Every day this month I'm going to feature a current comic book art "star," someone whose work I absolutely love.
I'm mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of JH Williams, Frank Quitely and Darwyn Cooke? Here's the archive of the artists mentioned so far!
I'm going to go on my first sort of/kind of theme of the month, with a quick tangent at artists connected with Rick Remender.
Jerome OpeÃ±a first caught my eye when he came aboard as a replacement penciler on Fear Agent, and boy, talk about an awesome replacement penciler (it reminded me of the Exterminators story arc that brought in Darick Robertson for a fill-in story arc!!!).
I think artist Skottie Young described OpeÃ±a best when he said on his blog a few months ago:
If you're not familiar with this artist you should walk to the nearest high bridge and toss yourself off. He's incredible.
OpeÃ±a has not had an extensive career yet, mostly some DarK Horse work (he did some Star Wars Tales), but you can be darn certain you will be seeing more of him soon, as I believe he is already on Axel Alonso's radar over at Marvel (I believe he's already done a little Wolverine work in one of those ubiquitous Wolverine one-shots of the past year or so).
In any event, here is the best way to show the strong design work and dynamic energy and storytelling he brings - five pages from Fear Agent (written by Rick Remender)...
Great stuff, right?
For good measure, here are some neat sketches from a short-lived sketch blog OpeÃ±a kept up here.