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Character Of The Week

As promised, one of the new weekly blog posts. Now there idea here is not only to give  praise, but to look at good design features and highlight techniques that make the composition work. So without further ado, this week we’ll look at Renxin’s Kwan Yin.

29th June Renxin-KwanYin


This was entered into this weeks CDC, but I had to disallow it due to it contravening the ‘no current religions’ rule, however, it is certainly worth looking at more closely.

First off, let’s look at the colour. Being a representation of a Buddhist god, the colours are very light and natural, none look out of place or overly dominant. Using only three colours is one of the best techniques for getting a good costume, you can often smoother a good design by using too many colours, no matter how well chosen they are. By using only the green, purple and white, it allows the foreground figure to stand out more against the background. The fading effect used on the colours of the lower dress (HINT: which is done by using the rectangle or circles on the last page of the Background-Shapes page and setting the first colour’s alpha setting to 0% and then masking to the desired object) is a really simple but effective technique that can be used in lots of different ways (such as shadow effects or highlighting).

The lotus petals around the feet is a really neat way of using that insignia and by using a lighter outline colour compared to much of the rest of the piece, it differentiates these foreground objects from the main composition in a highly effective way.

The choice of items for making the clothes, whilst not highly innovative, is very effective. The skirts for sleeves is a good example of going to other categories to find what you need.

My favourite part of this piece however, has to be the face. I’m still not quite sure what item was used for the eyes (maybe the manga style nose? Do you think you could clarify for us Renxin, I’d love to know) but it works perfectly. The expression definitely says ‘peace’, which is the point of a depiction of buddhism. The choice of items for the hair and hairpiece were very well chosen and certainly add to the whole head area without drawing attention away from the face, much like the background ‘halo’.

Overall, a wonderfully executed piece that looks very simple, with no masses of shading, because it isn’t needed. Shame it wasn’t eligible for the contest really.

Comic Book Superstars #5 “Batman”

Let’s talk Batman. He is my favorite of them all. Who didn’t want to be Batman when they were a kid. I still would. I could go on for days about him, but I want to hear what you have to say.

Comic Book Superstars #4 “Spider-man”

Spider-man is to Marvel as Batman and Superman is to DC, he is not as old as they are but he has still made an impact. From comics to cartoon, from TV to the movies we have watched him shoot his webs all over the place. I remember watching the old TV show when I was a kid, man I would of loved to have a set of web slingers. I had one of the 12 inch figures that had a string coming from his hand and you would hook it to something and he would climb the string. He wasn’t much of an action figure because he didn’t have moving parts, but never the less he was fun to play with.  I didn’t read the comics, but I sure did watch the cartoons. Firestar was really hot back then, and Iceman was real cool. Let’s hear what you have to say.

Comic Book Superstars #3 “Wonder Woman”

Wonder Woman, what can I say, she is a great character. Live action show, cartoons, and comic books, she is great in all of them. I have liked almost every costume she has had. One thing I want to know is when did she start flying on her own with out her jet? I have been watching the Justice League cartoons and she can fly. I do wish they would of made her more knowing of the world off of Paradise Island. Let’s hear what you have to say.

Comic Book Superstars #2 “Wolverine”

Let’s talk about Wolverine this week. What can I say, he is bad to the bone and can kick some major butt. I have to say that he is my most favorite Marvel character. He is one of those guys that you just don’t want to make mad. I think that he is just a down right cool character. Let’s hear what you have to say.

Comic Book Superstars #1

Comic Book Superstars, the best of the best, the ones you love the most. Each week I am going to post a comic book superstar to talk about. Talk about your likes and dislikes. Talk about up coming movies. Talk about anything you want to, as long as it has something to do with the superstar posted. Today let’s talk about the man that started it all, Superman. He has been around for 74 years now, wow! I can remember hearing about when he first  started (I’m old but not old enough to have first hand memories of his first appearance) he was an hit. He didn’t fly back then, but he sure could jump. Man would I like to find a box in the attic that has a mint condition issue of the first appearance of Superman. Of course I don’t think I would have it for very long, what can I say money is tight these days, I could only hope the person that boxed it up had two issues of it. Anyway, what do you have to say about Superman?

P.S. This is the new Saturday afternoon post.

Grail Knight: Iron Man #2 Review

The wonderful thing about Iron Man is his odd sense of purpose. Here is man who has always been intellectual, a tinkerer, a weapons designer and most notably, an adventurer. He really is the living embodiment of an Arthurian knight. He has, especially in recent years, been a man on a quest to rid the world of evil in many forms. With Extremis back on the black market, one of Tony’s worst fears is coming true, that his inventions will fall into the hands of those who wish ill of and would seek to harm the world at large. There’s no doubt that he’s a hero and his heart’s in the right place, but then there’s always been the question of where his ego is at any given moment. He’s become a hell of a tactician in the decades since his debut, but then there are moments when little things slip past him. He may well become the Galahad of S.H.I.E.L.D., or at least their Lancelot. That being said, Maria Hill really needs to hide the (other) women and booze and let the man do his thing, which would be saving the world.

This is what Kieron Gillen has brought to Iron Man. The writer of the last volume of Uncanny X-Men is starting out Iron Man as though he were a classic knight-in-shining-armor hero. There’s a bit of history shown in this one that long-time fans would recall and that gives us insight into what Tony thinks of other inventors. The dialogue and narration are pretty freaking good and there’s really not much to pick apart as far as pacing or characterization. All of the characters we see in this issue have the potential to really mess with Tony’s life, both in and out of the Iron Man persona. It will be very interesting to see where Gillen goes from here. There is a lot of promise for future arcs and the possibility of new Iron Man villains.
Greg Land’s pencils are fantastic in this, just as they were in the first issue of the new volume. There doesn’t seem to be too much wrong with this at all. Then there’s Jay Leisten’s inks, which aren’t really required in this issue, except for backgrounds and bits of the new armor. The base art by these two is really good, despite some fans complaining that it doesn’t match the cover. The colors on this issue were just phenomenal. There’s no panel in this issue without great colors and art in general. This is one of the most beautifully illustrated Marvel comics in a long time.

Iron Man #2 gets a 5. It leaves a lot open for more issues in the story arc and the potential for more stories of its kind in the Iron Man series. Hyper Geeky definitely recommends this issue for any and all Iron Man fans.

Iron Man #2 (2012)
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Greg Land
Inks: Jay Leisten
Colors: Guru Efx

Marvel NOW! On-Going Titles

From the "desk" of mcknight57

We would like to present a list of the new Marvel titles under their Marvel NOW! campaign.
All New X-Men: Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen   Out Now (11/14/12)
The original five X-Men join the current team in the present day after the events of Avengers vs X-Men.

Avengers: Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena  (12/ /12)
A relaunch of the Avengers with a new creative team and faces from recent iterations of the team.

Avengers Arena: Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker (12/ /12)
Many young Avengers will be plucked from their lives and dropped into a Murder World one-on-one death match. 

Cable and X-Force: Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca  (12/ /12)
Cable returns to lead Domino, Colossus, Forge and Dr. Nemesis. They will be branded as terrorists and chased by the Uncanny Avengers.

Captain America:
 Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. (11/21/12)
This will be a new direction for Captain America. It will  include a trip to Dimension Z, which we can only hope means “zombies.”

Deadpool: Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Tony Moore Out Now (11/7/12)
Deadpool has been “recruited” by S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to combat the reanimated, ghostly versions of all of the former Presidents of the United States.

Fantastic Four: Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley   Out Now (11/14/2012)
The most awesome family in Marvel takes a trip through time and space, with a whole lot of “are we there yet?” Okay, probably not that much.

Fearless Defenders:
 Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney  (2/ /13)
This will be an all-female title from Marvel, with such characters as Valkyrie, Misty Knight and more to be recruited after the first issue.

FF: Matt Fraction and Mike Allred (TBD)
While the Fantastic Four and company are traveling, this hand-picked team will be their stand-ins on Earth.

Guardians of The Galaxy: Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven (2/ /13)
The team will now be defending the galaxy and getting S.W.O.R.D. involved. The team will consist of Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Iron Man, Drax, Groot and Gamora.

Indestructible Hulk: Mark Waid and Leinil Yu  (11/21/12)
Bruce Banner teams with S.H.I.E.L.D. to make Hulk truly the ultimate weapon, hopefully for good.

Iron Man: Kieron Gillen and Greg Land  Out Now (11/7/12)
The series continues from the last installment of Iron Man and finds Tony dealing with the repercussions of the Extremis storyline.

Morbius: The Living Vampire: Joe Keatinge and Rich Elson (1/ /13)
All that is currently known is that it will not be a strictly horror title as has been the case in the past.

New Avengers: Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting (12/ /12)
This will be a darer, more realistic book than the optimistic original Avengers that Captain America and Tony Stark have built.

Nova: Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness (2/ /13)
We will be seeing a new Nova and a very compelling origin story, according to Jeph Loeb.

Thor: God of Thunder: Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic  Out Now (11/14/12)
We will be seeing a very different Thor, in a condition he’s never really known before. For the first time, he will be afraid for himself and the gods of Asgard.

Thunderbolts: Daniel Way and Steve Dillon (12/ /12)
This will be the Thunderbolts that nobody ever expected. None of the new team have ever really been team players before.

Savage Wolverine: Frank Cho (1/ /13)
The story will be primarily in the Savage Land, and include a team-up with Shanna the She-Devil. From what has been mentioned, we probably won’t see Ka-Zar, her husband.

Secret Avengers: Nick Spencer and Luke Ross (3/ / 13)
This will be a truly top secret team, with cool black-ops style story arcs and classic spy stuff through out. There’s even a few extra awesome team members like a new Iron Patriot and Taskmaster.

Superior Spider-Man: Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman (1/ / 13)
There will be a darker, more aggressive Spider-Man. There has been speculation to his identity, since it’s NOT Peter Parker, but nothing confirmed.

Uncanny Avengers: Rick Remender and John Cassaday  Out Now (10/31/12)
The X-Men and Avengers have come together as one team, with Cyclops’ brother Alex (Havok) as their leader, with very good reason.

Uncanny X-Force: Sam Humphries and Ron Garney  (1/ /13)
There will be a new cast and new looks for Marvel NOW!’s Uncanny X-Force. Writer Sam Humphries is going for big and bold on this title.

Uncanny X-Men: Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo (2/ /13)
We’ll be getting a new look at the Scott Summers as he tries more than ever to live up to the legacy of Professor Xavier. He will be joined by Magik, Magneto and Emma Frost.

Wolverine: Paul Cornell and Alan Davis (3/ /13)
This series is more about Wolverine trying to be a normal guy and just run a school. The action comes when he is trying to save those he cares for … and Quentin Quire.

Young Avengers: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton (1/ /13)
This is a teen superhero book, which replaces Avengers Academy. They’re not nearly trained enough, but they have the youthful optimism to still fight the good fight.

X-Men: Legacy: Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat   Out Now (11/14/12)
This book focuses on Legion, the omega-level son of Charles Xavier, who is learning how to control his multiple personalities and the powers that accompany them.

Goblin Wars

When last we saw our hapless hero, his Spider Sense was doing a lot more than just tingling. He was captured by the third iteration of the Hobgoblin and taken to the Kingpin and given the once over with brass knuckles. Then there’s the fact that he was guarded by the Hand, which is excessive since they didn’t think he was Spider-Man. I mean, sure, he’s been outed as “Spider-Man’s tech guy” but that’s different. So far, he’s managed to survive possibly the largest set of super-villain waves he’s seen in quite a while. His boss even came to his rescue in the last issue, which brings us to the here and now.

Dan Slott and Christos Gage have been doing an exceptional job writing what is probably Marvel’s premier title. Slott already has nearly 2 years worth of experience writing the original Spidey book, and the assistance from Gage has certainly not hurt the book. The dialogue they’ve put in here is just classic wall crawler. The pacing is good and there are a few references to characters we haven’t seen in a while. The full plot of the last few issues comes to a beautiful close here. There’s definitely some great things coming from the look of it. There’s no shortage of awesome to this script.

The art is still really good in this one. Giuseppe Camuncoli has brought his “A game” to the end of the story arc. There’s certainly plenty of action, things going boom and just plain great  things to illustrate. Dan Green and Dell’s inks have helped cement the artwork thus far. The inks and Antonio Fabela’s colors have given some extra dimension and nice shading to Camuncoli’s colors. The colors, especially the somewhat muted bits on Spider-man’s costume are pretty good. I lust like the art in this one all around. Every bit is wonderful and consistent, which really makes a difference.

The issue earns a 5, because  there’s nothing missing and above all, there are some added bonuses that really make it work as a story arc finale. If you’re a Spider-Man fan, this issue is simply spectacular. I hear the next few will be as well, so this is certainly one to read.

Amazing Spider-Man #697


Writers: Dan Slott & Christos Gage

Pencils: Giuseppe Camuncoli

Inks: Dan Green and Dell

Colors: Antonio Fabela

Holy Déjà Vu, Batman!!

Holy Déjà Vu, Batman!!

By: Andrew Hines

This has been one of the most amazing titles I’ve ever come across in almost 20 years of reading comics. I honestly don’t think there’s been another title I’ve loved so much in so many ways. For the last year and change, I’ve been on the edge of my seat reading this title and I dare say that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon. It feels like watching a horror movie as you spend the night as a “guest” at Arkham. The only predictable thing is that you know you can be sickened, giddy, mortified and appalled at any moment and even experience two of these emotions at the same time. Honestly, I can never really wait for the next issue.

Scott Snyder has done something absolutely astonishing in this series. He’s made us feel afraid for Batman again. I don’t think I’ve actually feared for Batman’s safety since the Knightfall story arc from 1993 that spanned 6 long months of publication. Snyder has also dug deeper into Joker’s insane mind and given us all new levels of creepy wickedness. Let’s get to the meat of the writing now. The issue picks up essentially where the last leaves off and the pacing leaves nothing to be desired except the next month’s issue. The dialogue is also amazing, especially in the interaction between Bruce and Dick. It’s possibly the most psychological issue of Batman since the start of the new 52. Every time I hear the names “Batman” and “Scott Snyder,” I think I know how Pavlov’s dog must have felt.

The pencils from Greg Capullo are as good as the script. He hasn’t yet illustrated a bad issue of the current Batman run. The wonderful thing is that it has a feel similar to the 90’s animated Batman cartoon, but slightly darker and grittier. Jonathan Glapion’s inks are pretty awesome and help with the darker feel of the issue. he manages to fill half of the page with the deep shadows that Gotham is known for. Then there are the glimpses of brightness that are brought out in FCO Plascencia’s colors. All of this together makes for a hell of an issue. The Joker’s new look, above all else has had me quite intrigued. He seems to dress more to his mindset, thinking that he’s actually fixing a problem. From the first page to the last, the art team here is pretty awesome.

I have to give this issue a 5/5 for sheer excellence. The way that the writer and artists work together on this book is rarely seen in such quality. I doubt there’s anything they could have done differently that would have made it better. If you’re a fan of batman or any of the Batman Family, this arc is one that you really shouldn’t miss.

Writer: Scott Snyder — Pencils: Greg Capullo — Inks: Jonathan Glapion — Colors: FCO Plascencia