Book Review: Black Book: The Art of Graham Nolan

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Black Book is a series of hardcover artbooks published by Ominous Press that features the comic art of selected artists, namely Graham Nolan, Bart Sears, Andy Smith and Jim Starlin. The black-coloured glossy hardcover used for this series looks really cool.

This book focuses on American comic book artist Graham Nolan who's known for his Batman comics. He's the guy who co-created the iconic villain Bane.

This 112-page hardcover collects his inked comic pages, private commissions, and personal works. You'll get to see original comic pages created back in the days where artists still use blue pencils for penciling. There are also the labels and crop marks on those comic paper. The artworks are well reproduced with detail and sharpness. Most artworks are in inks, a few in pencils and some coloured.

Some of the titles he worked on that are included in this book are Doc Savage, The Prowler, Aquaman, Joe Frankenstein, Batman, Bane, Fantastic Four, X-Men Forever, Detective Comics, Sunshine State strips and more. He has creating professional work since 1985. Captions are provided all artworks but they are quite brief.

This book is available at Ominous Press online store where you can find even more artbooks.

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