Sunday, April 21, 2013

Frank Cho- Women: Selected Drawings & Illustrations, Book Two

 I've been a fan of Frank Cho's since he first started publishing the much-missed Liberty Meadows comic book. I love that book, and I hope his increased profile at Marvel Comics doesn't mean we've see the last of it. Cho fans can, however, rejoice in the knowledge that 2013 brings us a follow-up to his 2006 art book Women, entitled Frank Cho- Women: Selected Drawings & Illustrations, Book Two.

 It's a rather slim (80 pages) volume, and there's a lot of repetition within the book, as Cho presents full-page concept sketches, pencils, and finished/colored art for many of the illustrations, which means one picture often takes up three pages, which seems like a waste of valuable space to me. The book is broken up into sections, including Cho's cover illustrations, a chapter devoted to Brandy, his cult Liberty Meadows character, and a section of nudes. The art, it should go without saying, is wonderful. Cho is one of the all-time greats, and his work here certainly shows it. He also manages to sneak his trademark sense of humor into almost every illustration in the book. My only complaint with the volume was that it was too short. Let's hope it doesn't take another seven years until we get Volume Three...

 Image Comics provided a review copy.

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