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Acclaimed artist Amanda Conner, currently illustrating and cowriting BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE, is the focus of this new hardcover collecting some of her greatest work for DC Comics! This spectacular new hardcover features SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1, BIRDS OF PREY #47-49, JSA CLASSIFIED #1-4, SUPERGIRL #12, the GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL, plus stories from SEC Acclaimed artist Amanda Conner, currently illustrating and cowriting BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE, is the focus of this new hardcover collecting some of her greatest work for DC Comics! This spectacular new hardcover features SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1, BIRDS OF PREY #47-49, JSA CLASSIFIED #1-4, SUPERGIRL #12, the GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL, plus stories from SECRET ORIGINS 80-PAGE GIANT #1, THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH SECRET FILES #1, WONDER WOMAN #600, numerous covers and more!


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Acclaimed artist Amanda Conner, currently illustrating and cowriting BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE, is the focus of this new hardcover collecting some of her greatest work for DC Comics! This spectacular new hardcover features SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1, BIRDS OF PREY #47-49, JSA CLASSIFIED #1-4, SUPERGIRL #12, the GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL, plus stories from SEC Acclaimed artist Amanda Conner, currently illustrating and cowriting BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE, is the focus of this new hardcover collecting some of her greatest work for DC Comics! This spectacular new hardcover features SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1, BIRDS OF PREY #47-49, JSA CLASSIFIED #1-4, SUPERGIRL #12, the GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL, plus stories from SECRET ORIGINS 80-PAGE GIANT #1, THE JOKER: LAST LAUGH SECRET FILES #1, WONDER WOMAN #600, numerous covers and more!

30 review for DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner

  1. 5 out of 5

    J.

    I ordered this hardcover collection of Amanda Conner’s work around this time last year and I will be honest, until Jimmy Palmiotti tweeted about it a couple weeks ago I had forgotten about it. It was well worth the wait though, as the oversized hardcover is a beautiful compendium of Amanda’s work peppered with notes from some of her high profile colleagues and peers. The presentation is wonderful and there is a great amount of insight into the progression of Amanda’s career and the perception of I ordered this hardcover collection of Amanda Conner’s work around this time last year and I will be honest, until Jimmy Palmiotti tweeted about it a couple weeks ago I had forgotten about it. It was well worth the wait though, as the oversized hardcover is a beautiful compendium of Amanda’s work peppered with notes from some of her high profile colleagues and peers. The presentation is wonderful and there is a great amount of insight into the progression of Amanda’s career and the perception of her artwork from the point of view of her fans, editors, peers, and herself. It’s not just a collection of pretty images. I will be the first to admit that if you are not already a fan of Amanda Conner, this book may not be for you. It won’t change your mind if you don’t already see what makes her an amazing artist. Art is subjective and everyone has different tastes. There are folks who think Rob Liefeld is the pinnacle of comic book art. That’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to critique art on their own individual criteria. That having been said, this is a fine collection of amazing artwork and if you are a comic book fan it is something that you should proudly display on your shelf. I am a huge fan of Amanda’s work and I love this collection. It’s occupying a place of honor next to the cover art collection of Adam Hughes’ work and I like to think that as an artbook is is definitely one of the better examples of the format because of the insight that those who have worked with Amanda can offer into what makes her such a powerhouse of creative energy. Seriously, it is a gorgeous book and I was so happy to see it arrive in the mail.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is a very good collection of Conner's art, and does a good job of showcasing how her style evolved over the years. It's hard to clearly separate a response to the stories and to the art that illustrates them, but since Conner's work is the purpose of the volume the reader has to remember that she was limited by the material she was given to illustrate, so it's not fair to complain about stories that are left hanging. The art is at times a little too soft-around-the-edges for my taste, but t This is a very good collection of Conner's art, and does a good job of showcasing how her style evolved over the years. It's hard to clearly separate a response to the stories and to the art that illustrates them, but since Conner's work is the purpose of the volume the reader has to remember that she was limited by the material she was given to illustrate, so it's not fair to complain about stories that are left hanging. The art is at times a little too soft-around-the-edges for my taste, but there are usually details and backgrounds that add to the story and serve to bring the narrative into better focus. I especially liked the Green Arrow/Black Canary wedding story and the Birds of Prey issues. The book is introduced by the late Darwyn Cooke and concludes with a good Wonder Woman story that Conner wrote and illustrated herself.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert Bussie

    I love Amanda Conner's art style. The way she draws faces and body language is very expressive: anger, humor, excitement, sadness, fear, and annoyance comes through loud and clear. So, when I saw this book I had to pick it up. It showcases some of the amazing artwork she has done for DC comics. It is far from complete, but shows a good cross section of her work. As a big fan of her art style I enjoyed seeing how her art progresses from her early work in the Lois Lane comic to her more recent wor I love Amanda Conner's art style. The way she draws faces and body language is very expressive: anger, humor, excitement, sadness, fear, and annoyance comes through loud and clear. So, when I saw this book I had to pick it up. It showcases some of the amazing artwork she has done for DC comics. It is far from complete, but shows a good cross section of her work. As a big fan of her art style I enjoyed seeing how her art progresses from her early work in the Lois Lane comic to her more recent work with Supergirl, Powergirl, and the Black Canary. However, this book is not a portfolio on Amanda's art work. It has actual comic book stories. Some stories are only a few pages while others are up to four comic issues long. Some of these stories are just sections of a larger story. This is where the problem lies. The stories are highly uneven in quality. I enjoyed the stories with Supergirl, Powergirl, and the Black Canary (even though the Black Canary story ended on a cliff hanger: not cool). But the stories with Wonder Woman is disjointed and feels like it is missing pages. Then there are short three or four page stories that seem like advertisements staring the Karate Kid and the Joker. I get that these are meant to be humorous, but they are more annoying than funny. So, should you get these for the stories? Should you buy it for Amanda's art work? Yes, if you find the book cheaper than cover price of $29.99. I found the book new for $7.00 dollars at a used book store. In the end I would recommend this book to die hard Amanda Conner fans. For the casual comic book reader and fan of Amanda's art their are better stories in trades of Powergirl, Vampirella, and Harley Quinn.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    My one great problem with any collection where a good many of the stories end with "To Be Continued" is that you are forced to hunt down the succeeding issue. (My other problem with this collection is a matter of a story that features an aspect that is increasingly seen in 'poor taste.') But other than the quibbles, the stories are told and illustrated with a good amount of sensitivity. You actually get to see a progression in how Ms. Conner's art evolves from a sort of "Archie" flatness to full My one great problem with any collection where a good many of the stories end with "To Be Continued" is that you are forced to hunt down the succeeding issue. (My other problem with this collection is a matter of a story that features an aspect that is increasingly seen in 'poor taste.') But other than the quibbles, the stories are told and illustrated with a good amount of sensitivity. You actually get to see a progression in how Ms. Conner's art evolves from a sort of "Archie" flatness to fuller textures. It's great to see the work of a woman in what has been such a boy's club for too long. [disclosure side note: a friend of mine has an editor credit on the "Wonder Woman" short)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael Alexander

    I was slightly misled by the title of this book. I thought it would be like most other art books, featuring things like sketches, covers, interiors, etc. In actuality it just reprints assorted comics drawn by Amanda Conner. The reprints cover a decent span of time, so it's cool that you can see how her style changed. Unfortunately lots of the comics are out of context, you have no way of happening what came before, or what will happen after. On top of that there were quite a few that I already ow I was slightly misled by the title of this book. I thought it would be like most other art books, featuring things like sketches, covers, interiors, etc. In actuality it just reprints assorted comics drawn by Amanda Conner. The reprints cover a decent span of time, so it's cool that you can see how her style changed. Unfortunately lots of the comics are out of context, you have no way of happening what came before, or what will happen after. On top of that there were quite a few that I already own and have read. If you're looking for a more standard art book, check out Art of Amanda Conner, published by IDW.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian Shaughnessy

    It's a book showcasing Amanda's gorgeous art, so that's what I'm basing my review on. Of course, her line work is nothing short of stunning. The GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL (which she inked herself) is one of the most well-drawn single issues of all time. Amanda Conner is a modern legend and this package is a must-own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shiori

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laney

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy Simon

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Quintanilla

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

  14. 5 out of 5

    David W. Carfolite

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cia J

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mike McDevitt

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dana J

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Morris

  21. 4 out of 5

    JP Hill III

  22. 4 out of 5

    Terry Peterson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael Dunphy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Seth Tucker

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  27. 4 out of 5

    Girafferockets

  28. 4 out of 5

    ora

  29. 5 out of 5

    SuperFanboyMan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Keya

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