Tags Matching: Rick Leonardi

A Vision Of Beauty

I’ve made it clear I love Rick Leonardi. He’s one of the unsung greats and has done more to keep me excited about comics than most of the supposed giants in the field. I’ve probably also made it clear I think the Vision is one of the characters in the Marvel universe with the most potential. He’s (it’s?) a robot that thinks like a man that thinks like a robot. At the end of the the day, what is he? He’s married, but largely incapable of the emotions that allow for a loving relationship. He’s complex, man. I feel him.

I’m also feeling this gorgeous (and weirdly affordable) page from Vision and The Scarlet Witch #1. I know, Vision isn’t on the page and I’ve got significantly less love for Wanda than I do for him, but look at panel six. Look at that. Leonardi is as much a robot as Vision. He’s a robot programmed to make the absolute best-looking comic books imaginable. Frame this.

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Rick Rolled

They got me. Funny joke, Marvel. I picked up Spider-Man 2099, a really poorly-conceived Elseworlds-style series that answered the question no one was asking, “What if Spider-Man was set in 2099?” And I picked it up because I love Spider-Man and I love Rick Leonardi. I was Rick rolled. Because this thing was near unreadable. On its own merits it might have been “ok”, but with the name Spider-Man attached, how could it ever hope to measure up? Everyone reading it is thinking, “ok, cool, I guess. But I want to read the REAL Spider-Man doing shit I can relate to on some level. Not this guy driving a hovercar.”

Still, look at the Leonardi art on this signed first issue. It’s so strong it makes you want to pick it up even now. Even knowing it’s near-unreadable, you want to touch it. That’s the power of Leonardi.

And check this one out just because I’m a freak for production art and maybe you are too.

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Rick and Dagger

Rick Leonardi. Is the man underrated? Well, he’s had a long career in comics and that’s something not everyone can claim. But he’s never really been placed among the best contemporary creators. People seem to file him under “working artist” instead of “visionary”. And that may be the case. But there has to be some area inbetween terms for those men and women who are in every way notable, but perhaps not “essential” in popular opinion. I’m going to say Leonardi is important. That’s the word I’ll use.

I thought with a new Cloak & Dagger oneshot floating around, now would be a good time to revisit important artist Rick Leonardi’s 1985 series of the same name. This is the complete mini-series. Leonard would return for the ongoing version, twice.

And in case you needed a non-Cloak & Dagger point of reference, here’s a beautiful Uncanny Issue from Leonardi. Hell, dude even made Spider-Man 2099 a viable purchase! More on that later.

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