♦ IDW’s Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants And Moon Knights And Assassins Artifact Edition is out now and Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows just took a look at it…
Since its launch around 2015, IDW’s Artist’s and Artifact Edition line has, under its editor Scott Dunbier, been a wonderful curator of some of the finest comic stories and art published in the past five decades. This is the first time they have covered modern genius Bill Sienkiewicz’s work and it will be no surprise to hear that this book shows the same care and attention to detail that the others offer.
It starts with pages from his exceptional New Mutants run including some from the groundbreaking Demon Bear story and then moves on to a selection of pages from Moon Knight, the series that got him noticed by the industry. Then, we are treated to a selection of his gorgeous painted work from Elektra: Assassin and it is rounded off by a number of his covers.
It is fascinating to watch his evolution as an artist, moving from someone heavily influenced by Neal Adams to a true distinctive artistic voice.
It also shows just how versatile he is as an artist, as comfortable tackling pen and ink as he is creating ambitious painted work. His art looks magnificent in the larger format too and you can spend ages just taking his work in here at a size you would never be able to appreciate otherwise.
With a body of work like his, I am sure this is the first but definitely not the last IDW Artifact or Artist’s Edition focusing on him that we shall be seeing. Sienkiewicz continues to be head and shoulders above many of his contemporaries and this is a must-buy book for aficionados of his work and exceptional illustration and comic art. Dunbier and IDW have done it again.