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DC’s Done Something Smart Recently: Mark Doyle and the Rise of the Bat-Line

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He’s doing something many have lamented DC in the New 52 era for not doing, and that’s trusting in creators who have proven to be brilliant storytellers outside of the old DC standards. That inspires confidence. That instills hope. That brings excitement. In bringing sensibilities he cultivated over at Vertigo to the Bat-Line, Mark Doyle isn’t just the hero we deserve; he’s the one DC needs.”

Read the full article here.

Multiversity’s Got You Covered: The Best Covers of July 2014

by David Harper

Got You Covered is back with another look at the best covers of the month. At the end of each month, we’ll be sharing the absolute best (in one writer’s mind) in comic covers for the month. Unlike before, they won’t be ranked, they’ll just be listed alphabetically with explanations as to why each is such a great example in the art of comic covers.

Share your thoughts in the comments about what were the best covers in the month, and thanks for reading.

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Artist August: Massimo Carnevale [Art Feature]

by David Harper

To know Massimo Carnevale is to love Massimo Carnevale. If I made a shortlist of most flat out gifted artists that work in comics, Carnevale would be right near the top of the list, and his painted work has notably graced the covers of renowned series like “Y the Last Man” and “Northlanders”, helping make those great series all the better in the process.

Lately, he hasn’t done as much comic work (he has never really done much in terms of interiors, anyways), but his work on his site Sketchesnatched where he creates interpretations of movies and TV shows with his art underlines the magic in his art. With those pieces, he manages to boil down the essence and feel of entire films or shows into a singular image. His gift for doing that shows what many artists know, and that’s that this man is absolutely, undeniably brilliant at instilling power, weight and meaning into even the simplest images.

We’d seen that before from him, though. Take his cover to the final issue of “Northlanders.” Could anything have been a better coda to the series than his final cover? The end of an era, singular image of the viking helmet with the seabird resting upon, achieves so many layers of meaning it’s a story within a painting. The old adage is that a picture is worth a thousand words, but with Carnevale, those aren’t just any words. They’re carefully crafted and selected words put together with an eye for lyrical beauty. Carnevale is like any great artist from any medium. He’s transcendent. He’s timeless. He’s my choice to kick off our month of art features in Artist August. I hope you enjoy his work below, and please, check out his site for more.

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A Series Known For Twists Saves the Biggest For Last in “The Wake” #10 [Review]

by Matt Dodge

After traveling from the bottom of the ocean to the ships of the future, Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy bring their monster-mermaid miniseries to an unexpected close.

As a note, some spoilers for the issue are discussed (a bit unavoidably, due to the final nature of the issue).

Even though it’s only been 10 issues from start to finish, “The Wake” has been a long and twisty journey. It began as a John Carpenter-esque horror story, full of claustrophobic terror and tension, before wiping out the entire cast of characters and jumping two centuries into the future. This expanded the story into a completely unexpected direction, and showed a rarely seen world where the monsters have already won. As the end nears, however, it becomes apparent the past is not so lost after all, and the fight against the Mers will not have an easy or simple conclusion.

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Si Spencer and a Bevy of Artistic Talent Leave an Intriguing Trail in “Bodies” #1 [Review]

by Vince Ostrowski

One writer, four artists, one colorist, two letterers, four time periods, and a “bunch” of bodies all adds up to one really fascinating exercise in comic book collaboration. Read our review below to find out why you should check out Vertigo Comics’ “Bodies.”

“Bodies” is one of those stories where all the creative work is done in service of a very specific core concept. Spencer is asking himself and his team of artists (right down to the bevy of cover artists) to develop a book around a very simple concept and a handful of motifs.

“Bodies” is built around a supernatural parlor trick on the part of Spencer: four “crime scenes” across time are obviously inextricably linked in a very specific way. While each time period has intriguing aspects of their own, that “gimmick” (not meant in the pejorative sense) is by far the most beguiling piece of the puzzle. The book really works because the conceit isn’t neglected or demystified by the stories told around it. In fact, in each of the four time periods, the body at the scene of the crime stops everyone in their disparate tracks.

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Soliciting Multiversity: DC’s Top 10 in October 2014

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by Brian Salvatore

The DC lineup for October is getting shaken up in, perhaps, the most serious way since the start of the New 52. New books, new creative teams, and some serious new storylines all start here.

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Wrapping Wednesday: Micro Reviews for the Week of 7/9/14

There is a lot to cover on Wednesdays. We should know, as collectively, we read an insane amount of comics. Even with a large review staff, it’s hard to get to everything. With that in mind, we’re back with Wrapping Wednesday, where we look at some of the books we missed in what was another great week of comics.

Let’s get this party started.

“Fables: The Wolf Among Us” is a Powerful, Thrilling and Complex Noir Hidden in Sheep’s Clothing [Review]

by James Johnston

The Wolf Among Us, Telltale’s adaption of the wildly popular Vertigo comic “Fables”, started just like its source material: with a murder that rocked the community of Fabletown, the hidden borough in New York City housing refugees from a fairytale world that was conquered by a ruthless adversary. Just as the murder in “Fables” #1 led to something much more (or arguably much less), the killings in Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us don’t just lead to some events that had been mentioned off-panel in the comics, but to the very creation of Fabletown as we know it.

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Vertigo Announces “The Kitchen,” a New Mini by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle [Preview]

by Matthew Meylikhov

Announced at Vertigo’s site and featured in the latest DC All Access, a brand new 8-issue mini has been unveiled entitled “The Kitchen.”

Written by Ollie Masters, illustrated by Ming Doyle, colored by Jordie Bellaire and with at least one cover by Becky Cloonan, the book takes place in NYC during the 70′s disco/punk era boom, as well as during the Summer of Sam and more. With the titular Kitchen referencing both Hell’s Kitchen and being a pit of an obvious, poking pun, the series follows a group of mob wives who take up the family business when their husbands are in jail, and is described as “Goodfellas meets Mob Wives.”

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Wrapping Wednesday: Micro Reviews for the Week of 6/18/14

by the Multiversity Staff

There is a lot to cover on Wednesdays. We should know, as collectively, we read an insane amount of comics. Even with a large review staff, it’s hard to get to everything. With that in mind, we’re back with Wrapping Wednesday, where we look at some of the books we missed in what was another great week of comics.

Let’s get this party started.

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