This is my connecting cover image for Avengers #44 and New Avengers #33.
Jonathan Hickman is bringing both these series to an end in these issues and I was asked back to do the final covers. Having started Hickman's Avengers off with my connecting covers for issues 1,2,&3, and having drawn covers for both these series' I found the idea of returning for the last covers to be an appealing idea. Of course, I told them that we had to get Justin Ponsor back for the colors, to really give it that bookend quality.
At first the direction for this cover was really vague. All I knew was that it was these two dudes fighting with the worlds colliding and Captain Universe in the background.
Here's my first take at the idea. This initial image was not right and I knew it from the beginning, but sometimes you have to get the wrong idea out to see what's wrong with it.
I think there is something kind of interesting about this image, but really, I needed something more intense and brutal.
Tom Brevoort suggested having them fighting on both covers at two different moments. One would be early in the fight and one later in the fight. My buddy Ben Bates suggested putting the second image closer. I'm capable of recognizing good ideas when I hear them so I sketched this as a rough idea.
This sketch got approved, but it wasn't totally there for me so I I tweaked it.
And here is the finalized sketch.
This rendered sketch is what I send to a colorist. It's so that both me and the colorist can see how all the lighting and values should look.
After this I inked it up.
I did all the space digitally and included it on a separate layer.
And finally, Justin Ponsor colored it up.
I think that makes 21 covers for Avengers and New Avengers combined.
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