Jun 25, 2018

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 1216: Detective Comics #860, February 2010

https://www.comics.org/issue/681429/

Today marks the last issue of Detective illustrated by J.H. Williams III. I want to say something about his art, because it demonstrates so perfectly the way that comics communicates with its audience. Williams' art style is constantly shifting throughout the series. Whenever a character is in costumed regalia (thus far on Batwoman and Batman), they take on a much more realistic mode than the characters do when they're in their civvies (trying to embrace the Army-speak of Kate and her Dad). It's almost as if, in embodying a mythic principle, the costumed characters become more real than the reality they inhabit. Which is, of course, exactly what happens with superhero comics.

No more J.H. Williams, but more to come...

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