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Art Change on Avenging Spider-Man | November 16, 2011

In last week’s reviews I said I had enjoyed the first issue of Avenging Spider-Man (Marvel Team Up by any other name would smell so sweet…)

I wasn’t sure I would because I am not a big fan of Joe Madueira’s art. I didn’t like what he did on Ultimates 3, but he isn’t an artist I ACTIVELY dislike.

The issue was good. Again, the art was not what sold it for me, but it wasn’t too bad.

Well now, as reported on Bleeding Cool, Madueira is off of Avenging Spider-Man as of issue #4. That should be good news, right? Hopefully they will get…

Oh.

Greg Land is taking over.

Sigh.

Land is best known as being the worst example of tracing that there is in comics right now. There is example after example, but sufficed to say that there are a lot of male characters that have an amazing physical resemblance to WWE wrestlers and a lot of female characters that share poses with people that you find on boxes in that dark room hidden at the back of the video rental place.

Now, I understand photo reference. I am a big fan of Alex Maleev and he makes no secret about it (even giving his models credit in the books). Land, on the other hand, isn’t just a tracer. He is a lazy tracer. A particualr character won’t look like the same person from page to page as he uses different ‘models’ as ‘inspiration’. The point that I found to be his lowest came back when I was still reading Uncanny X-Men. Someone was meeting with a p.r. person whose glasses changed style from panel to panel ON THE SAME PAGE.

Land’s art was the biggest reason I stopped buying Uncanny. Hopefully the same thing doesn’t happen here.


5 Comments »

  1. Hee hee, I’m the one who discovered the stupid thing with the glasses! Yup, Greg Land, porn stars and wrestlers and people love him. His popularity really lowers my opinion of comic fandom.

    Comment by ruthanneedward — November 17, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    • They don’t love him that much. Even the forum that I don’t care for had quite a number of people who take great glee in finding the public pictures that he traced.

      Comment by rpriske — November 17, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

  2. Joe Madueira’s art is fantastic in Avenging Spider-Man, I loved it. Another comic I am looking forward to for artwise is Avengers: X-Sanction in December.

    Comment by Spendawg — November 17, 2011 @ 4:52 am

  3. UPDATE: Maduiera is not off the book. He and Land are going to be alternating story arcs. Much like what Land and Dodson were doing on Uncanny X-Man, Williams III and Hadley are doing on Batwoman and Pichelli and Samnee will be doing on Ultimate Spidey.

    It seems it is a ‘thing’ now.

    Futher UPDATE: He isn’t alternating with Land. He is just alternating. It won’t always be Land.

    Comment by rpriske — November 17, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

  4. And now Bleeding Cool is reporting that issue #5 will be drawn by Leinil Yu! That is good news!

    Comment by rpriske — November 17, 2011 @ 5:24 pm


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