Book Review: Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross

Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross

Alex Ross' comic art is stunning. There are comics where the characters are brought to life by the art and story, but you know they are still created from imagination. With Alex Ross, it's like he's drawing a character that really exists. His sense of realism is unparalleled. He blurs the line between fantasy and reality.

He's compared often with Norman Rockwell and it's apt. He, too, uses photographic references to amazing results. However, Alex Ross is in a class of his own too

This book is packed with breathtaking paintings, many are full page. There are also sketches and accompanying commentary talking from anything about his childhood, comic characters and influences like Andrew Loomis and various comic artists. There are lots to read. There's a section which details his drawing process, from getting a reference, to inking and then colouring.

Although there are no chapters, the content is grouped by the superheroes he drew, namely Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, The Justice Society, The Justice League, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Plastic Man, Green Arrow, Hawkman, The Atom, The Flash, Supergirl, Batgirl and a whole lot more. These superheroes must have felt honored to be drawn by Alex Ross.

This book is really value for money with 320 pages of top quality art. Highly recommended to all artists and comic fans.

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Is there any difference between the hardcover and paperback editions of Mythology? For me, the hardcover edition would cost me another $40. Is there more bonus content in the hardcover edition?

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@Anonymous (Feb 11)
I don't know if there are any additional material. The number of pages listed are the same. An additional $40 might be a bit too much to pay for the hardcover in my opinion, considering that the paperback is bind very well.

Thanks for the reply. I guess I'll go with the paperback edition and use the rest of my money elsewhere.

Any thoughts on Alex Ross' Absolute Justice? I've been eyeing that book as well. I just love his art work.

Hi Great site!! just wanted to ad that there is a difference between the Hard Cover and the Soft cover, has i seen in the review video there are a couple of pages at the end of the book were you can see Bizarro Superman and an art of Justice (0:02-0:01) I bought this book HC when it came out back in '02 or '03 i think, maybe if the say they have the same amount of pages then probably de HC is a new print. Hope this helps!, btw this is a great book even if you are not a comic book fan!

I think I'm the only one who doesn't like Alex Ross....
I mean he is an amazing artist not doubt but his paintings are too realistic for my taste.

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