Thursday 24 March 2011

City at War

Art by Kevin Eastman

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles volume 1 #50. August 1992

Following on from Gibbons is a two page scene from Kevin Eastman and the other major comic book sensation of the 1980's, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To my mind this is the least accomplished image I have so far used. The buildings, while accurately rendered, lack character, and the explosive force feels lacking around the doorway, with not enough debris blasted outwards.  The store sign hangs too lumpen in the air and the blasts from the top windows seem too stylised, too glossily blasting up rather than outwards. And yet... there's the way Eastman has used tonality to inform the white heat of the explosion, the way the door hangs in the air, taking the brunt of the force and blunting its anger through the heaviness Eastman's lines have leant it. And the dissolve to blackness on the second page of the spread, truncating the image and propelling us forwards into the story.  I like this scene, and I think most of the flaws are probably in my eye; I can't help but feel the perspective is a little forced and we're looking at an unflattering angle. 


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