Wednesday, April 01, 2009

UPDATE: Does This Look Rushed?

I'm just saying: Batman...major event...variant cover...and you have your both-writing-and-drawing-artist producing the variants. You're probably going to get a loss of quality somewhere in the whole thing. Writing was a given. But when the cover doesn't look as perfect and shiny as you'd expect DC to use to sell a big project, that's a bit alarming.

UPDATE: The above was referenced in the comments section.

YKW suggests that this may have been rushed from the production side. I'd still contend that it might have gone past getting inked because of delays from the artist. There are other indication of pencil artist lateness in the book, I believe. I don't have it in front of me, but I recall there being multiple inkers on #2.


  1. It looks fine to me. It must take a lot of work trying to find shit to complain about, 'cause you're scraping at the bottom of the barrel here.

  2. Ha. Did you take a full size look at this? It looks like fan art to me (or, if Caleb is reading this, moreso than normal), which indicates a bit of a rush, IMO. It doesn't look as polished as it normally does.

  3. I like it. Got kind of an early Breyfogle feel to it. 'Course, when I was a kid, I always felt Norm's stuff looked rushed, too; took me years to realize his look was supposed to convey a sense of kineticism and athleticism and raw energy.

    Granted, any energy in this cover is more potential than kinetic, but...

  4. I can see that. I think that I'd give him the benefit of the doubt if his work looked like he was trying it out across the rest of his work.

  5. And, in fairness, it looks like it may have been rushed -- but from the PRODUCTION side, as the pencils posted on the DC blog:

    look suspiciously (read: "pretty much exactly") like the line art on the cover image. Only with really nice color rendering (and a bit of black-spotting).

    I almost wrote in the earlier comment that Daniel might have benefited a bit from having a slightly better inker finish his work; now, I'm thinking he might have benefited even more from having ANY inker finish it.


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