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Year of the Artist, Day 57: Francesco Francavilla, Part 3 – Zorro #18

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Francesco Francavilla, and the issue is Zorro #18, which was published by Dynamite and is cover dated December 2009. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 21 September 2011

He lay with a pack of panting dogs on a hill overlooking plains where antelope grazed. He marched with ants, and labored in the rigors of the nest, filing eggs. He danced the mating dance of the bower bird, and slept on a warm rock with his lizard kin. He was a cloud. He was the shadow of a cloud. He was the moon that cast the shadow of a cloud. He was a blind fish; he was a shoal; he was a whale; he was the sea. He was the lord of all he surveyed. He was a worm in the dung of a kite. He did not grieve, knowing his life was a day long, or an hour. He did not wonder who made him. He did not wish to be other. He did not pray. He did not hope. He only was, and was, and was, and that was the joy of it. (Clive Barker, from Sacrament)

Man, Geof Darrow should draw more comics Yet another freaky cover by Ruas! Esquejo's covers are pretty but somewhat generic I very much doubt that John shops at Hot Topic Faerber's back! At no point in this comic does Una chop off a giant pig's head, which is kind of sad I LOVE the cover design for this series So much burning! It looks like Songbird got caught enjoying a delicious chocolate treat Well, that's dull Scrambled or over-easy? 'Oh, that's where I left my lunch!' Can't those two just get along? So much prose!!!! It's trade-waiting time!
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What I bought – 31 August 2011

“Life is so embarrassing,” he said. “How I love it.” (Robert Boswell, from The Geography of Desire)

That doesn't seem like optimal killing-bad-guys clothing Does Kubrick know about this cover? He's double-fisting it! I think we need to give Campbell a break, because it's obvious he just can't help himself Jodhpurs! Vertiginous! No wonder everyone hated Lincoln - he shook with his left hand! Don't tell anyone that Wagner would be a better artist for this book! Fact: Nate Powell is awesome! It's BACK! The fact that Ditko is still alive and cranky makes me happy
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What I bought – 3 August 2011

“Sometimes I ask myself,” Emmerich said. “What is the function of a murderer? Is he the person you go to in order to confess?” (Don DeLillo, from The Names)

That's what happens when you stand under a ship - you get an anchor dropped on you! Seriously, DC?  Some people don't read your shit in single issues, you know! Aquaman is too cool to have a three-pronged trident, man! Gross but effective! Ah!  Greg Horn art!!!! He ought to use some Pert, yo! Surprisingly, I don't dig this Jock cover Still don't know who those dudes on the bottom are This cover idea has been used before, but it's still clever Speaking of ideas that remain cool ... Still wacky! Uh-oh - it appears he's about to punch reality! I'm not digging these painted covers More posing! Pregnant wolf Rahne is awesome Wagner had some leftover black paint he needed to get rid of Who doesn't love 20th-century Russian history?  Commies, that's who!  Oh, wait a minute ...
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What I bought – 5 May 2010

For it is a general rule of human nature that people despise those who treat them well and look up to those who make no concessions. (Thucydides, from History of the Peloponnesian War)

This is the much better of two covers! Man, that leg shouldn't bend that way, should it? He got punched so hard math came out of his mouth! At least it's not called Mouthbreather! Dig that crazy cover, man! You don't want to see that in the middle of the blizzard! There's a light snack! Lawrence of Arabia does not appear too often in this book, but he gets the cover! How adorable! Colin Ferrell likes his penis substitute! It just keeps getting freakier! Is this on life support? This series would be a lot better if this scene actually appeared in it! Well, this looks freakin' awesome! Even though the anatomy of this cover is somewhat strange, the interior works looks stupendous! This has Kelly Thompson written all over it! So does this, in fact!
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What I bought – 10 March 2010

It was the smell of death and destruction and it smelled fresh and lively and hopeful. (A. S. Byatt, from Possession)

Hey, this scene is actually in the book! Oh, Tracy, you sure can take a punch! Is this part of a triptych or something? You know, if she wanted to torture me, I'm not sure I'd object! So much rage! Best cover of the year so far? Swirly! Does Chris Sims know about this cover? Yet more Tardi!
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What I bought – 3 March 2010

I looked through the Gideon Bible in my motel room for tales of great destruction. ‘The sun was risen upon the Earth when Lot entered into Zo-ar,’ I read. ‘Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of Heaven; and He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.’

So it goes.

Those were vile people in both those cities, as is well known. The world was better off without them.

And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. (Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse-5)

Dazzler has nothing on Mirage! I should point out that Guillory drew this in October - that's how far ahead they were at one point! So very icky! Seriously, JHWIII - what the fuck? I still don't get why anyone would bet against She-Hulk! Is the ornate weaponry just for kewlness, or will it be explained? Holy shit, that's a gorgeous cover! Worth the wait! That Fox sure is crafty!
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What I bought – 3 February 2010

Turkish influence would have been better for Georgia than Russian influence, because Atatürk took a backward Turkey and made it modern, while Lenin and Stalin took a directionless Russia and made it backward. (Robert Kaplan, from Eastward to Tartary)

Oh, Tracy, you crazy fool! I love this cover Subliminal sexual imagery?  Check! Well, that can't end well ... Only the first Zorro book this week! More Zorro than you can handle!
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What I bought – 23 December 2009

Ah, villains, hath that Mortimer escap’d?
With him is Edmund gone associate?
And will Sir John of Hainault lead the round?
Welcome, o’ God’s name, madam, and your son!
England shall welcome you and all your rout.
Gallop apace, bright Phoebus, through the sky;
And, dusky Night, in rusty iron car,
Between you both shorten the time, I pray,
That I may see that most desired day,
When we may meet these traitors in the field!
Ah, nothing grieves me, but my little boy
Is thus misled to countenance their ills!
Come, friends, to Bristow, there to make us strong:
And, winds, as equal be to bring them in,
As you injurious were to bear them forth!

Pugs is kind of a dick, isn't he? The Black Coat is quite the propagandist! All rats should wear monocles - it really classes them up! Well, now I'm going to have to track down some Korean noir, confound it! I wish Helena was always this cool. I'm really not sure how Sahara's breasts stay covered up ... Alan Davis: Best illustrator of smiles EVER! How will Amadeus resist Delphyne now???? I love the zombie fish on that cover This cover format really screws with some nice Cheung covers So instead, she makes new mistakes! Another cool cover by Johnson! Who's going to turn down tequila? I already own every issue, but this has new material, dang it! This is the first Sacco book I've ever bought - I hope it's good! Sterankoriffic! Pure.  Concentrated.  Awesome. Dixon and Zaffino wrote one of the few Punisher stories I like, so I'm keen to read this!
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What I bought – 18 November 2009

Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh’ hath seal’d thee for herself, for thou hast been
As one in suff’ring all that suffers nothing,
A man that Fortune’s buffets and rewards
Hast ta’en with equal thanks; and blest are those
Whose blood and judgment are so well co-meddled,
That they are not a pipe for Fortune’s finger
To sound what stop she please.

Whenever Kelley Jones makes Batman's ears even longer, T. loses a bit more of his soul! I didn't know you could get breast implants in the eighteenth century! Man, I bet he's popular with the ladies! There are more people not buying this comic than are buying it, which is a tragedy of epic - EPIC - proportions! Don't stare into Viper's dead eyes! I thought he was the Man of STEEL! Now that's a cool cover! Why doesn't Wagner draw anything anymore?  Dang, he's good!
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What I bought – 23 September 2009

“And if I offended you, oh I’m sorry, but maybe you need to be offended, but here’s my apology and one more thing …”1
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What I bought – 19 August 2009

“There’s a thousand dollars in there … or maybe there isn’t. Know what I mean?”
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