DC’s Source Blog has posed up a five-page preview of next week’s JLA/JSA crossover including a great Liberty Belle/Jesse Quick cover. The interior artwork looks fantastic and I like the way the Supergirl and Nightwing’s Batman’s monologs play off each other. There are two double-page spreads that DC had posted as individual pages. I’ve pasted them back together and have included them below.
To coincide with the start of the crossover Newsarama has interviewed Mark Bagley, the JLA artist who is pulling double duty on the JLA and JSA chapters. He talks about meeting Alan Scott’s original aritst,
Green Lantern is fun to draw because I knew Marty Nodell [the character's co-creator], and hung out with him and his wife a lot over the years. They both passed recently, and it was fun to know them. I can see me doing that in 10 or 15 years, just doing convention after convention and just hanging out with fans and doing sketches and stuff.
and about the differences in his inkers styles,
I’ve got two inkers anyway. JLA is 30 pages a month. I think we might be going back to 22 in the future, but for now, we’re splitting it up between Rob Hunter and Norm Rapmund. Norm is doing 10 pages out of 30, and Rob is doing 20. Rob didn’t think he could do 30 and do a quality job. He likes to have a life, whereas, I don’t have a life, so that works out well. I think during the crossover, Norm is inking the JSA issues and Rob is inking the JLA issues.
They have similar styles. Norm’s a little more controlled than Rob is. And Rob’s a little more expressive with his inks. It actually doesn’t look bad next to each other. Aside from that, they have similar sensibilities when inking a page. So I don’t mind having two inkers as much as I normally would.
It’s harder to ink than you’d think. Inking isn’t tracing. And when you bring as much to the book as these guys do… especially Rob, who I recently talked to about even pulling back on some of the detail, some of the really strong inking that he does. Sometimes less is more. He’s really working hard at it and it looks amazing. I think he’s becoming an even better inker.
It’s a nice interview and Mark scotches earlier rumours by saying he’s having a blast on JLA and is on the book for the foreseeable future.