Saturday, July 09, 2011

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Behind Every Great Avengers Line-Up Is A Wonder Man

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. For this week's splashie, I'm taking another shot at hawking the work of a lifetime Jim Cheung is doing over on Avengers: The Children's Crusade. Avengers Assemble!

Umm, you can stop drooling now. When Captain America, the most realistically-powered person on the team looks the most powerful, you know you're drawing the Avengers right. While I'm not a 'Spidey as an Avenger' fan, any assemblage with Simon Williams in it can never go wrong - especially with Jim behind the pencils!

Speaking of Wonder Man, nothing makes me more hesitant about September's comics, than Simon forming the 'Revengers' to stop the Avengers bringing chaos to the world around them in New Avengers Annual #1.

It's one of those on a knife edge ideas. If it portrays Simon as to much of a nutter, it'll fail, but if it shows him as the always trying to do the right thing guy he is, it could be the event of the year - one that even gets him his own book back.


  1. Anonymous1:56 pm

    I love Wonder Man too, and the art of Jim Cheung is awesome!!!

    I can't wait to see New Avengers Annual #1, I mean.... Wonder Man leading a team??? that would be my dream come true, but lets see how it is portrayed....

  2. Hey Anon - glad to find another Simon fan out there! Yeah - the annual is already a locked set for my September pull list. In fact I'm planning a post a little closer to the release saying who I think he'll recruit to remind folks!

    Thanks for the comments!

  3. Yeah, I always hate it when they throw him too far off the deep end. I always saw Simon as a guy who was maybe just a bit too...enthusiastic...about doing what he thought was the best thing. Trouble was what he thought was best and what everyone else (i.e. "the world") thought was best didn't always line up. But I don't like it when they make him just a flat out bad guy. Burns my britches.

  4. Same Random - britches burning included! For me Simon's weaknesses are his good intentions. He always means right, it just rarely works out that way. How many of us can relate to that?!