Black History Month 2011: Marc Bernardin

February 21st, 2011 by | Tags: , , ,

from women of marvel. art by romina moranelli(, whose style here has a little bit of humberto ramos-ness to it, but who also has a skinny style i dig a lot).

Marc Bernardin
Selected Works: Top Cow First Look Volume 1 TP, Genius #1, Monster Attack Network, The Highwaymen

There are a lot of different types of comics. Comics with crazy high concepts, cheesecake comics, autobio, and on and on and on. There’s this other lane I enjoy, too, which are basically just comics for the sake of being comics. Straight up comic books, no gimmicks. These are the sort of books that you can give to anyone, because they aren’t hinging upon decades of history. They get in, they get out, and you’re left entertained.

Marc Bernardin, with his writing partner Adam Freeman, is good at those kinds of comics. A quick flip through his ComicBookDB profile reveals a more or less even mix of original work and corporate comics, including a movie tie-in miniseries. The thing about this collection of one-shots and minis is that they don’t get to hinge upon past history. At best, you have a status quo you can tie into for a little extra punch, but you don’t get the momentum you would from delving into continuity porn.

You have to sit down and make your story good enough to be worthy on its own merits. Bernardin’s had eight(ish) pages on the low side of things, and six on the high side, to make his readers into true believers. That means that there’s no time at all to screw around. Bernardin (and Freeman!) uses a deft mix of humor, big action right out of the gate, and fast pacing to keep you hooked. On top of that, his books tend to be aware of the medium and genre they’re working in. There are little nods and hints toward other books or franchises, just enough to let your mind make the connection, but not so much that it interferes with the book.

Bernardin writes straight up comics, and that counts for a lot to me.

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2 comments to “Black History Month 2011: Marc Bernardin”

  1. I like Moranelli. She is indeed similar to Ramos, but she doesn’t do that weird perspective that makes everything seem off and the characters disproportionate. I’ll have to cover her in the Italian Comics Creators Spotlight I’m going to start doing on my blog. I just did a review of the Daughters of the Dragon trade (I know, about 5 years late) and I credited you for bringing the book to my attention.

  2. Poor Felicia…first she loses half of her costume, now her nipples seem to have gone with it. Hope her lips don’t hurt too much from all the air that someone pumped into them…