I can’t mention Bill Sienkiewicz without talking about his run on New Mutants. He took over on issue 18, and I believe Sal Buscema was the previous artist on the title. The change couldn’t have been more jarring. I had been reading comics for over 10 years at that point (I was 18), but I’d never really experienced anything like it. It felt raw. I wasn’t sure I liked it at the time, but I grew to love it.
It was vastly different from the work I had been brought in with, from people like Art Adams, and Jim Lee. While those guys were giving us a clean, polished product, Sinkiewicz was raw. Art Adams was drawing a crisp Warlock, and Sinkiewicz drew this misshapen form I could not quite make out. I knew I did not like it.
Once I was able to remove the block that stopped me from enjoying Mike Mignolia’s art, I found I was quickly able to start appreciated a wider variety of the experimental styles.