Thursday, December 31, 2015

Modern Marvel: Star Wars #1 Mile High Comics exclusive (12 Days of Boba Fett Covers)

Celebrating day seven of the 12 days of Boba Fett covers!

It would be hard for me to pick a favorite cover out of all the covers that were published by Marvel for Star Wars #1.  But, one cover clearly stands out to me as my least favorite.

Star Wars #1af - Marvel Comics, U.S. (January 2015)
Mile High Comics exclusive
The Mile High Comics exclusive cover for Star Wars #1 is the first in a series of 6 interlocking covers drawn by Humberto Ramos.  Humberto Ramos is best known for his work on DC Comic's Impulse title and Marvel Comic's Spider-Man character.  His work is stylized and easily recognizable.  His art is influenced by Manga and therefore is cartoonish with exaggerated features.  He does not just borrow from Manga however, his characters are dynamic, not unlike a Jack Kirby drawing.  He is able to use the Manga style to express emotions in characters that otherwise would be difficult.  For example, Peter Parker's expressions are apparent, even through his Spider-Man mask.  Ramos' art is polarizing for many comic readers; it seems people either hate his style or love it.  I tend to be mixed; I like some of his work and do not like others.

Unfortunately, Ramos' art on the Star Wars #1 Mile High Comics exclusive cover is one of his pieces that I do not like.  Boba Fett is flying, presumably by using his jet pack, although it looks like the jets are attached to his belt.  Worse than the jets are the proportions used on Boba Fett.  Fett's body is too long and slender, looking more like Peter Parker's torso than our favorite bounty hunter's.  Additionally, Fett's head is too small.  The character is wearing armor and a helmet, so the exaggeration should have been to bulk Fett up more, not make him skinnier.  It is unfortunate that I do not like this cover, as his other covers for issue #2 - 6 are more appealing with his cover on the Mile High Comics exclusive for Star Wars #4 being my favorite.

Star Wars #4f - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 2015)
Mile High Comics exclusive
On this cover, Ramos' unique style is apparent and both Han Solo and Chewbacca are drawn in a dynamic, cartoonish way, but none of the proportions are distracting.

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