Thursday, October 25, 2007

Socks, Prepare To Be Knocked Off - Preview Pages of Teen Titans: Year One

Just when I think I can't possibly love artist Karl Kerschl any more, he comes out with something like this. Yowz. Why don't all comics look like this? Why don't all animated films look like this? This retelling of the original Teen Titans' origin looks to be astoundingly gorgeous, and I can only hope it's the first of many Kerschl/DC projects. The first three pages can be viewed on his blog, a well as the new DC Previews catalogue.

As we saw with his work on All Flash, Kerschl has the rare ability to draw super-powered kids that actually look like kids, as opposed to muscled-out adults who happen to be four feet tall. I like the tone of the writing as well, even as the first three pages jump right into some serious generational re-contextualization (get it? ConTEXTualization? Text mes- sorry.). What I'm trying to say is I don't mind that Dick Grayson is IM'ing. I think it's great that we can have a new version of an origin story without having it to be set in some non-specific, pseudo retro time period. As a late-comer to superhero books, I never really got to know Dick during his sidekicking days, and I can't think of a better way to get to know the original Robin than through Kerschl's superb artwork. January can't come fast enough.


Albo said...

Jesus, that second page is some serious ART.

Degan said...

I heartily agree... good stuff, Good Stuff! However, i disagree with your being ok with the anachronisms... its annoying to me to see dick using a mac with OS X... when that shoulda been at least 10-15 years ago. I have such a hard time getting behind the concept of established histories when we're trying to tell one that seems to be taking place today? That kinda thing drives me nuts. But yeah, i love this guy's art. More of this, less of michael turner!