The cover of Catwoman #0 has already been discussed to death due to the fact that it makes Rob Liefeld look like he has a PhD in anatomy by comparison.
The artist for this cover is Guillem March. He was also the artist for the Green Lantern and the New Guardians #0 cover, which made Kyle Rayner look like a triple amputee.
But is all of his artwork that bad? Let’s take a look at some of his recent work for DC and find out.
Everyone and their dog has commented on this cover, so I’ll keep this brief. The only way Catwoman’s pose makes sense is if Catwoman looks like a Tetris block (ϟ) with four grapefruits attached.
In my opinion, this cover is worse than the Catwoman #0 cover.
Why? Well, this cover has six poorly drawn characters instead of one.
The anatomy is horrible. The bodies taper off like the artist never finished drawing them. Limbs look glued on rather than actually attached to their bodies. Most of the character would require their spines to be broken or folded in half to get in their current positions.
Star Sapphire is in a similar pose to the Catwoman cover. The main differences are that one of her legs is somehow emerging from her stomach and her hair is covering most of her butt.
The only positive thing I can say about the cover is that DC’s finally gotten rid of the previous Star Sapphire outfits which were impossible to take seriously as anything but clothing designed for a strip club.
This is marginally better than the other two, but still has some downright bizarre anatomy. His legs end at the knees. His arms are bent so far backwards they probably would have to be ripped out of their sockets to get in that position. His right arm looks like a huge chunk was taken out of his elbow.
The most cringe-inducing feature for me is his hands. His right hand looks like it’s been broken at the wrist to get to its current position and the fingers are all wrong.
And just for a second, try to mimic the position of his hand. The only way I can imagine this working is if his hand is balled into a fist inside the glove and the fingers of the glove are just hanging freely.
Now, this is a bit better. Huntress is twisted oddly to the side to emphasize her breasts and her shoulders are a bit off, but I can imagine an actual person getting into a similar position. Not easily or comfortably, but it at least looks close to possible.
Wow. If I had been told this was by the same artist as the first two covers, I never would have believed it.
There are a few small oddities: the length of the woman’s neck, the right shoulder and the position of her right leg. But overall, it’s a very solid cover.
There’s none of the other covers generic “heading towards the reader” poses which tell us nothing about the characters. We know the woman is the type of vampire incredibly popular in modern fiction: as deadly as she is attractive. The camera phone showing a photo where the woman isn’t there is also a very nice touch.
You know what the sad part is? Guillem March has quite a bit of talent. How do I know? Well, aside from that final cover, his blog has some really nice artwork. There was one drawing of his I really liked which showed a realistically proportioned woman next to an exaggerated affront to anatomy you’d see in bad comic book art. (Tasteful nudity / NSFW picture here.)
When I looked for more of his artwork online, I was expecting more like the Catwoman and New Guardians covers. I was genuinely shocked to see that he can do great work.
I feel bad for how much mockery and derision he’s gotten for the Catwoman #0 cover. I still believe that cover is awful. But it’s obvious that he’s capable of so much more than that.
Guillem March has turned in some bad cover art recently, but he’s not a bad artist.