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Striking Portraits of Superheroes Reveal Their Inner Identities

California-based graphic designer Khoa Ho examines the origin stories of some of pop culture’s most celebrated superheroes in the series Superheroes – Past/Present (spotted via My Modern Met). These stark illustrations, featuring heroes ranging from Spider-Man to Batman, are the appropriate images for this post-Christopher Nolan world, wherein the heroes’ psyches are perhaps more important than the gadgets they employ or the villains they fight. Check out the gallery after the jump. 

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho

Image credit: Khoa Ho