Marvel Announce Rocket Raccoon Issue for Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day 14 will see two Marvel titles released, CBR have reported today. Alongside the previously announced Brian Michael Bendis/Nick Bradshaw story featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel and Venom will be ROCKET RACCOON, by Joe Caramagna and Adam Archer.

[Read more…]

Breaking Down Battle of the Atom #1

Battle of the Atom, the 2013 X-Men event crossover, will see All-New X-Men, X-Men, Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine & the X-Men tell a story in which the current X-Men have to deal with past versions of themselves – and, uh, also future versions of themselves.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be reading each new issue of the storyline and offering a running commentary on them. Not reviews, particularly – these are more like a series of thoughts which are brought up by each issue.

There will be spoilers below! Although, really, you’re not going to understand what I’m talking about unless you’ve read the issue first.

[Read more…]

Review: Does Daredevil #25 Suffer From Being TOO Well Made?

When Daredevil jolted back to life in 2011 under the pen of Mark Waid, the series climbed out of a pit of cobwebs and into a bright, vibrant landscape which sought to put some fun back into Matt Murdock’s life. And, as should always be the case when a comic becomes about fun rather than woe, people responded to it in dazzling numbers, championing a book which finally decided to try something different.

[Read more…]

Joe Caramagna and Scott Koblish Successfully Kickstart Wyatt Earp

There’s just over a day left to go, but Joe Caramagna and Scott Koblish can rest easy with some yams (or whatever it is you people do for Thankgiving) as their Kickstarter for ‘The Further Adventures of Wyatt Earp’ was successfully funded today. Mark Waid pushed them over the top, proving that – as in most things – you’re nothing until Mark Waid seals the deal with you.

[Read more…]

Joe Caramagna and Scott Koblish Tease Their Mustache

Teased over the last few days by Joe Caramagna, it appears that The Beat’s favourite letterer has a new project on the way, with his frequent artistic collaborator Scott Koblish. With the slogan “get your mustache on”, this teaser image has been doing the rounds at NYCC, and has been modelled by a variety of attractive people on Caramagna’s twitter page.

While the initial teaser image was somewhat vague and hard to guess at, a subsequent teaser poster has now been released on the project’s official Tumblr, which seems to suggest that we’re going to be dealing with a western. Caramagna says that more info about the project will be revealed soon on Kickstarter. While we don’t have any more details beyond the two pictures, this certainly seems like something to keep an eye on:

 

INTERVIEW: Joe Caramagna Letters The Marvel Universe

Among other similar triumphs, letterer Joe Caramagna has recently become the most prominent letterer in Amazing Spider-Man history, having now worked on over 100 issues of Marvel’s flagship title. Not just content with Spider-Man, however, Caramagna also works on Marvel titles as diverse as Avengers Academy, Daredevil, Captain Marvel, Uncanny X-Men and New Avengers. Simply put: if you’ve read Marvel, then you’ve read Joe Caramagna.

Not just a letterer but also a novelist responsible for a new series of Spider-Man all-ages books, the perennially unrustled Caramagna has had a pretty incredible career so far – and he’s also written Darkstar! What a career. I spoke to him about life as a letterer, techniques and design, and ‘crunch time’.

[Read more…]