Sunday, July 6, 2014
GORAN PARLOV - THE "NOT A HOAX" SENSATIONAL NEW COMIC ARTIST FIND OF 2014!
Anyway -- I was perusing the weekly new releases in the Marvel Unlimited app, and my interest was piqued by the thumbnail cover to A+X #16 starring Spider-Man and Psylocke, which appeared to feature a beautiful image of my favorite web-slinger in the iconic John Romita, Sr. style. I opened the issue and thumbed through it, and -- wow! This guy draws the most perfect Spider-Man I've seen in years. Previously the record for "Best Modern Spider-Man Artist" was held by Marcos Martin for the handful of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN issues he illustrated during the "Brand New Day" era. And while I still absolutely adore Martin, and I think his work is a perfect fit for the character, Parlov's rendition is practically a clone of Romita Sr., thus edging Martin out of the top spot.
Also, the story seems to be set at some point in the past, as it features the X-Men, though only via a minor cameo, in their Jim Lee costumes. So it's got that going for it too. But the main takeaway here is Parlov's Spider-Man. He draws the character the way he's supposed to look. I seriously can't stop drooling over this beautiful short story.
Oh, and check out that awesome signature, too! I love those European cartoonist signatures. They look so classy.