ByLex Luther, writer at

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:

1. Death To Ultron

Looks like the Avengers aren't the only ones who have beef with Ultron.

2. Watercolor Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer is a majestic ass character to begin with, but this just makes is so much better.

3. Candid Watercolor Spider-Woman

See THIS is what I'm talking about when I praise Maleev's phenomenal incorporation of watercolor.

4. The Woman and the Mask

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.

5. Secret Wars #1 Newbury Comics Variant Cover featuring Spider-Gwen

Anything that involves Spider-Gwen automatically earns cool points. That's just the way it is.

6. Target Locked

Bullseye's got his eye on you!

7. Original Sins #4 featuring Doctor Doom

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.

8. The Patriot, The X-Man, The Every-Man and The Avatar

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?

9. Watercolor Punisher

Granted, The Punisher is a scary ass dude, but somehow, the watercolor works and doesn't take away from that.

10. All Eyes On Moon Knight

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.

12. The Quintessential Spider-Woman

Can Maleev just draw Spider-Woman forever???

13. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #4 Painted Art Cover

Speaking of Hellboy, will we ever get that third movie??? Find out next time on Dragon Ball Z!

14. What Nightmares Are Made Of

I don't know what I would have to do to get approached by this, but please God no.

15. Invincible Iron Man #1 Variant Cover

Iron Man art always gets me because I'm very interested in the dichotomy between man and suit; so this is really dope.

16. Watercolor Elektra

Watercolor treats this badass assassin well. I like it.

17. George A. Romero's Empire of the Dead #3 Painted Cover

Someone took that High School Musical song--"Getcha Head In The Game--a bit too seriously.

18. Daredevil: End of Days #8 Painted Cover

Ahhhh. I have no appropriate words to describe how amazing this is. Maleev treats Moon Knight, Daredevil, Spider-Woman, and Elektra so well.

What say you, Moviepiloteers? What was your favorite piece? Let me know in the comments below!


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