The women of Marvel NOW! by Kris Anka.
I think it was a few days ago that I was praising Anka for his ethnically diverse Elektra. Now I want to harp on about his ability to also draw diverse faces within the same ethnicity.
Both Wanda in the top right and Sif in the centre left have the regal bearing of people who know they are superior to those around them. There is arrogance in their bearings, but they also have the faces of aristocrats. Both have fine noses and delicate but noticeable jawlines that fit with their standing as mutant royalty and a living deity respectively.
Now look at Anka’s presentation of age. Sue Richards on the top right is clearly the oldest person in this photoset and Kate Bishop is the youngest (bottom centre). The contrast of Sue’s defined cheekbones and Kate’s soft cheeks is the key marker of the age gap, but their eyes shape and bearing also present the youthful energy of Kate versus the slightly world-weary Sue.
Finally, if you had no prior knowledge of the characters in this photoset and I asked you to pick the two images that are of the same character, I’d like to think you’d choose the bottom left and right. Both of these are of Betty Ross (Red She-Hulk), one angry, one determined. I know there are tons of artist who can consistently draw the same face as it goes through the emotional spectrum, but don’t you think Anka managed to pull it off superbly with those two pictures?