Thursday, March 12, 2015

Kent Williams' expressionistic Batman Black and White

Kent Williams is not a common name in comics but he is no stranger to art. In Batman Black and White he brings a vibrant, new aesthetic to comics with his scratchy, edgy line work. It's raw and it's dynamite. 

Kent Williams might best be remembered as part of the team that brought us the atmospheric Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown in 1990 with it's stunning watercolor depictions of our favorite berserker, Wolverine.

Not only does Kent Williams bring a wonderful new line to his work, he brings a stunning new look to his lettering as well, making it as much a part of the art as the art itself. Here we are not seeing polished, photo realistic art. Here we are seeing a man at his drawing board, hacking away at pages, making this story materialize from the either of the imagination. It's not a "what if" story, it's a fever dream come to life.

Though Williams hasn't done much work in comics, he has set a president with this story that is begging for future artists to dig into and mine all of it's visual wealth.

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