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5.0 out of 5 stars ~This is worth your money, definitely worth your time.~, April 26, 2013
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This review is from: Marvel Knights: InHumans (DVD)
If you are not in any way familiar with motion comics, I am not sure what particular motion comic would be the best introduction for you, but this is not a bad way to begin. Like the writer of this series, Paul Jenkins, I had never heard of The Inhumans, but this really worked to my advantage, to learn of The Inhumans in this way. I think my father-in-law has perhaps mentioned The Inhumans, but his comic collection is so, AWESOME!, that because he has told me so much about Marvel & its history, this title would have been lost in the shuffle. Before I was injured, I was a freelance illustrator, primarily drawing & painting portraits. Until my father-in-law pulled out some of his comics, it had been over 20 years since I had looked at a comic book. I was depressed at how my gift was & is severely affected, yet he kind of brought me full circle with my art and its beginnings, and enjoying the art of others became strangely therapeutic for me, at least emotionally & mentally. I could never marry comic art with the realism of portraiture, so I was unexpectedly re~freshed from this, and it has been juvenescent for me. This is said to help you understand my particular perspective and why you should not be discouraged by what some other reviews have said. To be sure, motion comics ARE NOT traditional animations. These are works that are being created from artwork that was not originally intended for animation, so the look and feel is pausingly unseductive yet attractively unique, peculiar yet fascinating, all at the same time. Iron Man: Extremis was my introduction to motion comics, as I first discovered it on iTunes. It was not until the 3rd episode that I became aware that these were being made from comic books, and that element was intriguing. I immediately purchased the hardcover of Iron Man: Extremis, and I love it. But The Inhumans does not feel like Extremis, does not feel like Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, does not feel like Spider~Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. But, you clearly recognize that just from the initial and continual movements of the motion comic, they do not possess the fluidity of the morning cartoons, and that is what is so appealing. The decision making to determine how to bring movement from the limbs, the mouth, voices, backgrounds, while preserving and not offending those who know the comics while still capturing a new audience with a different feel of the same comics; that is just astounding and has to be applauded. If you purchase the DVD for Iron Man: Extremis, the artist, Adi Granov, explains how he could never have envisioned how comic book art could be translated into this medium. However, even he was pleasantly surprised that it was crafted particularly well for animation despite the fact that the art originally lacked the purposed foundation & scope for this function. For The Inhumans, I decided to watch the bonus feature first, and it paid off. It provides much background on The Inhumans, and the social implications and how they are tied in make this even more inviting. So much thought is put in to making comics, and depending on what you have been exposed to, in terms of reading and history, comics often repeat or mimic many ideologies, mythologies or theologies, re~packaging them and presenting them in different ways. The Inhumans and motion comics are an extension of these considerations, so with that in mind, give this a try. It is indeed different, but it is not bad.
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Initial post: Nov 8, 2013 10:24:03 AM PST
I, Too, was injured, and, I, Too, am a Artist like Yourself. I find that these MOTION COMICS are the SAME WAY I see Comics.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 8:31:06 AM PST
Ant-Man says:
( I could never marry comic art with the realism of portraiture)

of course you could_ that's what Alex Ross does- his paintings/illustrations look like a combo of photo realistic and comic painting...i've seen a few other examples but Alex Ross is the only illustrator/painter i remember by name--- check him out- maybe you find something new to do. he's a sought after artist to paint covers for books- he mostly does DC stuff.
appreciated your review- must be great to have a comic book collecting father-in-law
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