The Strong Women Of Comic Books // artwork by Jamal Campbell (2014)
Captain America // artwork by Gene Ha (2002)
Gene Ha about this art:
The 2002 cover was one of two covers I did before the 9/11 attacks that weirdly presaged the attacks. I felt quite creeped out to see when the cover came out next year that I’d presented Cap marching off to fight in response to Pearl Harbor and jets and explosions over a skyscraper.
The Sentry Vs Ares // artwork by by Olivier Copiel (2010)
The Sentry Kill Ares the God of War in “The Siege #2”
Marvel’s enlisting its biggest super heroes to bring added awareness of the problems of bullying. This October, Marvel will join forces with STOMP Out Bullying™, the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for kids and teens in the U.S., to launch a special variant cover program to commemorate National Bullying Prevention Month and support STOMP’s relentless efforts to stop this growing epidemic.
Throughout the month of October, the world’s most popular super heroes – Captain America, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and more – will be featured on all-new variant covers to spotlight both National Bullying Prevention Month and STOMP’s Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention. The variant issues will be available exclusively at comic shops.
The following comic books, on-sale in October, will feature special STOMP Out Bullying variant covers:
- ROCKET RACCOON #4
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #20
- HULK #7
- CAPTAIN AMERICA #25
- LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #4
Now this is a fine initiative! I applaud it and I hope to see more of this!
Marvel Babies // artwork by Skottie Young (2014)
The Guardians Of The Galaxy // by Marvel Studios (2014)
The ABC’s Of Wolverine // artwork by Sean Gordon Murphy (2010)
So I Read Today… The Ultimates #1 (vol 1.)
When the Ultimate line got up and running Spider-Man and The X-Men were the flagship tittles of the line, but the heavy hitter was about to come, The Ultimate update of all the characters was something that fans were always very much looking forward to, so when Mark Millar announced his take on The Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, geeks started to salivate, the concept was a direct ramification of everything that had been going on in Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men, The Norman Osborn fiasco, The Brotherhood of Mutants almost destroying Washington and the rogue agency Program Weapon X taking issues into their own hands, Nick Fury set out to build an military strike force of superhumans to deal with these kind of problems and so, The Ultimates were born.
Since the first number you could tell this book was very different to all the Ultimate tittles, Mark Millar wrote it at a slow pacing taking pointers from his buddy Brian Michael Bendis and it slowly developed into an origin story that took almost 6 issues to get told, it all stars with the first avenger: Captain America making his last stand against The Nazis in WWII, he destroys what it would have been the first hydrogen bomb and his body is frozen into the Atlantic Ocean, back to present day we see Nick Fury assembling the team out of scientist with wild ideas like Henry and Janet Pym, Bruce Banner, uber-playboy and industrialist Tony Stark and total nutjob Thor, Captain America is found in the bottom of the ocean and everything is set, when the team is ready for action the unconceivable happens, a multi-billion dollar strike force is stranded in the coast of New York with nothing to do, that of course can only last so long; Bruce Banner feeling the disrespect all around mixes his Hulk serum with the blood of Steve Rogers.
Disaster ensues in this team of dysfunctional people, the Ultimates may bear a resemblance with The Avengers in the name of the teammates, but that’s when all coincidences end; Captain America is no-nonsense right wing bastard, Iron Man is both an irremediable drunk and a fast mouth ladies man, Hank and Janet Pym are prone to domestic violence, Thor may or may not be crazy, Bruce Banner has an inferiority complex as big as the hard-on he has when he becomes The Hulk, The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver have an incestuous romantic tension going on at all times, these things and much more are found in the first 12 issues of one of the best comic books done in the last 10 years, really go read this right now, thank me later!.