Sunday, October 11, 2009

Crisis on Infinite Arts - Mark Brooks' Iron Man


This is a pin-up of Iron Man that was done by Mark Brooks for the program book for HeroesCon 2008. The armor is based on the Iron Man movie version, but it also resembles some of the older comic versions. I particularly like this piece because it has a very dynamic pose that we normally don't see for a character like Iron Man and the colors (done by Brooks himself) are absolutely gorgeous as well.

Mark Brooks has been working for Marvel for a couple of years. He has contributed his art for titles such as Amazing Fantasy (he is the co-creator of the character AraƱa), the initial two issues of Cable & Deadpool (one of my favorite series) and a six-issue stint as the artist of New X-Men. He also contributed to the various issues of the Ultimate universe, including the final arc of Ultimate X-Men before the title was canceled due to the events of Ultimatum. He has also designed various statues of the women of the Marvel universe, including Mary Jane, Scarlet Witch and Dagger.

Brooks is currently collaborating with Paul Cornell in the pages of Dark Reign: Young Avengers. I don't know what there is in store for him after that, but based on the strength of this piece, I wouldn't mind him in an Iron Man title. You can see more of his works in his DeviantArt page.


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10 comments:

Flip The Page said...

Mark Brooks has been rising in my books over time without me realising it. Heck at first I didn't even know who we was outside of 'that dude who Zircher aped on Cable & Deadpool' but now... He's going places. Wouldn't want him on Iron Man because it's got a good ongoing artist already, but certainly an ultimate iron man title or something would rock bells.

Matt Ampersand said...

Ha! I thought I vaguely remembered Brooks drawing Iron Man at one point or the other, but it was an arc that Patrick Zircher did.

Spleeny said...

I wasn't really aware of Brooks before Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1, but that issue pretty much set the stage for what I think of Brooks even today; he's a really good superhero artist with a very dynamic sense of action and who draws very pretty girls and women, but his teenage boys look like they're in their mid-30s.

But that Iron Man piece is a really good example of what Brooks does really well.

Matt Ampersand said...

@Spleeny: Yeah, he does seem to have a bit of a problem with faces, kind of like Mark Bagley.

smkedtky said...

I like his Iron Man only because of the fact that it looks like Stark could actually be wearing $3 Billion in experimental tech. I was never a fan of the skin-tight costume look to Iron Man that most artists portray. John Romita Jr., for instance, drew a great Iron Man during his run way back when. It looked a little clunky but seemed more realistic in doing so.

Marc said...

I was actually conscious of Brooks for a while as "the decent artist who draws that poorly written Marvel Age Spider-Man book." I bought the first issue out of curiosity in early 2004, and I never picked up another one.

Actually, my thoughts on Brooks were at one point very similar to my current thoughts on Patrick Scherberger, who's best-known for drawing Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (although Adventures is a lot better than Age ever was). I'm hoping more people will take note of him when the Spider-Man & the Secret Wars miniseries he's doing with Paul Tobin comes out.

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