DC Unveils ‘Midnighter & Apollo’ Pages by Fernando Blanco From New Steve Orlando Series [SDCC 2016]
Everybody's favorite super-boyfriends are returning to DC Comics this October, and we've got some gorgeous Fernando Blanco art to show you from the first issue. The in-progress pages are from the first issue of the six-part Midnighter & Apollo miniseries written by Steve Orlando, who also wrote the recent Midnighter series, with Blanco on interiors and ACO (the primary artist on Midnighter) handling covers.
The best thing about these pages are how dynamically Blanco portrays the characters in action. Midnighter fights his way through the length of a train, and thanks to expert pacing and some great multi-panel cutaways, it's never hard to follow. He also punches a guy's teeth out, and then gives him a moment to react to that before kicking him through an entire train. Then Apollo shows up for a splash page to conduct his sort of violence, which is different from Midnighter's violence in scale, if not in intensity.
That's part of what makes these two such an interesting superhero couple. It's easy to shorthand them as "Superman and Batman if they were gay," but what it really comes down to is that Midnighter is the smartest, fastest fighter --- he's the best at beating people up and winning in combat. Apollo is a big-scale superhero. He doesn't need to win that one fight with that one guy, because he's just going to pick up a train and hit a robot made of trains with it. Check out the pages below: