One Shot Artists

One of the most important things to me when buying a comic is the art. Most of the time if I can't look at it and enjoy it I'm not going to buy it. I've noticed a trend lately where great artists will pencil a single issue of a comic. I find this highly irritating. Case in point, the current Avengers series. I've always been a fan of Cap, Thor & Iron Man but quite frankly I think John Romita, Jr. sucks. I picked up a couple of issues of the Infinity Gems saga and I just couldn't force myself to do it anymore. All of the men's facial features (5 o'clock shadow, square jaw) look exactly the same and to me as a fan it's quite insulting. I saw a recent Point One issue for the series and it got me interested because the artist was none other than Bryan Hitch. The story was superbly well drawn. If he had stayed on as the permanent artist I would have definitely added it to my monthly hold slot. However, the next issue was pencilled by Chris Bachalo. I'm sorry but his art just doesn't do it for me either. I can't stand the way he draws the human body, male or female and it just isn't visually appealing at all for me. My plea is this for Marvel; PLEASE STOP USING THESE GREAT ARTISTS FOR SINGLE ISSUES! Don't give me garbage for 12 issues then give me a gem only to take it away. Please find a permanent series for Bryan Hitch or Alan Davis to work on. These one-shots are turning me into a crazy man!   



Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

I know what you mean.  I feel the same way about Walking Dead. Absolutely LOVE Tony Moore's art and loved how it was done for the first six issues, but then after that Charlie Adlard took on art duties for the issues that I've been reading.  Moore just has so much more detail whereas Adlard's seems edgy and smudgy.  Not bad mind you just...different.  Personally I think the single issue is partially a 'bait and switch' conspiracy to lure people into a comic they wouldn't normally pick up.  But I also think it may just be economics involved since more issues for the artist means more and higher pay, especially if its a GREAT artist, of which there are so many.  Great blog though!

Posted by Jake Fury

It's definitely a bait & switch tactic. Thanks!
Posted by StarKiller809

I feel the same way about Keith Griffens art in the Outsiders. The writing isn't that great so the reader has to turn to t he art and when it's terrible, you really just spent 2.99 for nothing
Posted by PowerHerc

This has been a problem for far too long, imo.