COMICS: Jock Discusses His Approach To The NEW AVENGERS Covers; Reveals Team Leader

Acclaimed artist Jock will be providing the covers for Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four) and Steve Epting's (Captain America) New Avengers, and he talks in detail here about his approach to the series as well as revealing which member of the Illuminati is leader. Check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 10/10/2012
One of the most intriguing Marvel NOW! series' is Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers. It was revealed earlier this week that it will focus on the Illuminati; Captain America, Iron Man, Black Bolt, Black Panther, Namor and Doctor Strange. In an interesting chat with our friends over at Newsarama, critically acclaimed artist Jock has shared some new details on his approach to designing the eye catching covers for the series and even lets slip which member of the team is the leader! Be sure to click on the link at the bottom of the page in order to read the interview in full and to check out more unused covers.

On Why He Decided To Cast The Team In Shadow On The Covers:

Honestly? I just like drawing heavily shadowed figures - there's no conspiracy... I wanted the first shot to be dark, brooding and slightly enigmatic, hence the silhouetted design. Black Panther is leading the team, so it was a natural choice for him to be at the forefront of the image. I had an earlier version where Iron Man was front-and-center, but it was rightly pointed out that might be confusing. So it's essentially a story-led decision, making it clear what the dynamics of our new team are.


On Putting Black Panther At The Forefront Of The New Avengers Line-Up:

Design wise, I wanted to show Black Panther as the leader, so having him stand 'against the flow' was one way of doing this. I love using subtle design ideas like that, things that you might not take in directly, but you'll sense in the design. I always enjoy line up images... the challenge here was to make it interesting - so I tried to push the atmosphere of the piece rather than the details. I guess I do take influences from movie posters and the like, and there is some of that here. But, this is a Marvel comic, so there'll be plenty of big, bold action-led covers coming up too!


On Why The Logo Plays Such A Prominent Role On Each Of The Covers:

When Tom first approached me about doing the covers, he mentioned he'd like to incorporate the logo in the art if it helps the design, and this is something I’ve loved doing ever since The Losers back in the day at Vertigo. The idea of strong, design-led imagery but also retaining the bold sense of our heroes really appealed to me. Also, it's a great logo! it's a shame to just slap it at the top... much more interesting to play around with it.


On Why Captain America Isn't Featured On The Covers:

That was an editorial note to not feature him prominently, and I ended up not using him at all. I’d love to get him in there though - the cover I’m currently sketching has him featured, and I’m trying to figure out the best way to utilize him.






Source: Newsarama
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BruceLeroy - 10/10/2012, 5:39 PM
About time Black Panther leads a team. Good stuff.
SageMode - 10/10/2012, 5:54 PM
Didn't he lead the Avengers before for a brief time?
JordanKing - 10/10/2012, 5:56 PM
Jollem - 10/10/2012, 6:02 PM
"I had an earlier version where Iron Man was front-and-center"

oh, really? this is shocking and surprising. never seen that before a dozen times :)
Sargerus - 10/10/2012, 6:04 PM
So, Namor destroyed Wakanda and killed a good part of its population and now he's in the same team of Black Panther?

WTF MARVEL
SageMode - 10/10/2012, 6:05 PM
Hmmmmmm, is this a way for people to get more familiar with Panther for a particular reason?...............
ATrueHero1987 - 10/10/2012, 6:05 PM
This is great! Now if Hickman can just do a solo Black Panther book... :)
NubaX - 10/10/2012, 6:11 PM

I'm all for the Black Panther being the leader but...

ILLUMINATI???

WHAT THE HELL?

jimpinto24 - 10/10/2012, 6:29 PM
I wish Captain America was leading the team.
kevberg - 10/10/2012, 6:40 PM

hope those are sketches 'cause it looks like he drew them with his "jock".
longbowhunter - 10/10/2012, 6:49 PM
I'm putting it out there now. New Avengers under Hickman will be the best among all the upcoming Avengers titles. I feel it in my bones.
superotherside - 10/10/2012, 7:16 PM
Cool. Really need to read the Illuminati just haven't yet. There is so much stuff to read!
dellamorte1872 - 10/10/2012, 7:39 PM
namor, bp, bb, mr. f, im, dr.s, but whose the other dude?
jimmyjay88 - 10/10/2012, 7:48 PM
Beast is the other figure

Not sure how its going to work with Namor and Black Panther but i will definitely pick up this book
theInvincibleMexiMan - 10/10/2012, 7:57 PM
I'm looking forward to a Black Panther led Avengers team. BP is one of those guys who deserves to be more front in center in the Marvel Universe, he's just all around awesome.
dellamorte1872 - 10/10/2012, 8:12 PM
ew that ruins the whole idea CAP as a NEW avenger have it be someone never an avenger but extremely prominent and powerful. i still say JEAN GREY (the new one b/c she is young and uncorrupted like the rest, she has the kitty pryde-esque quality to her/the notion)
dellamorte1872 - 10/10/2012, 8:15 PM
other than CAP very pleased with the roster but CAPs inclusion cheapens the title in a sense
JustDame - 10/10/2012, 9:36 PM
does that say $4.99?
campblood - 10/10/2012, 9:47 PM
I would like to see a politically charged espionage panther movie where he's not so much a superhero but more a spy vigilante
AmazingFantasy - 10/10/2012, 10:13 PM
FIANLLY
OtakuPapi - 10/10/2012, 10:52 PM
BP FTW!
superpooper - 10/11/2012, 7:40 AM
^^ Seriously. The price of comics has gotten [frick]ing ridiculous. No wonder no one buys them. They've basically excluded everyone under 18 from being able to collect them, and those of us with jobs and mid-level incomes pretty much need to take out a loan to finance our "habit". I actually find myself feeling guilty when I buy comics as if I'm indulging some drug addiction now.
Black Panther leading the Avengers? Crap. He's the leading Monarch of a foreign nation. Talk about someone with an agenda. Never liked him anyway.
comicb00kguy - 10/12/2012, 6:47 AM
superpooper: This is one reason why I quit buying new comics. Comics are becoming where you either need to be rich or still living at home with no bills to be able to afford to carry very many titles.

This is one reason why the comic industry is dying. You don't have a new generation of kids buying books and getting into the heroes. When I was a kid, books were a quarter, 35 cents. It wasn't hard to get that out of Mom if my grades were good and I was well-behaved in the store. Asking Mom for four bucks for a book is a lot more of a stretch for many families today. And that's another thing: Try to find comics at stores today. My generation had those squeaky metal racks full of greatness in every corner store and every drug store. Now, they're hard to find at grocery stores or other places Mom might spend a little something on the kids.

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