A Month of Art Stars – Mahmud A. Asrar
Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book art “star,” someone whose work I absolutely love.
I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of JH Williams, Frank Quitely and Darwyn Cooke? Here‘s the archive of the artists mentioned so far!
Here’s an independent superhero artist who is beginning to get a lot of attention from the “Big Two” (and well deserved, of course).
Mahmud A. Asrar is Jay Faerber’s artistic collaborator on the nifty superhero comic, Dynamo 5, which is about five children of a superhero who form a team when they are each “activated” and given one of the hero’s many different powers (imagine if Superman’s powers were split up amongst five teens).
Asrar co-created the book with Faerber, and designed all the characters (well, not counting the ones who has already made appearances in the “Faerber-verse”).
Here is a snapshot of the Dynamo 5 gang, courtesy of Asrar’s covers for the first two collections of Dynamo 5…
These covers show Asrar’s boisterous, clean, dynamic art style well.
But can he tell a story?
Check out these Dynamo 5 pages…
I posit that yes, he can!
And in case you’re curious as to how he would draw characters from the Big Two, check it out…
He has recently done some work for Marvel on a Nova comic and is doing some upcoming She-Hulk work.
He is definitely one to watch!
Here is his website, where you can find links to both a place to purchase his art as well as the page where all the above samples came courtesy of!