Art by: Various Artists Published by: IDW Publishing
Mars Attacks Art Gallery is a fine compendium of juicy card art, brought to you by a veritable bevy of artists. Like “Mars Attacks” itself, these cards possess a warmth and humor, which acts to entertain the reader. We are presented with a wide array of cards, the diversity ranging from bikini clad women in peril to giant mecha suited Aliens stomping through the city. The styles employed are as varied as the artists themselves.
One particular favorite comes from Ted Dastick, whose parody of the Beatles legendary Abbey Road cover really hits the spot. The work of Dan Duncan is bright and full of energy – it’s like getting zapped by an alien blaster. While the offerings from Dan Harding possess a joyous malice, as a luckless victim is incinerated before a group of cackling aliens. In another set by the artist, we are presented with a zombie themed offering, that really captures a feel for Night of the Living Dead. The offerings from Charles Hall are beautifully detailed, mixing the grotesque with the humorous – each card is very lively. Miran Kim has put together a four part homage to little Red Riding Hood, featuring the Mars Attacks aliens in li’l Red’s role and a suitably surprised big, bad wolf.
One of the most delightful sets comes courtesy of Chris Mason. Chris’s cards offer us a team of aliens on the prowl, backed up by a giant robot. The robot has an unfortunate human trapped in a huge metal hand, with knotty entrails spewing out from the sliced in two torso. Juicy stuff. Nar delivers some really cool cards, one of which is used as a cover for this edition – a giant alien face chewing on a city engulfed in flame. Nar also toys with the effect of a blaster on a human, the victim is giving an anguished scream as their flesh is disintegrated. Quite a beautiful image, especially if you don’t like humans. Possibly one of the most simple cards, but brilliant, is from Chris Uminga, where a cow is being beamed up to a classic style saucer space craft – harkening back to the delightful B-movie’s of the 1950’s. It is an elegant addition to the collection.
The book offers a wide range of appealing art and the varied styles work well together to deliver an interesting piece to flick through where, no matter which page you land on, you will find something of interest.