ARTIST APPRECIATION – ANDREA SORRENTINO

I love featuring artists who bring in a whole new style that shifts the whole direction of the story. Like changing directors during tv seasons, a new artist can take something already great and make audiences see things in a new light. Take the shift in creative team on Green Arrow (2011-present), which ushered in Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino.

9781401244057

Using the new writer to retell the origin of Oliver Queen, artist Andrea Sorrentino took the so-so book from alright to astounding with engaging page layouts, darkness in every corner, and a focus on pushing the limits in actions sequences. Storytelling in the art is equally as important as the writing, as you can tell from the pages below. The CW show Arrow both served as an inspiration and has taken cues from this work on Green Arrow.

1Eu50WnTwV0

tumblr_nvuzfvcW8x1qgoe1ko1_1280 tumblr_nvuze4amIq1qgoe1ko1_1280

In terms of action, transitioning from Green Arrow to Old Man Logan was a smart move in maintaining the level of action and drama in the art. Check out these few pages to see how Wolverine’s beastly nature tears through the pages.
tumblr_ntso8rMStX1uv3pwbo2_1280
tumblr_ntz4lnAopb1rdt8rao5_1280

tumblr_ntz4lnAopb1rdt8rao6_1280

This is one of the few times where I can couple the colorist with the penner, as colorist Marcelo Maiolo (who worked on both of these great titles) was to thank for the success of the pages. Their coupling serves as one of the most unique pairings in comics.

Sorrentino’s art has been all over the place before signing an exclusive contract with Marvel. For examples, his work on the God Of War comic captures the style and fury from the games.

Layout 1

GoW5pag13_14LowRes

Simply put, the talent is beyond description, as Sorrentino’s coupling of atmosphere, darkness, and intense lighting provides the foundation for some of the best pieces.

tumblr_nzgl2reWe91rcsnl1o1_1280
Hawkeye VS Old Man Logan
tumblr_o0n8wcX3aT1sxvoldo1_1280
Green Arrow & Shado
tumblr_nzdhc8JTuG1sxvoldo1_1280
Zero Year Batman
tumblr_nz7u51TMXL1th66wco1_1280
Apocalypse
tumblr_nvxi9a7aeC1rt2th0o1_540
Old Man Logan

tumblr_nxxlhsVjjW1r8dwx0o1_1280 tumblr_nty7vc6ZIL1utzot2o1_540 tumblr_nty7vc6ZIL1utzot2o7_1280 tumblr_nty7vc6ZIL1utzot2o3_1280

For more from Andrea Sorrentino, make sure to check out the current Old Man Logan with writer Brian Michael Bendis! Sorrentino’s deviantart and official blog also feature more great art.

Thank you again for checking out this article; tweet @Nerdswole for any artists you think should be featured, professional or not, and they will be considered to be featured in an upcoming article!

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! Here is our NerdSwole Mailbag, where you can ask questions anonymously and we’ll answer them in a video or Slice of Life feature!

Interested in writing for Nerd Swole? Contact Brian at twentytwo.le@gmail.com for details!

Leave a Reply