Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force

Any excuse is a good one to show some Simone Bianchi art.

Marvel Announces Williams and Bianchi On FEAR ITSELF: UNCANNY X-FORCE

This July, red hot writer Rob Williams and superstar artist Simone Bianchi dispatch Marvel’s breakout mutant black-ops team right into the heart of the year’s biggest comics event in Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1 (of 3)! The end is nigh and a group of hate-mongering extremists know just who to blame – super humans! But as fear rains down upon the Marvel Universe, Uncanny X-Force will be the only thing that stands between this band of frenzied zealots and mass murder on a global scale.

“What exactly is a mutant super hero kill crew afraid of? That’s the question we had to ask,” said Williams. “A rogue cult of Purifiers believe that the actions of Fear Itself are the early stages of Armageddon and that they must kill many people as possible so their souls can ascend ‘before the devil knows they’re dead.’ You can’t question X-Force for wanting these crazies dead. But was it the actions of ‘heroes’ like X-Force that actually brought about the potential Armageddon of Fear Itself?”

Can X-Force cut down the Purifiers before they touch off a worldwide genocide? Or, with the God of Fear ascendant, will the team’s own trail of slaughter prove to be a self-fulfilling prophecy? In their darkest hour, Wolverine, Deadpool, Psylocke and the rest of Marvel’s most cutthroat strike force will discover that nightmares really can come true, only in Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1 (of 3) – on sale this July!

For more on Fear Itself, check out Marvel.com!



Pencils & Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI

Parental Advisory …$2.99



Astonishing X-Men #30 Preview

That Astonishing X-Men sure is one pretty series. The final issue of its Ghost Boxes story arc by writer Warren Ellis and awesome artist Simone Bianchi hits shelves on June 24. Below are a few random pages.




Astonishing X-Men Pics

Here’s a look at the second and third covers from the new Astonishing X-men penciller, Argentine Simone Bianchi. Issue #26 features a stylised design of one of my favourite X-guys, Beast, and #27’s black and white art features the fave of many others, Wolvie doing his thing in front of Scott Summers AKA Cyclops. The new creative team’s debut, #25, with acclaimed writer Warren Ellis sold out quickly, so keep an eye out for these covers on the 13th of August and the 17th of September respectively. Below those two pics are the Terry Dodson cover and a few preview interior pages from the first issue of Secret Invasion: X-Men. The four ish mini is written by Mike Carey with art by Cary Nord and follows the X-dudes as they beat up the Skrull army currently invading the Marvel Universe.

Simone’s Spore

Nightcrawler by Simone BianchiOne of the beauties of comics is the collaboration. Writers and artists working in tandem. I always like reading how they work together and have always had a fascination with the creative process in any medium. That’s why I watch the behind-the-scenes extras on DVDs. It’s educational and inspiring. In some instances in the wonderful world of sequential art, sometimes the main creators don’t even meet each other for years, or even speak the same language, yet their vision still remains intact. Writer Brian Azzarello and Argentine artist Eduardo Risso’s 100 Bullets is a good example. The new Astonishing X-Men series may also be a good one, as writer Warren Ellis lives in England and artist Simone Bianchi (a guy) resides in Italy. They are replacing Buffy creator Joss Whedon and John Cassady’s popular run on the title. The new duo’s first issue is this month’s #25. To the left is a design of Nightcrawler from Bianchi’s talented hand, with more Leonardo Da Vinci like sketches to be seen here. They include pics of Cyclops, Beast, Colossus and Storm, and even Dazzler!. All your faves. (Well, maybe not that last one) Bianchi has a distinctive look, and coupled with Ellis’ quirky style, this could be an interesting take on the X-Men.

Spore looks like an somewhat different game. I saw actor Robin Williams play a demo at a games expo show on TV. He’s a friend of the game’s creator and was offering his usual ribald commentray as he was building and moving strange looking creatures. You can download a demo of the Creature Creator and get into all kinds of fun. I guess. It’s not really my cup of tea. I prefer my games to include running, dodging for cover, lobbing grenades and the menacing joy of taking an enemy out with a sniper rifle. Oh yeah! But if you’re into games like The Sims this may be for you, especially as it’s created by the same guy, Will Wright. It’s set to be released on September 5 and is a massively single-player on-line game, for PC and Mac.

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