It comes down to the intent of the Penciler. Some desperately cry out to be inked while others have a style works best not inked. I cannot imagine a good inker on Jerome. So much of his style is set down with the pencils and it meant to be seen that way. John Romita Jr on the other hand works great with inkers. Klaus Janson and Tom Palmer really bring out different sides to him. I also think the success of a page like this being translated to color really comes down to how you approach it. Pencils can be rather tricky to color and can come out mushy or lose the intent of the pencils
Hope that makes up for the late reply. Swamped with work
You know, if you had replied earlier I wouldn't have understood exactly what you mean by "intent" of the penciler but in the last 4-5 months I've started inking my own work and while doing it the art in pencil literally changes to something else...not better, just different from what I thought was "finished" and it's fantastic. And I know now that what I used to think "well if the pencils are tight enough, there's no use for inking so imagine all the time I could save!!" Is totally and utterly wrong unless it was my intent for the art to look that particular way. Thanks for taking the time to divulge a little craft. Very much appreciated.
Fantastic work! The team of you, Rick and Jerome is absolutely perfect. You complement and enhance each others work beautifully. For me, you're the best team working in comics right now and this page is just another example why.