panel of the Day

Cover Of The Day 10/30/15

Marvel’s recently launched All New All Different branding yielded a new Invincible Iron Man series by Brian Michael Bendis considered to be one of the cornerstone titles of the new Marvel U. Prior to this series beginning Bendis had been hinting at a second Iron Man series that would run concurrent to Invincible. My money was on a Mary Jane series since it had been solicited that she was going to become a major player in Iron Man’s world. Well, we recently got our answer along with this gloriously pulpy cover:

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The second series is called International Iron Man by one of my favorite creative teams, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. You may remember them from Daredevil, or Spider-Woman, possibly even Moon Knight. Tony Stark will be globe trotting and (hopefully) based on that cover doing his best James Bond impression. My only qualms is that while Maleev is a great artist, his timeliness leaves a whole lot to be desired. Late books is one of the things I dislike most about the medium, so lets hope they can keep it together. In the meantime let’s just take a moment to really soak in that cover of issue #1.

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Cover Of The Day 7/24/15

There was a lot of exciting news to break at this year’s San Diego Comic Con but to me the most interesting was the announcement of an IDW Back To The Future comic book signed off on by Bob Gale. Gale who was a co-writer of the movie (along with Robert Zemeckis) is one of the only people who could green light the project and over the years has been notoriously protective of the franchise. The stories will focus on gaps in the original trilogy and undiscussed backstory in the universe. Answering one of my favorite questions, how exactly did Doc and Marty meet? This sounds like the real deal. If you’re not sold yet, take a look at this recently solicited cover.

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That just makes me giddy, but it’s only 1/4 of the entire thing. Behold the entire gatefold cover.

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Is it October yet?

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Panel Of The Day 6/12/15

Taking a cue from a previous panel of the day when we featured a comic book ad we bring you 1987’s The Fall Of The Mutants.

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After the unexpected success of the Mutant Massacre crossover the year before featuring (the then current X-Titles) Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor and New Mutants Marvel demanded more. For better or worse going forward we’d now more or less get a company mandated X crossover yearly. Some were ok and some were pretty fucking far from ok (X-Cutioner’s Song I’m looking in your direction). However with this particular crossover the events of each title don’t intersect or dovetail like the previous Mutant Massacre. Here the idea for the crossover is more thematic where each team undergoes a very big and relatively dark change. This is where in the pages of X-Factor Angel first became Archangel, a horseman of Apocalypse spinning out of the events of the last crossover. The X-Men die in an epic battle in Dallas only to be resurrected of course but the world at large watches them die on the news. They are given the Siege Perilous which will come into play a little further down the line and change X-Men history forever.  The New Mutants well…they did New Mutant type things but it did result in the death of member Doug Ramsey.

It’s a pretty dark period for Marvel’s Merry Mutants and this in house comic ad by then X-Men artist Alan Davis perfectly showcases that perfectly.

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Cover Of The Day 6/3/15

Celebrating the release of Secret Wars #3 today I thought we’d feature the cover. All 8 issues of the series have their main covers done by Alex Ross with (surprise, surprise) tons of other variants from different artists. The story itself in the first two issues has proved to be very interesting, presenting a Marvel universe mash up of insane proportions.

This cover though brings that mash up front and center. We have our heroes on the left and the evil cabal on the right with both the regular universe’s Reed Richards as well as the Ultimate universe Reed (now known as The Maker) front and center. A mirrored version of each other, no doubt paying tribute to how important both versions of this character will play during this event.

Will the rest of the series live up to the hype? It’s impossible to say, so let’s just take a minute to admire the cover instead.

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Comic Book Panel of the Day 5/22/15

Afternoon Geeks!

Today’s Panel of the Day comes from Justice League #38 from Geoff Johns & Jason Fabok and it’s pretty cool. I’m on my summer break so with that brings a ton of reading for me to catch up on all things going on and I have to say that I’m really impressed with Mr. Fabok’s work on the series. This arc is called The Amazo Virus, which was created by Lex Luthor and mistakenly released on the world. The virus effects both humans and metahumans and as you can see here turns them into somewhat hive-mind zombies.

This panel just stuck out to me in the arc, Batman’s gestures are almost puppet-like but the visuals on his face and everyone around are zombie-like. Imagine mind-controlled walkers! Here, check it out:

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This is only the 2nd arc that I’ve caught up on so far, but the Amazo Virus is a pretty cool read with some amazing visuals…Check it out!

Later Nerds!

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Cover Of The Day 5/11/15

Dave Stevens was a wonderful artist known primarily for his work on The Rocketeer. His interior art unfortunately is criminally small, but luckily he did devote a lot of time to doing comic covers.

When I randomly found this cover, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at. I still don’t, but I know it’s amazing and that’s good enough for me. A scantily clad pinup nurse and a massive cybernetically enhanced possum that could give Cable a run for his money? Yes, please.

I did find out that this belongs to the cover of Orbit #1 from 1990, a best of collection of short stories appearing in legendary sci-fi author, Isaac Asimov’s magazine.

Win/Win.

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