Thursday, December 15, 2005

Judging (Marvel's March) Books By Their Covers

Marvel's March Solicitations are up, so let's make some prejudgements based just on the covers (as we all love to make prejudgements, don't we?).

Let's begin!
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This is a major improvement over last month's cover...

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Very striking piece by Peterson.
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Who do you think gets lightboxed for the Super Skrull?

Imagine if he actually DREW that! Wouldn't that be a pip?
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Now we know why Bagley is not drawing Ultimate X-Men.
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Notice that Rogue and Iceman started getting serious AFTER she absorbed Gambit.

Something latent there, no?
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OMIGOD!

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The Shadow Thieves are invading the Marvel Universe, too!!!
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I don't get it.

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How are they disguising Spider-Man's costume on ONE cover, but on this other book, he has the same old costume?
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Not a fan of this Byron Penaranda cover, but...

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it sounds like they are going to let Tania Del Rio redo Araña. That is grand news!

I just hope it does not involve totems in any way, shape or manner.
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Isn't it funny that, if you were to go by Spider-Girl...

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...you would think that the Clone Saga was, like, the single most important event in Spider-Man history.
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Awwwwwwwwwwww....
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You ever hear the story about how David Finch came to draw Spider-Man's eyes like this?

He just picked up a copy of Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, and thought that that was just how it was done.

I love that story.
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Here's what I think happened...

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Marvel thought Oeming wanted to do an adaptation of the Nic Cage film, God of War, but he actually wanted to do a book about Ares, God of War.

Gotta pay attention to what you greenlight, Marvel!!
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I don't know if this works as a cover, but it is a cool image.

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..............

Really?

Really?

You're gonna kill off Foggy freakin' Nelson?

Really?

You sure?

Really?

Cool cover, though.
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Someone should tell Tony Harris that he doesn't have to follow the photo reference THAT closely.
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Remember when Gulacy was awesome?
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I just love the implication from this cover that, in his search for a wife, the married wife of his friend Reed Richards is still a possibility.
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Doesn't this cover look just like it stepped out of, like, 1994?

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It is funny...

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This cover is JUST bordering on the edge of goofy, but Andrews has pulled it off.
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Wow.

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That is a lot of characters I don't care about.

Does the fish lady even have a name?
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I can see Ben Affleck as Nova.

Nova is the deep core driller of this comic book.
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I love it...the 65th Anniversary.

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Comics should be ballsier than that, even.

We should have, like, "Celebrating 43 Years of Spider-Man!"
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That's a pretty badass cover.

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I love how it, like, makes SENSE for Doom to build statues of himself.
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I am ashamed.

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I actually mistook Khari Evans for Khary Randolph.

Don't hate me.
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No WONDER the rocket crashed!!!

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It was being piloted by Moe Howard!
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Wait a sec...I see Scorpion....but...

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NO FRED VAN LENTE ON THIS COMIC!!!
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That is one sweet redesign on Ghost.

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I like how this is like an homage to that cover of Iron Man tearing through the wall.

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Only, like, to the EXTREME!
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"QUICK! Overwhelm him with a mountain of suck!"
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Geez louise.

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It is like Ms. Marvel just had a horrible, disfiguring accident.
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Nise poses.

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I think Xavier is giving us Magnum.

Strange is going with Blue Steel.
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Big dropoff from last month's cover.

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Still a nice cover.
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Similar sentiment to this month's Marcos Martin cover for Runaways.

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Has someone given Martin an exclusive yet?!?!
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Hehe.

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It's like he's not even trying.

He basically looked like he cropped a shot of a dude onto the body of Starfox. It doesn't even look like it matches the rest of the drawing.
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In this issue, we learn how Jewel was involved in Secret Wars, the Siege on Avengers Mansion, the Kree/Skrull War and...let's say....the moon landing.
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How is this the same artist who drew last month's hideous cover? This one is actually pretty good!
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Yes...that IS a bunch of characters on a cover.

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This costume could really use some bubbles around her waist.
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Really nice depiction of the city around him.

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I have no idea what Cheung was thinking when he sat down to design this cover.

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It is such an odd concept design.
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Spider-Man looks oddly fat.

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Pretty cool drawing.

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I do not remember any of them, though. I think a lot of the New Universe's appeal is nostalgia.
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Very nice, understated drawing by Kirk. Impressive job.

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Wow.

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JRjr did a great job of replicating his old style for this cover!

Well, either that or he just reused some old art.

Wouldn't that be hilarious?
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Very cool Ladronn cover.

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I didn't even realize at first that this was Immonen.
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Was Cable vs. Apocalypse EVER cool?

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Yep.

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They ARE standing there.

Next to each other.

This is true.
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Here, too.

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They ARE standing there.

Stunning.
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VERY clever cover idea by Brooks.

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Well done.
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This is a REALLY nice drawing of Siryn by Sook.

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But I do not think that it works as a cover.
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Yes, please.

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Please revisit Storm's origin.

That's what we all need.
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Not exactly great design work here.

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Have they left ANYthing untouched from Age of Apocalypse?

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First X-Man, Holocaust, Dark Beast and Sugar Man.

Then Blink and Morph.

Now even the Sunfire!

Wolverine better watch his hands!!
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Are we supposed to know this person?
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I WOULD say this was a cool cover...

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...but then I realized that it was Apocalypse and Dracula.

So I realized that it wasn't.
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Sean Chen should never be allowed to design a costume ever again.

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Yikes.
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I think Tim Bradstreet Punisher covers are sorta like colorforms.

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Take one Punisher standing up with gun and place it on a picture of sharks.

Take one Punisher turned to the side with shotgun and place it on a picture of mobsters.

Etc.

Etc.
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This is a very nice tradedress design by Oeming. Even if it is not original...hehe.

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Well done.
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MY TOP FIVE COVERS OF THE MONTH!!!
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5. This is a very strong cover image by Allred.

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4. I love how Epting's covers for this title all look like they could be movie posters.

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And COOL movie posters at that.
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3. I don't know WHAT this is propaganda for.

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But I support it.

Damn your effectiveness, Juan Doe!!!
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2. See, now THIS homage cover is at least FUNNY!

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That makes all the difference.
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1. This is just the must creepily awesome thing ever.

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Even more so when you remember that this is Quicksilver's daughter on the cover!
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Okay, that's it for me, folks!

Feel free to share YOUR prejudices!!

AND your top five choices!

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23 Comments:

Blogger Christopher Burton said...

Not a great selection. Too many posing covers.

Here were the bright spots for me.

1.) The skeletons on that Silver Surfer cover.

2.) Super-Skrull on that FF cover.

3.) The gang on that silhouetted Spider-Man cover.

4.) The Ares cover is kinda neat.

5.) The Captain America cover with Bucky. Although I hate kid sidekicks. Bleah!

6.) I like the concept of the Doom cover, but the execution is too gray. How's that gonna stand out on a comic rack?

7.) It's not a fantastic cover, but that one with Doc Sampson and Polaris (?) and the SHIELD helicarrier grabbed me.

8.) Brian, I fail to see Ms. Marvel's disfigurement. She looks pretty fine to me. And it's Cho. I'm obligated by contract to appreciate anything Cho does. Even if it is just a "strike a pose" cover.

9.) The Ladronn Hulk cover rocks. Reminds me of an old Frazetta pulp cover.

10.) The Mike Allred cover is cool. As one would expect.

11.) The Epting Captain America cover

The rest of 'em they could wrap in old New York Posts. That'd grab my attention just as much. I'm serious.

12/15/2005 07:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike Loughlin said...

It looks like She-Hulk is trying to push Starfox through the judge's bench- and he's pretty happy about it.

Wow- I don't recognize a whole bunch of characters from these covers. Who's that red & blue bird guy, and what is that cover for?

12/15/2005 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous SBD said...

Re: The Powers cover.

That reminds me, I need to grab that Blade Runner DVD at Wal*Mart while it's $3.88.

12/15/2005 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Beta Ray Steve said...

The shark is gonna bite Bendis' head!

12/15/2005 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous jdonelson.nyc said...

What's up with Bullseye's rack?

12/15/2005 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Cheung was thinking, "How come other artists can draw faces that occasionally look different?"

Seriously. Pick up any Young Avengers and grab a panel at random. If not for hair and coloring, EVERY DAMN FACE is the exact same.

12/15/2005 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger David C said...

Just going by covers alone, and based on only the past couple months here for analysis, DC is kicking Marvel's ass when it comes to covers. There's little here that's very memorable or striking.

The Epting Cap cover is great, though, probably my favorite of the bunch.

"I think Tim Bradstreet Punisher covers are sorta like colorforms."

Heh. It's funny because it's true....

12/15/2005 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Wow. When I read the Daredevil solicit, I thought, "Something shocking? Eh, they'll probably just kill Foggy Nelson. No, wait, that's just retarded."

More fool I.

(Also, on that cover, it looks like the tombstone reads "Faggy Nelson."

12/15/2005 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew Craig said...

Slightly unfortunate timing, having Crossbones and Señor Muerte on covers in the same month, but I lurve that 'Ringo Spidey.

The new Spidey costume hadn't been finalised by the time Newsarama's Joe Friday came around last week. I suspect that it will be either the wankest thing ever, or a completely minor redesign, ala the raised webs of the movie cotume (c.f. Miyazawa's MJ cover). Anything that stops the colourist treating the suit like it was made of quilted padding )like that of The Shocker) is fine by me.

They're not even trying to hide the T&A, are they, with those Greg Land covers. I wish they'd bring back copy-heavy covers like this to explain it. Do up your jacket, Sue!

Apparently, this month, Starforx is being played by Craig Bierko. I'm not sure who She-Hulk is suposed to be, though.

That Medina Spidey cover is unforgivably awful. The story actually sounds worse, mind you.

The skull on the Dead Girl cover spoils it, for me. Unless it's suppoed to be the Bat Boy's skull, or something.

Oh, and why is the Silver Surfer now apparently carried aloft on wings of purest Wurlitzer? I mean, he looks like he fell off the sprue, right? Pipe Organ Wings! Fuck!

Oh, god, the negativity! It's self-sustaining! The overkill of the half-a-Panzer division needed to rob one lone woman of her purse on the ASM cover. NuScorpion turning into Aphrodite IX! The hellaciousness of Rogue's cross-your-heart costume (not to mention the fact that, just like the original version of the character, she's completely absorbed another character's personality and powers). And her opera gloves are idiotic.

The Black Cat's getting around, isn't she. She's going to be in Friendly, soon, as well. Not bad for a character whose arc was over, like, fifteen years ago.

And speaking of Star Brand, does this now mean that Marvel has FOUR Green Lantern analogues, now? Two Doctor Spectrums, original Star Brand and thetoocoolforthespacebarnewellisstarbrand? Wow. I mean...wow. Next, you'll be telling me that Black Cat (a Catwoman homage, natch) will be appearing in Moon Knight: The Bottom.

Expect more Greg Land variant covers there, then.

//\Oo/\\

12/15/2005 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger Mo Soar said...

It looks like She-Hulk is trying to push Starfox through the judge's bench- and he's pretty happy about it.

I'm not a fan of these Horne covers (I don't think they are appropriate for the book), but how amusing is it that Starfox looks like a cross between George Bush and Mark Millar?

(My secret password for today? "iblarpsfx" - I'm not sure if I should excuse myself of what.)

12/15/2005 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

Is that Silver Surfer? With wings?

Also, if that's Marvel Zombies, I notice it now has the Ultimate trade dress that the first issue lacked. I thought it should have been published under the Ultimate banner, and was quite surprised when it wasn't.

How are they disguising Spider-Man's costume on ONE cover, but on this other book, he has the same old costume?
Misdirection, my dear boy. The wearer of the Spidey costume isn't Spidey. The Luchador is the post-Other Spidey. Isn't he EXtREME!?

Is that a Not Avengers cover? With Doctor Doom on it? But he's like a real villain! How will the team cope with that?

I just love the implication from this cover that, in his search for a wife, that the married wife of his friend Reed Richards is still a possibility.
What's good for one superhero king is good for another superhero king...

I notice that one of Panther's possibilities is yet another Shadow Thief.

Oh look, a "Wolverine looking through his claws" cover! It's been a good two months since we had one of those!

As for Ben-Affleck-Nova, that part of Countdown to Infinite Annihilation Crisis has a pretty good creative team attached (Abnett/Lanning/Walker), so I may look in on that.

Love that Doom statue cover, especially the photo-op kids. Doom's kissing a baby! Ha!

So, hang on. Scorpion is Doc Samson's daughter?

I know Ms Marvel (I prefer Warbird, sorry) was a member of the US Air Force, but is there really any significance to the US flag on her cover, or is it just cheap-shot imagery? I mean, she doesn't jump out as a particularly nationalistic hero.

Why does Doc Strange have a bionic arm and a scythe coming out of his head?

GAH! UGLY SHE-HULK COVER! EYES BLEEDING!

Cage has had a really weird smile on the past few Pulse covers. Can someone with unbreakable skin get Botox?

Yeah, that Young Avengers cover is one montage too far.

Are we supposed to know this person?
This is a Marvel goof, I think. This is the guy (I think) who's been blacked out on the other Genesis covers, but his identity hasn't been revealed yet, except here it is. Although I must admit, I have no idea why they were keeping it a secret if we can't recognise him anyway.

Are Marvel aware that Coppola's Dracula isn't the only one? They do know that they themselves used to publish a very popular iteration of the character?

Doesn't Quicksilver's daughter like eggs for breakfast?


My favourites are the Ladronn cover (Morrison & Ladronn, Thor, NOW!) and that Epting Captain America cover.

Seriously. Pick up any Young Avengers and grab a panel at random. If not for hair and coloring, EVERY DAMN FACE is the exact same.
True enough, but the same is true of David Finch and (insane) people seem to like his work, so...

Next, you'll be telling me that Black Cat (a Catwoman homage, natch) will be appearing in Moon Knight: The Bottom.
Oh god, I'd forgotten about The Bottom. Hahahahahahahaha. Oh my. Smile on my face the rest of the day now. Thanks Matthew Craig!

12/15/2005 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

"Creepily awesome" or not, when did Pietro become Stretch Armstrong?

Also, on that Harris FF cover, has no one noticed that Sue's sitting smack-dab on Reed's crotch? Gives a whole other notion of what's going on there, doesn't it?

12/15/2005 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

First off, sadly enough, the Finch cover is for an issue of Spider-Man Unlimited.

The New Avengers cannot face Doom, sillies!!

Also, yeah, how BAD was this month's covers from Marvel!?!? DC destroyed them. Utterly destroyed them. I had to stretch just to get five covers this month.

DC had seven REALLY good ones, plus plenty of others I probably could have stretched to accept.

12/15/2005 03:35:00 PM  
Anonymous daniel apodaca said...

On that "Apocalypse vs. Dracula" cover, it looks like Apocalypse has down syndrome.

My first impression at seeing the Quicksilver cover: "Why is he trying to feed his daughter a giant sperm?"

I like how Reed's smiling as he wraps his arm around the Super-Skrull.

I'd accept the Wolverine's-claw's-reflection as non-goofy if Cap weren't giving such a "It's so big!" look.

Gosh. Ms Marvel is really... thick.

Is that the new Blue Beetle crossing over into Runaways?

When did Cage's reference become Jamie Foxx?

That New Universe thing with the hawk-guy... Is that a Captain Planet rip-off?

I remember when they first showed the cover with the mystery X-man of the past face-to-face with Cyclops, head bathed in shadow. I saw that Silvestri was doing the art, and I thought, "Would anyone even know who this was supposed to be if we COULD see his face?" Guess I got my answer.

For a second I thought that the Allred cover meant Harry Potter was going to show up. And then I thought, waitaminnit, before Harry Potter had the scar, there was... Oh, and this IS Allred drawing... And I peed myself with glee at the thought. But then I remembered the whole Princess Di thing and realized the chances of that actually happening. But then I remembered the Invincible/Spidey (I do it just for Byrne)crossover and I thought, well maybe...

Point is, I want Madman.

12/15/2005 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

So, pipe-wing Silver Surfer is from Ultimate Extinction, not Marvel Zombies, as I'd thought.

So, the surfboard is too silly for the Ultimate universe, but a character called "Silver Surfer" without a surfboard is what? Mild surrealism?

12/15/2005 06:30:00 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

Hang on, Spider-Man Unlimited is still being published?

12/15/2005 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Eli said...

Well. Thanks to the wonder of photoreference, I know Stacie Harris's body better than most of my ex-girlfriends'.

Someone should put Tony Harris and Robert Crumb in a cage and make them fight for the love of a Thick But Beautiful Woman.

The winner? Either way, probably not the Thick But Beautiful Woman.

5. Statue of Doomity
4. Dead Girl
3. Captain America 65th Anniversary Thing
2. Tony Harris Presents... Mr. Fantastic and the Thick But Beautiful Etc.
1. Marvel Zombies

12/15/2005 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Earth-2 Leigh said...

So, pipe-wing Silver Surfer is from Ultimate Extinction, not Marvel Zombies, as I'd thought.

And so my hopes of Ultimate Platinum Dance Dance Revolution Player or Ultimate Blinged-Out Manga Reader are dashed.

Alas.

12/15/2005 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Sorry about the brief "No Cover" status, folks.

But it was either "Wait 2 1/2 hours for the photos to show up again" or "Reload each photo into a new hosting account."

And I think the latter was just a BIT too much work for the negative of having to go without photos for a couple of hours...hehe.

12/15/2005 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Lex said...

"Was Cable vs. Apocalypse EVER cool?"

Not at all. And anyone who says it was cool is a liar and on crack.

Oh, and I definately agree with you about the Marvel Zombies cover. This one certainly was funny and it very much did make it a more interesting homage.

12/16/2005 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starfox is clearly wearing the head of one of the Baldwin actors.

I especially like the detail in the Doom cover where there is a tiny statue of some other schmuck being pulled down next to the enormous Doom statue. Plus the baby-kissing.

12/17/2005 02:14:00 AM  
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