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Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:09 pm

Superboy #1

Dull with dull art.

None of this book made much sense to me, from The Phantom Stranger's appearance, to the sudden pop-up of Parasite, to the fact that wheat defeated him (after in every other panel all the organic material crumbled around him), to--whether or not you want to accept the glasses disguise here, these are a bad attempt to give Conner cool specs and it fails. They just look stupid and tacked on all over his face like someone had defaced his picture in the paper.

Oh gosh, I forgot the whole ma topples off the porch thing. Boy, Superboy sure saved her from a wicked bruise!

The art was about par for DC these days, the figures look stiff and the faces look...well, plasticine is the only word I can think of that fits. They look like they were made from Sculpey clay and fired in an oven. In large part this is due to the combination of the heavy undetailed line art, much like a coloring book, and the poor use of digital coloring effects. In fact, taking a closer look at the art I would lay most of the blame squarely on Jamie Grant, the colorist. All that emphasis on the graduated color tones and no shadows whatsoever add to the coloring book feel. It bothers me that no matter what light, no one and nothing in the comic hardly ever casts a shadow ( I did find one panel with shadows and a definite light source--too bad the panels just prior to that one don't have one). Although perhaps the weird scuff marks by certain people's feet are an attempt to add some depth, it doesn't work. It looks very amateurish, and makes the panels showing the town or even the vast expanses of Kansas fields look flat and two-dimensional. Maybe one dimensional.

This Superboy is a modern character with a unique origin and limitless story-telling potential--why the need to hammer him into the Silver Age Superboy mold?

4.25
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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby ****** » Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:21 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:Oh gosh, I forgot the whole ma topples off the porch thing. Boy, Superboy sure saved her from a wicked bruise!


Broken hip, IMO.

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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:04 pm

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Broken hip, IMO.


Hipster.

She clearly didn't learn her lesson, dumb old bat.

There is a shadow in one panel on that page though! Apparently it took so long to exchange 5 sentences with Ma, the dang sun went down!
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Postby ****** » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:09 pm

Shadows are for lamers.

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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:11 pm

John Snow wrote:Shadows are for lamers.


If by lamers you mean artists who know how to draw, okay.
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Postby ****** » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:19 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:
If by lamers you mean artists who know how to draw, okay.


Smallville should be 360 degrees of sunlight. No shadows ever.

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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby Punchy » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:21 pm

Parasite didn't just pop up, he was obviously there for a reason, that old guy was whittling him, there's a story there.

Maybe Superboy is too subtle for you? :P

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Postby ****** » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:29 pm

Punchy wrote:Maybe Superboy is too subtle for you? :P


There's obviously a deep spiritual meaning to the lack of shadows.

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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby Royal Nonesuch » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:31 pm

The bright, low contrast, plasticine look is where comic art seems to be headed nowadays. It's a shame, really.
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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby Punchy » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:36 pm

John Snow wrote:
There's obviously a deep spiritual meaning to the lack of shadows.


It seems VS spent too much time nitpicking the colourist, and not enough time paying attention to the story.

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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby ****** » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:43 pm

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It seems VS spent too much time nitpicking the colourist, and not enough time paying attention to the story.


I just wish there was more attention being paid to teenage Conan O'Brien showing up in the book.
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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:43 pm

Punchy wrote:
It seems VS spent too much time nitpicking the colourist, and not enough time paying attention to the story.


Dumb.
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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby ****** » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:44 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:
You're dumb.


Yeah, putting that 'u' in colorist is weird.

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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby Punchy » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:45 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:
Dumb.


Yes, you are. :P

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Re: Review Group Week 247 - SUPERBOY #1

Postby Punchy » Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:45 pm

John Snow wrote:
I just wish there was more attention being paid to teenage Conan O'Brien showing up in the book.


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