Not quite sure what’s up with the visible lines on the surface of New Genesis there. But just look at the texture in this picture. I don’t know if there is any video of Kirby at work, but holy cats, he puts a lot of work into each panel.
How do you talk about a panel like this? Kirby’s shapes are somewhere between mechanical and organic. His buildings could be machines and vice versa. Everything’s just so sumptuously rendered, I can spend long minutes just letting my eyes play over every line.
And again, look at this clothing!
Highfather looking very Biblical here, which is by no means an accident. As we’ll learn later, his true name is Izaya, pronounced as “Isaiah”. Kirby isn’t afraid to let his influences speak loudly.
Not sure why Lightray suddenly has a mask over the upper half of his face, but it’s a look, huh? And Highfather here looks like Animal of the Muppets with his eyebrows covering his eyes.
Ah, nothing like a late title card! When we got the big Darkseid reveal in the final panel of last issue, I didn’t expect that meant he’d be right there in the same apartment!
And I’ll leave a note here: it’s got to be difficult to ink Kirby’s work. I think a lot of people would prefer that Kirby always inked himself, but given the frequency of his output, I’m sure that just wasn’t possible. But I think Vince Colleta does an admirable job.
Ah, the Kirby Krackle™! Notice how Kirby employs an extreme perspective here, Orion’s right hand far in front of him, his right foot far behind. It adds an odd kind of dynamism to the figure.
Notice that in these panels we don’t see the faces of either combatants. This doesn’t usually happen in modern comics. Also, great use of movement lines here, something that’s also in short supply these days it seems. But there’s no denying the power of the impacts, especially coming instantly one after the other, which is conveyed by the nearly identical panel staging.
Here Kirby makes use of the left-to-right eye motion of English readers to carry this motion from one panel…
Later, Darkseid upbraids Brola in front of everyone. And Kirby again reminds us that Orion, who fights against Apokolips on the side of New Genesis, is himself FROM the oppressive place.
Now THIS is a Fear Machine! Holy cats, LOOK at it! Up close, it’s a visual feast. Seen from father back, it’s a head with an open, screaming mouth. Kirby just drops images like this all over the place.
Darkseid’s opening dialogue here is a cut above the kind of prose typically read in comics of the time. Its allusions and cadence elevate this conflict above mere superhero stories.
At the same time, Kirby’s characters are broadly-written. “Desaad” is a bit on-the-nose.
We never see the guy on the left again, which is a shame, but WOW, look at that face.
And I don’t know if “deep six” is a phrase that people even say anymore, but nice one, Kirby.
O crafty Desaad! He suspects Orion’s true parentage, and Darkseid confirms it with his next utterance: