There are two artbook companions to Mad Max: Fury Road, the first would be this, the INSPIRED ARTISTS edition which was released before the film as well as the official movie artbook The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road which will be released after the movie screening.
The INSPIRED ARTISTS edition is a 144-page hardcover published by Vertigo. The vertical portrait format is just like those trade paperback comics.
The book features 65 comic artists with their own interpretation on director George Miller's Mad Max world, more specifically just for Fury Road. You'll see that the two main characters drawn by the artists at times will resemble Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron as they appear in the film.
The art is fantastic, filled with frenzy and mayhem that has come to be associated Mad Max movies. There are lots of styles to check out. Some adopted the more painterly style with more details, others went for the comic style with pen and ink.
Some of the artists included are Tara McPherson, David Mack, Bill, Sienkiewicz, George Pratt, Dave McKean, Simon Besley, Tommy Lee Edwards, Jim Lee, Gilbert Hernandez, Paul Pope, Ben Templesmith and more. It's a nice diverse selection of artists featured.
The only downside of the book is the format. Each piece of art is a double page spread that gets printed across the gutter. It's not that nice to see every piece fall into the gutter. And if you know those binded trade paperbacks, they can't open flat. Choice of format for the book is peculiar, especially when the art are all same size, so they could have gone for a larger canvas and not print across the gutter. There's a Kindle edition for this book as well but I don't know how the art is presented as there are no preview pages provided.
Overall, the artworks are top notch and worth the money.
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