The art tropes of Giffen's that you seem to prefer were wholly a result of his wild infatuation with Argentina's Jose Munoz. I'm no fan of Munoz; I hate his work. But credit should be given where credit is due: Munoz's style was the creator/culprit of much of the Giffen art you love.
For my money, Giffen in the early 80s when he wasn't copying anyone was a stronger storyteller because his focus was on how he learned to draw from real life without looking to Kirby, Munoz or anyone else for technique. I think we saw more of the "real" Keith Giffen style back then. Now, it feels like to me that Giffen swings between copying his 2 biggest influences: Kirby and Munoz.
I believe any artist has a more powerful and more unique vision when he channels his own inner vision instead of trying to emulate someone else's.
Last edited by Flashpoint; 11-09-2012 at 04:05 PM.
I think this is real good news. I'll try the book out again because of this news. Plus the Fatal Five being back, with hopefully some new or different members.
On the topic of Giffen's art style, didn't one of his interviews from maybe around the time of his Legion annual he said that this style is the style that he's always drawn in for all his personal stuff, and that he was glad to be using it for his books? I don't mind his current style though. I can feel the action just from that cover if that makes sense.
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All that said, I think this is really just an argument of preference--the art style you mentioned still ain't bad and has it's fantastic moments, I just felt the 5YL stuff was stronger. Agree to disagree? :)
My only quarrel is with the path Giffen chose. That path was Munoz. Munoz was an artist whose style merged much better with Frank Miller's than Giffen's. At its best, Giffen's style in the past 25 years seems like nothing more than watered down Munoz. Given that I hate Munoz's work, it's just the worst of both worlds for me.
I've been searching on Google for samples of Keith Giffen's interior pages on Omega Men and they are very, very hard to find. Outside of the work he got inked by Mahlstedt in LSH, I'd say Giffen's work with Mike DeCarlo on Omega Men is my personal favorite. It was only 6 issues, but damn it was classic DC space opera!
Wait...is Karate Kid alive in this continuity right now? If so, how long till Giffen kills him? Again?
The only problem I had reading it was that, since I was still kinda new to the team when I read it, I had to keep the Wikipedia page open so I would figure out who they were referring to, what with them using their regular names instead of their superhero code names. There were plenty of instances of me saying to myself, "Wait, who the hell is Jo? *scroll scroll scroll* ...Oh, Ultra Boy. Okay, back to reading."
Man, I really wish we could get somebody even remotely fresh for this title. Levitz and Giffen, revered as they are, are really the precise opposite of what the Legion book needs. Is Fred Van Lente out of his Marvel contract yet? He'd be a good choice.
The Emerald Empress issue was the precursor to all of Giffen's awesome O.M.A.C. mega-Kirby-style. Levitz's got a classic sensibility - it's always solid, there's always stuff happening, but the stakes aren't always ramped up. Giffen's a guy whose art is so good and dynamic, it automatically builds scale, scope and stakes. A lot of Levitz drawbacks as a writer are areas where in the past, old school writers really did have draftsmen who were the ones taking care of that high octane aspect.
Should be gold for a while. Preview art all but confirms it for me. Giffen's always been able to channel the best of Kirby without losing his own appeal.
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