First of all: we lied. Jab wasn’t QUITE done with Rob Liefeld yet! Because he initially forgot about YET ANOTHER team book Rob created for Image… Yes, Rob Liefeld created ANOTHER friggin’ superhero team in his first couple of years at Image Comics, the NEW MEN. Here, they’re another band of X-Men knockoffs who are “Nu-Genes”, which is the Legally-Distinct-From-Mutants of Rob’s universe… even though … Continue reading Jab’s Image Deep Dive: Jim Valentino!
The snarling, grim, intense-looking Prophet was Rob Liefeld’s other attempt at a solo hero in his Image franchise, and is a weird combination of Rob Tropes- he has long hair and a weird cloth “boxing helmet” on, just like X-Force ‘s Shatterstar, but he’s also a roided behemoth in an extremely plain costume, so he’s a male power fantasy in addition to being easier to draw. The … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive on Image Comics – The LAST Liefeld Chapter!
For more Brigade, click here! This guy is literally just a 1990s Batman: The Animated Series toy where he’s wearing, like, Aquatic Armor that never showed up in the cartoon! You know, when they wanted to sell a “Blue Batman with a rebreather” or “Arctic Batman” or whatever! That’s Seahawk! Seahawk and his brother Coldsnap were wealthy brothers who were given powers when a “mysterious object” penetrated … Continue reading Jab’s Image Deep Dive – Brigade/Liefeld continued!
BRIGADE:Inexplicably, despite releasing his old “Youngblood” concept with a book featuring TWO whole teams of characters, and having a knack for delivering art late, Rob Liefeld’s “Artist’s Disease” led him to create a seond book for Image Comics in 1992, entitled Brigade . And of course it was ANOTHER “Paramilitary-Style Superhero Team”, which was almost exactly what Youngblood was, making it extra-pointless. It was originally just WRITTEN … Continue reading Jab’s Image Comics Deep Dive – Brigade
Jabroniville is back to his Image deep dive, and he is STILL on the Rob Liefeld train! I mean, the guy only created like ten different books for Image, so it makes sense. For more on this series, see Jab’s previous articles or go to the Image tag in the menu on the right! Let’s get back to Liefeld! Okay, RIPTIDE? Riptide actually works! Maybe … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (More Liefeld Characters!)
(For more on Jab’s look into Liefeld, click here!) ROB’S ARTISTIC QUIRKS & FLAWS: “Rob Liefeld is a bad artist” and “Rob can’t draw feet” get mentioned so many times as to be cliche, but I feel the need to actually list ALL of the disparate ways in which he is a bad artist. The vast majority of these are do to a combination of … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (Liefeld cont’d!)
Shaft is the most obvious link of Youngblood to their original “Teen Titans” origins- he is largely a repurposed version of Roy “Speedy” Harper, who was meant to be the leader of that squad. Instead he was shifted into a Self-Insert of sorts for Rob. He’s the Team Leader of Youngblood, and appears in most incarnations of the book- he is a formerly fat guy … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (Youngblood, Cont’D)
-There is no more “Early Image” book more infamous and controversial than Youngblood. Rob Liefeld was “King Shit” in 1992, so him leaving X-Force (a book he more or less invented, taking the scraps from the New Mutants and plopping his own character designs onto it) was a huge, huge deal- he was not as big as Jim Lee or Todd McFarlane, but he was likely the third-most prominent Image … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image (Youngblood)
Rob Liefeld has nothing to offer. It’s as plain as bacon on your plate. He has nothing to offer. He cannot draw. He can’t write. He is a young boy almost, I would expect, whose culture is bubble gum wrappers, Saturday morning cartoons, Marvel Comics; that’s his culture… I see nothing in his work that allows me to even guess that there’s any depth involved … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dives: Image Comics (Rob Liefeld)
Hey all! Here’s a series of things I was writing for another site about Image Comics and its history. Anyone with more familiarity, or any recollections of that period, feel free to chime in as well! I wrote little things about each team and many of the solo characters, particularly of the 1990s period. IMAGE COMICS: -Image Comics: where justifiable anger against your bosses, “Meet … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics – Part 1 (of A LOT)