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Thursday, September 03, 2015 

Phillip Hester does a Brad Meltzer sugarcoat

The artist who drew Meltzer's story for Green Arrow in 2002 recently backed the pretentious novelist with the following:

Don't you mean to say self-righteous, Mr. Hester? And any CBS viewer who keeps up with comicdom's news knows what plenty of people familiar with comic books know: that he's got an awfully crude, juvenile fanfiction approach, and it makes little difference whether he was doing it at the editors' behest; he's still part and parcel of the deed. As was the case with Identity Crisis, his most notorious product in comicdom. Now everyone knows what Hester is like too: an apologist who won't admit his buddy's resolutely male-viewpoint miniseries is repellent to women. Nor does he recognize the reality about Hilary Clinton.

And here's something I've known about Hester's art design for at least a decade: the character design is alternately blocky or too much like manga, only much duller. Even John Romita Jr's weakest post-2000 efforts are livelier than what Hester's turned out. I recall looking at some of Hester's art back in the early 2000s and his design for Green Arrow and Black Canary was pretty cruddy. Sometimes his art even makes the characters look a bit "wide". Which makes Hester the kind of artist whose resume I find simply unappealing.

In any event, Hester's gush over Meltzer is no surprise. Now everyone knows why Hester is one artist not worth listening to.

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I wonder if statements like that are said honestly, or if there are more mercenary reasons behind it?

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