Saturday, November 17, 2012

COVER SHOTS: The Best From Marvel Comics' February 2013 Solicitations

Now there's a reason to celebrate in February 2013 - Wonder Man is back in the Uncanny Avengers, and he's not a homicidal maniac trying to kill them (yes, yes, Wasp is back too). Simon back on the same team as Wanda? Awesome. In fact if Wolverine wasn't in the way, you'd swear it was actually The Avengers. Now onto the month's best Marvel covers!

COVER OF THE MONTH: FRANK CHO - SAVAGE WOLVERINE #2

Does anyone else think that dinosaur in the top right looks like it's had its vending machine candy get stuck in the machine? No? Just me? Must be my repressed memories coming back to surface. Frank Cho wins again because the man just doesn't just draw, he designs.

Marvel says: Wolverine and Shanna venture into the depths of the Forbidden Island...but what will get them first, the Island's inhabitants or their tempers? Another hero crash lands on the island...but is he friend or foe?!

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Captain Marvel #10
Joe Quinones

I know this cover symbolises Captain Marvel's in-story loss of flight, but the cover still grabs me for other reasons I can't quite nail. Maybe it's a flashback to those Captain America ads that ran in comics in the 80's or just the fact I'm a bit of a star gazer myself - who knows? It just works.

Daredevil: End of Days #5
Alex Maleev
Punisher and Daredevil are tied together better than some creators tick them off as, for as much as justice is blind, so too is the greif and hollowness of loss. Having Frank's fate in the 'final tale' of Daredevil really gives this circle closure.

 What do you think?  Sound off below. For February 2013 solicits from other publishers click here, or for Marvel's full February line-up, follow the jump!

8 comments:

  1. Is anyone else asking what's wrong with Dan looking at the Dinosaur in the top right with Shanna hanging out down there? No? Just me?

    But now that you've drawn my attention to it, I kind of think he's raising his hand in Dino-Kindergarten. Perhaps I've spent too many hours reading those delightful "How Do Dinosaurs..."books though.

    Yay! Simon! The Avenger that made Wanda sit up and say "You mean I could have had this FOR REAL?!"

    Really, I was going to say something else there, but recognized the fact that my head is a much dirtier place than you probably wanted to go on a Saturday morning.

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  2. I cant stand Wonder Man; I remember back in the day how he came between Wanda and the Vision. So I was pleased when he recently went 'bad' [sort of] and fought against the Avengers. I always thought his friendship with the Beast felt very contrived also, so no not best pleased hes back.
    That Captain Marvel cover looks intriguing.

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  3. Ha, Random of course I noticed Shanna - although that knife does look editorially placed 'What we have here is a nice bikini shot, but lets add in a knife that doesn't quite suit her, just to make it more Wolverine'.

    And good job on keeping the jokes clean too - there are a lot of places you can go with that one!

    Karl, I always thought and still do that Wonder Man is not only great of character but represents something worth exploring given todays American Idol society - a movie star super-hero. It just seems like there's a train that has been missed by not going into that scenario deeper in the current day. Still I'm bias - pretty much every member of Avengers West is a firm favourite in my books.

    Thanks for the comments!

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  4. Dino trying to get candy from a vending machine? Hasn't been all of us at one time or another? So no, you're in your creative and legal rights to think that one:)

    But yeah Cho's Shanna, nearly naked. 'Scuse me I have to grab that box of tissue right quick. Don't worry I'll bring it back after I'm done;)

    Seriously though, I think bleedingcool.com reported that Cho had drawn some Shanna-related images that had to be censored or something?

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  5. I wouldnt be suprised Dale, I mean with that outfit you could just draw her standing in a wind and folksll be complaining. But whats with the tissues? art making ya get all misty?

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  6. Yeah, but from the very lower-end;)
    Safety first and all that:)

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  7. Lookie here--my folks keep it entertaining :) Dan more dinos and more Shanna please. Dale, I told you Wanda's supporting cast would show up. Quicksilver is on the way.

    And hey? why is Wolverine still hanging around? The Avengers are strong again he can go help sell someone elses book.

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  8. Shanna seems a popular wee lass. But whats cult pop without a woman in a leopardkini right?

    As for Wolvie, Im with you OA, Avengering just aint his game to me. Logans more for the little guy than for the planet. Moreso maybe than even Batman.

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