Thursday, September 25, 2003

Fantastic artist

I just read in Rich Johnston's Lying in the Gutters column that Steve McNiven will be drawing Fantastic Four beginning with issue #509. On one hand, I'm thrilled to see McNiven move to such a popular title. On the other hand, I've never enjoyed FF (even when Mark Waid was writing — I tried), so I probably won't read it.

When I first heard that McNiven was leaving Meridian, I was worried. His artwork has really defined that series. But when I met the new penciller, Vincenzo Cucca, in San Diego this summer, all worries were dispelled. Not only is are his drawings gorgeous, but he'll be paired with inker Don Hillsman, one of the coolest guys in comics. It looks like Meridian will remain one of the best comics on the shelves.

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