One more page from Gotham City Sirens
My reasons for posting this page are twofold....firstly, to illustrate a point I made in the last Gotham City Sirens post about the way the artist draws faces - specifically, the blandness of the female faces, and relative cartooniness of the male faces.
Secondly...I'm a Riddler fan, who's been rather....distressed by his recent jobbing. For everyone. Former victims, supposed friends...it's one thing to have the Bat get one over on him, but Eddie's played the chump for everyone pretty constantly for a couple years, and this...bugs me. Eddie finally manages to get some back in GCS. Sort of.
OK, to set up - a newbie Z-lister named Boneblaster is trying to make a name for himself by taking out Catwoman. After tracking her - to Riddler's place, specifically - he's delighted to find he's found not only her, but Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and the Riddler - what better way to make a name by taking out 4 big names like them?
He's forgotten, of course, that the reason they're big names is they're not exactly easy to take down - except, in this case, for Eddie, who Ivy has pretty much zombified at this point. So, just before Selina puts Boneblaster down, a stray elbow brings Eddie around.
Yeah...how sad is it that the last few years have made Eddie such a chump that kicking the crap out of an already subdued no-name putz like Boneblaster in the ruins of his home is an improvement? It's cathartic, if nothing else.
And, as to the faces...look at Eddie and Boneblaster - taken on their own, they're not bad - pretty good even - I love the look on Eddie's face just before he lays into Boneblaster. But taken in the context of the rest of the art, they're oddly cartoonish, and that pulls me out of the story. And contrast them to the girls' faces, and...well, I'll take inappropriately cartoonish over indistinguishable and bland. I can't really add anything I haven't already said, or you can't see for yourself, so I'll leave it at that.
And, randomly, the biggest proof to me that Boneblaster's a loser, to my mind? He doesn't know how to paint his face up like a skull, doing an inverted V over top of his nose, instead of doing it all black, making him look more like a Star Trek alien's skull than a human skull.