I am not the world's biggest Howard Porter fan. I admit that the guy has a dynamic style that is very much geared towards the mainstream, so if I was a comic book publisher, I am sure I would find the guy work, because he flat out helps sell comics.
For instance, I would prefer him to draw a book like JLA than an artist I like more, like Doug Mahnke, because Porter is more dynamic, and works well in the wide scope, even though Manhke is definitely the better artist between the two.
Still, while in the wide scope he works well, in everything else - I find him very lacking. Facial expressions, body language, just normal every day stuff - I don't like his work.
I mention this specifically to put into context how pleased I was upon reading Flash #217.
He drew Linda Park as though she was actually Korean!!!!
I was taken aback.
Since her first appearance in Flash, about 15 years ago, Linda Park has been drawn as though she was actually Korean for about 5 or so total issues. Jackson Guice, Ron Lim and Alberto Dose were the ONLY artists to ever draw her as actually appearing Korean.
Greg Laroque would occasionally slant her eyes, that's it (and I know, that sounds horrible, but it is the truth!). Otherwise, she may as well have been Lois Lane.
Mike Wieringo? She may as well have been Lois Lane.
Salvador Larooca? She may as well have been Lois Lane.
Oscar Jiminez? She may as well have been Lois Lane.
Paul Ryan? She may as well have been Lois Lane.
Pop Mhan? I don't know WHO he was drawing...but he didn't make her look Korean.
Scott Kolins? He was better, in that he at least went for an "ethnic" look. Of course, all it turned out was that she ended up looking like a black Lois Lane.
And this is the same way in almost every title....artists just do not seem to attempt to draw ethnic characters as, well, ethnic characters!
And I think it is just a case of artistic shorthand.
It's a lot simpler to not have to put the effort into drawing the characters with details.
But it really irks me when I see it.
In any event, Howard Porter did not do that. He put some effort into it. And while she still suffered from some of his stitled body language problems, she at least looked like a Korean-American woman with stitled body language.
And that's progress.