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:
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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I love Star Wars. I think for most people that goes without saying. I’ve been interested in the Marvel series being published so far but I’ve yet to read any of them. When a Lando miniseries was announced I figured now would be the right time to jump in. Part of Lando’s appeal is that while his personality is similar to Han Solo the movies don’t give us a ton to work with. Why not flesh him out a little bit in a 5 issue miniseries? Attach artist Alex Maleev one of the giants of the modern comics? Yes, please. To me, the only downside was Charles Soule was announced as the writer. Soule is extremely hit or miss but with Marvel’s recent exodus of top writers it seems they are positioning Soule as one their main new architects of the Marvel U, so I better get use to him.
When it was announced that Alex Maleev would be the artist for the new Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. miniseries, I knew Dark Horse had a winning combination. The title is set in the early days of the Bureau and chronicles Hellboy’s first mission with them. A vital portion of his history which had been undocumented until now. Mike Mignola continues to expand and add considerable depth to the Mignolaverse and based on the covers for issue #2 and #5 presented here, Maleev proves that he was the perfect choice as a collaborator.
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Last year I had asked you all for some recommendations regarding bat shit crazy Moon Knight and what I got was a lot of indifference. Which is kind of a shame because Moon Knight is actually an interesting character, one that Marvel I think knows and continually tries to get into the lime light only to watch it fail miserably. He’s certainly come a long way since his 1980’s series where he was pitched as kind of a Batman/The Shadow hybrid.
Things got noticeably weirder and darker for him though particularly bottoming out with Charlie Huston’s take on him in the 2006 series. Mr. Arthur Harkness lent me the follow up series Vengeance Of Moon Knight from 2009 written by Gregg Hurwitz. By this point, the character was a mess. They took him from donning multiple identities so he could have his ear to the ground of the criminal underworld to actually believing he was all of these people and just losing his mind. In the 2006 series he actually carves off his enemy’s face! What they needed was a fresh start for Moon Knight and who better to do it than recent Marvel comics wonder boy, Brian Michael Bendis?
Alex Maleev very well might be one of my favorite comic book artists in the medium today. He’s magnificently talented, but I stumbled upon some of his water color paintings that showcase another dimension of his work. If your lucky enough to see him at a convention he often sells these one of a kind creations and does commissions. So check it out and get yourself a healthy dose of some serious nerd art today.
It’s no secret that I love Daredevil. I’ve continuously fund myself captivated by the trials and tribulations of poor Matt Murdock. Awhile back I compiled a list of the Top Ten covers for Volume 1 of the Daredevil ongoing series that ended in 1998. Even though I’ve only got through the Bendis penned stuff, I couldn’t wait to highlight Volume 2’s covers (1998-2011). This period was such a highlight in ‘ol horn head’s history both from a writing perspective as well as from an artistic perspective. It was a painful process to have narrow it down to only ten entries, but this is what I came up with.