thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2012 Series No. 56 - Iron Man [Heroes Reborn]

TRDL 2012 Series No. 56 - Iron Man [Heroes Reborn]

TRDL 2012 Series No. 56 - Iron Man [Heroes Reborn]

The goal of the Iron Man Armory project has been to draw every Iron Man armor variant ever. EVER. That includes some of the weaker ones. I had a lot of trouble with this armor, and this book in general, at the time. Most of that was due to a lackluster script and the hyper-detailed art of Wilce Portacio. I like some of the detail, but elements of composition, and any normal human he drew, would throw me off, like having that early sense of imminent food poisoning. In retrospect, it was easily the most interesting work in the Image Heroes Reborn experiment, with the most creative redesign of a Marvel signature character in the bunch. After drawing this piece originally in 2012, I came to appreciate some of the design cues I originally liked, but more, like the unreasonable smokestacks and weird corded cyber muscles of the neck area; I also grew to loathe the areas I always disliked to begin with, like the combinations of curved, edged, and faceted plating and general sense of arbitrary design. However, recently, in 2015 or so, the armor was used again in a story arc in the last few issues of the Fantastic Four, in which the heroes of the Heroes Reborn universe (retconned to be a Franklin Richards universal experiment) were pulled into 616 continuity as mindless henchmen of the antagonist of the story. HR Iron Man looked AMAZING. It just shows how the same design, drawn by different artists, can come across equally differently. 

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TRDL 2012 Series No. 45 - Batman Begins

TRDL 2012 Series No. 45 - Batman Begins

TRDL 2007 Series No. 12 - Planet Hulk

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