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On Emma Rios and Osborn

April 11th, 2011 by | Tags: ,

From Osborn 3, words by Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Emma Rios, color art by José Villarubia:


There’s a lot to like here. Rios’s art is looser, messier than it was on Hexed and Strange. Villarubia’s colors really work, too, with that orange and purple putting me in mind of Frazer Irving and early ’90s X-Men comics simultaneously.

What’s crucial for me is how she’s showing speed and, to a lesser extent maybe, impacts. Those thick, chunky lines are nice, but I like how she’s restricting the speed lines to certain parts of the body–blondie’s arms and body are a blur of lines and motion, while his face is fairly still in comparison. His tattoos are distinct, but look at his waist. All blur.

And again on page 2, where Norman Osborn delivers what’s basically a 2011-era Kirby Punch. Blondie’s gone flying, dominating the panel, but he’s still in motion. Osborn’s the one with the blur now.

This is nice work. Love that pose on Osborn on page 3, too. Here’s a preview of Hexed.

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3 comments to “On Emma Rios and Osborn”

  1. [...] Comics | David Brothers looks at a sequence from Osborn #3, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios and José Villarubia. [4thletter!] [...]


  2. Dude, that ain’t Norman Osborn – his hair does not look like that.

    Seriously though, awesome art.


  3. Definitely a book that has been flying under everyone’s radar… like Simone and Scott, DeConnick and Rios are nice ladies who can write the ^%$%$^%$ out of evil characters, bringing them to life…

    And I’ll say it again… Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick are the new power comics couple in terms of talent and potential.