LAZARUS issue 20 hits stands today! Greg Rucka, Michael Lark & Santi Arcas have put together yet another excellent issue building up to the final war-torn chapter of the POISON arc.
Working on the Lazarus covers is always an engaging and dynamic process. I actually created two covers for this issue; one before the story really came into focus, and another as it evolved in a new direction. The change of direction provided me with a great opportunity to better convey the nuanced, action-packed moment of the final story, as well as to hone in on what my goals and objectives are for the Lazarus covers.
Issue 20 is filled with great combat moments. My aim for the cover was to pull symbolism and visual cues from each of them. One challenge that always arises with the Lazarus covers is the desire to make each one fresh and unique. In that vein, I worked to pull in a different color palette, to provide an unexpected perspective, and to focus on the gesture and movement in the frame. Past covers have been wider and more figurative. In this one I wanted to pull in closely, to the heart of the action, and look at the details - the armor, the pills, the stabbing.
The turnaround time for the final cover illustration for this issue was tight. We realized the evolution of the story called for a new cover on a Wednesday and had to have finished artwork ready by Friday. Having Michael’s artwork provided the tone and inspiration I needed to pull ideas together quickly. The clarity and accuracy of his storytelling makes my job as an illustrator much easier when tight deadlines arise, as he provides solid material I can pull from. After sending the illustration to the Lazarus team, the final type layout was designed by Eric Trautmann, who pulled everything together efficiently and with great skill. It’s always a thrill to work with this team and I appreciate their trust and confidence.