Every comic creator is looking for their big break. For some it’s getting to launch a new #1 from the Big Two, while for others it’s getting a creator-owned series off the ground. One of the hardest ways for an artist to make a name is by following up after a celebrated run by another artist who draws in a completely different style. But the best artists take that as a challenge, and make it their own. This week’s iFanboy Upstart is artist Sami Basri, who just finished up a run on Power Girl and is poised to bring a Wildstorm regular into the DCU with Voodoo.
Basri broke into comics in a big way, doing covers for DC’s JLA: Classified in 2007 and being the primary artist for Top Cow’s Witchblade for 2007 and 2008. The Singapore artist came to the attention of American comic companies as part of the art studio Imaginary Friends which has done a lot of work for U.S. companies. After showing his mettle on Witchblade, he next popped up doing a comic book co-created by Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz for Image, then was quickly roped back in by DC to do The Shield. After finishing out that series’ run, Basri got the unenviable task of following up Amanda Conner on Power Girl and wowed people with the results. Instead of trying to ape the well-proportioned cheesecake meets comedy routine of Conner, Basri stuck to his guns and carved out his own mark with writer Judd Winick. With “The New 52″ drawing near, DC pulled Basri from the book so he could begin working on his first launch of an ongoing series with Voodoo. The artist will be rejoining his Witchblade writer Ron Marz for this event, putting Voodoo through the paces in her new digs in the DCU.
Here’s a sample of Basri’s work to get you excited for Voodoo and possibly track down his older work such as Power Girl — check out that T. Rex with gatling gun arms!