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I saw scans of this issue on Tumblr and knew immediately that I had to check it out. It turns out it's a one-shot from just after the Avengers Disassembled arc, IIRC. I looked it up, and if I understand the background properly, then this issue has some squicky aspects that I won't bore you with because the story is totally unnecessary for appreciating the artwork, which is by Alex Maleev, from New Avengers #26.

Because look. This is Clint Barton, having just woken up in the snow in (I think?) Central Park:

The rough texturedness of everything complemented by the harsh grays and blues and contrasted with the neat containedness of the inset panels. Mm.

And now we have this scene between Clint and Wanda Maximoff some of the most sumptuous art I have ever seen:

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The colors here, and the textures, and the flirtiness of her posture in the first panels, and the (gravity defying) passion in the last panel, gah. Her dress and her hair - she is the warmest thing in this entire issue. And it all looks so rich and yet rough, like a painting. MMMM.

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Nov. 24th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)
Oh wow, that really is gorgeous, I'll look for this. I know Alex Maleev because he drew Spider-Woman: Origin, but the art there was much rougher and sometimes looked badly Photoshopped (although when it was good, it was pretty great) but I haven't seen much of his other work.
Nov. 24th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
He actually did only this one issue of New Avengers, as far as I can tell - a breather issue in between arcs. It's really gorgeous, though. I love when a comic doesn't feel like it has to have dialogue all the time.
Nov. 24th, 2013 05:52 am (UTC)
I just went and read it and wow, it really was amazingly pretty.
Nov. 24th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
That last panel reminds me of a painting but I can't remember the name of it.

Edit: I was conflating Klimt's "The Kiss" and Chagall's "The Birthday". I feel much better now.

Edited at 2013-11-24 05:42 am (UTC)
Nov. 24th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Ha ha. Having looked at both those paintings, I do some similarities in orientation. :)
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Nov. 24th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
I hadn't read anything of his before, but now I think I shall have to.
Nov. 24th, 2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
OMG this is stunning! The second one even mimics Klimt's style. Beautiful, really.
Nov. 24th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
Aren't they, though? They make me very happy. :)
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