Newuniversal is set to return with a new artist, Steve Kurth. The pencils on Warren Ellis's post above look great. Kurth has some big shoes to fill but it looks like he's up to the task. I'm going to take this opportunity to highlight three of my favorite pages from Salvador Larroca's run on the book:

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Awesome Cover Friday: Christmas Style!

We'll close out Christmas week with a few seasonally-themed awesome covers.

Uncanny X-Men #143

Not only is the cover awesome, it's wrapped around one of the best single-issue stories in any X-title.

Bone Holiday Special

Merry, merry Rat Creatures!!

Howard The Duck Holiday Special

Howard The Duck always manages to encompass both 'Weird-ass' and 'Awesome'. This cover is no exception.

The Punisher Holiday Special

Moody, limited palette, excellent art. This one is truly awesome. The little Santa hat on the Punisher logo is just icing on the awesome cake.

Again with the webcomics

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This bit of jocularity has been brought to you by the fine folks at DieselSweeties.com.


Weird-Ass Cover Wednesday: Christmas Special!

Merry Christmas from Noetic Concordance!

Because Christmas is all about the lovin'.

A classic. That little frightened elf cowering behind Santa makes my heart grow three sizes.

And now, a couple of space-Santas with a bit less violence and kidnapping:

Bad News About Erick Wujcik

This is more gaming-related than comics-related but Erick did write the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG. Erick Wujcik, one of my favorite game designers and one of my favorite people, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

I got to play in a game he ran at Dragon*Con a few years ago and that single session gave me tons of things I have since used in my own gaming. I've played more sessions of his Amber Diceless RPG than I can remember and I'm spending lots of time on a MUSH which wouldn't exist without him.

Kevin Siembieda has put together a website where people can leave comments about Erick, his games and his life.


Awesome Cover Friday: Moon Knight Scarlet Redemption

Moon Knight is a badass. This is an undeniable fact. The Moon Knight comic, more accurately the Marc Spector: Moon Knight comic, also had some awesome covers. My favorite Moon Knight covers are the ones from issues 26 - 30, the storyline called "Scarlet Redemption". The story about a crossbow-wielding ex nun by the name of Stained-Glass Scarlet was pretty cool but the covers by Bill Sienkiewicz are pure awesome. Check 'em out.


Weird-Ass Cover Wednesday: Blackhawk!

Blackhawk is an action comic from the 1950s which featured flying aces from a bunch of different countries and the wacky adventures they got into. Howard Chaykin created a limited series based on this original in the '80s but those covers aren't as funny. So, I bring you Blackhawk!


Oh, man! Not only is it a giant robot, it's got, like, the coolest robot name ever! The Iron Emperor? Awesome! Is he actually the head of an empire?

Also, for a squad of international flying aces, the Blackhawks sure do spend a lot of time out of their planes shooting at stuff.


This cover is a perfect example of the fact that "Weird-Ass" and "Awesome" are not mutually-exclusive terms. Look at that thing! It would never work! Seriously, though, it's this sort of impractical defense spending that lost the war for the Nazis.


One-man helicopters. Why aren't we using these in today's Army? Oh, yeah, because they'll CHOP THE PILOTS INTO TINY PIECES!!


Flying Tanks. This one needs no further commentary. This cover is zen-like in its perfection. Bask in its magnificence.


I'm Not Dead Yet

An insane level of non-connectivity (mine and others) has caused updates to Noetic Concordance to stall, lately. I am posting this from a secure, undisclosed location to let you know we are still thinking about comics and will be resuming normal snarky, dumbass activities as soon as possible.

Keep the faith.

Fight the power.

Squeeze the Charmin.

And now, please enjoy this creepy-ass picture of the Red Skull's restless shade rising from his grave to take your soul to Hell. Happy Holidays.


Happy Holidays From Shortpacked!

Awesome Cover Friday is on the way. Until then, enjoy these Super-hero Christmas Lists from Shortpacked.


Ain't no party like a CBLDF party!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is throwing Holiday Parties! Admission is free to members and you can sign up or renew at the door.

You also have to be able to get to New York City, Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley, CA, or Vienna, VA on the right dates.


Friday Night Fights: Desolation Jones!

Do. Not. Fuck. With. Desolation. Jones.

Don't fuck with Bahlactus, either. SRSLY.

Awesome Cover Friday: Sandman Mystery Theatre

This is Noetic Concordance's 500th post

News Flash: Not all comics from the '90s were bad!

Sandman Mystery Theatre was an excellent series which ran from '93 to '99. It was written by two of my favorite comic writers, Matt Wagner and Steven Seagle and it featured Wesley Dodds in these cool, pulp-noir stories. There was a bit of confusion at the time because it overlapped a bit with Neil Gaiman's Sandman, another Vertigo title. Also, the covers of both series had that same multimedia look.

The design work on these covers, alone, is worth a look. The cool subject matter is just icing on the cake.


Weird-Ass Cover Wednesday: Repeal Day Special!

Happy Repeal Day!

Noetic Concordance salutes the anniversary of the repeal of the 18th ammendment with these vaguely prohibition and booze-related covers. Work with me, here.

First, we have Robert Stack as Eliot Ness. No one will be seated during the thrilling phone-conversation scene!

Beer. It's a comic about beer. What more do you want?

Fun fact: This is Wolverine's favorite comic.

And for those of you who may indulge a bit too much, we have Drunken Fist. Jeez, that kid has a big head. And great hair.


Friday Night Fights: Superpunch!

Here's a little crossover action for your Friday Night enjoyment:

Ooh! That's gonna leave a mark!

I have it on good authority that Bahlactus has a pocket fulla kryptonite and he's not afraid to use it.

Awesome Cover Friday: The Extremist

The Extremist (not to be confused with the excellent webcomic Death to the Extremist) was a four-issue series by Peter Milligan and Ted McKeever. It was dark and cool and erotic and creepy. The story bounced around in time a little but it was nicely self-contained. Check out the covers below. They need no further commentary and each cover plays off the previous one.


Weird-Ass Cover Wednesday: Jughead's Time Police!

Greetings, blog readers! It is I, King Clownape! I have returned to bring you images which will blow your minds! None of my minds were blown, of course, because I have three. That's why I'm king. Three brains.

Observe (if you dare!) the madness that is Jughead's Time Police. Did you know that your precious timestream is safe only because of the efforts of one Forsythe Pendleton Jones III? His tireless fight against those who would use time travel for their own nefarious purposes should be in the history books. But you know what? It's not! Because if it was in the books it never would have happened! Wrap your single brains around that one! Here, check out the covers. And peel me a banana.


Linking For Science!

The Periodic Table Of Comic-Book Elements

Wikipedia article on Batman's costume is pretty good but the real gem, as usual, is the discussion page. Here's a relevant quote regarding the kryptonite ring:

And since he's the Goddamn Batman, he only carries it when the plotline dictates.

Greg Burgas from Comics Should Be Good has some nice and accurate things to say about Transmetropolitan.

And now the big news: Fifth-place Eurovision contestants to star in comic book!. They're Bulgarian! They're singers! And they fight crime!

Finally, Manga Dr. Strange!


Awesome Cover Friday: Thanksgiving!

Since people have been wandering around blabbing about what they're thankful for lately I thought I'd get in on the act. Here are some comic book things I am thankful for and the awesome covers to go with them.

The Authority #12

I am thankful for the alignment of planets that brought Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary, and Laura DePuy together for the first twelve issues of The Authority. I can't imagine that story being told without any of those four people being involved.

Astonishing X-Men #2

I'm thankful for Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men. I'm doubly thankful that John Cassaday is drawing it. Sure, it's been slow but each issue has been worth the wait. Whedon didn't come in like the Pro from Dover and assume that he knew everything about Comics. He worked hard and came up with an awesome story. This latest issue had two "holy crap" moments in it that I'm still smiling about.

Immortal Iron Fist #4

Speaking of awesome creative teams, Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker, and David Aja are doing magical things with Immortal Iron Fist. For example, they are sticking to a reasonable release schedule. I kid, I kid. This incarnation of Iron Fist is my favorite comic currently on the stands. Check it out if you haven't already.

The OHOTMU Gadget Issue

I am thankful for the existence of the old-school Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, especially the final issue which was all about the equipment used by the various super-beings of the MU. This thing had cutaway pictures of Avengers Mansion along with specs for Stilt Man's stilts, Wizard's gadgets, and Nomad's discs. Who knew depleted uranium was so useful? The OHOTMU is available as a three-volume Essentials collection. It contains both versions from the '80s and it's awesome.

Finally, I am eternally thankful for the Grand Comic Book Database. Throw 'em some money this holiday season.


Deadly Beloved by Max Collins on the way!

Actual content will reappear Real Soon Now but things are slowing down this month because I've seriously overbooked myself. I'm writing a novel for NaNoWriMo (fifth year in a row), I've just started playing on this awesome, new MUSH, and I'm running a tabletop Amber Diceless game. So, the reviews I want to do will have to wait. Things will clear up after the end of the month but until I get caught up on my word count the posts here will be down to two or three a week.

Until then, check this out:

Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty did a cool comic called Ms. Tree which hopped around from publisher to publisher. The premise was similar to what would have happened if Mike Hammer had married his badass secretary and then been killed during the honeymoon.

Why am I telling you this? Because I'm a member of Hard Case Crime's book club and I just got my copy of Deadly Beloved which is the first Ms. Tree novel. It hits the retail stores in December so keep an eye out for it. Beatty even did the cover:

Also, here's one of the covers from the comic back when it was with Renegade Press. Click to embiggen:


Happy Thanksgiving from Weird-Ass Cover Wednesday!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States so King Clownape and I went out and foraged for some covers to help celebrate our national day of gluttony and togetherness.

Stack your plates high, folks!

But, er, watch out for genies!

Watch some football!

Eat a lot of turkey and take a nap.

And enjoy the leftovers for weeks to come.

Happy Thanksgiving! See you on Friday!