Uncanny X-Force #25 preview pages arrive!

Marvel is sending a lot of goodies out today, one of those includes preview pages and the cover for Uncanny X-Force issue #25. While limited to just 2 pages it’s still a nice look and it sets up some tension as that sniper scope looms over one of the residents. As usual no text is included with the panels so you’re left to come up to your own conclusions on what’s going on which only makes the tension that much greater.

Preview pages for The Shade #7 arrive from DC

Today DC has a treat for fans of The Shade, not only do we have some issue #7 preview pages we also have a sample of the variant cover as well.

The Inquisitor plans to unleash hell on Earth and the plan is coming full circle, with the acolytes committing suicide already the dark days are coming. The Shade only has La Sangre and Montpellier by his side to stop this plot and save the lives of those already taken by The Inquisitor, the only catch is once they see his identity they’ll need to dig up one more item to put him down.

DC managed to grab a few words with the creative team on the issue as well.

“I’m excited for issue #7 to come out for a lot of reasons,” series writer James Robinson told THE SOURCE. “It wraps up the Barcelona arc with Javier Pulido, a story that I’ve loved working on, and which I’m really gratified to see readers have enjoyed along with the introduction of the vampire super-heroine La Sangre. Here in this final issue we finally learn the Inquisitor’s grand scheme and see the Shade using his powers to the Nth degree, both important pieces of what will eventually combine into the overall grand story line of all 12 issues. I’m also happy that the issue serves to both set up issue #8’s ‘Times Past’ story with art by Jill Thompson as well as having a cliffhanger ending that leads us into the ‘London arc’ beginning in issue #9 with art by Frazer Irving. This is a labor of love for me, so a big thank you to all the readers who’ve supported this book.”

The Shade #7 goes on sale tomorrow so you won’t have to wait very long to get your hands on it, in the meantime check out the gallery below for images on the comic.

Link: DC Comics Blog

Daredevil #12 preview pages arrive from Marvel

Matt Murdock is back and he’s on the run, even after The Omega Effect he can’t rest a moment as Kirsten McDuffie goes into overdrive to unmask him and expose him to the world. The book arrives in just a few weeks but we have some panels to check out in the meantime.

Issue info:

Daredevil #12
Written by: Mark Waid
Pencils by: Chris Samnee
Cover by: Paolo Rivera
Release date: May 2, 2012

Link: Marvel News

Captain America #10 preview pages arrive

By the time this releases, we’ll be buried in AvX related news, with that said we’re headed into a war zone with Captain America #10, the Avengers are on full duty as Hawkeye attempts to take on a wild Falcon in the streets. Steve Rogers is knocked back after losing his Super-Soldier Serum and looks to Sharon Carter as his only possible hope to get his power back.

It’s a tense fight in the panels below, if you’ve been hoping to shield your eyes from spoilers it’s already too late. See what happens when a crazed Falcon does battle with Hawkeye in the middle of chaos.

DC Cover shots for Aquaman #8 and The Flash #8

Covers tend to have the job of selling the comic for a new potential fan and also gaining attention in general. Today we have 2 covers from DC for The Flash #8 and Aquaman #8, both seem to go different ways for the approach and they’re equally interesting in their approach.

First up… The Flash #8, it’s a variant work by Bernard Chang, the approach taking on a comic panel appeal with less emphasis into a heavy graphic influence or even a more painterly direction. It’s actually a distracting panel as the speed and energy draw attention over to the flash instead of the more cartoonish head of the person he’s approaching. As the artist reveals, this was only one of many ideas that was pitched.

Before starting on the drawing, I need to decide whether I want to take a more story-centric or graphic design approach to the cover. I’m equally a fan of both directions, but in this case, opted for the “scene out of the story.” I then pulled up some images of athletes running and sprinting, trying to generate some inspiration and understanding details to capturing figures in motion.

I sent three rough concepts to series editor Brian Cunningham, one featuring The Flash being flipped upside down, another with turbine’s winds tearing his uniform off, and the third an iconic shot of The Flash charging at the villain with winds and debris surrounding them.

Unfortunately there are no rough sketches running around on these variants, it would have been great to see the other two even in rough form, unfortunately they’re lost to the vault or possibly a comic convention booth to be shown at a later time, hopefully it’s something that can be shared though.

Aquaman #8 follows up from there, Ivan Reis taking charge with the lead cover for the new storyline of “The Others” which starts off this week in #7, unfortunately it doesn’t tell much more. The graphic cover has Aquaman getting taken apart by an aggressive crew the likes of which we haven’t seen before. If this is any indication of how the story will start to spiral it would be best to catch issue 7 as soon as possible to see what rests ahead for the water one.

Link: DC Comics News