While I can’t say I know a whole lot about Francesco Mattina other than the fact that he’s Italian, I do know this:
He makes some damn spiffy comic book covers.
While it must be said that he isn’t the most flexible of artists, as he’s been utilizing essentially the same style/aesthetic for as long as I’ve known of him, when it comes to what he does, there aren’t many that can challenge him.
So, I guess you’re probably wondering, what is it that Mr. Mattina does?
Put simply, he does artwork of the “darker” variety.
He does gritty:
He does awesome:
And more often than not, he does it all while sticking to the dynamic and macho figure renderings and poses that have embodied superhero comics since their inception.
Despite this though, one of the key strengths to his artwork, is his eye for composition.
Much like Marko Djurdjevic, (who will most certainly be making an appearance in this series of posts) Francesco Mattina quite obviously has a background in graphic design, resulting in the vast majority of his covers being eye-catching not just for the gorgeous artwork, but also for the creative and enticing layouts.
Take a look at this for example:
Aside from his compositions, his color work is flat-out amazing.
Most of his work has a sort of metallic looking sheen on it that gives everything a unique and lively look that emphasizes motion and atmosphere.
Not only that, I also find myself consistently impressed by some of his interpretations of certain character’s costume designs, as his photo-realistic style forces a level of detail that results in many of the costumes being rendered in a more believable, and therefore, practical; fashion.
Anyway, I first ran across Francesco Mattina when I was first considering getting into the Thunderbolts comic.
Truth be told, Mattina and Marko Djurdjevic’s work on that series was probably the biggest deciding factor in me picking up that book.
I’m oh so happy I did.
Anyway, I’m running out of steam, so I’ll just finish with this awesome, and brand spankin’ new Moon Knight cover: