Avengers A.I. #1 (Marvel Entertainment)
by Sam Humphries & André Lima Araújo
The good news about André Lima Araújo’s artwork in this debut issue is the fact it’s rather unconventional in tone. He’s clearly influence by manga/anime, but his various aspects of his efforts here reminded me of the styles of such other Marvel artists as Nick Bradshaw, Khoi Pham and Ed McGuinness. The effort to redesign the Vision seems like a misstep; this update pales in comparison to the classic look (which will undoubtedly return at some point in the future). Araújo’s approach to settings is distinct. While he has an eye for detail, every one of the backdrops looks rather expansive in scope, but that’s not always fitting. For deep space or a plaza in front of a hospital, it works, but for an arcade or interrogation room, it’s not the best choice. I also found the manner in which he illustrates characters’ faces (especially Hank Pym’s) to be inconsistent and distracting. This isn’t a bad introduction, though, and I’ll be interested to see how he develops as an artist in the years to come.