I'll admit that I'm growing tired of the minimalist design aesthetic prevalent in comic fan art these days. There are only so many times I can see a character boiled down to their primary
colors essence and still be engaged. So I was originally skeptical when I saw Marko Manev's post of Marvel minimalist character posters, but that that skepticism was debunked upon viewing. While not every post is a homerun, there are enough slam dunks to make you mix a sports metaphor. One thing I like is that there are elements of the characters look, powers and history; not just color pallette, and the faux aging gives each poster a bit more texture than it might have otherwise. Here are a few examples of ones that really work (or don't) and my thoughts on them. Rest of the collection at the link below. Enjoy!
There's just something that works about the Logan slashing an 'X' into a surface. It's the Marvel equivalent of Zorro's 'Z'.
Here's one that didn't really work for me. I know the Hulk was made by changing Bruce Banner's DNA, but it was changed with a radioactive explosion, so I think I lean towards J. Robert Oppenheimer over Watson and Crick for my Hulk imagery.
It's a shame Matt Murdock can't see this one because it's fantastic. The color is striking, the powers and costume are hinted at, and there's even a scale of justice to round out the image. If they snuck in a crucifix and some sadness it's encompass the entirety of the character.
This poster is my clear favorite. For those that don't know, those lines represent a magnetic field and are accurately depict in a way that make my science nerd heart sing. Keep magnetizing, Erik.
Thor I like, I just hope no one in the editorial offices of Whiz Comics notices because that color and bolt suggest another mighty mortal…
What say you iFanboy? Still stoked by the minimalism or ready for a bit more substance over style? Let us know in the comments.
Originally spotted (but barely) at The Behance Network.