R.I.P. Dave Cockrum

Newsarama says that comics artist Dave Cockrum passed away Saturday due to diabetes-related complications at the still-too-young age of 63. My condolences go out to his loved ones.

In cheerier news, Newsarama also has preview pages posted for Mark Waid and George Perez's The Brave and the Bold and Jeff Smith's Shazam and the Monster Society of Evil, among others. Those Jeff Smith pages are particularly gorgeous, and they give me great hope that DC might finally - FINALLY - be producing the sort of Captain Marvel book I've been wanting read for quite some time. They also make the preview pages for Trials of Shazam #4 that are also included look particularly poor by comparison. If you can look at those and honestly say that you like them better than the Smith pages, I don't think we can be pretend internet friends anymore.

There are also some astoundingly good looking pages from something called God Save the Queen by Mike Carey and John Bolton. It sounds like a bit of a Sandman/Lucifer spin-off and features drug-addicted punk faeries, which I'm sure is a fetish for somebody.

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