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Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

Read More

First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

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Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

Read More

First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

Read More

First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

Read More

First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

Read More

First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

Read More

First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

Read More

First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

Read More

First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

Read More

Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

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DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

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Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

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Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

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First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

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Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 11-21-16

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn’t be overlooked from this week’s releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Best Batman v Superman “Martha” Reference

If you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you know how the name Martha was able to bring Batman and Superman together. It seems that name causes a similar reaction in the Marvel Universe. Two guards are discussing the name shortly before they’re killed.

Superman #11

Best Beginning of a New Friendship

Batman and Superman are forcing their sons, Damian and Jon, to go through a super-bootcamp to learn to work together. Damian isn’t the most sociable kid, probably because he was raised by the League of Assassins. As they struggle to make it to their next goal, you can see they’re starting to get along.

Best Tease for a New Series

Super Sons is a new series that was announced earlier this year but has been delayed. This current story arc perfectly sets up the premise and relationship between the young heroes.

Thanos #1

Creepiest Moment

Thanos is one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Universe. Seeing him smile is a bizarre and frightening site.

Suicide Squad #6

Best Reason Not to Mess With Amanda Waller

Something is happening to everyone at Belle Reve. When Rick Flag can’t control himself and threatens Amanda Waller, she reminds him why she’s called The Wall.

Strangest Development for Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad was recently sent on a mission to obtain something called the Black Vault. It turns out it’s turning everyone in Belle Reve insane. What does that mean for Harley? It’s had the opposite effect on her. She’s now sane.

All-New Wolverine #14

Best Example That Everyone Wants to Be a Pirate

Laura and Gabby have to make a trip to Madripoor. The only way is on a pirate ship. Gabby assumes it’s a traditional pirate ship and is excited over the possibility of actually becoming a pirate. Doesn’t everyone want to walk around and say, “Arrrr”?

He-Man/Thundercats #2

Best “This Can’t Be Good” Moment

Skeletor has He-Man’s sword. Now he has the power. This turns out to be really bad for He-Man. Hopefully the Thundercats will be able to help.

Doctor Strange #14

Best Reason to Rethink Eating Bacon

Are you ever really sure where the bacon you eat comes from? Doctor Strange is forced to eat some. It’s not good for him. In fact, it’s going to kill him.

Justice League #9

Best Thing to Drink After a Near-Death Experience

Batman often puts his life at risk fighting the forces of evil. Sometimes he comes close to getting killed. His drink of choice after this is coffee.

Jessica Jones #2

Best 70s Flashback Reference

Way back in 1973’s Hero for Hire #9, Luke Cage paid a visit to Doctor Doom to collect $200. The panel where he asks, “Where’s my money, honey?” has often been a thing of amazement. In a flashback sequence in the latest issue of Jessica Jones, Luke tells the story as Jessica is going through labor.

Batman #11

Biggest Obstacle in a Relationship

Batman and Catwoman have had a complicated relationship over the years. We’ve learned she just killed 237 people. Batman has no choice to apprehend her even though it would likely lead to her getting the death sentence. That puts quite a kink in the romance department.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14

Best Canadian Action Figure Variants

We’ve seen the different and strange versions of superhero action figures in store aisles. It turns out, in Canada, they have some interesting designs and accessories for the figures.

Nightwing #9

Best Reason to Have Friends

Nightwing is fighting for his life when Dr. Destiny attacks him in his dreams. Luckily, Dick Grayson has a lot of friends and can call upon them in his mind to fight the battle.

Deadpool #22

Worst Way to Wake Up

It appeared Deadpool was killed. His body was taken to a hospital and the doctors assumed it was just another regular person that got killed wearing a superhero costume. As they’re conducting an autopsy, Deadpool wakes up. It’s pretty awkward for everyone involved.

Old Man Logan #13

Best Use of Several Comic Panels to Create a Giant Image

Remember when photo mosaic posters were the rage? It was always fascinating to see several small images used to create a giant one. Andrea Sorrentino does that to make a big picture of Logan. It’s pretty amazing, especially when you look at a high-res version of it.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don’t complain, contribute, especially if you didn’t offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We’ll give you a shout out and I’ll think you’re pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to avoid waking up on an autopsy table if you can help it. No one wants to be in an awkward situation like that.

Read More

DC New Talent Showcase #1: Emma Beeby Talks Wonder Woman & Catwoman

DC Comics has released the New Talent Showcase one-shot this week with nine stories from creators taking part in a new program. Yesterday we saw what Erica Schultz had to say about her Hawkgirl story. Today we talked to Emma Beeby about her Wonder Woman/Catwoman story.

Comic Vine: Catwoman and Wonder Woman seems like a crazy, but exciting, pairing. Where did this idea come from? Did you get to choose these two characters for this pairing?

Emma Beeby: We could choose anyone in the DCU and write pretty much anything we wanted, as long as it was the story we most wanted to tell. As a brief, it’s so wide, it’s intimidating. Usually there are lots of restrictions! I wanted to write the characters I love the most, and honestly, I couldn’t choose. Wonder Woman or Catwoman? I wanted to write them both, and that soon became wanting to write them together. It’s not the most straightforward idea, but once I’d had it I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Can we assume they won’t necessarily get along?

Well, I don’t think they would exactly click. They are fundamentally opposites, if not actual enemies. Diana is all truth and honor and fighting for others, but Selina is fine with manipulation and stealing and mostly fights for herself. It’s not going to easy.

What can you tell us about the set up for the story and this set up?

Diana is in need of a thief…

Could Selina and Diana every get along long enough to relax on vacation together?

Maybe they could, if they learn to trust each other, or at least get to know each other better in more extreme circumstances. I don’t know if it would be relaxing for very long, though.

What are you most excited about in this story?

Seeing these two characters together, that dynamic, is just so much fun to write. I want to be throwing them into each other’s worlds. This is only a brief intro of eight pages – there’s a lot more I’d like to do with them.

Be sure to check out New Talent Showcase #1, on sale Wednesday, November 30.

Read More

Awesome Art Picks: Thor, Harley Quinn, Boba Fett, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

We have a different format for the Mystery Art Challenge. This time, the artist draw from two separate hats to determine the character and random object they’ll be drawing. Agnes Garbowska had to draw Han Solo and a video game controller.

Stay tuned for more of these.

Todd Nauck posted a Kitty Pryde commission on his Tumblr.

Kris Anka posted commissions from Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Michael Walsh posted recent commissions on his Instagram.

Marcio Takara posted some commissions on his Tumblr.

Chrissie Zullo posted a Harley Quinn commission on her Facebook page.

Dustin Nguyen posted new art on his Instagram.

Ryan Stegman posted new commissions on his Tumblr.

Denis Medri posted more mock covers of the Rockabilly Batman concept on his Deviant Art page.

Chris Giarrusso put more sketch cards up for sale on his website.

Mahmud Asrar posted pre-show commissions for Thought Bubble 2016 on his Tumblr.

Paolo Rivera posted a Captain America commission on his blog.

Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr.

Ryan Ottley posted commissions from Fan Expo Vancouver on his Tumblr.

Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

Ryan Lee posted new art on his Twitter page.

Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

Franco posted a Doctor Strange sketch on his Instagram.

Daniel HDR posted new commissions on his Instagram.

Mike Henderson posted some commissions from Rhode Island Comic Con on his Instagram.

Andrew Robinson posted commissions from NC Comicon on his Instagram.

That’s it for this week. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

Read More

Marvel and Funko Team Up for Animated Shorts

Funko has dominated the toy aisles and become a favorite among collectors with the Pop figures released for a varitey of different licenses. They even have subscription boxes for Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars.

Marvel and Funko are expanding their relationship with new animated shorts featuring the Marvel heroes in action. The first 90 second episode, “Spellbound,” has been released and features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Loki.

The next episode airs on Marvel’s YouTube channel on December 7. It’ll have Rocket Raccoon breaking into the Collector‘s museum to free Groot. The third episode premieres on December 14. Deadpool will have to face off against Venom.

As of now, these are the only episodes planned. Mark Robben, Funko’s director of marketing, indicated more episodes could be made if the response is positive.

What did you think of this episode?

Read More

First Look: HULK #1 With Jennifer Walters


Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. OnDecember 28th, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the brand newHULK #1! Today Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the debut issue from Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man)! Be there as they chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…the HULK! Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on December 28th!

HULK #1 (OCT160788)

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA (OCT160791) and DALE KEOWN (OCT160789)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160794)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (OCT160793)

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN (OCT160792)

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT160790)

ICX Variant Also Available (OCT160795)

FOC – 12/5/16, On-Sale – 12/28/16

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