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DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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I am more likely to purchase an 300+ page art book. I am far less likely to purchase this collection of comics, some of which I already own.
The actual contents of this book are not even listed here. I will do my best to list them for other potential buyers.
According to the inside flap of the dust jacket:
Superman: Lois Lane #1
Secret Origins 80-Page Giant #1 (short story)
Joker Last Laugh Secret Files #1 (short story)
Birds of Prey #47-49
JSA Classified #1-4
Wonder Woman #600 (short story)
And a few pages of art in the back.
Bottom line; I am disappointed with the description and with the product in my hand, however it still gets 4 stars because Amanda Conner's art is that good. I just wish there was more of it in this book.
My only problem is with Amazon's description. Besides the script for one of the Wonder Woman comics, I don't think there is single word from the artist herself in the book, which is disappointing as I would have loved to read the stories behind her illustrations or her experiences in the industry. In that regard, this book is definitely NOT on the level of Adam Hughes's wonderful Cover Run. There is an 8-page gallery of covers and sketches at the end, but they squeezed four of them onto each page so it not a great showcase of Conner's talent. Compared to other DC collections (such as Power Girl), you miss out on each story's cover art. I know they are probably done by a different artist, but without them, each of the included stories feel a little incomplete.
Overall, 4-stars because of the quality of the book itself and because it's Amanda Conner. Just don't expect anything new.
I read Powergirl from the old DC Comics (pre-52). One of the highlights was Conner's work. I didn't like it at first because I thought it was too cartoony. However, the more that I read, and looked at it, her art just fit the tone of the book. For the most part, the stories weren't too heavy, and the artwork was perfect for it. Conner's specialty to me was always been in the way that she's made her female characters look, sexy, and believable. They don't have unbelievable measurements that's the norm today. When she draws a male hero like Superman, he doesn't look like he's on a steady regiment of some kind of synthetic drugs designed to make him look the ultimate body builder. One of her trademarks though, is the expressiveness on faces.
The first story was about Lois Lane. This was a Lois Lane that you haven't seen before. Reddish-brown hair, secret agent. Looking at it, and Conner's later work, you can see the evolution. Lois's face just doesn't have the expression that you'll see on other female character's faces in later Conner work.
The next big story was a Birds of Prey story. Looking at the character's faces, you can see that Conner's work has evolved, and you can kind of tell what characters are thinking just from their faces. The highlights, seeing Oracle walk, and the fight between Black Canary and Talia Al Ghoul.
After this, the next big story we get is a Powergirl story from JSA Classified from when Infinite Crisis was going on. This was the story that got me interested in Powergirl, and Conner's art was one big reason. This is Conner at her best.Read more ›
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Bought for a friend who loves this artist. they seemed to love it.Published 8 months ago by Cornelius Contreras
I've been a huge fan of her artwork for a long time ever since I saw her artwork in "The Pro". This is just another great addition to her book of artwork from IDW. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Yul R. Espinosa
But, it's still a very good addition to my DC artists collection,
I was figuring on a basic art book. Think Adam Hughes' "Cover Run". Read more
I love Amanda Conner and Power Girl. I will get her to sign this next month at MegaCon. Thanks a lot.Published on February 22, 2013 by deadhamster
Amanda Conner has a unique and loose style that isn't found anywhere else in comics. I only wish DC would have included full size covers for each book. Anyway, you need this.Published on January 30, 2013 by Scott Baer
Great disappointment. I was expecting an Art book. The book is a collection of stories that feature Amanda as the artist. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Jose W. Cano
I've never met Amanda Conner, but I love her. Since I first read The Pro, a bit of Garth Ennis inspired insanity about a prostitute who gets super powers, I've loved her clean,... Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Kindle Customer
If you think there isn't enough boob in comics, this is the cure. Amanda has enlarged them enough to make a common street flasher blush at times.Published on December 20, 2012 by Eric Passero