Madureira to Draw Ultimates

4 color rebellion spotlights one of my favourite comic book artists of the 1990s, Joe Madureira. After his successful stint on X-Men (I think he also did Uncanny X-Men), Joe started his own comic book, Battle Chasers. Unfortunately, the sporadic release schedule frustrated me. Battle Chasers showed promise. Although the art was up to Madureira’s usual awesome standard, the writing just wasn’t strong enough for me to become all fangirly about keeping tabs on when the next issue would arrive. I lost interest in trying to keep up with his work. This coincided with my general loss of interest in comic books. At the time there were few comics that I was actively following. The cancellation of Battle Chasers was another nail in the coffin of my regular visits to the comic book shop. Eventually, I stopped going to the comic shop, and I stopped buying individual comic books. Now I just buy trade paperbacks every so often, but I’m so out of the loop that I don’t know what is good or even what is “hot” anymore.

Between then and now, I saw Madureira’s work popping up on videogame box art and on videogame magazine covers. 4CR says that Madureira wasn’t a very successful game concept artist*, and that none of the games he worked on were popular. Apparently, the word on the street is that Joe Madureira is coming back to comic books, on the Ultimates, no less. Even I know that this series is popular in comics. I won’t go back to buying individual comic books, and I doubt I’ll be reading Ultimates. However, it’s nice to read that Madureira will be back in action. Maybe in six month’s or a year’s time, I’ll look for the trade paperback of his stint on the Ultimates. If it’s good, I may buy it.

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*Speaking of comic book artists doing videogame box art, if you look on the covers of the Fable videogame boxes, you will see the artwork of Joan Chen. Her art is also very anime-inspired, featuring clean lines and somewhat exaggerated proportions. Her comic book work leans slightly towards a manga look, and it’s also fantastic.

  1 comment for “Madureira to Draw Ultimates

  1. 26 April 2006 at 18:35

    For what it’s worth: if you like your classic superhero stuff, DC’s Teen Titans and Outsiders have been pretty good the last couple of years. If you like your gritty superheroes, the Ultimates is one of the best titles ever published and it actually manages to be politically relevant (no small task in the hero genre). If you want oddball hero stuff, Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers of Victory has been pretty good but make sure you get the trades as it’s a little fragmented issue-by-issue. If you like your Vertigo-esque non-hero content, I highly recommend Bill Willingham’s “Fables” series, and Brian K Vaughn on “Y: The Last Man” and “Ex Machina”. Any of these are highly worth your while in trade paperback; also DC’s classic hero stuff is fairly accessible to jump into issue-by-issue at the moment.

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