Reading comic books, especially old ones tend to piss me off in terms of art direction. I think it’s a combination of the boring gridded panells and the lack of detail and ‘dynamic-ness’ to the action that frustrate me. No doubt the interactive designer in me having a grumble - i’ve always felt they could do better, it feels like only in the last 8 years have we started to break out from this 4x6 convention into more dynamic layouts. I realise that having a collection of images and panels collaged on the page could get in the way of storytelling but ive found the more adventurous japanese manga address this the most successfully — augmenting full page illustrations with small panels which continue the plot or action sequence.
But seriously check out that sword. How is that not about to chop your face off?