In Gael Bertrand's A Land Called Tarot, the Knight of Shadows comes across all manner of strange and colorful inhabitants during his quest through a mysterious land. The fantastical story debuted in Brandon Graham and Emma Rios' boundary-pushing Image Comics anthology Island, but is being collected in its own hardcover for readers to fully experience Bertrand's beautiful pages uninterrupted.
The hardcover also features never before seen material, and Image has provided us with an exclusive look inside.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
On the list of things I want to read comics about, right underneath "Batman," "Jetpacks," and "Batman with a jetpack," you will find an entry for "girls with machine guns and dragons driving cars." Like, if you have that in your comic, I'm halfway there already without knowing anything else about what's going on, because I've always said that if there's one thing that could really improve Gunsmith Cats, it's dragons.
As a result, I'm pretty intrigued by the art of Gael Bertrand, whose art has smooth lines and fine details that remind me of Hergé, if Hergé had made Tintin a girl with a rally car and an uzi. Truly, that would've been a finer world, but Bertrand is here to fill in! Check out some favorites below!
What I love about the comic book anthology is the frequently anarchic approach they can take to compiling disparate creators and stories. It's like putting a bunch of great cartoonists, writers and artists -- some of whom you know, some you've never heard of-- in a playlist and hitting "shuffle...
Hellblazer may have retired from the world, enjoying an afterlife as the New 52's Constantine, but there's still plenty of artwork to enjoy from Hellblazer's occasional fill-in artist, Gael Bertrand...
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