Lafuente, with some time on series, could become my favorite artist that has worked on USM in one form or another. Mark Bagley was a solid and consistent artist but his style is not particularly distinctive. Stuart Immonen, on the other, was a step up in quality but he never really had time to put his mark on the series, in comparison to Bagley. Lafuente has a far more distinctive style than either of them and I generally like his designs on the series. His art also just seems to better fit the tone that Bendis is going for better than either previous artist managed to do.
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I will say though, the idea of having three "big name" artists each do a part of the art (Capullo on layouts, Ottley on pencils and McFarlane on inks) to create a new look is an interesting idea but, obviously, I think it failed in its execution. It would have worked better if they had used an artist who didn't clash with Capullo's and McFarlane's styles but who still a distinctive look to bring to the table but, I'll admit finding an artist like that was probably going to be extremely hard. Personally, I would have also gone with other artists than Capullo and McFarlane as well but that's just because I just don't like their styles. Sure, I'll admit, I loved McFarlane's work on Spider-Man, when I was 10, but, like most of the other Image artists, once you grow up and, presumable, get a more refined taste in art, the positive aspects become negative. Essentially, it's the whole style over substance dynamic. His art looks good to the untrained eye, but falls apart on closer examination. His biggest problem, on top of some wonky anatomy, is that he just has way to much clutter and unnecessary lines that add nothing to the comic and just serve to distract the reader.
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