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At SDCC this year, Marvel announced the release of a five-issue series of one-shots - 40 pages of "all-new material/no reprints" (according to the solicits) at $3.99 - focusing on some classic Avengers members.

They are:
- Ant-Man & the Wasp, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with interior art by Stéphanie Hans (out Nov. 2 - tomorrow!)
- Vision, written by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel with interior art by Stephane Perger (Nov. 9)
- Luke Cage, written by Adam Glass and Mike Benson with interior art by Dalibor Talajic (Nov. 16)
- Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver, written by Sean McKeever with interior art by Mirco Pierfederici (Nov. 23)
- Thor, written by Kathryn Immonen with interior art by Al Barrionuevo (Nov. 30)

Covers, solicits, and all sorts of previews (only from the first four, sorry!) ahoy! )

More info is available from a marvel.com article in which each writer/writing team explains briefly what their goals are for their issue and a Newsarama interview with all writers except Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
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I've written reviews of #1 here and #2 here (second post at that link) and now I'm doing a post with scans!

Sigil is a four-issue limited series, the second of two CrossGen titles (the other being Ruse) to be recently revitalized by Marvel. Since the fourth issue just came out last week, I figured this was as good a time as any to do a post about it. The trade - called Out of Time - comes out in September.

I think there's a fair amount about it that makes it interesting, including the facts that the protagonist is an interesting teenage girl, that it passes the Bechdel test at some points, and that there are pirates (including an awesome lady captain) involved.

What brought it to my attention, however, were two of the names on the cover (by Jelena Djurdjevic) of the first issue - Mike Carey and Leonard Kirk. As a fan of both Carey's work on The Unwritten and Kirk's work on the first Agents of Atlas miniseries, the idea of a collaboration between the two had instant appeal for me. As I found out later, the storyline and art (including some really nice colouring by Guru eFX) would justify my interest.

13 scans from two issues - 7 from #1 (22 pages) and 6 from #2 (20 pages). The images are different sizes because some are taken from previews and some are my own scans.

Note: There are scenes of grieving (a funeral; in the second set of scans) and scenes of bullying (in both sets of scans).

Sigil #1: In which we meet our heroine )


Sigil #2: In which Captain Sin is awesome )

Part two coming soon!
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In which things get more difficult for our young heroes. Six scans under the cut.

Oh 'How the Mighty Fall' )
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I found out today, via the tumblr of former Marvel Comics editor/currently independent (?editor/)writer Nate Cosby, that he had some new information to share about his latest project - a 100-page hardback called "Jim Henson's The Storyteller", due out from Archaia Comics in September this year.

He's put four pieces of work-in-progress interior art from the book online. Here are two of them )

The other two (a piece by Jennifer Meyer for a story by Marjorie Liu and a piece by Tom Fowler for a story by Jeff Parker) are at this post on Cosby's tumblr. He's also hinted that he might put up the book's cover art (which he describes as "GORGEOUS") soon.
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For [personal profile] blackruzsa on scans_daily, who requested any of a series of moments mentioned in an article entitled "The Balut in a Superhero's Underpants".

It says that "[i]f the Americans have their Easter Eggs, we Filipinos have our Balut Eggs. (Okay, I just made up that term, but it seems appropriate anyway.) Balut Eggs are those moments when Filipinos (or something Pinoy) suddenly pops up in foreign movies, TV shows, novels, and comic books."

It goes on to list several of those moments that appear in American comic books. I was intrigued by one of them - in Marvel Comics’ “Agents of Atlas,” Mt. Pinatubo erupts again and Sentry flies in just in time to rescue a damaged Phivolcs helicopter - so I went to do a little digging and to my surprise, I found I had it.

Three and approximately 3/4ths scans from Dark Reign Agents of Atlas #1 )
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Jimmy Woo and the other Agents of Atlas, while clearly a group of "good guys" (at least to us readers!), have occasionally used the fact that the Atlas Foundation was formerly an evil empire to their advantage.



Below, in two full pages and one panel from the eight-page Agents of Atlas story "The Heist" in Dark Reign: New Nation, they break into Fort Knox (very publicly) and make off with a large amount of solid gold bullion. Their aim is to figure out who was behind a plan to buy weapons without the inconvenience of getting Congress approval first.

Jimmy Woo's 3-Step Plan to Break into a Heavily Guarded Facility While Posing as a Villain )

Of course, they've also been on the receiving end - particularly at the hands of Jimmy's once-girlfriend and current (during the particular story arc) nemesis, Suwan a.k.a the Jade Claw. She is the head of the Great Wall, an offshoot and rival of Jimmy's Atlas Foundation. After constantly pounding at Atlas' door (commandeering their communications channels (twice) and causing the saucer heavy damage in a firefight), she decides to enjoy herself a little - on a personal level - during another fight.

Truly this is Shangri-La for me. To feel sensual pleasure while my forces overcome my enemies...is purest bliss. )

So there they are: the Agents as heroes both playing *at* being villains and being played *by* villains. I love their versatility and I miss them.
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Lizzie Hexam is one of three main characters in Mike Carey and Peter Gross's Vertigo-published series The Unwritten, which began in 2009.

She didn't start out as a main character - although she has definitely become one - but she was present in the series right from issue #1.

She is awesome because she's the catalyst for a great deal of the action that takes place in the first four issues. She asks thoughtful questions, is resourceful and enigmatic, saves the life of main-character-from-the-start Tom Taylor - the son of a writer (missing when the story starts) who wrote a popular series of novels centered around a boy wizard named Tommy Taylor - at least once, and is generally great. She's also a London-dwelling character from a Dickens novel.


Notes:
- The post might be slightly NSFW due to some of the language in the scans.
- Also, I apologize for the quality of some of the scans which I made myself. I'll get some better-quality ones up as soon as I can. For now I just hope they're legible.

Lizzie is someone who certainly knows how to make an entrance. )

Long story short: Lizzie is a fascinating character. She's important to the story of The Unwritten, and Mike Carey and Peter Gross are clearly willing to spend time and effort on her, which is awesome by itself. I can't wait to get the third trade in January to pick up where I left off!

Scans used in this post )
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Two items of interest.

1) Courtesy of The Source, here's a first look at the variant cover for Batwoman #0, coming out this November. )

2) The Source has also published news about a Commissioner Gordon co-feature in Detective Comics, starting in the November issue (#871). It'll be written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Francesco Francavilla. More info and a bit of teaser art under the cut.

Commissioner Gordon in: Skeleton Cases )

Both of these look really interesting.
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This is from Agents of Atlas: Dark Reign #7. In the previous issue, Namora and Namor decide to get married.

But before going through with it, Namora feels she needs to settle something with Jimmy. I like his response because it shows he understands something important ).
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Scott Lang was Marvel's second Ant-Man and (by my calculations) the person who had the name and the suit for the longest time. He's someone I'd like to see more of around here*, so to contribute to that and to One Perfect Moment week, here is one of his early adventures.

It's from Marvel Team-Up #103 (March 1981), by David Michelinie (writer), Jerry Bingham (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Diana Albers (letterer), and Bob Sharen (colorist). The story is called "The Assassin Academy" and, as the title of the comic and the post indicates, involves him teaming up with Spider-Man.

6 pages and 3 panels from a 22-page story.

Presenting: Spider-Man and Ant-Man in: 'The Assassin Academy' )
One Perfect Context is for the Weak, maybe? )
Story continued )
Scott's Perfect Moment from this comic )
Story continued again )

suggested tags - char: ant-man/scott lang, char: spider-man/peter parker, char: taskmaster, char: stature/cassie lang, char: j. jonah jameson jr., title: marvel team-up, creator: david michelinie, publisher: marvel comics

additional tags that we don't have on-comm (but could have at delicious, maybe?) - creator:jerry_bingham, creator:mike_esposito, creator:diana_albers, creator:bob_sharen

* could one of the tag wranglers please add the 'char: ant-man/scott lang' tag to this Heroes for Hire post? It could also do with a 'char: power man/luke cage' tag.
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Since [personal profile] suzene recently gave us a brief look at what's happening in The Unwritten #12 (and despite the fact that since "unwritten" still describes, for the moment, one of my papers for this semester), I thought I'd do a post about what Mike Carey and Peter Gross have in store for us for next week and the two months after that.

ETA: The images should be displaying correctly now.

Three pretty covers and their solicits under the cut )

For all trade-waiters (and trade collectors!) out there, The Unwritten Vol. 2: Inside Man (which collects issues 6-12) has been solicited for August 11. I'm looking forward to it very, very much. ♥
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Some news about what the Young Avengers and New Warriors will be doing during the events of Seige, courtesy marvel.com. Note: Spoilers for the ending of Seige #3 in the article.

In SIEGE: YOUNG AVENGERS #1, writer Sean McKeever and artist Mahmud Asrar stick the teenage heroes right in the thick of things, with a special story that focuses on team members Wiccan and Patriot.
...
McKeever reveals that his one-shot takes place "near the end of SIEGE #3," though he remained mum on the specifics.

Some Young Avengers preview art under the cut )

suggested tags - creator: sean mckeever, creator: mahmud s. asrar, genre: previews, group: young avengers, title: young avengers
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Every two months or so, I try to pick up a free French-language magazine called Zoo le mag when I go to one of my comic shops. It has information about BD-related events, interviews, reviews, and some strips.

In the most recent edition, one of the strips was a page from the first album of a new series called Les Amours Compliquées de Roméo & Juliette. It's by Michel Rodrigue and Gilles "Erroc" Corre and published by Bamboo Édition.



The premise (taken and loosely translated from the Bamboo Éditions site linked to above) is the following:

In Verona in the 16th century, Roméo and Juliette love one another...but there are problems including 1) the fact that their balconies are separated by ten metres, 2) Juliette's father, 3) Juliette's nurse (as you will see),
4) two dogs, and 5) Roméo's recurring bad luck.

The objective? For Roméo to reach Juliette's balcony by whatever means possible!

When I saw the page reproduced below, I thought you folks might like it. The scanlation is by me (my first!), with the help of BabelFish, a dictionary, and my own non-native knowledge of French.

The things we do for love... )

Happy Valentine's Day, s_d. ♥

Suggested tags - medium: bande dessinée, genre: humor

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