Top critical review
on September 12, 2012
The art of Alex Ross has become the gold standard of cover style and execution, and deservedly so. In terms of technique, and public acceptance, he has crossed the line that artists like Bama and Frazetta earned their reputations on. His work has graced comic books, Oscar programs, and even Time Magazine.
Those who have followed his career are familiar with his iconic imagery, and poster-like covers/layouts. "Rough Justice" presents work not seen before from the mid 2000's. We are treated to panels from Kingdom Come, unpublished art/inked pieces from Superman, Batman, and un-realized projects with young Batman/Superman. The art is spectacular, and does reveal some kind of design philosophy/thought processes. I was particularly impressed with the young Batman art and the flying Batmobile designs. In terms of reference, the young Batman reminds me a Bob Brown piece from the early 70's. Boy, that would be some kinda cool plane to own!
That said, this book covers the full gamut of DC characters from Aquaman to Zatara, and back. There is a good mix of roughs and finished/coloured pieces. One of the strengths of this book is that this work is PRE print, so any collector of Ross work will recognize the final product. Those who have seen the hardcover will appreciate this book. Those who have not will rush to their comic collections and wonder, and perhaps pick up a pencil and begin to draw.