I’ve had thoughts of a thread like this for a while; while I like Adam’s core set art a heck of a lot more than he does, there’s no question his skill as an artist has improved, and sometimes the contrast between the 2012-era art of a card and the 2016ish art of its background in the app is quite striking. The endplate after you win or lose can also be quite fun, and sometimes neat little easter eggs turn up in the ads and whatnot. I’ve been meaning to point out some faves as I’ve spotted them, but today I saw a picture that really made me feel awesome.
If you’d asked me an hour ago, when I hadn’t yet beaten The Chairman in the app, to imagine a victory picture for him, I’d probably have figured it would involved him handcuffed and being escorted away by some FBI agents or US Marshals or something. But the truth was so much better! The image of a frustrated Graham Pike rolling up his sleeves and showing off an insanely beefy forearm is seriously one of the best things Adam has ever drawn; it almost looks like a propaganda poster from the 1890s or 1910s of a P.T. Barnum-style industrialist, getting his hands dirty and Building America™, in a way that the actual robber barons of history never did, but certainly wanted the public to think of them so.
Pike and his magnificent old-timey mustache seems to perfectly exemplify this dark side of the American spirit. It really makes me want to see him and Grandpa Legacy bare-knuckle box for a few rounds, while arguing about which one of them represents the real meaning of America.
In other news, I also recently noticed something curious, not good or bad but just slightly odd. When the Harpy, specifically her Dark Watch version if it makes a difference, gets down to single digit HP, we see her start to be surrounded by unstable-looking arcs of purple magic, but in the lower left corner of the picture, where it’s hard to see behind her cards, these streaks are starting to turn bright red, which I don’t recall ever seeing her spells do in her own deck. Does anyone know what’s going on here?
That will do it for now. Feel free to chime in with your own favorite illustrations specifically created for the video game, and I’ll be back later on with the next bit of awesomeness that I notice.