3) Bryan Hitch
The work Bryan Hitch displays is as if you’re watching a movie. The reason why it feels so cinematic is due to the fact that a lot of detail and effort is put into Hitch’s work. Within these detailed frames, it’s not hard to believe that giant spaceships are invading Earth in The Ultimates, or that Giant-Man is walking through the streets of New York. There are epic establishing shots of locations such as New York with real landmarks scattered around. It makes you as the reader feel like you’re involved.
His work on The Ultimates with writer Mark Millar really captured what it would be like if The Avengers were put in a real world setting, with real human responses. It took something that should be repetitive by putting a new spin on it through its storytelling and through Hitch’s immersive artwork.
2) Alex Ross
Like Bryan Hitch, Alex Ross makes superheroes feel real. The difference is Alex Ross paints his work. I like to compare Alex Ross to Norman Rockwell. His depiction of classic superheroes and villains brings a lot of life to them because they look so real. As opposed from feeling like you’re watching a movie from Hitch’s work, for Ross, it’s almost as if you’re present, witnessing everything that is happening from panel to panel.
In his impressive body of work, any Ross fan is a fan of his work in DC’s Kingdom Come and Marvel’s Marvels. Because of the amount of time it takes to paint, he is primarily a cover artist. Whatever realistic Ross painting that’s on any particular comic can peak anyone’s interest to pick up that comic and read it, simply because of how realistic and gorgeous Ross paints his heroes and villains.