Haven't read past 8, but from what I've seen in previews and the like, each artist has their strengths and weaknesses.
Urru has the most consistent and dynamic panels, but Mooney and Runge have better likenesses to the actors in those pivitol, iconic panels; which I think is great. My personal preference is probably Mooney and his use of heavy black tones. Runge has contributed some amazing covers though, and I wish he'd stayed on for the rest.
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I wonder if Franco and I did a series that wasn't ANGEL/BUFFY/Whedon related, if people might check it out. hmmm...
Can you get Fabio too? 'Cause that'd be awesome. #15 was my favorite issue overall of the series and that's because of his strong art. I'm not sure I'd say it's my favorite issue for writing because there were other incredibly strong issues. To be clear, I think it's got incredible writing, but that's always been AtF's greatest and most consistent strength. The writing was never why I critiqued an issue negatively, it was the inconsistency of the art (Franco always delivers strongly) and my dissatisfaction with the colorist (I was unhappy with the tone Lyon set and the weakness of the backgrounds).
#15 combines all three elements at their best - writing, pencils and coloring. So it was the combination of all three that elevates the issue for me. Excellence from all creative contributions - Lynch, Urru and Mantovani.
Lynch + Urru + Mantovani = Lyrruman aka my favorite creative team-up. It makes me wonder what Mantovani could have done for Runge's or Mooney's work also.
I'm also wishing that Mantovani had colored Spike: After the Fall. My mind boggles (and there might be a little drool) at the thought that Spike: After the Fall could be even better. Granted, Lyon did a fair job for S:AtF but I'm having fun imagining what Mantovani could have done with the piece, the added dimensional texture that makes you want to bring the page up closer for a better look and the beautiful backgrounds that help strengthen the tone of the story. Mantovani creates such incredible texture and detail to the art that at times you want to squint closer to see it better or actually touch the page because the illusion of the art is *that* good. You have to look closer or touch it to be sure because it looks so real.
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What is it about Runge or Mooney's style that makes you prefer it to Urru's, Ben? Just wondering about your viewpoint and why you liked one style of art over the other.
I think the art of Angel reached an all-time high with Issue 15 when Fabio Mantovani teamed up to color Urru's work. Absolutely gorgeous.
I'm not sure Emmie. Maybe its because Mooney's and Runge's drawings portray the actors better. You know? I know that its not the most important thing but when I see the characters, I feel...I feel like the gang is all back. I love that feeling, of seeing everybody back. I also wanted to see Runge's or Mooney's portrayal of Illyria in her finest. You know? I don't know. lol.
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