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Soft but Defined.

It’s not an easy thing to describe illustration all the time. Sometimes the answers scream out at you, and others you have to really search for what you’re seeing. Terry Dodson is the weird example where both statements above are true.

His style has both a very soft effect as well as being very smooth and defined. Perhaps its the very skilled use of differentiated line style – he makes a wonderful use of outlining bold lines to make them pop from the page. You can see this on this original art page on Emma Frost.

Early on in his career he got a shot on some pretty big books, and I was always aware and interested, but the book that has somehow still resonated is his X-Men Chronicles work. Howard Mackie wrote two excellent issues that fleshed out the world of the Age of Apocalypse. In the first issue (illustrated by Dodson) Mackie detailed the death of Wanda Maximoff, the daughter of Magneto, and, y’know, the Scarlet Witch. Dodson’s style has truly evolved, but stayed in a very interesting and soft line style that I think makes his work stand out from the pack. The second issue of the X-Men Chronicles, also part of the set below, is drawn by a near polar opposite but still very interesting artist, Ian Churchill. While I can’t necessarily say much for his proportions, I always enjoyed his detail.

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A perfect fit.

I’m trying, and failing, to think of a comic appearance of Emma Frost, the White Queen, that was illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz. If it did happen, I’ll need to track that down. Until then, this commission piece will serve as an absolutely perfect example of when a certain artist’s style fits the character perfectly.

I have no idea when this piece was commissioned, but it’s one of my favorites I’ve come across. Sienkiewicz absolutely works so well in black and white, and his strong, sharp angles, mixed medium usage and just general feel is better than any of the billion artists who’ve received rave reviews on their depictions of Ms. Frost. The image feels like it’s judging you, and that’s exactly what every piece of dialogue should feel like from this character; one of the unique pieces of comic book / visual story telling is when the image does a better job of conveying character than the words used. A+

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Top 100 Summer Comics #2

While searching for this cover image, I came across a site I was unaware of, and plan to investigate further. Jean-Grey dot com. Interesting.

I have some big fall plans for recurring posts, but one I am dwelling on is “no one drew it better”, a series on artists large and small, who I feel deserve mention for illustrating a definitive version of iconic or at least notable characters. I can’t think of anyone that Whilce Portacio drew that falls into that category, but his work on this issue makes me wonder “what if” on more than a handful of X-Men.
#2 – Uncanny X-Men 281

Consider this the flipside of the X-Men coin – while Jim Lee was launching X-MEN #1 towards 8 million copies sold, Whilce Portacio was over on Uncanny putting down some of my favorite pencils ever. Raw, gutteral almost, style that had a lot of emotion. Some of his facial definition lacked the detail that would have put him over the top, but while the market was moving towards a clean, post Lee smooth, Portacio’s grit and thin lines attracted me to his work. I think his work on this issue, along with a great, fast paced story that introduced about 5 different plot lines that would all reach conclusion within the next few years makes this a standalone “great” single issue.

Want to get into the x-books of the ’90s? Buy X-Men #1. Then buy this issue next.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #42

For some reason, a sure fire way for me to do a double take at the comic rack was to have the name of the comic scribbled out / tagged over / crossed out and replaced.

No clue why. But my instant reaction is something like – “Wait – wha, wha.. huh?”- and I pick it up. Maybe I buy it. But I at the least am sucked in.

This is the first issue I remember like that. I was sucked in.

#42 – New Mutants 39

And it was a good issue. Emma Frost, then known primarily as the White Queen, guilt stricken (sobbing with her head on the floor) and the New Mutants being victimized. They were ALWAYS being victimized, but this was a good one. It still gets referenced. Check into it.
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Check and mate.

I haven’t gotten into the original art scene whole heartedly, but if and when I do, I think a theme is necessary.

Instead of having random pieces done, I think some sort of either specific or range of characters would be cool. I love the idea of having one character drawn by many different artists in their own respective style.

Though I never thought myself to be the first with such an idea, here’s a good example of exactly what I was thinking. Though I myself doubt I’d have chosen Emma Frost, nee the White Queen, as said feature of my collection, it certainly works well in both of these pieces.

Aaron Lopresti commission here, and a good one. Lopresti has a smooth meets angular style that I have really come to appreciate. It makes me think of a 2.0 version of 90’s artist Steve Skroce. This piece is a nice showcase of his simpler side, and works well.

Adam Hughes is absolutely the king of cheesecake at this point – and this piece is without question a reflection of that. PLEASE click through and see what kind of attention this is getting… and you know, I think we all understand why. Amazing use of ink!

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PICK 5: Iceman

Inspired by the snow? Yeah, I like that. 

Howzabout some Iceman. No, not Val Kilmer. Not Chuck Liddell either. This guy.


Bobby Drake. Lovable loser? Maybe not even lovable. I always liked Iceman, but of the original five X-Men, he’s the only one who never really established as a major character. He hasn’t been a relevant figure in the X-Men comics in the past ten years… but there’s always tomorrow. That said, here’s my pick for the best Iceman stories I’ve read. 

5. THE CHAMPIONS #1 . Hercules, Ghost Rider, Angel, Black Widow, and Iceman. Bobby Drake goes to UCLA (Go Bruins!) and ice-slides his way into “the most sensational new super-group of all!” Okay, okay. Got jokes. 

4. UNCANNY X-MEN #18. Iceman is all that stands between Magneto and… uhh Magneto using Xavier’s sophistimicated computer machines to isolate the genes of Angel’s parents! This is actually a great issue of the classic X-Men, I’ve enjoyed it in collected form, but the summary of this found online really gives good removed perspective of how uncool Iceman really is. 

“He confronts Iceman, magnetically hurls objects at him, but Iceman quickly builds a slide to hurl the objects back at Magneto. He then takes the slide as a sled and races out of the room. Magneto follows, but slips on the ice and glides down an ice tube Iceman has made, leading him outside the school and into an igloo. Iceman tries to escape the igloo, but Magneto magnetically seals it shut” (X-Obsessed

3. AMAZING X-MEN #1-4 (Age Of Apocalypse mini-series). This series shows an alternaverse take on Bobby Drake, where his happy go lucky banter is replaced with doom and gloom. And it works. This artistic rendition of him is also much more engaging than the “fresh out of the ice tray” look he is so commonly associated with. Props to Joe Mad and Andy Kubert for really nailing it in the Age of Apocalypse titles. 

2. UNCANNY X-MEN #314. Long story short, this is a very important issue. It helped bring Emma Frost to the side of the angels in the x-books and define Iceman from that point forward. Frost transfers her consciousness into Iceman, and his into her comatose body. She utilizes his powers in the omega class ways that he never could or would… then he feels like a loser because of this. He hasn’t gotten over it. Really. Must read.

1. X-FACTOR #63 + #64. The Best Iceman Story Ever Told. Little glory in that honor, but it is what it is nonetheless. Part of the underrated Whilce Portacio run on X-Factor, this tells maybe the only Iceman focused storyline that showcases him as 1) interesting 2) heroic 3) not a total goober. Great art, good use of ninjas, and the only time I have ever read an Iceman story and said “More of that!”


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