I didn't see much in the Marvel, Image, or Dark Horse solicitations worth keeping, but DC's August solicits had a bunch of images that caught my eye.
I like Adam Hughes, and I love the current Catwoman outfit (I was going to call it the “new” outfit, but it’s been several years now, I guess it’s time to stop that), so it makes sense that I’d like this cover. After seeing the first Hughes cover
, I mentioned over at the Adam Hughes Yahoo Group
that I wished that Adam had gone for a “cats eyes sunglasses” look to the eyewear instead of the “Jim Lee goggles” look, and the posting was acknowledged by Adam’s significant other, who posts to the group. I like to think that my comments had something to do with the way the goggles look now. Let a guy dream.
This cover is okay overall, I just really like Kerschl’s version of Superman in the back there. From what little I’ve seen of his work, Karl Kerschl should be getting more attention, and I hope his work on Adventures of Superman
puts more of a spotlight on him.
There’s a lot of stuff wrong with this image: It’s another one of Ross’s "DC icons flying into action" covers (a look that both Ross and Bryan Hitch have beaten to death, and then beaten some more), the colours are garish, and the lightning is out of place. But I really like the face on Aquaman here in the foreground, and today, that’s enough to make me keep this cover. It amuses me too, that the reins Aquaman is holding are likely tied to an unseen giant seahorse.
Another nice cover drawing by Justiniano. I don’t know if the final cover will be coloured, but I like what he’s done here with the black and white and grey. The figure in the back doesn’t do much for me, but I like the posing and the paraphernalia on the woman in front. The pointy bits and cables, the flying rubble, and the sky in the back all add a sense of motion that catches the eye. I’m not too interested in Human Race
(Kellen you got the first one and didn’t like it, right?), but I’ll watch out for whatever Justiniano does next.
I’m a big fan of Doug Mahnke’s stuff and I’ve been following him since his work on The Mask
years back. I kept this cover because I liked the image of the Flash up front. Looking at it now I notice a couple of weird things in the back: for one thing, Mahnke draws Batman’s ears as protruding from the top of his head rather than as an extension of the sides. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another artist do that, at least not an artist that draws in a “realistic” style like Mahnke does. Also, Martian Manhunter’s right arm is on this side of Wonder Woman even though he’s on the far side. That seems a little-- intimate. If she wasn’t holding the lasso, it’d look like she was trying to fend him off.
Another Campbell image! What’s going on? The me of five years ago would be horrified with the me of today. Nevertheless, the girl on the left is well drawn, and the cover is composed well, aside from the girl with the wings, who looks awkward for some reason. But all in all, he’s doing some nice work here. With all the figures and colours, this cover should be hard to read, but it’s okay. I like that he’s experimenting.
This is an intense image. Dave Gibbons is a great artist; I used to think that he was workmanlike, and did the job and that was it, but no, he is a great comic book artist. It’s just an eye, but looking at it evokes an instinctive reaction. Side note: he gets a lot of credit for Watchmen
, but I think his best work was in Give me Liberty
. Or maybe I’m just being contrary.
Leinel Francis Yu has gone in a Travis Charest direction with his art, and it’s really nice to look at. I like the implausibly designed bike, and I like the character work on the girl, but I think my favourite part is the heads-up display around the muzzle of the gun. What a great visual idea. I didn’t pick up High Roads
because Scott Lobdell’s writing drives me up the wall, but Andy Diggle is writing this series, and while I haven’t read anything by him yet that has connected with me, I think he’s good enough that I can safely pick this up for the art.