blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

The New Mutants (1983) #30


I don’t think I’ve ever read a Sienkiewicz comic before. I know, I know. I was a DC guy in the eighties for the most part and, even if I did, I was a kid and probably wouldn’t have appreciated it. Sienkiewicz did mainstream books? It’s incredible to think about it–his work’s design oriented but also has a narrative flow. It’s absolutely great.

The comic itself, a Secret Wars II crossover, is all right if unspectacular. Even though I’m completely unfamiliar with the title, I could figure some things out (though not all the character names, besides Dazzler and Kitty Pryde), maybe because Claremont is the wordiest comic book writer I think I’ve ever seen.

I wonder if the title was produced “Marvel style” (Sienkiewicz illustrating off a plot, then Claremont filling in text)–there’s a lot of art covered up here with exposition.

It’s a decent enough comic.

One response to “The New Mutants (1983) #30”

  1. vernon wiley

    At this time for me I was almost completely out of mainstream comics, and I sure didn't appreciate his art back then. I remember liking him much better as a Neal Adams imitator. I can only imagine his "stylistic" narrative coupled with about a huge torrent of words by Claremont. Well, at least you got your money & time's worth between the labored art to look at and the exposition to read.

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