In a comic book, a good narrative is ultimately key. That said, the narrative is ultimately nothing without some good art backing it up.
Indeed, narrative and art come together to form the prized medium we know as comic books. As this is such, I always think it is always an extreme disservice when us fans shout-out writers of great comics and forsake the artists.
Which leads me to the subject of this article: Alex Maleev.
Many will recognize his name because he is a frequent (emphasis on frequent) collaborator with Brian Michael Bendis, who he first joined forces with in on Sam and Twitch (Todd McFarlane's—aka the creator of Spawn—comic) in 2001. Yet, the Bulgarian artist was active before 2001 and one should look no further than 1999's Batman: No Man's Land for evidence of his earlier work.
Since then, Maleev and Bendis have collaborated on many other projects, involving characters such as Daredevil, Spider-Woman, and Moon Knight. They have also ventured into Halo territory (with Halo: Uprising) and are currently working on Scarlet (published under Marvel's Icon Comics imprint). In his spare time—that did not involve Bendis—Maleev teamed up with George Romero on Empire of the Dead (which is connected to Romero's Living Dead movies).
I very, very much appreciate Maleev's artwork (especially his masterful usage of watercolors and his penchant for blending digital and photographic effects with his drawings in order to render certain characters). And because I appreciate his body of work, here are eighteen of my favorite pieces:
Looks like the Avengers aren't the only ones who have beef with Ultron.
Silver Surfer is a majestic ass character to begin with, but this just makes is so much better.
See THIS is what I'm talking about when I praise Maleev's phenomenal incorporation of watercolor.
Like Daredevil, Green Arrow and Batman have consistently learned, it can be hard to discern the person from the mask; Spider-Woman is no exception.
Anything that involves Spider-Gwen automatically earns cool points. That's just the way it is.
Bullseye's got his eye on you!
It was only a matter of time until the Wizard/Latverian Monarch/Mad Scientist/Evil Genius got the Maleev treatment and boy was it worth the wait.
This piece interests me mostly because it seeks to blend for very different heroes (two of them being very questionable). I'm sure that could lend itself to all kinds of symbolism, but you tell me. Can it?
Granted, The Punisher is a scary ass dude, but somehow, the watercolor works and doesn't take away from that.
Okay but why do they look like they're finna drop the most fire album of all time?
11. Watercolor Scarlet
This is Bendis and Maleev's latest and I gotta say, I'm really *hype* for it. I'm getting some real awesome Black Widow vibes from this.
Can Maleev just draw Spider-Woman forever???
Speaking of Hellboy, will we ever get that third movie??? Find out next time on Dragon Ball Z!
I don't know what I would have to do to get approached by this, but please God no.
Iron Man art always gets me because I'm very interested in the dichotomy between man and suit; so this is really dope.
Watercolor treats this badass assassin well. I like it.
Someone took that High School Musical song--"Getcha Head In The Game--a bit too seriously.
Ahhhh. I have no appropriate words to describe how amazing this is. Maleev treats Moon Knight, Daredevil, Spider-Woman, and Elektra so well.