Following the old Marvel tradition, the third comicbook the series that made ROB! the rockstar he is now would include the crossover of the Amazing Spiderman, with who X-Force would confront the terrible Juggernaut, one of the most powerfull mutant foe. How can we represent this menace, the power of a railway engine out of control, in just one image? It is not an easy task and only an artist of Rob Liefeld’s talent could sucessfully accomplish such a feat.
To do so he uses a dynamic composition, to make clear that the Juggernaut is unstopable, a force of nature. Most heroes become mere spectators of this show; the only one standing in his way, Shatterstar is passed over, not even giving him a chance to use his lethal swords. Juggernaut crosses through cover with dynamism. His right arm is used to highlight the comicbook’s title and to emphasize the colossus direction, if you follow it you can also see Cannonball, whose tiny size indicates his remoteness, not even him can reach the Juggernaut.
Also, to prevent the viewer to get distracted from what’s really important, Liefeld leaves out any kind of background or scenery, that get’s reduced to a boulder that serves as a pedestral for the terrible villain. But Liefeld does give us a few clues about the localization of the characters: the presence of the most newyorker of heroes and his pose, hanging from a tall building, reveal that the action takes place in New York. In his pedestral, the dust storm indicates that the Juggernaut’s run is size of a cattle stampede. Also, compositionally, it allows the inclusion of texts without hiding any of the characters.
No doubt this would be a sure buy for anyone who saw this atractive cover in his usual comicbook shop.
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