Earlier this month in his Lying in the Gutters column, Rich Johnston featured several pieces of David Mack artwork in his regular “Swipe Files” feature … pieces like this:
That’s the cover to New Avengers #39 … or was, anyway.
Over at iFanboy, Nightly News creator Jonathan Hickman weighs in on the situation:
I have no idea what the deal was with New Avengers #39. Whether it was because of time constraints, misguided attempts at being clever, too many commitments, laziness or the need for a quick check from Marvel to fuel an out of control vellum addiction – It really has nothing to do with my point, which is that the real tragedy of last week was as follows:
The belief that David Mack is somehow now a marginalized talent comes on the heels of what is arguably one of the finest ‘story as art/art as story’ narratives ever in comics – Kabuki: The Alchemy.
This is not the work of a hack, or a pretender or a fraud.
Sorry, it just isn’t.
So, dissect him however you want, do whatever it is that you need to do in protest. Refuse to buy New Avengers the month it comes out (Actually, scratch that. I understand that Bendis has taken out a mortgage on his third vacation home so he can buy a helicopter to jaunt from Chick-fil-a to the movies and back again – so let’s not leave the guy in a lurch – buy the book, just read the words… whatever) Just let me leave this subject with a single piece of advice on how you judge whether someone is the real deal or not – swear to God, it’s this easy…
Look at what they do next.
Personally, I feel confident that David Mack will once again blow our hair back.