Death of Wolverine Vol 1 #1 (2014)
variant cover by Greg Horn
because the design looks great
Variant Cover by Greg LAND
Well, yes. Greg LAND certainly put his name on this. That Weapon X looks quite familiar though. Kinda like he traced over someone else’s work. And that face looks like a face from a magazine with a bad attempt at changing his facial expression.
The design sucks, too. It does not tell you anything. It is just another generic Wolverine cover. And the most impressive part of it is the colors. Greg is not a bad colorist, and he has always had a talent for color. I won’t take that away from him. I find a LOT of fault in his body language and his reliance on movie stills and other artists’ work to make him look “better”. For example, that Weapon X in the middle/bottom: that looks like Greg traced over Olivier Coipel or maybe even BWS.Greg Land is NOT an artist I respect. He is a tracer and a hack. Supporting Greg Land’s books lowers the bar for comic book art, at least IMHO. And inking is not tracing. What pisses me off about the guy is that I remember Sojourn. I remember his work on Birds of Prey. If Greg put that kinda effort into all of his work, I might consider hating his “Art” less. Until then, Marvel will never get a dime from me for a book with ‘GREG LAND’ written in the creator credits.
I’ve always loved these kind of discussions, I think that it’s better to discuss our points of view peacefully instead of ripping our throats out among readers. :)
Now here is my answer: if the image of WEAPON X’s wolverine looks familiar it’s because Land follows BWS designs of the character closely. Ironically, Olivier Coipel’s image is less consistent with the designs of the original story that BWS drew.
And the reason I liked Greg’s variant is because, despite being related to a comic book named “Death of Wolverine”, this cover reminds us of Logan’s origin inside the Weapon X program with a little snapshot, and at the same time, it gives us a glimpse to a more contemporary wolverine, covered in blood that was spilled in battle, probably his last battle, If the title of the comic book doesn’t lie (don’t they all?).
At least that’s what this cover in particular tells me.
Also, I’ve always had a thing for comic book covers with characters distributed in symmetric ways around a main figure. I dig it.
But you can’t win them all; I must admit that you got me on this one, since Wolverine’s face was taken from a photograph.
A wolverine photograph.
Almost forgot; Land never colors his work, If I had to guess, Marte Gracia probably colored this cover.
By Axel Medellin