Japanese artist Ricken, also known on deviantART as R6655321, is clearly a fan of DC Comics characters, but rather than rendering the likes of Supergirl and Joker in a style that’s commonly seen in American graphic novels, Ricken instead interprets those heroes and villains using anime aesthetics. The results are a fresh blend of two geek staples, and it also demonstrates the cultural affinity the U.S. and Japan have for one another.
Also noteworthy of these Ricken illustrations is the fact that they depict all the DC Comics characters in their teenage years rather than as mature adults. This humanizes these otherwise godlike figures as viewers get to see them in a more vulnerable state. Seeing Supergirl with a smile on her face or looking frustrated makes her immensely easier to empathize with than someone with overwhelming bravado.
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