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One of the things that I really appreciate about what Marvel is doing right now that I think contributes to the women-friendliness, if only indirectly, is how they're diversifying the 'look' of their books. The sheer variety of types of artwork across the Marvel NOW and All-New Marvel NOW books is really impressive, IMO. I note that the most traditional comics-type art happens on the central books, like Avengers, but then on the sidelines you have Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk and Journey into Mystery (RIP) and Young Avengers and Mike Allred's projects. (Linked art chosen more or less at random.)

Not only is the art for those books NOT prone to sexual objectification and male power fantasy depictions like a lot of the mainline books, but they don't have the general 'look' of books that do. I don't know if that makes sense. I, at least, tend to be put off at first by superhero comics that have that shiny spandex gradient coloring thing that's been so common, because even if the women aren't being objectified, that's still the association I have with that kind of artwork. It has a sign over it that says, "Not for you." Whereas something with art like Alphona's in Ms Marvel has a "For you" sign on it, quite aside from its actual content.

And obviously Alphona and Allred and some of the others have been around for a while now, but it seems to me that they weren't all getting brand new books in these numbers before. So. Yay.

(It's possible I'm just talking out my hat, since I have much less sense of the overall landscape of Marvel back in, say, 2008. But that's how it seems to me now.)

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Mar. 1st, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
*nod* Yeah, I need the art to have personality - although, having said that, there is some art whose personality just doesn't work for me. Filip Andrade on Captain Marvel, for example. But at least it's not the same as all the other art.

Also I'm learning that I'm super picky about coloring, and I will prefer the flatter coloring styles (like Hollingsworth for Aja in Hawkeye) over the more 3D ones every time. Also I value unity and mood in the art over 'realistic' coloring.
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Mar. 1st, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
but on the other hand, I also really don't enjoy seeing the dude superheroes as like, these ridiculous beefcake figures. It's nice to see them with a little personality. less rob liefeld posturing, a little more david aja's quirky faces.

INDEED. They're just grotesque to me, most of the time, so I have to deal with grotesque female bodies and grotesque male bodies at the same time. No wonder I spend so much time appreciating how hot Marko is in Saga. But yes also to personalities; one of the reasons I am so unenthused about most of the main male characters is how they all bleed together, all the same stoic flavorless hero man. The male fantasy thing ruins both the female characters and the male characters. :\
Feb. 19th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
Are you reading She-Hulk, btw? I remember you saying the art was weird to you.

The thing I like about the art on Hawkeye or stuff by the Allreds is how it sort of evokes a very retro comics look in a way that makes the books feel timeless.
Mar. 1st, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not reading She-Hulk. The preview put me off so badly I decided not to spend the money. I plan to read it when it turns up on MU.

I do really like the retro thing. I don't think all books need to look that way, but I sure am a sucker for the ones that do. I've realized that at this point I'll read pretty much anything Allred draws.
Feb. 19th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
I'm no art expert, but I think you're right. The new solo books all have a very distinct feel. They're different to the team books, but also different to each other, and they suit the tone they're going for with each book very well. It's not like they've settled on one 'female friendly' style for each female-led book. Black Widow looks very different to She-Hulk which looks different to Ms Marvel and Elektra, etc. The female-led book with the most traditional looking superhero art is the upcoming Captain Marvel, but that also works since hers is the most superhero-y of all the female-led books.

The team books are so... shiny and homogenous. All-New Invaders looks particularly bad.
Mar. 1st, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
They're different to the team books, but also different to each other, and they suit the tone they're going for with each book very well.

Yes, exactly. And :PPP to shiny homogeneity. I don't think all the team books are like that - the new Secret Avengers seems to be deliberately riffing off of what Aja's doing on Hawkeye - but certainly a lot of them are. :P
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