I’ve been having an interesting if somewhat SPIRITED discussion about how writers talk about the artists they are working with in various comics, over on twitter.
The very talented @ivanbrandon said this: DUDES WAIT TIL YOU SEE MY COMIC THIS ARTIST IS TOTALLY DOING THE BEST WORK OF HIS/HER CAREER…
It depends on the writer. Who is saying, “ArtistX is doing AWESOME PAGES! Just you wait and see!!!” - I think, like hearing anything from most people you need to take it with a grain of salt.
You need to see to believe I guess… But do writers ever really say “Ugh, sorry guys, the artist this upcoming few issues… yeah, not so hot.” - I’ve never seen it happen, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t.
I also feel that it depends on the writer. Some writers, you can’t always trust- but if you “know” the writer or “trust” the writer you can normally judge what they normally view as good or exciting. What also comes into play is style of art, the artist could be amazing to work with, and willing to do everything in their power to give you want you want, and lays out the page wonderfully but that doesn’t make the art good.
I feel like I’m stating the obvious, but that’s a bit of my two cents.