Every month the comics companies release their solicitations, and every month I giddily cull my favourite images. This isn't like a Previews
review, I'm just posting the images I liked enough I had to save them, and then giving minor commentary why. Joe Rice at Comics Should be Good
is doing something similar and he calls it Judging Books by their Covers. I wish I'd thought of that.
After a few dry months, there were lots of images in the DC solicitations this time around. I hope the Marvel ones are as good.
Ross’s past few covers on JSA
haven’t done anything for me, but this one jumps out at me. Like I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for Hawkpeople.
I’m glad Carlos Pacheco’s finally doing a project that I’m interested in. I think he’s one of the most innovative and talented artists working today, but he’s always on projects that I don’t care about. I’m even considering picking up the trade for the latest Superman/Batman (shudder) arc just for the art. Putting him on Green Lantern
is genius because he excels at superhero action, he conveys scope, he’s great at world building, and he’s got a terrific imagination. I’m really looking forward to this book.
This is a strong, iconic image, and I’m surprised they didn’t use it for the first issue. Minor quibble: I’m weirded out by the new Green Lantern costume design. I know it’s meant to be a step away from the shorts outside the costume look, but now it just looks like he’s got no pants on. There’s got to be a way around that.
Frazier Irving does great stuff with light and dark, and this image is really striking. Each of the big head covers I’ve seen so far for Morrison’s Seven Soldiers
line has been eye-catching.
Like this one. Ryan Sook’s no slouch with the shadows either. I like the way she fills out the entire frame, and the classic showman type image. Each of the Seven Soldiers
headshots has captured the essence of the characters. Sook did some great work on the Arkham Asylum
mini last year. He’s got a weird Kevin Nowlan/ Michael Lark thing going on. I just found his site too, and he’s got a ton of nice looking images up. Go take a look here
It’s always nice to see John Watkiss’s art; he did my favourite version of the Sandman in Gaiman’s Marco Polo story. I like dry brush/ charcoal thing he’s got going on in the shadow.
A classic Moebius image. I seem to recall seeing this without the big ass logo though, and I think it’d look nicer that way. All around great cover, with the colours conveying serenity and all the pointy stuff conveying the complete opposite. I’m glad this is getting a new printing, maybe I'll finally get to read it twenty years later.
Despite doing so for many years, I can no longer deny that J. Scott Campbell has talent. Not based on this piece, mind you. This is a solid, if unspectacular image that I saved just because of how well he’s done the down-shot. Campbell’s cheese-cakey subject matter often puts me off, but there’s solid drawing going on underneath. He’s got a great understanding of faces and body types, and his characters are all different people. I’m not terribly interested in this book, but I’ll pick up the cheap first issue so I can finally own a little of his art. Here’s another artist that I’m waiting for to work with a writer I’d buy.
I haven’t read anything drawn by Justianino before, so I can’t comment much on his style, but I like the design work going on here. The pointy things on the foreground guy’s back are weird and clinical and technical looking; he’s got a whole Dark City
/ Obergeist look to him. The pose, shading, and textures on the background guy are well done too.
A nice looking statue of Brian Bolland’s version of Batman. I wish the jawline was a little narrower, but I’m just being picky. This is the fourth in the collection so far, with renditions of Tim Sale’s, Simon Bisley’s, and Eduardo Risso’s Batman coming before. I liked the Risso, but this one’s my favourite of the four. Does anyone know if there’s more coming? The Risso solicitation only had drawings by the four artists beside it. I’m wondering too why they’re so cheap. This statue is 7” tall and costs $45 US, but the similarly sized Black Canary maquette being released the same month is twice the price.