Bill Sienkiewicz 2008: excerpt from The Next Issue Project #1 (Fantastic Comics #24)
Color: Erik Larsen
The Next Issue Project brought in a diverse set of writers and artists to create anthology comics featuring characters that fell into public domain, published under the titles of defunct Golden Age comic series. In this story, a character goes back into time (and myth, apparently — sorry Bible literalists) to “correct” crimes of history.
An added treat is how Larsen simulates the imperfect printing method and color cast of the newsprint.
Bill Sienkiewicz 2008: Halloween: Nightdance #1 cover, alternate cover
Bill Sienkiewicz 2007-2008: 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow #1-3
Sienkiewicz teamed up with longtime friend Steve Niles to produce this chapter of the popular 30 Days of Night series. Given Sienkiewicz’s stylistic approach, it’s amazing that it took over two decades for Sienkiewicz to tackle an actual horror project (as opposed to horror-themed heroes).
The three-issue series was fully painted and Sienkiewicz shrouded the scenes in darkness and expressionistic brush strokes. He discussed his approach with Jonah Weiland of CBR:
I’ve always felt the mind will fill in the more horrifying images than you can just simply show the audience. The way horror has been handled for the most part is there’s always a lot of darkness, but just for darkness’s sake. What I’d like to see is a little bit more contrast and beauty and set-up in terms of the landscape being a character. Let the environment play a role. So, when things go horribly wrong, you’re suddenly plunged into a horrific world, made ever so much more so when compared to the beauty you were just looking at. Or, have something very dark happen out in the sunshine. True horror can happen unexpectedly and it doesn’t necessarily have to happen in a dark room that’s been dirtied up a bit.
Bill Sienkiewicz 2007: Dark Sector: Zero
Dark Sector: Zero was a tie-in comic to the Dark Sector video game, setting up the premise to the gameplay. Although it’s skews a bit more commercial comic product than typical comics, it gave Sienkiewicz a great opportunity to mix together a number of elements into painted splash pages: video game horror with a veneer of shadow government operatives in eastern Europe.
Bill Sienkiewicz 2007-2008: Wolverine mass-market paperback covers: Violent Tendencies, Nature of the Beast
Bill Sienkiewicz 2006: X-Men Fairy Tales #3
Interior color: Guru eFX
X-Men Fairy Tales was one of several Marvel titles that loosely blended classic fairy tales with Marvel story lines. This story adapts the Scott/Jean/Logan love triangle and Phoenix possession.
Also of note for modern readers is the distinctive X-shaped design over Cyclops eyes, which is now part of his current costume; and him carrying this all-seeing oversized eyeball around, ala Original Sin.