Friday, August 19, 2011

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Jim Cheung Shows The Scarlet Witch Is Daddy's Girl

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week I'm saluting the killer visual technique of contrasting the development of plot or character by mimicking the composition of its earlier state. 

Whose book-end brilliance am I going to use as an example? Who else but Jimmy Cheung - kicking butt and taking names in the pages of Avengers: The Children's Crusade. First up - Enter Magneto...

And as if that wasn't imposing enough, the rise of his daughter - The Scarlet Witch - repowered and with her memory fully restored;

In one simple step, Jim indirectly conveys Wanda's power and possible threat level, contrasting her with her father, the man who has held his own against the X-Men united. Incase you missed it;


  1. Amazing!
    I didn't read this last issue yet, because it takes so long to have another and I'm not very fond of waiting.
    I'll read it tonight :)
    Jim Cheung is always amazing and shows it every time.

  2. How awesome is Jim Cheung's work? He should be allowed to do more mainstream work, that is if he was able to speed up more. This splash page would be even more awesome if, for some reason, Quicksilver suddenly appeared. Can you say 3-way splash page?

  3. Yeah the wait between issues is a bit of a killer isn't it Aliera? Maybe Marvel need to clone Jim - hey it worked for Spider-Man!

    Dale I think you hit it on the head! I can see a third of Quicksilver running right at you slotting just nicely in the middle. Let's see if your hunch plays out in the issues to come!

  4. Poor Quicksilver... For all his potential I feel he is very underused. I also wish such a splash page and more cable time for Pietro.

  5. now those are what i call some great splash pages mate!

  6. Thanks Dave - I think Magneto makes awesome splash pages however he is in them :D

    Thanks for the comments people!