I recall finding Uncanny X-Men Annual #11 at a book trader (when it was new on the stands) and jumping up in glee at the image. Alan Davis was already a favorite illustrator of mine and seeing Wolverine, Storm and Psylocke featured so prominently made me squeal. I had a similar reaction a week ago when I discovered that the art for this Annual actually had separate pieces! So cool to find this out years later. Above, we witness our heroes fighting Horde, an alien warlord who made the X-Men travel to the Citadel of Light and Shadow where they had to fight against their hearts’ desires. However, this is not the complete cover. The background artwork was drawn separately and is featured below.
If you’ve been reading Ghost Rider lately you might know about Jason Aaron, one of comicdom’s rising writiers. Or you might know him from Scalped, the ongoing Native American crime series by Vertigo Comics. Or you might have read some issues of Wolverine by him or maybe you’ve read the first issue of his three issue Secret Invasion stint on Black Panther. I sincerely hope, dear reader, that if you are unfamiliar with his work that you seek it out and support this amazing writer (especially Scalped, it’s truly gripping). Jason was also nominated for an Eisner for his work with Cameron Stewart on the Vietnam War mini-series The Other Side.
I got the opportunity to chat briefly with Jason at the San Diego Comic Con and being a good sport, he not only signed my sketchbook for me, but he also drew this funny Ghost Rider/Punisher cartoon! Thanks, Jason!
While perusing the Marvel Comics solicitations for September 2008 on Comic Book Resources, I came across this little gem from Black Panther #41. (A Secret Invasion tie in, natch) Needless to say it isn’t for the faint of heart . Guh-ross. Skrulls look kinda like grown up Gremlins, don’t they?
The solicitation paragraph reads:
BLACK PANTHER #41
Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by JEFTE PALO
Cover by JASON PEARSON
A SECRET INVASION TIE-IN!
“SEE WAKANDA AND DIE,” PART 3
The war for Wakanda comes to its brutal conclusion. With Storm and the Black Panther both prisoners of the Skrull invaders, is all hope lost for the people of Wakanda? Or does their king still have one last trick up his sleeve?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99