When I first reviewed Marc Jackson’s creator owned comic book, Man From Space, I admittedly didn’t have too many nice things to say about the art. I referred to it as “simple yet vibrant”, and went on to just describe how Marc used copy-and-paste methods for his characters from panel to panel. As a reviewer, I have to be honest about what I feel about a comic I review, and I felt that the art wasn’t the most impressive thing about Jackson’s book.
Marc took the criticism professionally and didn’t allow it to suppress his artistic rage and decided to rework the first issue of the series. Having seen the updated material, I am happy to say the book has so much more life than before.
One of the biggest areas Man From Space lacked in is emotion. When Marc first designed the book, he reused a lot of elements throughout the book. Doing this allowed him to create a 32-page comic, but made the issue lack in areas. He redesigned a lot of the features of his characters, adding details like varying mouth placements. A lot of what was fixed were awkward element placements, like eyebrows that are cocked just so to make the scene look strange. Other changes were more subtle, like the wall-eyed pupils on a dazed character’s face.
As far as the changes go, they really add a lot to the issue. Besides all of the changes that the Man gets, Whemblo, the big, pink alien, gets a proper makeover. Whemblo gets a strange dip under his eyes, giving him a look of eternal fatigue. He also moves his mouth a lot more, and even has teeth and a tongue. The changes add a very noticeable difference to Man and Future Man, giving future Man the crazy, doppelganger look that he deserves.
Even Michael the goldfish gets an updated look in a few panels.
But these aren’t the only changes Marc makes in the book. He does take a few liberties in other areas, correct things that he felt didn’t quite work, or adding certain things in other areas, such as the addition of onomatopoeia in a few areas. One of my favorite changes comes on page 13 when the Man and Whemblo meet the Head Of The Desert. Originally, Marc had two iterations of the Head appear in two panels, but the artistic placements made the page look clumsy. So instead, he took a chance and had a single iteration of the Head span the two panels and made the scene work so much better.
Some creators are extremely protective of their work, feeling the need to explain themselves whenever they receive negative reviews. Others have grown such a thick skin to criticism that it rolls off their backs. Marc Jackson listened to the criticism. Maybe he took it to heart, but he used it to better his art, and I respect him for this. Because Marc was able to look at his work and say “I can do better”, he has done better, and Man From Space is better because of it.
Now I’m really looking forward to issue 3.
For information on purchasing Man From Space, visit the official Man From Space website.