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July 8, 2008

(Greg) Land Ho! Uncanny X-Men #500 Cover Revisited

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 9:22 pm

CBR just put up a (quite sweet-looking) preview of some new Dodson pages from Uncanny 500, and in the process also put up the final Greg Land cover (original here). Besides compressing a lot of the figures to make it fit on two pages (I gues it’s not a gatefold anymore), there was just one thing that had to pointed out and, frankly, publicly approved of:

After and Before
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Whoever was responsible: thank you! It’s nice to see Pixie not represented as being midcoitus anymore.

March 15, 2008

An Impassioned Plea to Marvel Comics

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 3:03 pm

Please, Marvel, don’t do this to us.

CBR reports that Matt Fraction is joining Ed Brubaker on Uncanny X-Men in a cowriting capacity, swapping off arcs. This is fantastic news; these are two great talents that have worked very well together in the past, and will really kick things up a notch for the title. I was excited for about all of five goddamn minutes.

Ed Brubaker will co-write “Uncanny X-Men” with Fraction starting on issue #500. Greg Land and new Marvel exclusive Terry Dodson will rotate art chores.

Oh, come ON.
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This is just awful. For a while, Marvel was keeping Land relatively compartmentalized – I would be perfectly happy if Land worked with Jeph Loeb for the rest of his career. However, Uncanny X-Men is a flagship book with two talented writers and they need an actual fucking storyteller for an artist, not an overgrown child with Penthouse and tracing paper. Storm on that cover is in the same fucking position as, like, every ‘spellcasting’ woman he’s ever drawn, traced off of some chick possibly mid-coitus. For God’s sake, Marvel, don’t do this to me, don’t make me read a comic I’m looking forward to and have half of the issues making me wince every time I turn the fucking page. I could deal with almost any artist more than this. Can’t you steal Cliff Chiang or something?

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