Thursday, August 13, 2015

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Rob Liefeld's Captain America 'N Cable

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'.

This splashie comes from the Captain America series of Marvel's popular Heroes Reborn event. An issue where the Avenger's man out of time meets the X-Men's version of the same to be exact.

Now artist Rob Liefeld comes under an amazing amount of fire for his work, on this series especially. However while that infamous promo image was always going to become just that, I actually loved his run, and thought Cap was a perfect match for the 'Liefeld style' which I always think is best akin to a great Van Damme movie.

While the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier, Nick Fury, Crossbones, The Red Skull and more, all got treated to amazing scenes by Liefeld in this series, having Cable team-up with Cap was a long overdue dream of mine, and this splashie delivered on those hopes - proving few can draw Cable like his creator.

 What do you think?  For more great splash pages, click here.

3 comments:

  1. I wish I could agree with you but Liefeld is the antichrist. We all know the deficiencies in his work which are numerous. The worse thing about his art is that he is the only major comic book artist that just never got better over time. He never cared enough to do more than just a half assed job.

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  2. Thanks Cal - appreciate the thoughts mate. I don't think Robs the flaw many people make him out to be. His original Hawk and Dove for DC is incredible and as well as his work on reshaping the New Mutants in the 90s, he's helped foster alot of great talent through both Awesome and Extreme Studios as well as Maximum Press.

    His social media is one of the most active pro comics websites this side of Brian Michael Bendis and his passion is relentless when I think we can both agree the nonfat can say some pretty harsh things and attack the person not the art.

    But that's art - it's all subjective right? I used to HATE Kirby, now he'll forever be in my top six.

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  3. interesting page to showcase Dan, but totally your choice. I gave the Liefield Cap title a try when it came out. Not too impressed although there was no denying the inital interest in Liefield-drawn Cap adventures to see how they'd look. Dropped it quicker than most.

    But yeah, back then that Cable and HR Cap team up was interesting in that both have played the time-lost soldier trope to a tee in recent years. Then that teamup happened, and it gave us regualr Marvel readers the first glimpse that our heroes would be returning soon enough to the regular MU.

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