Bill Sienkiewicz is one of those artists that has elevated comic art by raising the bar every time his work is published. We covered his 1980s cover art before, but his current work continues to astound with its quality. Image Comics and Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment released his latest three variants for The Walking Dead #177-179.
The Milkfed Criminal Masterminds held their second HeroesCon panel this year. Last year's panel was so funny, My wife & I knew we had to catch this year's panel too. Read on to see what was announced and discussed.
It's been a while since we've run a cover gallery, but since no single series is really hitting us and requiring a really great cover gallery, we thought we'd focus instead on a single artist. There's one artist that has shown up in a few of our cover galleries, Bill Sienkiewicz.
Dazzler #34 October 1984 Because we had some fun with Dazzler at the beginning of the month as part of our April Fool's celebration, and it got me wanting to do a review of an old Dazzler comic. Everyone generally assumes that Dazzler: The Movie is a bad comic, albeit the definitive comic for the character, but I find it a little less typical, and really prefer the issues of the regular series around there with Bill Sienkiewicz covers. SYNOPSIS: In Los Angeles, a fashion model disappears in the middle of a runway show, right out of the designer dress. Elsewhere, one of Alison Blaire's students in her aerobics class tells her that she's been signed by Millie's Models and suggests that Alison do the same. Using her mutant powers to help light herself, she puts together a portfolio that she then sends off to Millie's Models. Upon receiving it, Millie herself (yes, that Millie the Model) demands that they contact her right away, and then frets about another of her models vanishing.
New Mutants #18 August 1984 New Mutants #18 was the beginning of a new artist on the Mutant books, Bill Sienkiewicz, who had made a mark on Moon Knight and a few other books. This was a real turn, as Marvel's style was far from artsy, and the comics industry was still recovering from the heavy influence of Neal Adams. Sienkiewicz had developed a style that was based on Illustration and it showed in page layouts that, looking back, set the stage for the modern age manner of irregular panel shapes, overlapping images, and borderless panels. I remember as a twelve-thirteen year-old young artist being blown away by this new style to my comics, and was instantly drawn to it. For Christmas of 1984, I actually copied a panel from this comic and used mixed media to make a Christmas present. SYNOPSIS: We open on New Mutant team leader Dani Moonstar having a terrible nightmare of the Demon Bear that killed her parents. We then see the X-Mansion under attack by the military as a young, red-haired girl uses her powers to shield herself as she makes her way to Professor X trying to reason with the troops telepathically only to be killed. It's revealed that these are the memories of a young woman from the future, the girl from the before, just older, and looking much more ragged. The New Mutants, except Dani and Illyana Rasputin training in the Danger Room, and proving successful, even with some difficulty. Illyana answers the front door to find the red-haired young woman who runs off in tears since she remembers seeing Illyana die.