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Back in 2011 Marvel relaunched Daredevil and it was getting some very favorable reviews. I had been staying away from the superhero genre and Marvel in general. I was tired of them rehashing old ideas so I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up Daredevil by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera.
I never read Daredevil much. I had read Redemption not too long ago and I was expecting something really dark with the relaunch. To my surprise it was a fun book to read but more importantly for me the art was a breath of fresh air. This was the first time I had seen Paolo Rivera’s art. At first it seemed too simple but it started to make me feel like I was observing something classic. Something that was refined. It only took me a few pages and I was a Paolo Rivera fan.
He also introduced something interesting that apparently had not been done before. I might be wrong but he drew a kinda “daredevil vision”. He visualized what Matt Murdock sensed, kinda like the sonar vision depicted in the Daredevil movie. It was a fun thing to see but things got crazy when you could see what Daredevil could see when he confronted the Spot. The Spot can create and infinite number of portals represented by black circles. His body is even covered in them and when you look at Spot through Daredevil’s sonar sense the portals eat into his body like a piece of swiss cheese. Paolo is creative.
Even his page layout with the Spot smacking around Daredevil breaks the norm giving you another sense of the randomness of fighting a villain like the Spot. Paolo is now one of my favorite artist.
Check out this time lapse video for the Daredevil #22 cover with Superior Spider-man to see more of what I’m talking about and to enjoy how this artist works. Paolo uses alot of tools to get perspective and anatomy just right. He obsesses over getting Daredevils legs perfect in this video! I don’t know if he’s a genius or just mad! Either way you can’t deny he’s a great artist. Probably one of the best currently at Marvel.
I think he might be branching out of Marvel actually, either way last year his covers for Daredevil were in my opinion some of the absolute best covers from all year. His covers tell a story and have subtle messages within them. Notice how on issue one Daredevil is covering his eyes. Playing off the fact that he is blind and that Matt Murdock is hiding is identity as Daredevil? My favorite cover has to be the gothic #10 Moleman cover. Creepy!
I’ve been a designer for 15 years. I love creating & sharing. So, I’m hoping this site is a place to help me do both. I do freelance work as well. If you’re interested in what I can do, please take a look at my portfolio.
I started out years ago in print and have now designed in several mediums; including interactive experiences, as well as video and motion graphics.