Fred Harper did the pencils on this run of the comic. And he is very competent. That might not sound like a very strong compliment but it actually is given the content he is given to work with. Harper has a very realistic cartoon style, if that makes any sense.
Some artists opt for a more stylized-cartoonish style, some go for the ultra-realistic; Harper in this run is somewhere in-between. He’s actually quite good when given the more psychedelic and overtly weird things to do; at that point his style is allowed to be free. He plays with panel layouts and form. And there are some really stunning images especially in the earlier issues and when there are alternate realities and dream states. But the majority of the time it’s just people walking and talking and sitting and watching TV and…you get it. At that point Harper’s style is just okay. Not bad but not overwhelming.
Bottom line, Harper’s work is competent with touches of brilliance. There is nothing wrong with that.
Look, it may seem I’m damning with faint praise, but I have no problem with the art in this run of comics. The covers are for the most part great, but that is because of Rick Berry who is quite good. And I can still appreciate them for what they are even if I may have moved past the classic Vertigo style of cover.
Harper as I said is competent and occasionally great. The inks are solid but not overwhelming. The color is a bit too bright for the subject matter. I would have liked to see some more shade and toned down color, some subtlety in the everyday panels that would make the surreal stuff pop more. But that may have just been the time and the limitations of the printing, I don’t know. Overall a standard Vertigo comic of the time and that is not a bad thing.
Speaking of bad things, this brings us to…