The character of Angela was co-reated by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane and originally appeared as part of Image Comics‘ Spawn series. Following a long-running legal battle over the rights to the character which resolved in 2012, awarding Gaiman a 50% co-ownership, it’s been announced that the redesigned Angela is to make her debut Marvel appearance in the Age Of Ultron finale which will lead into a role in Guardians Of The Galaxy!
There was a great selection of beautiful covers on display this Wednesday.
Alex Ross was featured on the front of a couple of titles, and we opted for his great ‘poster’ cover for Peter Cannon #3. He also had a cover for The Shadow #8, but we preferred Tim Bradstreet‘s sublime, moody and interesting cover. A big fave from our eBay department was the Phil Noto variant for Journey Into Mystery #646, showcasing Thor‘s pal Sif, while the Economic Subscriptions team loved Cliff Chiang‘s intriguing front for Wonder Woman #14. Rain featured heavily on a couple of this week’s covers. Firstly Mike Del Mundo‘s Wolverine #316 impressed, with it’s foreboding and clever use of a storm, while Nightwing #14 by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira presented a classic scrap between Nightwing and Lady Shiva, accentuated by a dramatic downpour. Also of note, Spawn #225 had another successive ‘parody’ (as he calls them) cover from creator Todd McFarlane, this time The Watchmen (with an accurate blood drop) and we just couldn’t resist liking it.
Any of these could easily have won the coveted title on any other week. But there was stiff competition this week from…
…Judge Dredd #1 (ACE Comics Cover) by Nick Runge! Not only a great visual of Mega City One‘s favourite son doing what he does best (being violent), but WE’RE ON IT TOO!!
Congrats to Nick and IDW, they get the paper crown this week!
Amongst the wealth of fine art on show this week, there were some true gems in the pick of the covers…
Dave Johnson provided yet more comedy gold with the cover to Deadpool #63, while Todd McFarlane borrowed Frank Miller‘s style for an awesome Dark Knight homage on Spawn #224. Alex Ross almost mirrored his fine work on the first issue of The Shadow, but added an element of horror with issue #6 and Punisher Warzone #1 features a beautiful, abstract front from Marco Checchetto.
Almost winning Cover of the Week was Jim Rugg‘s unique artwork for a variant of Bravest Warriors #1, but instead the award goes to…
…Bravest Warriors #1‘s other variant cover by Maris Wicks! This was not only for the excellent execution, but also for it’s fantastic Star-Wars-homage-ness!!
Congrats to Maris and KaBoom!, they get the paper crown this week!
These titles will go on sale on Wednesday 15th February 2012.
Dark Horse: BPRD HELL ON EARTH LONG DEATH #1
A B.P.R.D. task force is assembled to solve a new series of disappearances in the deadly woods from New World. As the team works together to find the monster responsible, tensions arise over one another’s loyalties!
DC – HELLBLAZER PHANTOM PAINS TP
Constantine’s new wife is less than happy that he’s missing a thumb, leading him on a quest to find a suitable replacement for his missing digit. While he tries to literally sew himself back together, his niece, Gemma, plots dark revenge against her uncle. Will Constantine be able to fend off his own kin’s demonic fury? Collecting issues #276-282
IDW – TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE ONGOING #2
The new TRANSFORMERS direction blasts off! Trapped in space, their ship critically damaged, the Autobots try to rally what’s left of their forces. And to complicate matters, Skids arrives on the scene, guns blazing! Who is he? What does he want? Where does he come from? Unfortunately, not even Skids knows the answers…
IMAGE – SPAWN COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01
TODD McFARLANE unleashed his signature creation, Spawn, in 1992. Collected for the first time in black and white format, McFARLANE’s hyper-detailed artwork comes to life like never before. Relive all the excitement of everyone’s favourite anti-hero with this new collection.
MARVEL – AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679.1
Morbius the Living Vampire returns! The perfect jumping on point for the hottest comic around! Also from Marvel, STAND NIGHT HAS COME PREM HC: It’s all been building to this, true believers: the ultimate conflict between Good and Evil. The three spies sent by the Free Zone to infiltrate Flagg’s ranks have crossed over to the west, but have they underestimated the dark man’s power? And the loyalty of those who follow him? Blood will be shed in the final chapter of Stephen King’s masterpiece of apocalyptic horror! Collecting THE STAND: THE NIGHT HAS COME #1-6.