Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow
Art: Geof Darrow
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
In my honest opinion if a world renowned Comic Publisher signs off on a sketchbook for a particular artist, said artist kicks major ass on the Bristol Board. That statement definitely holds true with Dark Horse’s latest release Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow. The book opens with a touching forward from Colorist Dave Stewart. It sets the table for what turns out to be a spellbinding array of artistic kick-assery. His willingness to jump from genre to genre with his style shows that he has true fluidity as an artist. You can immediately see two things as soon as you reach the title page 1) that he’s earned the respect of his colleagues 2) he is a star on the rise.
What you get when you look at Geof’s art is a very mixed bag and I mean that in the best way possible! You want detail that is very much on par with George Perez art, he’s your man. If you want fun and engaging character design he’s got you faded. If you want trip-inducing fantasy and abstract art Geof Darrow is your Huckleberry! I’m surprised and somewhat ashamed myself for not having seen or heard of his work before I read this. With all of the themes and genre’s he touches on with his almighty pencil I see neither weakness or flaw with his skill set.
My Advice for you would be to pick this one up in time for your next Comic con and hit up the Artist Alley for his autograph. Also, buy whatever else he has, It’s definitely worth it. Or at the very least get this and let it sit on your coffee table. Its sure to make an excellent conversation piece.