Having the top-selling book of 2006 obviously doesn’t help with people’s taste, as Mark Millar demonstrates at Millarworld, in a thread called “Millar gets preview of Rob [Liefeld]‘s Onslaught art“:
[T]his is some of my favourite superhero art ever. It’s everything a Marvel superhero comic is supposed to look like. I love my realistic heroes and my quiet naturalism as much as the next guy, but kids just go NUTS for this stuff and I can’t wait to show my nephews these new pages at the weekend. Amazing stuff, Rob. Thanks for the preview. The shot of Thor blasting Hulk with a lightning bolt just may be my favourite Rob page ever.
If the Marvel and DC Adventures books looked like this kids would be stabbing each other in the playground for them.
10/10 as this stuff just DRIPS excitement.
Now, do we really want kids to be stabbing each other for comics? Just ask yourself that as Mark continues:
Children have no interest in Batman or James Bond as a result of the latest movies, but adults are loving it. They’re heading into the same danger-zone comics went into post-80s… where everyone was writing for awards more than a mass market audience. I’ve been guilty of this myself, but am pleased that projects like Civil War appeals to kids as much as adults. The Millar/ Hitchy Project announced just three or four weeks from now will hopefully also have the same broad appeal.
I love me them adult books, but was sad to see not a single kid watching James Bond. This is one of the reasons I love Rob… he’s not only a great high concept guy, but has an energy superheroes have seen since Jack Kirby esq.
Okay, ignoring the “Rob Liefeld is the new Jack Kirby” thing – which, honestly, has something to it… maybe not a strong something, but something nonetheless – the real sign that Mark is overworked and needs a break comes from the idea that Civil War, of all books, appeals to kids as much as adults. “What is a ‘Superhuman Registration Act’, Daddy?” “Never mind, son. No-one really knows. Including Marvel.”