I fell in love with this piece by artist Joshua Middleton a while back and just recently unearthed it in my files. Middleton has such an airy style that it’s common for folks to judge his work as insubstantial, but I think the opposite is true. It takes a skilled craftsman to use lines so sparingly and evoke such clean, graceful portraits. However, I think he needs a strong colorist to really make his work pop. Check out his art on his site. His New Mutants cover portraits of Magma, Danielle Moonstar, and Wolfsbane are among my favorites, although he’s probably best known for his work on NYX.

But right now, let’s view Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg‘s creation of Death, who debuted in The Sandman, published by DC Comics Vertigo imprint. The spunky sister of Morpheus (more commonly known as Dream or natch, the Sandman) debuted in issue #8 in the first story arc, “Preludes and Nocturnes.” She quickly gained a fan following which led to two spin off mini series (Death: The High Cost of Living & Death: The Time of Your Life). She also guest starred in Tim Hunter’s series The Books of Magic.