Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This installment of Crisis on Infinite Arts is a bit different from our usual fare, normally we have one big image up there and when you hit the jump, there's some other notable works by the artist. Because I wanted to spotlight six different double spread pages, I wanted you readers to be able to see all of them in their glory, and decide which one was your favorite.
Why six double page spreads? Because NEXTWAVESTUARTIMMONEWARRENELLISEXPLOSIONS, that's why! *ahem* Sorry.
Stuart Immonen ( Home Page | Flickr ) is one of my favorite artists, with a career as long as your arm, both writing and illustrating comics, working in the pages of Superman: Secret Identity, Action Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Final Night, and more. Most recently you might have seen his art in the pages of books like Ultimate Spider-Man taking over the book after Mark Bagley left, filling in for Bryan Hitch in Fantastic Four, and is the current artist of New Avengers.
Back in 2006, he collaborated with Warren Ellis in a nice little series called Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. which was about five D-List superheroes battling a terrorist cell that that wanted to test out Unusual Weapons of Mass Destruction on American cities while pretending to be a lovable corporation. In issue 11, our heroes infiltrate the terrorists' stronghold and must face a series of increasingly more dangerous and ridiculous challenges, portrayed in the six double page spreads I mentioned above. Hit the jump to see it in all it's glory.
Nextwave versus giant golems, communist purple gorillas, red killer robots and subterranean monsters.
Nextwave versus several clones of Stephen Hawking using deadly gladiator-style flying wheelchairs and eye lasers.
Nextwave versus an army of E.L.V.I.S.M.O.D.O.K.s that shoot hamburgers, inappropriately dressed ninjas, Iron Babies, Shaolin warriors, and blue buccaneers.
Nextwave versus a pair of Brontho-Cylops, Siamese Samurais, and weird little aliens wearing taxi driver hats.
Nextwave versus a group of WolverApes, including a giant one that is carrying a Banana-Bomb, and Snakes on Bi-Planes.
Nextwave versus a giant Chimp Sentinel, flying white saber-tooth tigers, killer haunted trees and even more weird aliens.