I’m not going to wax poetic about Liefeld’s style here or his failings, I’ll let the art speak for itself. As a set up, The Infinite is a time travel sci fi action comic from Image Comics. It is written by Robert Kirkman, drawn by Rob Liefeld, and features a soldier from the future who travels into the past to team up with himself. It’s a surprisingly fun book that once you pick up you don’t easily put down.
And yet, these images plague me:
This is Bowen, the central time traveller. You’ll notice he has a strange problem whereby his left eye is much closer to his nose than his right eye. I know, at first I thought it was a trick of perspective, that Bowen was turning his head on an angle, but you can see both of his ears nearly as clear as each other. If Bowen is turning his head then it isn’t by much. It certainly isn’t enough to cause his eyes to distort and shift around his face like tectonic plates underneath are moving place over time. The more you read the book, the more you see everyone is on this odd non-angle with the heebie jeebie eyes.
If you are uncertain, and think I’m just being an overly analytical ass who couldn’t draw one quarter as well as Liefeld can, and often does, then I submit for you the following image. Now, be warned, this one is not for the faint of heart. Once you see this image you can never unsee it. You will forever be left with…oh, who am I kidding? Scroll down, check out the ghastly horror that is:
There really should not be that much distance between his nose and right eye. It's creepy and the other eyes juts out strangely and flatly. Weird.
Oh, I’ll also give you this little cracker of a caption set up. The time travelling hero is hoping to stop a hostile takeover and here he describes how easy it was for the takeover to go down.
I’d like to think the military forces aren’t so easily led that someone could just sieze a few army bases and the rest would fall into line. How eager to salute does Kirkman think the grunts are?
I use this article to mock Liefeld’s facial construction but I also hope you’ll be intrigued to check out more of The Infinite. There’s a simple and dashing quality to it that makes you want to be a teenager again so you can just unabashedly love it. Have you been reading The Infinite, what do you think of it? Do you have any other examples of the dreaded Liefeld Eyes?