A wonderful artist who has done a ton of cover work, and not enough interior comic work, Brian Bolland gets his spotlight in Cover Story: The DC Comics Art Of Brian Bolland.
Artist Brian Bolland, best known for his work as illustrator of the best-selling title BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, is the subject of this new hardcover collecting his covers for DC Comics. Featuring highly detailed and meticulous craftsmanship combined with dramatic takes on the world’s best-known Super Heroes, Bolland’s work has been featured on GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH, ZATANNA and the Vertigo series THE INVISIBLES and ANIMAL MAN. This spectacular collection includes rarely seen and never-before-published art, along with commentary from Bolland.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: this is 208 pages of cover reproductions which you could view on comic.org or comicbookdb.com if you searched by cover artist. That’s not the point.
This book presents Bolland’s work for DC through Bolland’s eyes, as he comments on each and every piece. Some are bare facts while others give a full story to the process and creation of the cover. Lots of great breakdowns and pencils featured to give the process its due.
A deluxe book in every sense of the word: thick pages, oversized, excellent production values. Read it through or pick it up and take in a few pages at a time.
You can’t really review something like this: fans of Bolland’s art should pick up Cover Story: The DC Comics Art Of Brian Bolland, not only to enjoy the beautiful artwork but to get a peek behind the wizard’s curtain.
Originally published at Comic Book Daily.