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Year of the Artist, Day 180: Gabriel Hardman, Part 4 – Avengers vs. Atlas #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Gabriel Hardman, and the issue is Avengers vs. Atlas #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 2010. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 21 April 2010

“It is something so monstrous it is past sin and becomes necessity,” he said. (Greg Bear, from “Petra”)

Ramos' art veers between ugly and scary, I'll tell you that much! Marlo is the kind of girl who exists only in geeks' imaginations! Yeah, I'm as surprised as you are that I bought this! Oh, John, you crazy punk, you! That cover is so boring it almost puts me to sleep Gotta have a chick! Who's his tailor? The puns don't get any better inside! My vote is for this to be a new ongoing series It's only sort of part of the crossover, so I didn't have to skip it! Fine, fine comic strip excellence! It's Pope-tacular! Too insane for words! Don't resist the manga!
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What I bought – 17 March 2010

When we were driving out of town I said, “I hate the corpses of empires, they stink as nothing else. They stink so badly that I cannot believe that even in life they were healthy.” “I do not think you can convince mankind,” said my husband, “that there is not a certain magnificence about a great empire in being.” “Of course there is,” I admitted, “but the hideousness outweighs the beauty. You are not, I hope, going to tell me that they impose law on lawless people. Empires live by the violation of law.” (Rebecca West, from Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

Who's angrier: Jimmy Woo or Captain America? Usually I like the covers of Fables, but this is kind of ugly Speaking of ugly ... I'm givin' her all she's got, Cap'n! This cover would have been better if Ruiz had done them, even though I don't have anything against Djurdjevic Remember when Bendis was good? I command you ... to dance!  Get funky, knaves! See, it's a pun, because that's an actual location and ... oh, screw it! This looks seriously freaky It needs to be gigantic to contain all the awesome! Only what? a year after the series ended?  Good timing, DC! Soon to be given away in a contest! Come on - sex and nudity!  Who doesn't love that?
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What I bought – 17 February 2010

“Beware of faking: people will believe you. People believe those who sell lotions that make lost hair grow back. They sense instinctively that the salesman is putting together truths that don’t go together, that he’s not being logical, that he’s not speaking in good faith. But they’ve been told that God is mysterious, unfathomable, so to them incoherence is the closest thing to God. The farfetched is the closest thing to a miracle.” (Umberto Eco, from Foucault’s Pendulum)

Remain Calm.  Trust in Science. You just lost the edge to Giant-Gorilla-Man!!!!! Talk about an incongruous cover! Gotta love the recap page! Come on, MarkAndrew ... bring the hatred! Nudity!  Animals with guns!  A woman with a really big hammer! Charming cameltoe there!
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What I bought – 20 January 2010

“They get a thrill here – that’s why they come. They take stupendous joy in the indignation and compassion they feel on account of these mangled stiffs; it’s their roller coaster. I know this,” he said, making a tragic incision across the abdomen of an adolescent girl, “and I’ll tell you why. Since I’m here all the time and take apart fifty of these things a day, I can’t feel for each and every one of them. I’m not God. I don’t have that much in me. The ladies’ aides and the social critics sense immediately that I couldn’t give a goddamn about all this inedible meat, and that’s just what they want. They know they’re better than the miserable bastards they try to help, but they really enjoy thinking that they’re better than the rest of us, who aren’t as ‘compassionate’ as they are.” He turned to Peter Lake again, and said, “You notice how often that very word escapes their lips. They use it like a cudgel. Beware.” (Mark Helprin, from Winter’s Tale)

It's Ramosian! I love this cover! Oh, John - are you thinking who you're going to screw over next? This is, unfortunately, worse than the Granov covers we've been getting recently! Well, I liked it! Those things should get their own zip codes, I swear! So they took out all the cannibals like that?  Really? Man, that's, well ... see below!
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