Cover of the Week is a presentation of the best cover from last week’s comic book releases, based on the art, design, and overall good looks.
This week we have Jurassic Park Redemption #1 by Frank Miller
YES THAT’S RIGHT!
I’ve always said that Batman books usually have great covers. This week saw an army of good Batman covers. We have Return of Bruce Wayne, Detective Comics, and Streets of Gotham featuring awesome Batman art. I would have easily chosen any of the Batman books to be the cover of the week, but this week belongs to DINOSAURS!
Let me ask you, when was the last time you saw a Dinosaur in a comicbook cover? Ok, and when was the last time you saw a dinosauar in a comicbook cover eating a person?! And when was the last time you saw a dinosaur in a comicbook cover, eating a person, and drawn by Frank Miller!
Sure, a lot of people hate Frank Miller for his All Star Batman & Robin stint (and his newly Hollywood showbiz “sellout” status), and not that many people like his art style. But you can never deny the awesomeness of a freaking DINOSAUR!
Design-wise, the near-blank background efficiently contrasts the detailed T-rex drawing. The logo is also unconveniently placed on the bottom-right (compared to normal top-banner logos), guiding the reader to look at the logo after viewing the main image. Sort of a diagonal directional composition technique. Subtle yet effective.
Now, i’m not justifying my pick with all that technical giberrish design fag talk. I mainly picked this because of the fact that dinosaurs are awesome, and nobody can deny their awesomeness!
EVEN BATMAN KEEPS A DINOSAUR IN HIS BATCAVE! THAT’S HOW AWESOME DINOS ARE!
Alex, Migs, and John grab some beers and talk about some of the week’s hottest books! Superman #700, Thunderbolts #145, and Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark #1! After a round of quick shots, the boys discuss JMS’s upcoming Grounded story arc on Superman, as well as some news about Nolan’s third Batman film.
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This week on Prejudged! we’ll be looking at titles that all have been or will be (or are in line to be) adapted into big blockbuster movies, like Batman, Jonah Hex, Iron Man, and the X-Men. It’s another big week in comic books, folks!
JONAH HEX #56
Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Phil Winslade
Cover by Darwyn Cooke
Coinciding with the release of the Jonah Hex movie, this special issue shows Jonah’s savage origins (one of many) along with another tale that sees Hex having a hand in American History.
It’s good to see this book finally get the recognition it has long deserved, what with the movie coming out and all. I’ve always said that Jonah Hex has been one of DC’s most consistent titles, and incidentally the easiest title to jump onto with its done-in-one issues. This is a fun book that should make for one helluva movie.
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #27
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Salvador Larroca
Cover by Salvador Larroca
Continuing the “Resilient” story arc, this issue has lots of things going on, from Tony building his empire, Pepper going under the knife, the Hammer girls making their move, and Detroit Steel.
This cover is clearly trying to bank on the success of Iron Man 2, having the familiar image of Iron Man and War Machine back to back. A little disappointing to see a more run-off-the-mill cover with this issue though, considering the radical covers this title has been going with for the past few issues, but still a great book.
UNCANNY X-MEN #525
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Terry Dodson
Cover by Adi Granov
We’re now neck-deep into Second Coming and all hell has broken loose. With the mutants trapped within Bastion’s forcesphere, Cyclops and his X-Men are now in the biggest fight for the future of their species. Lives have been lost and everyone is looking to Hope to save the day.
With the new X-Men movie finally getting its wheels turning, it won’t be long until we welcome back our favorite mutants onto the big screen. Soon enough, we’ll all be playing “Casting” games with our friends about who’s playing who, and we already even have our younger Professor Charles Xavier in the form of James McAvoy.
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Tony Daniel, Andy Kubert, David Finch, Richard Friend & Frank “Effing” Quitely
Cover by David Finch
That’s not a typo, people. “700″. That’s SEVEN HUNDRED Batman-tasic issues, and Bruce Wayne isn’t even back yet. This issue also marks the return of Grant Morrison to the title since leaving after Batman R.I.P. and we all should be happy to have him back, in all his mind-blowing glory. This also features three tales from three different Batmen; Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, and Damian Wayne.
On the cinematic front, the Messiah, Christopher Nolan, has gone on record to say that he has no intentions of bringing back the Joker for the series’ third installment. However you feel about that (I’m pretty bummed out, personally), there’s still a chance for the Riddler to be played by Hugh Laurie.
And there goes Prejudged! If you have any thoughts about any of the movies mentioned above, or about any other upcoming superhero movie, feel free leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
EJ, Alex, and John reunite to review Ellis and Granov’s iconic contemporary take on Iron Man, which laid down the groundwork for modern stories about ol’ shellhead. The boys also discuss the newly revealed movie outfits of Cap and Thor.
In the panel discussion, the boys discuss the biggest changes in their geekhood since they began the podcast almost two years ago.
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Welcome back to a special edition of Prejudged! This week we look at indie graphic novel releases from big name creators. These types of releases allow these creators get back to their roots and experiment with new ideas that have branched out of working in the mainstream comic book industry.
Written by: Kathryn Immonen
Art by: Stuart Immonen
Cover by: Stuart Immonen
TK favorite Stuart Immonen, along with his wife Kathryn, brings us this tale set in two timelines.
During World War II the Nazis pillaged much of Europe’s great art collections. Museum curator Ila Gardner and SS officer Rolf Hauptmann are forced by circumstances to play out an awkward and dangerous relationship in a public power struggle. Moving Pictures unfolds along two timelines which collide with the revelation of a terrible secret, an enigmatic decision that not many would make, and the realization that sometimes the only choice left is the refusal to choose.
A GOD SOMEWHERE
Written by: John Arcudi
Art by: Peter Snejbjerg & Bjarne Hansen
Cover by: Peter Snejbjerg & Bjarne Hansen
A tragic Super Hero tale as seen through the eyes of those closest to them, from the mind of Hellboy artist John Arcudi.
After a mysterious disaster, a young man named Eric finds that he has just as mysteriously developed extraordinary abilities. He starts out trying to help people, but his solitary position in the world isolates him in ways no ordinary human could understand. This original graphic novel written by John Arcudi (B.P.R.D., WEDNESDAY COMICS) charts the arc of Eric’s evolution from man to…something else, as seen through the eyes of his family and his best friend, Sam.
Written by: Garth Ennis
Art by: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Meet the world’s first superhero/prostitute. Once again, Garth Ennis screws with your head and the genre, with the spectacular art of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.
Reintroducing the outrageous story of THE PRO in a paperback version of the deluxe hardcover edition. Just when you think GARTH ENNIS has gone too far, just when you thought it was safe to walk the streets, just when you thought no one would go near the idea of the world’s first superhero prostitute… here comes THE PRO! Plus, in “The Pro Meets the Ho,” our plucky heroine faces a super-powered “soiled dove” whose powers of perversion exceed the Pro’s own!
See you guys next week!