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Ivan Reis’ Back Pages

Every day this month I will share with you the first (at least as far as I know) U.S. professional work by a notable comic book creator. Here is an archive of the creators who have been featured so far.

Today’s featured creator is Ivan Reis!

Enjoy!

Currently, Ivan Reis is one of DC Comics’ very most popular comic book artists! After doing an acclaimed run on Green Lantern with writer Geoff Johns, the two paired together for DC’s hit crossover, Blackest Night.

Here are a few pages from that story…

But when Reis broke into comics in 1996 (when he was just 20 years old), his style was a lot different.

Here are a few pages from his first comic book story, Dark Horse’s Ghost #17, from late 1996….

Roughly that same month, Reis had a piece in a Wonder Woman Gallery from DC Comics (which is pretty darn impressive for a 20 year old artist with no other comic book credits to his name)….

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Never really got into his art. His current stuff looks pretty nice, I’ll admit, but it reminds me a little too much of Alan Davis and Brian Hitch. He’s got some talent, so I keep hoping he’ll develop more of his own style (like Hitch did after being a Davis clone for a while). But so far, I haven’t seen enough that’s not derivative.

These back pages, while admittedly old, don’t help his case. The Ghost stuff is pretty typical 90s stuff, and that Wonder Woman looks a lot like Deodato’s WW. But he was young and it was the 90s, so we can’t hold it against him.

I prefer his older work. The style may be derivative of Deodato and Lee, but the storytelling is better.

Darth Eradicus

March 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I absolutely loved Reis’ work on GHOST. The book started off with Adam Hughes, but he left after the first two issues and there was a long string of interim artists–including Terry Dodson at one point–but when Reis came aboard finally as the regular artist, I couldn’t have been happier. His style back then was right for that particular time, but I think the transition to his current style actually began when he became the regular artist on LADY DEATH after his run on GHOST ended.

Still one of my favorite artists, and maybe one of the few I’d like to see work on his own creation one day.

How many IVs does that guy have going into him? Scott of Polite Dissent would be thoroughly amused

I love seeing the evolution of artists like this. BRIAN – You should dig up Stuart Immonen’s earl stuff from Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics, if you haven’t already. You’d NEVER EVER think he would have a future, let alone a fan-favorite one, in comics.

(I have a copy, I think, if you need a scan.)

funkygreenjerusalem

March 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Wow that’s some 90′s looking art!

I like his Blackest Night work a lot, but it was a pretty dark book – I’d like to see Reis on an epic JLA or DCU story that’s a bit brighter throughout.

His current stuff looks pretty nice, I’ll admit, but it reminds me a little too much of Alan Davis and Brian Hitch

Yeah, but it looks more like Hitch when he was good, than Hitch’s current stuff does.

Hitch has gotten too stilted for me – there’s no energy to it at all.

I love seeing the evolution of artists like this. BRIAN – You should dig up Stuart Immonen’s earl stuff from Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics, if you haven’t already. You’d NEVER EVER think he would have a future, let alone a fan-favorite one, in comics.

You could dig up Immomens stuff from a few years ago and it would look like a different artist – that guy’s always changing.

Imo Ivan Reis is without a doubt the best comic book artist in any company right now his work on GL has been incredible and he’s even surpassed EVS as THE GL artist during this run. They guy to me is this generations George Perez and the only guy aside from George that can do massive multi-character spreads that make your jaw drop because of how many characters he can fit into them.

Man, I love me some Ivan Reis. He’s like this great combination of Jim Lee and Bryan Hitch. I just wish he was on a book I didn’t hate >_> Still, he’s become a bit of the poster boy for DC Comics, with his images gracing just as many promotional images as Jim Lee used to.

“He’s like this great combination of Jim Lee and Bryan Hitch.”

I’d even add George Perez to that mix, given how well he can draw a hundred things at once on a page.

His old art style’s not bad, but it’s a lot rougher than his current one. Probably a little less comfortable for Wonder Woman’s rear end, as well. :P

Wow. That Wonder Woman has some SERIOUS brokeback going on. And the thong…ugh.

I’ll take Reis now, thank you.

I like Ivan’s art; it’s an evolution of Neal Adams’ work that took stylistic cues from Alan Davis, Bryan Hitch and a little Carlos Pacheco (in the way he render fists and background figures). Not too sure about the Jim Lee influence; in my mind, Ivan’s surpassed him in some areas (especially timeliness). I think Ivan really hit his stride right around the time of the Sinestro Corps War and took it to a new level with Blackest Night.

That said, I’ve not been that impressed with his Brightest Day work; it’s been this weird mash-up with Joe Prado. I’d love to see him do a book cover-to-cover; it’s been about a year since we’ve seen that… and I hope Oclair Albert comes back to finish Ivan’s work; the other inkers just don’t do as good a job of it.

Anyway, that Wonder Woman piece at the end looks like a Mike Deodato tribute.

This guy is great. Who can draw all that stuff in Green Lantern so well? That movie has a lot to live up too.

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