World’s Finest Comic Book Artists: Liam Sharp

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With less than a month until our favourite warrior princess makes her highly anticipated solo appearance on the silver screen, all eyes are currently on Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins, but lest we forget the revolution that has taken place in DC’s recent Rebirth shake up of the Themysciran Titan.

Rebirth has been a massive success story for DC, the 2016 relaunch heralded the end of the The New 52 run, returning the DCU to a time prior to the Flashpoint Paradox, whilst still incorporating elements from New 52, mostly its continuity. The principal architect of Rebirth, superstar scribe Geoff Johns described the relaunch as – “Re-laying the groundwork for DC’s future , Whilst also celebrating its past and present. It’s not about throwing anything away, in fact it’s quite the opposite”

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A selection Of Liam Sharp’s Incredible Cover Art For WW Rebirth

Rebirth Wonder Woman finds Diana caught in a dilemma, in that she is no longer able to distinguish between reality and falsehood when it comes to pertaining her past. Is she really the daughter of Zeus or was she formed from clay by her Mother Hippolyta and given life by a pantheon of Greek Gods. These questions and more have been supplicated over the course of the Rebirth issues entitled “The Lies” as Diana searches for the truth behind her existence.

The WW Rebirth series has alternated each issue between her present and past, with a retelling of her canonical origin story in the “Year One” chapters by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, and the contemporary tale of Diana’s trials to discover the truth behind “The Lies” by Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp.

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But, my amazing Amazonian associates, this post isn’t primarily about our illustriously immortal idol, this post is dedicated to the talented artist who has brought Rebirth Diana to glorious life right before our very eyes, for me, Diana’s world has never been more vivid and evocative before Liam Sharp’s awe-inspiring visuals. There have been many astoundingly talented artists who have enamoured me with their take on the Amazon Ambassador over the years – Nicola Scott, Phil Jimenez, Amanda Conner, Brian Bolland, and of course the great George Perez, but Liam’s astonishing eye for detail and composition has catapulted him to the fore for this particular WW fanatic.

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British artist Liam Sharp made his debut in another of the Precinct’s very favourite things – science fiction anthology comic – 2000 AD in the 1980’s, his work included Judge Dredd, Finn and the A.B.C Warriors. He has also worked for Marvel on titles such as Death’s Head II, X-Men and DC Comics on issues of Batman and Superman, and the stunning Testament series for Vertigo. 

Liam’s current run on Wonder Woman will come to an end, alongside Greg Rucka in issue #25 when writer Shea Fontana and artist Mirka Andolfo take over duties, who recently brought us DC Super Hero Girls. Though we are always happy and willing to give any new team a chance to wow us with their take on the Themysciran Titan, the loss of Liam’s wondrous visuals on the title is a sad thing nonetheless.

With that in mind, just yesterday Liam posted on his Facebook page an exclusive look at his upcoming pencils for issue #23 of WW, and with his kind permission we have brought these astounding masterpieces to you, fellow agents of Precinct1313. Liam, we salute your artistic genius good Sir, and very much look forward to your future endeavours.

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Astonishing detail really makes us hope for a black and white variant of the WW Rebirth trade collections.

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Visuals courtesy of Liam Sharp and DC Comics. Wonder Woman is copyright DC Comics.

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About ArcaneHalloween

Fanatical about comics, gaming and horror movies....but then isn't everyone?

Posted on May 13, 2017, in Comics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I wish I could draw like that. :3

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  2. Great post! You’re right in highlighting the artists around the comics. From the pictures you have provided, everything looks awesome! I get a real feel for the amazoness world and the battle in the jungle looks like it’s taking place at sunset. Really beautiful work. Thank you and enjoy your Saturday Agent!

    -Luna 😀

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    • Hi Luna, Liam Sharp is a wonderfully talented artist, his work on WW has some of my favourite artwork of all time. The smallest most intricate details he puts into his work is astonishing! 🙂 Happy Saturday to you also, fellow Agent. 🙂

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  3. Such awesome artwork! 😀 That level of detail blows my mind. Great post! Love the artist spotlight.

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    • Thanks my friend 🙂 yes indeed , his art is rather stunning! WW Rebirth has been astonishingly great, Greg Rucka’s story is one of the best WW tales I have ever read, with Liam’s art (alongside Nicola Scott’s also seriously impressive artistic contributions) raising the series to legendary status.

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  4. How wonderful that you’re showcasing the artist behind the stunning visuals of WW and other characters! Excellent work Liam and thumbs up to ArcaneHalloween for such a great platform here 🙂

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