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What could’ve been: Oeming reveals art for DC’s ‘Katana’


DC Comics has hired a slew of writers and artists in the wake of the New 52; someone has to do all those new books, right? But as you would expect, there are a lot of proposed pairings of creators and projects that were nixed before they saw print.

Earlier this week, Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming revealed artwork he had done for DC when he was in line to illustrate the recently launched Katana. Although DC ultimately went down a more realistic route with artist Alex Sanchez, these two pieces by Oeming are a bittersweet taste of what could’ve been.




Now that looks really good. I know Oeming’s an acquired taste, but this is probably the one New 52 book he could have rocked.

I think it would have been even better if they did the whole book in black and white with the occasional red color splash.

I’m glad we got the book we did rather than one that looked like it was an adaptation of a Timm cartoon.

damn, that would have been great. at least to look at.

This art looks cool & all, but it doesn’t fit the series it was intended for. I’m glad they went in a more realistic direction.

Dave Robinson (@dcrwrites)

April 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I wish the book had that art – I do not like Sanchez at all.

Steve, Samurai – thanks guys. You’re the reason we can’t have nice things.

Andrew Collins

April 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

There’s been a certain sameness with so much of the “New 52″ that has bugged me to the point where I’ve just about completely given up on it. It gets particularly frustrating when I read stories like this, where I look at how DC passed over an opportunity to do something that allowed a book to have its own unique look/style and think “Wow, now THAT series I would have bought…”

Mr Velvet Buttcheeks

April 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

this is what happens when yall support hype instead of fantasy! everything about this is a response to pop culture and SNL and Entertainment Weekly and snarky talk soup esque shows making one liners about Supermans shorts and Aquaman talking to fishes. CANT HAVE THAT said the perpetually insecure comic fans. so now its EDGY and REALISTIC.

its stupid. it smells like farts that you get when I eat eggs!!! im still farting…

Stephen Conway

April 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm

That’s a shame. Stylisation can be a wonderful thing,

Uh, for those of you complaining that Oeming’s style would have been unique in a sea of sameness at DC, have any of you looked at the Katana series? Sanchez’s style is likely the most offbeat at DC right now. I had zero interest in Katana until it came out and I bought it on a whim. One of my favorite comics right now.

Damn, no sooner do I post that then I see Sanchez isn’t even doing issue 3. Looks like Cliff Richards is on and while I like his art well enough, it does fall more in line with that similar style you others are pointing out. I hope Sanchez comes back next issue.

I’m not reading the mini-series, but I would’ve at least picked up the first issue of this – honestly, for Oeming and not the character. That’s gorgeous.

And yes, I totally get that I’m not the target audience for a Katana series.

Please just go away, Bob Harras. And take your generic 90’s Marvel with you.

Alex was a good choice for the series, great camera angles and layouts, much more elegant and fitting for the series. Check it out if you get the chance

Awww, this could of been the cool Catwoman of its time. I’m of course referring to Darwyn Cooke’s run on Selina’s title that gave her the iconic look we have today.

Great art! This looks like it could have been DC’s ‘Hawkeye’, what a pity they passed this over.

This art style is much better from a marketing standpoint because it makes it feel a lot more MANLY, which is crucial for a female lead character book to do well in a predominantly male consumer market. They should have gone with this instead, in my opinion.

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