Friday, 27 September 2013

Baron Blood in Infinity: The Hunt #2

Released on Wednesday 2nd October is issue #2 of the Infinity tie-in called 'The Hunt'. All the superhero schools are about to have a 'Contest of Champions', when Thanos' forces attack. We've already seen Meggan represent the Braddock Academy, here we have Baron Blood representing the Latverian School of Sciences.




INFINITY TIE-IN!

• Thanos’ forces have attacked the Earth, but what part of his plan involves the super youth of the world?

• See the attacks on the Avengers Academy, Jean Grey School, Future Foundation, Braddock Academy, Wakandan School of Alternative Studies, the Pan-Asian School for the Unusually Gifted and the Latverian School of Sciences!

• The students at all of the world’s super schools try to put into play everything they’ve learned as they fight side-by-side with their super teachers!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Ultimate Death's Head by Liam Sharp

I found this on Liam Sharp's deviantART page. A design for Death's Head he pitched to Marvel for their Ultimate Comics range. Alas Marvel didn't go with it, but it's a very nice piece.

Liam had this to say about this piece of art...
'This was produced for a recent pitch to Marvel, originally as an "Ultimate Death's Head" mini series. It's been 15 years sinse I drew Death's Head II for Marvel UK - my biggest ever success - and I really relished the idea of returning to the character, but adding a modern spin, kind of rebooting the whole series.
Sadly it wasn't to be. But enjoy the art!'

Very best,

Liam.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Death's Head Custom Figurine

Here's a fantastic rendition of Death's Head, by fellow figurine customiser, who goes under the name of 'Spidey 63'.

For more of his wonderful customs follow this link... http://spidey63miniature.blogspot.co.uk/

For my Custom Blog, follow this link... http://elvenbrit-metalink.blogspot.co.uk/


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Playable Captain Britain in LEGO Marvel Superheroes Game

15th November sees the release of 'LEGO Marvel Superheroes'. We've all played previous LEGO games such as Batman, and Star Wars, but this is the first time for Marvel in LEGO console game form. There will be 150 playable characters, including Captain Britain in his 80's costume, and Psylocke.

This is fantastic news, and hopefully there will be more Brit' based heroes involved. A full list of characters has yet to be released.

For more information on the game follow this link...

Mojo W.I.P. by Bowen Designs

Check this out by Bowen Designs, a work in progress of Mojo. It looks huge, but looks very cool.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Spitfire by Phil Moy

This is a convention sketch by Phil Moy from 2007, of Spitfire in her WWII costume. No details at what convention he drew this, but it is very nice!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

70's Captain Britain by Carl Riley

Here's a final piece by Carl Riley of Captain Britain in his first costume, set against the backdrop of a London skyline, and yes he has used 'artistic licence' with the background, which he freely admits.

Carl Riley had this to say about this piece...
'A recent commission of Captain Britain overlooking a London city scape. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the buildings; he’s perched on a battlement of the Tower of London with the Swiss Re tower (or gerkin as its better known) in the background. For those of you that are; yep, I’ve used a little artistic licence on the position of the buildings :-) anyway, the idea was to illustrate the contrast in building types from the medieval architecture to the ultra modern, which fitted the brief nicely.'

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

A ClanDestine Tale Part 3 - Vincent's Endgame!

Here we have the final part of the ClanDestine story of Vincent. The first part started in the Fantastic Four Annual #33 where we learned of Vincent's unstable past, and his death at the hands of his Father, Adam Destine. The second part was in the Daredevil Annual #1, where Vincent's spirit occupied a robot called a Plastoid, which was destroyed by Daredevil, in a Natural History Museum in New York.

The final part of this story, here in Wolverine Annual #1, once again written and drawn by Alan Davis, and we must not forget the Inks lovingly rendered by Mark Farmer, on all three issues. This is a real labour of love by Alan, answering the questions raised about Vincent.

This part is called 'The Greater Evil', and involves a few trips in to the past to explain Vincent's master plan, plus a cast of characters comprising of the ClanDestine, Wolverine and once again Doctor Strange.

The story starts in the past, Wolverine's past, where we find Wolvie fighting for his life against a demon, set upon him by a Chinese warlord called Chen Yu. The demon is the same colour as the demons we've come across so far in this tale, so there's an obvious connection there.

The demon is killing Wolverine until Adam Destine pops up and destroys the demon, saving Wolverines life. Wolverine is now indebted to Adam Destine, which brings us to the present where Logan is woken up in the early hours of the morning by, what he presumes is Adam Destine asking for him to return the favour. It turns out not to be Adam, but rather Cuckoo, using her mind powers to pose as Adam and convince Logan to aid her. Wolverine works out that it's not Adam Destine, but agrees to help her fight Vincent.

Whilst Logan's having a chat to Cuckoo, Vincent's melted Plastoid form re-appears to obtain the mummified remains of some hybrids, which are refered to as 'The DNA of the Gods', this now explains why Vincent made his way to this museum. Why he wanted them, we'll get to in a while.

Whilst these two events are happening, the rest of the Destine family appear, minus Adam, plus Doctor Strange appears, and gives a one panel catch up on Vincent's journey from England to New York, with a revelation that every thing that's happened is all a plan by Vincent... Yep!

Wolverine and Cuckoo are now in the museum facing  the Vincent melted Plastoid, who has turned the museum in to a realm of it's own, like the sort you would see in a issue of Doctor Strange, all upside down, back-to-front etc.

Vincent, in the spirit of all decent bad guys talks a lot, and starts to reveal his plan, whilst setting the hybrid Egyptian creatures on to Wolverine.

So here it is... Every event we've witnessed so far has been manipulated by Vincent, with the aim of reaching this point now. He provided Chen Yu with the demon to attack Wolverine, arranged for Adam to be there at that point to save Wolverine, he was responsible for the 'DNA of the Gods' to be kept in jars all those centuries ago, responsible for Cuckoo tricking Wolverine to come to the museum, and also responsible for some of the events within the pages of the original ClanDestine comics.

Why? why go to all of this trouble? If you remember the first issue with The Fantastic Four, Vincent could travel in time, and that was what he was doing, but still why? Vincent's essence needed a form, a body if you like, what better body to possess than Wolverine's with it's healing factor, and long life. Imagine that infused with Vincent's spirit, and the DNA of the Gods, that is power.

The hybrid creatures were created to test Wolverine's healing ability, to see if he was a perfect host, plus he knew that the rest of his family would turn up to stop him, so he needed them to distract his family whilst he took control of Wolvie's body.

Vincent failed to take control of Logan's body, Logan managed to expel Vincent's spirit, with a little help from Cuckoo, and the twins, who turned out to be the ace in the family's hand. Imp and the Crimson Crusader were born after Vincent died, so he didn't account for their combined power.

Big bang, everything returns to normal, reality that is, the museum is pretty trashed, Wolverine's body looks more like Deadpool's body now, totally ravaged, and the heroes all leave the museum, but is Vincent's spirit actually dead and gone? check out the final panel.

This little three issue run was fantastic! I especially liked the way the family had to sort out the mess caused by Vincent without the aid of Adam. Is Adam one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe? Think of the first time we met him, when he was found sat on an asteroid pondering life, by the Silver Surfer.

I fell in love with Alan Davis' creation, The ClanDestine family from the first time I came across them in the Marvel Preview. Like a lot of fans I was saddened by the short life of ClanDestine, but I'm ever hopeful that they will keep appearing in the Marvel Universe. I would love for Alan to write and draw another ClanDestine series, but it's a bit like waiting for another series of 'Firefly', it probably isn't going to happen. I would like there to be more interaction between Doctor Strange and the family in the future, it could lead to some very interesting stories, especially if Vincent is still around, but I want them to remain a secret, not run off and join The Avengers.

Monday, 9 September 2013

A ClanDestine Tale Part 2 - Vincent's Search!

Daredevil Annual #1 continuing the tale of Vincent, which started in Fantastic Four Annual #33, written, and drawn by Alan Davis.

In the first part we discovered what happened to Vincent, why his father, Adam Destine had to kill him, and just how powerful, and unstable Vincent actually was.

In the first part the adventure started at Vincent's grave on the Destine family estate. The grave had been ripped apart by some sort of mystical energy, hence the involvement of Doctor Strange. Time was starting to reverse itself, and Vincent's grave was starting to reform, but it wasn't explained what was actually happening at that moment, with the explosion from the energy sending the heroes off in different directions.

This issue entitled 'A Tourist In Hell' follows what seems to be Vincent's spirit, which seems to now be in New York, hence the Daredevil involvement. The Thing, The Human Torch, and Doctor Strange were drawn to England, and it seemed as though the FF were just a vessel to explain Vincent's past. I'm sure if Doctor Strange had his own ongoing comic, it would have appeared in his comic instead.

This story starts with Daredevil watching a crime scene from the rooftop of an overlooking building, at the crime scene is also a member of the Destine family, Cuckoo. She invades DD's mind and tricks him in to following her below the streets of New York.

She leads him to a hidden armoury, where he discovers the empty casting for a robotic foe he fought way back in Daredevil #49 in 1969, called The Plastoid.

Cuckoo has lead him there, after discovering, in his mind an image of his battle with The Plastoid. What's this got to do with Vincent? I hear you say! Cuckoo has been following Vincent's spirit since he broke out of his grave (Now it makes sense), and has traced it to New York, and it now inhabits the Plastoid's body. Cuckoo doesn't actually believe it is Vincent, she believes he is dead, and that the creature she follows wears the face of her dead brother, and is from that dark, demonic dimension, which she also believes possessed Vincent. She means to kill him!

The rest of the Destine family don't share her view, and believe it is actually Vincent's spirit, and this is where we meet another member of the family, who is tracking her, to stop her from killing Vincent. Hex has been following Daredevil, in the belief He will lead him to Cuckoo. DD manages to suss he's being followed, and the two fight, and are pretty evenly matched.

This is Daredevil's comic, so DD was always going to come out on top. Up pops Doctor Strange, who has a vested interest in what's going on, and off races Daredevil to 'The American Museum of Natural History' where Cuckoo is confronting The Plastoid possessed by Vincent's spirit.

Cuckoo's getting her backside handed to her by The Vincent Plastoid, when Daredevil appears and does battle with The Plastoid, saving Cuckoo. Cuckoo does try to help DD fight him, but if you remember how powerful Vincent actually is, even in this form, she's no match for him.

Whilst all this is going on Hex regains conciousness and has a nice little chat with Doctor Strange, explaining the family's view on Vincent, their guilt, and how they are here to stop Cuckoo.

Daredevil defeats The Plastoid by electrocuting him, there's a big explosion, the monster melts, and parts of the building fall down around their ears, trapping both DD, and Cuckoo. Doctor Strange, and Hex turn up and rescue the pair.

Daredevil and Doctor Strange have a little rooftop chat whilst watching the local fire brigade fight the fire in the museum, where the good Doctor shares his wisdom on The Destines with DD.

I like the way Alan Davis is painting a picture of where ClanDestine sit, neither heroes, or villains, but as Doctor Strange said 'They inhabit the gray areas of life.'

This was yet another great issue, wonderfully drawn, and excellently told, where you are left wondering, was it Vincent's spirit, or is it actually a demon spirit? The difference between this issue, and the FF one is Daredevil was an important part of the story, and a clever use of an old villain in DD's past. Alan must have done some serious research to find the right character to fit this story so well. Every thing about this issue flowed effortlessly, it was a joy to read!

Why did Vincent want to inhabit a robot, surely that's not very grand as far as a masterplan goes? This, and why he was in the museum is all explained in the final installment in Wolverine Annual #1.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

A ClanDestine Tale Part 1 - What Happened To Vincent?

The summer of 2012 saw Marvel release three annuals, all written and drawn by the wonderful talent that is Alan Davis.

There's been much talk, and speculation over the years concerning Alan Davis' creation Clandestine, and a lot of speculation has been about a member of the Destine family that as of yet hasn't been explored fully, but has been talked about by the family as a dark chapter in the family's past. Vincent is his name, but what actually happened?

So begin's the story of Vincent, the story Alan Davis never got to tell, and it begins with Fantastic Four Annual #33.

Part one of this tale, entitled 'Through A Dark Glass Paradoxically' explores what actually happened to Vincent, and how the family dealt with it, but before I begin I must tell you that this is not a history lesson, retelling what happened, sort of, it's very much in the now, and involves time travel, magic, demons, The Destine Family, Doctor Strange, The Thing, and The Human Torch.

Reed, Sue and the kids are on holiday, leaving The Thing and The Human Torch to look after things in their absence. An alarm goes off in one of Reed's rooms, the two ring a bell, Doctor Strange turns up, the three are transported to England to the site of Vincent's grave, which has been ripped open by some force, and so begins the tale of Vincent.

The three of them end up being sucked away to various points in time, and space, where they each encounter Vincent, at different periods of his life.

Doctor Strange with a Vincent in a dark place...

The Thing with a very young Vincent, travel first to the time of The Roman, followed by a visit to a prehistoric period, after Vincent has regressed The Thing to his original form, and the Human Torch appears in the sixties where Vincent shrinks him to the size of a fairy, seems to be in his early teens...

This whole first instalment of Vincent's story does indeed revolve around Vincent. You do have appearances by the other members of the family, but they pretty much take a back seat until the end of the story.

Even Albert Einstein makes an appearance.

What this issue allows Alan to do is use the Fantastic Four's annual to tell the tale, with The Thing, and The Human Torch as passengers in Vincent's life. Doctor Strange plays a much bigger role in the grand scheme of things, especially with the Destine family's connection to magic.

Vincent is a seriously disturbed young man, a very powerful young man, with connections to a dark realm populated by demons, who seem to be using him, and appear throughout this issue, and at one stage the Human Torch is trapped in this dimension.

Adam is immortal, and pretty much invulnerable, but Vincent is so powerful he can even cause Adam pain. Vincent starts to lose control, which gives the demons an opening to make their move, which leaves Adam Destine no choice, but to end Vincent's life before he endangers all. It's very sad that Adam had to end his own sons life, but it had to be done.


Alan's art is, as you would expect fantastic, and the way he writes this story is full of love for his own creation. What did I learn from this issue that I didn't know already? Vincent is very powerful, and out of control, he has control over time and space, has strong occult abilities, and is unhinged. We now know why Adam had to kill his son, and it was also quite obvious how powerful and old the rest of the family actually are. There's a nice bit at the end of the story where Doctor Strange is talking to Grace, and Albert Destine, who knew the ancient one before he was ancient. Their magic is older and just as powerful as the good Doctor's.

This was a beautiful piece of storytelling, and a beautifully drawn comic. If you loved reading Alan's ClanDestine comics you will love this, in fact you have to read it.

The second part of this story continues in Daredevil Annual #1, and concludes in Wolverine Annual #1. There was a reason for time reversing at the point of Vincent's grave, but that will become clear in the next two issues.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Captain UK by Carl Riley

This is a beautiful piece of art by Carl Riley, a commission of Captain UK (Linda McQuillan).

Carl Riley had this to say about this piece...

'This is a commission of the lesser known Marvel character, Captain UK a.k.a Linda McQuillan.
Line art was done on A4 sized Bristol board with HB Mechanical pencils (0.5 & 0.3 leads) and digitally coloured in Adobe Photoshop 7.
If you'd like a commission like this then leave me a note here or email me at riles_uk@yahoo.com

Thanks!'

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Sat-Yr-9 by Carl Riley

I found this cool commission on deviantART by Carl Riley of Sat-Yr-9, love the detail.

Carl Riley had this to say about the piece...
'This is a detailed commission of the lesser known Marvel Character Sat-yr-nin (also spelt Sat-yr-9)

The brief was to create a pinup of this character together with a hostage girl and a detailed background. I found out that the character was a British dictator so thought an apocalyptic London cityscape would be cool to draw. Wow I’ve seen big ben plenty of times but never really appreciated quite how much detailing there is on the building until now!!!'

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Betsy Braddock by Alan Davis

This commission is owned by 'Will W', he's one lucky collector. One day I'll own a piece of Alan Davis art, ho-hum! 

Will W had this to say about his request...
'Alan laughed when I asked for this sketch and said it was the only time anyone had ever asked him to draw this version of the character. I picked this up at the Mid-Ohio Con.'