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Comic book artists often illustrate their characters forgetting that they’re susceptible to injuries, but Filip Acovic takes a more realistic approach. In his spectacular image of Batman, based on Frank Miller’s hulking version of the character in The Dark Knight Returns, Acovic conveys the caped crusader with battle-worn knuckles, lacerations on his face and forehead and a mouthful of bloody teeth. It’s quite a stark contrast in comparison to Bruce Wayne’s typical handsome playboy depictions, but it better reflects the reality of Batman’s situation, should a bat-themed vigilante exist in the tangible world.
Filip Acovic employs this gritty aesthetic in all of the illustrations he produces and the results are always a feast for the eyes. He grounds fantastical creatures and characters from the comic book universe and gives them newfound plausibility.