Descripton: As enigmatic an artist as he is an expert with his defined and single-stroke cover drawings, Ken Haeser is a serial remarker of comic books, indiscriminate towards the category they fall under - be they Marvel, DC, or whichever universe My Little Pony comes from. His work with Dynamic Forces has been one of the most versatile to date, with a style and pen just as effective, as is this comic book on which he portrays one of Marvel’s famed superheroes. In this issue, an alternate timeline of the many escapades of Spider-Man draws to a shocking end.
Descripton: Carnage makes his way to the cover of another Dynamic Forces contribution by Ken Haeser. Carnage was created when Venom. alien symbiote, fused to a criminal with a track record that would make your Spider Senses go awry. Before its inception in the Spider-Man arc, Venom was a new concept design for a costume, which Marvel purchased for a mere $220 and expanded into an arc about a fierce parasite that Spider-Man hosts, giving him his black suit, and later chooses to separate from. All hosts after Parker took on the same black suit with the white spider insignia characteristic of Venom, along with those abnormal and featureless white eyes and grotesque tongue. This tells us that Cletus Kasady, the aforementioned criminal, has something distinctly evil to add those wispy reds to the living outfit… How has such a fear-instilling thing come to exist in the Marvel Universe? Venom was introduced in Secret Wars where it escaped containment after Spider-Man mistook it for a costume-fixing machine. Way to go, Spidey.
Descripton: In an homage to the classics on a fairly recent comic book, Ken Haeser’s drawing of masked Wolverine’s mug scowls behind cover artist Marko Djurdjevic’s Spider-Man, who is immersed in his thoughts over his suffering Aunt May and a decision that can change everything. Suffering is a constant in many of our heroes’ stories, and two Marvel heroes that fit the theme well are the two on this very cover. Both coming from tragic back stories, their later runs don’t change; Spider-Man gives up any recollection of his marriage to Mary Jane in order to save Aunt May, and the Wolverine undergoes several bouts of brainwashing, amnesia, fusing adamantium to his bones, having the adamantium ripped out of his body, fusing it back… No end in sight for the amount of pain these heroes must go through. That factor alone can make or break a dynamic hero. Placing these two together can instigate nothing less than the role pain plays in our favorite stories.
Descripton: Bowen Design brings us one of the most prolific and prevalent villains that never die in his tale of duplicity and manipulation through fulfilling wishes. One of Marvel’s mainstays that draw from classic lore, Mephisto appears and challenges many other mainstay heroes and villains. Joseph Menna sculpts the silver age portrayal of Marvel’s rendition of Satan, brandishing his goblet with a wide snarl and smile across his distorted face, displaying the insurmountable joy he drives from the misery of others. His story of the the joy he derives has only been countered in Amazing Spider-Man #545, only through the fact that he decides to take away the happiness that Peter Parker held in life rather than abduct his soul. The same Mephisto we see in the figuring is still at large, determined under all circumstance to bend his victims to his will. 6 out of 200 limited copies.