One of my all time favorite comic works is the Miller/Mazzucchelli Batman; Year One.
The two of them have created a visceral, realistic action/drama depicting the beginnings of a legendary costumed crime fighter.
The thing that makes this story different from all other costumed crime fighter stories is that in this one there is a strongly believable motivation behind the over-the-top action and silly long johns. To go along with this believably realistic story is believably realistic art by David Mazzucchelli. Miller and Mazzucchelli first worked together on Daredevil; Born Again.
While in Born Again Mazzucchelli used a more elaborate, detailed style, in Year One he simplified his line work for a more impressionistic style.
In the past I compared Mazzucchelli’s Year One work to that of Alex Toth, and the way that he uses very simple lines and heavy blacks to create a striped down, short hand style of art.
Mazzucchelli's approach is pretty strait forward. When the panel requires a wide establishing shot, he gives a wide establishing shot, and when he needs an action shot, he gives a full body action shot. Toth on the other hand loves to mess with the point of view. In the last 2 panels of Toth's page 6 of Batman "Death flies the Haunted
Sky!" written by Archie Goodwin, Toth shows Batman drives up to a fire using a very far off shot, a little car in a black landscape.
While Mazzucchelli's shot is pretty obvious what is going on, Toth makes you work a little bit to figure out what you are suppose to be looking at. It seems that Toth like to make the viewer reach for the understanding. Another example of Toth making the viewer work is in this panel where the viewer has to visually go over the plane in the foreground in order to get to the people talking in the background. The viewer even has to imagine the expressions on the peoples faces.
So I mistakenly thought that Toth and Mazzucchelli were very similar, I now realize that it's mostly on the surface, because there visual language is actually quite different from one another. Toth likes to challenge his readers with panels that you have to work a little to get the full meaning, while Mazzucchelli gently and sweetly leads his readers. I wouldn't say that one is better than the other, they're just different.