Rough Justice: The DC Comics Sketches
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Rough Justice: The DC Comics Sketches

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From the sensational, award-winning artist of the bestselling Mythology: his never-before-seen DC Comics sketchbook.
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the stunning black-and-white drawings of the DC characters you loved from Mythology: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Black Canary, and many more. All of Alex Ross's extraordinary, hyper-r...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Pantheon Books (first published March 26th 2010)
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Michael Emond
As another reviewer summed up "little of the promised insight" and that is the problem with this book. I love the artwork of Alex Ross. He is a genius and his early works Marvels and Kingdom Come are must haves for any serious comic fan's bookshelf. And while I did "enjoy" looking at the pencils and character designs in this book, any fan would be better served by Mythology or World's Greatest Super-Heroes and get his true finished art. There are far too many pages of unfinished art or design ar...more

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I would say this book is as good as Mythology, his other art book featuring his paintings.

In this book, we see the groundwork he lays for those paintings. There are sketches storyboards and layouts, character designs, covers and hand scribbled notes. Many of the sketches, like various iterations for covers, are appearing from the first time. And it's not really all black and white, there are a few pieces painted quickly with colour for quick colour tests. I've t...more
say what you will about Alex Ross and his artwork -- static, photorealistic renditions that seek to elevate yet typically drain the life from sequential work -- the man loves what he loves & lots of comics fans love what he does. The preparatory work contained in this volume holds a lot more dynamism than his finished art. Plus the man is a fount of ideas, yes, mostly based on silver aged characterizations dating from his youth, but not all bad. The Batwoman design that J.H. Williams III has...more
As far as art books go, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The best bits were when Ross shared art for projects that never came to pass, and how some of that stuff was used in later books later. There isn't a lot of meat to this book, but if you're a fan of Ross Rough Justice is worth a look.
Virginia Lee
Great inside look at Ross's process. His commentary on what DC chose and rejected was also enlightening, though, sadly, unsurprising. It was wonderful to see that Ross is interested in characters other than the Big 2, which seem to be the only ones DC wants him to draw.
Ross’s last coffee-table book, Mythology, may have been the a brilliant retrospective covering most of his career at the point of publication, but Rough Justice is still a gem – if not a smaller one – as it focuses on his penciled ideas and rough sketches starting with his work on his last full DC pantheon series, Justice. Also included are his ideas for a Captain Marvel revamp – inspired by the long-forgotten Shazam! TV series from the 70s – and a never-developed Batboy series. (Image the Teen...more
This book is full of sketches by the comic artist Alex Ross.

Lots of unique drawings that will give fans an interesting perspective of the artist.

While the written material is likely to only appeal to fans, the art should also appeal to students learning the craft of illustration.

Ross has been awarded an Eisner

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A beautifully designed book bringing you some amazing sketches and roughs from comic artist Alex Ross. With roughs and sketches from JSA, Kingdom Come, Batman RIP and more, plus some never-published characters and concepts, this is a terrific read and true work of art!
Nice look into Alex Ross' work and snippets of text offer insight into both his conception of the work and his working relationship with DC.
Neat to see the process, but there was little of the promised insight.
amazing art
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