CBR: EXCLUSIVE: Alex Ross' "The Torch" #1 Variant
Courtesy of Dynamic Forces, CBR brings you an exclusive first look at Alex Ross' variant cover for "The Torch" #1, the first issue of his and Mike Carey's new miniseries starring Marvel's classic Human Torch.
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Beautiful art, as is to be expected from Ross, but the design isn't very attractive as a cover.
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That kind of art seems to give the impression of movement (in time, place, energy, transformation, etc) by putting panels/images in order that seems like stages of that movement, like pages of a flipflop book put side by side. That is more like the inside of comic books.
For covers, and this is not only for comic books, you often want to focus on one image, is like a sculpture feel or a perfect shot with a camera from a scene, the right place and moment. What is important is the shot, the pose, not the events happening (not directly). Even when you have more images on a single cover you give the main one much more focus than the others. It is catchy to the eyes, that makes you look at it without really knowing why that caught your attention, other than that it looks good (it deals with your subconscious, memories and other non-rational aspects of human mind). In that art there wasn't a focus in any particular image, or that subconscious aspect, but on the action happening on them, like it is inside a comic.
Ah finally the original and best Human Torch will have some more serious comic book time after Marvels, I want this hardcover already. On my site I have been suggesting for years a way to bring back the original icon from Marvel Comics
Anyway, good news to hear finally his return
"The Torch" is an awesome name. No more confusion or having to put "The Original"
Berkenkotter's work is beautiful!
Gotta agree with you there.
Originally Posted by maniacmatt