Artist Spotlight!: Mike Mitchell


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Hello there fellow art lovers, today’s Artist Spotlight is on one of my newest favs, Mike Mitchell, I recently discovered him through one of my favorite art site Mondotees, which recently held a gallery showing of his most recent work, a collection of Marvel inspired artwork. Mike Mitchell is an American artist in Austin, TX, known for his pop surrealism and poster prints. Now if you didn’t know Mondotees is one of the most popular and in demand producers of what I consider fine art posters, that are extremely sought after and highly collectible. They commission amazing pop culture artworks from amazing talents, the posters cover a wide range of topics like music, movies, comics, games, cartoons, and TV shows, so your desire to represent your love for something can definitely be represented thru beautiful poster form. So it was a amazing thing that Mondotees decided to showcase Mike Mitchell’s artwork because his work definitely is a site to behold, covering one of my most beloved topic, Marvel Comics.

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His art style borders on the real to the cartoony at times, he use a mix of styles to accomplish different effects, some artwork is very vector base in style giving him bold sharp line work, as well as a combination of painting style where you get good tonal value. His also plain contrasting solid color backgrounds to make the either pop and/or stand out from the background. My most favorite is his portrait series, where he takes famous pop culture characters and does side portraits of them, I especially love his recent portrait series where he did side portrait versions of Marvel Comic book characters. Make sure to check out his other works of art at sirmikeofmitchell.com. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

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Comic Book Review!: Avengers Vol 5 #1-13


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Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver, Mike Deodato

Inker: Jerome Opeña

Colorist: Dean White, Justin Ponsor, Morry Hollowell, Frank Martin

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

 

Hello there comic book fans, today I got a new collected series to review for u and that is Avengers volume 5 #1-13, which Jonathan Hickman took the lead from after Bendis has left, and I gotta say I’m loving it. Hickman has made the stories so far much more fun and action pack, with bigger scaled and more interesting story lines and has given a clear cut idea of the ever rotating and expanding Avengers’ cast. This time around they will be going for a global Avengers, having many teams of characters all kinds of threat that may pop up, now this idea is not new but here it is done very smoothly and generally the characters used are not just left in the background, more on this later. And throughout this review there will be little to no spoilers, I just want to give my thoughts and general feel of the the Avengers title by Hickman.

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The Avengers are facing a new threat, a being name Ex Nihilo, with the power and technology to create life and environments on a global scale, so the Avengers are alerted to his appearance on Mars, where Ex Nihilo is terraforming (process of deliberately modifying its structure and makeup to be similar to the biosphere of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life) Mars. This of course leads to a clash between the Avengers and Ex Nilhilo, where the Avengers learn that Ex Nilhilo plans to also change up the Earth, but thanks to help from a expanded roster of Avengers, they were able to put a stop to Ex Nilhilo’s plans to transformer the Earth. At least that is what the Avengers think, but Ex Nilhilo has set into motion events that will drastically change the Earth. Events that will introduce us to new characters, and  present problems for the Avengers that they have never face before.

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Hickman is doing a pretty good job on the Avengers, he gives good voice to all the characters, good dialogue that don’t feel out of place with the characters, and his stories are top quality Avengers storylines. Hickman does his usual style of storylines here like he did in the Fantastic Four (which is the only other comic I have read from Hickman), where his storylines have a bigger implications then they seem to do, that he leaves many plots or subplots dangling within the story for him to get back to much later down the road. What I have read about Hickman’s ideas for the title is that he has planned a 3 year storyline for the Avengers, so that would mean there will be many unanswered question that is made for u to stick with the title for the long run to find the answers to. This kind of approach has its good and bad to it, some good would be that it makes for some grander stories which fits for the Marvel Universe premier team, making the events and repercussion more meaningful from a good amount of time to buildup, and speaking of that, there is the room to buildup characters and storylines where they will feel more natural, which Hickman has been doing.

We getting introduce to new characters like Hyperion, Smasher, Nightmask, Star Brand, characters that Hickman seem to be slowly building up. Now for the bad, things wouldn’t be easily understood without a deeper reader when it comes to Hickman, and things must be read continuously, for example, a question u may have had in issue one probably wont be answered until issue 10. For Hickman, story arcs doesn’t mean that the story is finish in those few issues of that story arc, that things are just a small part of a bigger story Hickman wants to tell, and this is not always easy for younger readers, new readers or causal readers. But for me, luckily Hickman has captivate me with his story telling so far, he has crafted characters and storylines that makes a reader interested in finding out where things will go in the future. For me personally, I’m interested in seeing where and how he develops Hyperion.

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We getting a good influx of new characters or a spotlight on unused characters from Hickman, like new villains such as Ex Nilhilo, a new Hyperion, a new Smasher, new takes on characters like Star Brand, Nightmask, and spotlights on characters like Manifold, Sunspot, Cannonball, and many other new characters or spotlighted characters. And what is good is that Hickman is giving every character to shine, giving back stories to new characters like Hyperion and Smasher, and showcasing Cannonball, Sunspot and Shang-Chi, he is definitely making good use of his large cast of characters and satiate the appetite fans have for certain characters, while breathing new life into the Avengers universe with new characters and fresh storyline. It was interesting that Hickman included characters and concepts from a unused and in the past poorly used imprint, New Universe, where we get the introduction of Star Brand and Nightmask, introducing this brand into the main Marvel Universe.

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Since this is a collected edition review, there are multiple artists on this, but to be a bit general and both pacific, I say generally the art throughout the series has been consistently good, that there isn’t any new artist’s artwork was below the quality of the previous artist. So far from these issues, we had three of Marvel’s top artists, Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver, Mike Deodato, all of which have produce highly detailed work that is nicely rendered. Characters are designed very beautifully, action is depicted in great detail, lines are clean, backgrounds are also usually equally as detailed, coloring is bold want matches and flows the art style very well. When it came to the art of this series there is little to nothing to really complain about, although Jerome being my favorite I had wished he stick around much longer.

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I very satisfied with Hickman

 

My Take:

Definite Buy

Here are the covers of Avengers vol 5 #1-13, if you think this is up your alley then be sure to pick up this series which should be in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading! And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

Comic Book Review!: Nova #1-5


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Writer: Jeph Loeb

Artist: Ed McGuinness

Inker: Dexter Vines & Ed McGuinness

Colorist: Marte Gracia, Edgar Delgado

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

Hello there comic book fans, today’s review will be the collection of the Nova series #1-5, the first arc of the new NOVA series, where we get a new character dawning the mantle of Nova. Now I was a bit hesitant with this title because I had fallen in love with Richard Rider’s Nova, and when he just recently just to gain popularity in recent years they killed him off and introduce a new character. I felt with new fans of Richard Rider’s Nova this would have been a chance to breathe life into the character and let his popularity in the Marvel Universe soar to new heights, where he may eventually reach fame like Wolverine, the Avengers, maybe even Spider-Man with the right amount of exposure. So I was deeply disappointed in that they killed him, so I didn’t go into this title with much love but with high expectation.

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With Jeph Loeb as the writer I wasn’t particularly wow with the idea of this title, I always felt his writing either border between decent to border and stupid, never really amazing or absolutely fun to read for me. But at least, luckily this title has fallen into the side of decent, we’ll introduce to Sam Alexander, who is of mixed race which is a nice and unique thing, who discovers his missing father was a member of the Nova Corps. Putting on his father’s Nova Corps’ helmet, Sam becomes the newest recruit to the Novas and his adventures begins. Jeph does a decent job introducing Sam and giving us a sense of what kind of kid he is, and gives a decent yet generic kid discovering his powers story. Sam comes off like a regular kid discovering that he has a bigger destiny ahead of him, and Jeph lets us discover things along with Sam, things like power and the mysteries of his dad, we are learning along with Sam.

Though nothing about Sam personality really makes me love the kid, nothing really strikes out to me but I can see from these issues that he could grow on me. It is nice that Sam has a purpose in his life, trying to figure out if his missing dad is dead and if not, trying to find where his dad is. It makes him very endearing, does add a bit to his character, and makes me feel for the character more. So I will say that Jeph has done a decent job of introducing Sam to the Marvel Universe Fans (not really much of a introduction into the actually in comic Marvel Universe), we get a good origin story, nothing that stands out but there is definitely potential. Plus its great getting guest appearances from other cosmic characters, like the Watcher, Rocket Raccon, Gamora, and many others, and Jeph does a decent job voicing them.

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For me, the art of Ed McGuinness is where I love this series the most, and combine with the strong and bold ink work of Dexter Vines, and bright polish colors of Marte Gracia and Edgar Delgado, I completely enjoying the beauty on the page. I love how Ed’s characters look, very clean lines and dynamic features, and his action scene are a amazingly rendered, many eye catching moments on the page.

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After reading Jeph Loeb introduction of this new Nova character, I will say I’m less on the fence, and even though Richard Rider is still the better Nova in my opinion, I see the potential of Sam Alexander. I see that Marvel comics have a clean slate character that they can be able to introduce new fans to the Nova/Cosmic Universe. I like the series but I not as crazy about it as I was the last Nova series, and I felt the price point for a new title is ridiculous, yet because I see the potential, I would rate this serious a “Buy,” and hopefully this serious will be a good introduction to one of my newest favorite of the Marvel Universe, the Cosmic Universe.

My Take:

Buy

Here are the covers from Nova #1-5, if you think this is up your alley then be sure to pick up this series which should be in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading! And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

Comic Book Review!: All New X-Men #5-14


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Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Stuart Immonen

Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger

Colorist: Marte Gracia

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

Hello there comic book fans, today’s review will be kinda of a big one encompassing All New X-Men #5-14 review, because I felt that instead of giving you a bunch of little reviews I might as well read a bit more and give more of a story arc review. So far we know that the present day Beast had gone be into time bringing the original X-Men team to the present with the hope that the past Cyclops would possibly wake up present day Cyclops to how he has been making a big mistake and that he is not promoting Professor Xavier’s dreams, instead he has become a mutant terrorist. After that disastrous encounter that does damage to the original X-Men team, we have the original X-Men, that consist of teen versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, and Iceman, deciding to stay in the present to see if they can change things for the better and give some meaning to their life despite their roller coaster of a future that is ahead of them.

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I have been reading this series for a bit and I can say I got a deep understanding of the story and can see where Bendis is going with his series. And I gotta say I’m loving it, I haven’t been loving his stories in the Avengers’ universe for awhile, but his writing style is an amazing fit in this series. I have always felt Avengers were about were more about saving the world, being superheroes and the drama that goes with it, while the X-Men for me has been more in the realm of a soap, drama focus, personality and character driven with sprinkles of superhero actions. The X-Men has always been driven by emotion and drama, the battle between inner turmoil, the drama of persecution, with a good mix of superhero action. And Bendis has been nailing it down for me so far in All New X-Men series, great character interaction, good action scenes, and giving these characters great believable personalities that fits them.

I have said it before that I wasn’t sure about the premise of this series, where we get the original teenager X-Men traveled forward thru time into present day X-Men time. But surprisingly and thankfully Bendis convinced me that this was an ingenious idea, which this makes for some great story ideas. We get great drama, with the teenager X-Men feeling the effects of knowing their future and how it weighs on them and how it destroys their group dynamic. So far we get to see the effects on the team as a whole, and individually with Jean Grey and Scott Summers mainly. With the focus mainly on Jean, makes sense with how roller coaster like her life becomes, its amazingly believable and natural seeing how Jean’s life can actually affect her innocent teenager mind. For Scott, we get to see how the naive teenager Boy Scout that Cyclops was in his younger days reflect on the 360 version of himself of present day. We really see that these characters are really naïve teenagers in a world that they know nothing of, in a future that they a very disappointed in, Only criticism is so far, from , that we get little story time on characters like teenager Iceman, Beast, and Angel, no real page time for them to since. Which I think is a big shame, because even in present day stories, those character don’t get consistent page time, very little to nothing that makes them key characters to the X-Men universe besides them being founding members.

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As for art, Stuart Immonen continues to amaze me and completely satisfy my need for beautiful art, and complete the great writing with great art that all comics should have. I have always love Stuart’s art, always beautiful and very detailed, great looking character designs, amazing facial and body expression, gorgeous fight scenes and good looking backgrounds. Added to that are the colors by Marte Gracia and ink work by Wade Von Grawbadger, which just added to the beauty that we see on the page, giving strong lines and good shading, and nice color values and popping backgrounds. Quality of art is very consistent throughout the series so far, continuous high quality and detail pages with many favorite moments on the pages.

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All in all, I’m loving the All New X-Men series so far, I loving Bendis take on the X-Men characters, love his characterization of the characters especially the original X-Men team. I have been pleasantly surprised by this series, much like most of the other X-Men fans who were totally against the premise of this series, but hopefully like me, we are loving that he didn’t it. And it doesn’t hurt that this series has one of the top artist in the industry with Stuart Immonen, adding to the joy of this series. So far this series is a “Definite Buy” as a whole, a must read series for any X-Men fan let alone comic book fan.

 

My Take:

Definite Buy

Here are some more covers of the All New X-Men #5-14, if you think this is up your alley then be sure to pick up this series which should be in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading! And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

 

The Comic Book After Market!


TBA12Hey there comic book lovers, I’m here to report to you on the ever fluctuating market of the comic book investing and after market world, talking about some of the hottest comic books on the market right now, and some of the high money making ones as well. For me I love collecting comics that can command high values just for the fact that I have a valuable and rare book and the experience of the hunt for them, but for others that only looking at it as an investment or a quick and high turn around, hopefully this list will help everyone.

 

Walking Dead #1 – $2,360 – a high grade of this title can easily fetch for a average of over a thousand if your a unlucky seller.

Walking Dead #2 – $535 – up from $380.

Walking Dead #3 – $350 – Walking Dead has proved quite the return on investment, no?

Walking Dead #19 – $355 – the 1st appearance of Michonne has kept this later issue up there with the earlier issues.

Walking Dead #27 –$176 -for this first appearance of the Governor, this issue has remain in the range of $150 and only if you a lucky seller do u get above the range of $200, so this issue hasn’t have much of a higher increase from a year ago like the others,.

Preacher #1 – $370 – With the recent AMC TV news, this issue has seen sales and values increase rather quickly.

Preacher Preview #0 –$350 – a preview comic sent out free to stores to advertise the comic, it is insanely valuable now because so many were thrown away.

 

Chew #1 – $350 – this used to be a fifty dollar book when it came out, and then it hold steady at $150 for a time, but thanks to the new animated series being recorded it got a new resurgence in the market.

Batman Adventures #12 – $325 – relatively from nowhere the first comic featuring Harley Quinn has rocketed to the top of the table.

Elseworlds Eighty Page Giant$316 – reprinted of late, but its been putting on value.

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Bone #1 $300 – this however has crashed from $800 two years ago back to this level.

Amazing Spider-Man #300 – $300 while the 1st appearance of Venom has recovered its value nicely.

Avengers #55 – $1,336 – after news that Ultron will be the villian of the second Avengers movie, his 1st appereance have been commanding some crazy high prices.

Iron Man #55 – $550 – another comic book that is enjoying a surge in demand thanks to the movies is this gem, the 1st appearance of Thanos, most high grade copies of this usually automatically command over $300.

Walking Dead #4 – $237

New Mutants #98 – $231

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Y The Last Man #1 – $208

Walking Dead #18 – $202

Walking Dead #6 – $200

The next few are more of the unknowns for me, I wouldn’t really think these issues would command such high prices, being that they are not very popular or well known besides to maybe the crazy fans or underground comic lovers, which kinda represents the comic book market, things will go down and things will go up, and things well be in demand and others won’t. I definitely believe in the motto that something is only worth how much someone is willing to pay for it, a Action Comic is only worth over a million if there is a millionaire willing to pay that much for it.

Jawbreaker – Marvel’s Hard Hitting Heroes Special – $226 – cant figure out why a collection of reprints, reprints of issues that are nothing special even, is also getting such big bucks for.

Knights Of The Dinner Table #1 – $217 – not being much of a indie comic book fan nor a fan of the topic of the title, I wouldn’t have seen this one coming.

The Crow #1 – $210

Peter Panzerfaust #1 – $220 – this issue I’m kinda surprise with too, it’s a ok story but I didn’t expect it to go this high, I guess because talks that it may go to either the big or silver screen this title is enjoying a surge of desire by comic book collectors.

 

Now know that the comic book market is a very fickle beast, prices can easily fluctuate so be warned if your out to only make money, there are very few books that will always command big bucks throughout time, many books don’t stand the test of time in the comic book after market. I feel that many of the books that are getting a surge in price thanks to movies and TV shows fall into the category of the ones that may not stand the test of time, these comics are better fits for selling quick and selling at the right time, like when they movie or show hits the world and was successful at it as well. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

Spotlight: Big Hero 6 teaser trailer


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Hey there everyone, here is a movie I’m hoping to get more people excited in, check out the teaser trailer for Disney’s newest upcoming movie, Big Hero 6, a Disney take on a Marvel’s comic book. The teaser trailer won’t tell u much about the movie but gives you a good look and feel for the main character Hiro, a teenage inventor and Baymax, his robot sidekicks. The film has been directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and is due out in the US in November, in the UK in February 2015. I’m hoping for more Asian centric or theme movies, and more comic book movies outside the more popular characters, so hopefully this may spark everyone’s interest in this movie, and that it becomes as big or close to the mania of Frozen. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

A Women’s View: Channing Tatum is the new Gambit


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Channing Tatum is set to play Gambit after Lauren Shuler Donner confirms the casting, Tatum will be taking over the role from Taylor Kitsch who appeared as Remy LeBeau back in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. With rumor of an appearance in 2016’s X-men apocalypse and his own potential spin off, it doesn’t seem like we will have much of a wait before we see Tatum in LeBeau’s signature trench coat. If the spin off is true Channing will be only the second character to get his own film, a slightly unexpected move considering Tatum hasn’t played Gambit in any of the previous X-Men titles. However, Channing who grew up in Mississippi had expressed interest in playing the Louisiana born character in the past stating –

“Gambit is the only X-man I’ve ever loved” following up with “I don’t know, I just related to him….I would die to play him”

At the X-men: Days of future past premier in London last week Shuler Donner said “He’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, we all know that”

Gambit is known as an outsider and ladies man and well Channing Tatum is simply gorgeous – So the ladies man part is down pat! Not only does he the ability to create, control and manipulate kinetic energy, he is also highly skilled in card throwing, hand to hand combat and the use of a bo, a Japanese fighting staff. Originally a professional thief, Gambit was trusted by very few X-men, a bone of contention between him and his love interest Rogue – Gambit also has ties to the villain, Mister Sinister. Gambit first appeared in Uncanny X-men #266 but had a cameo appearance in the Uncanny X-men Annual #14. Since then he increased in popularity rating 65th in IGN’s top 100 comic book heroes of all time.

Some people aren’t that happy to see Tatum in this role, but personally I’m looking forward to seeing how he portrays the character. However it is hard to picture Channing playing the one character loathed by the majority of the X-men. A few of my friends were not overjoyed with the choice saying Shuler Donner was the only person pushing for Gambit to appear in the next film, and that she only cast him as he was easy on the eye. What are your thoughts? Let me know :).