We are back for week two of the new season of Face Off, this 'sode titled "Heroic Proportions." The artists were asked to create an original DC Comics character, work with members of the DC family to finesse the concept, and of course deliver their work in the Spotlight challenge. (With this gale force of awesome, we skipped the Foundation challenge this week.) The winning superhero character will appear in Justice League Dark issue #16.
At Stake This Season
2013 Fiat 500
Guest lecturer stint in New York and Paris
What You Missed
The artists were sent on a pre-challenge visit to the San Diego Comic-Con. At least we were told they did, as there was no time-lapse footage of them standing in line for hours.
All contestants were paired with an official DC artist to sketch their superhero character. Loved the way our Face Off'ers gave the artists basic notes on shading and definition—that took major stones.
Overall, the creations took a step back this week. Most artists got caught up in the costume element of their character, which played in to their weaknesses. House's "Robot Girl" and Eric Z's "Contagion" really excelled because they focused on the makeup.
Maybe it's the Canadian in me, but Meaghan's "Freedom Fighter" superhero made up of pieces of the World Trade Center seemed a little too Lee Greenwood for my tastes. While Red Green would approve of the visible duct tape on the costumes, the judges didn't appreciate it, which landed her in the bottom three.
1. Anthony Kosar (Last Week #1) – With a third consecutive challenge victory, Anthony’s “The Infernal Core” character firmly established him as the artist to beat this season. He’s already three-for-three for challenges, so how far can he take this thing? Four straight? 10 straight? Could we see our first ever Face Off perfect game?
2. Eric Fox (Last Week #2) – Despite sometimes looking like Jesse Pinkman on his worst day, Eric F is emerging as one of the best contestants I've ever seen on the show. His "Dick Gritty" creation (an ex-mobster brought from the brink of death to seek revenge, smite enemies, etc) was far-out, and I thought he was robbed of first place this week. In next week's challenge, the artists create a demon. With that firmly in his "horror" wheelhouse, look for Eric to capture first next week.
3. David “House” Greathouse (Last Week Not Ranked) – His "Robot Girl" seemed to take the best 360 approach to this challenge, making full use of his talents and DC resources. He also seemed to have the most fun this week, which bumps him into the top three. As the oldest contestant this season (41), he'll need to use his years of experience to get the most out of future challenges.
Losers Lounge - Michael: Bringer of the Worst Superhero
While the "Elijah: Bringer of the Plagues" concept of an ancient "son of the four horsemen" who can casually spew death and pestilence on demand is badass, the end creation looked like something you might see at a Baltimore Ravens tailgate. Pro-tip for those planning to compete on a future season of Face Off: when in a makeup competition, it doesn't hurt to use makeup. This fact alone made it a pretty cake decision for the judges this week. Also, a furious five-minute Google session couldn't completely answer my question, is "bringer" an actual word?
If you missed the second episode (or last week’s premiere), you can watch right here at spacecast.com
Next Week (Tuesday 9E/6P)
In “When Hell Freezes Over,” the artists must each create a demon.
What did everyone think? Can anyone beat Anthony? Did Eric F get robbed? Is “bringer” an actual word?