The Best of the Week in Covers – 02.08.2012

Covers! I have no way of knowing this, but I feel like Jerry Orbach would’ve got a kick out of these.

 

Northlanders #48
Cover by Massimo Carnevale

When a dude who looks like that is that level of scared, whatever’s off-panel must be mighty terrifying. But really, it doesn’t take a lot for a Massimo Carnevale drawing to coax my jaws open. Snow is practically a gesture, but it’s enough to suggest true cold and frenzied movement. What truly registers, through color, is time of day and the suggestion of a raging fire. With only a sliver of sky and no actual flame.

Punisher MAX 22 cover

Punisher Max #22
By Dave Johnson

The achromatic scheme here is so stark. So bold. I’m actually really, really glad nobody got any ideas and tossed some red in there, as is often the case with similar designs. What really makes this sing is the contrast of the hard lines and extreme angles with the organic form of that gnarled old tree.

Blue Estate #9
By Viktor Kalvachev

Star Wars imagery is tried and true, but there’s something especially compelling here. No, not the curves. Not that they’re unwelcome or anything. No, it’s the story being told with this ticket motif. It’s pawn shop noir with a geek culture slant. That’s a lot of stuff happening. But instead of feeling convoluted, it’s just an intriguing confluence of elements. And the taut chain leading off-panel? There’s a story too. I want to turn that page.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9
Georges Jeanty Variant

How did it take this long for a Buffy cover to pay homage to Tomb of Dracula? Give Action Comics #1 tributes a breather (although that Popeye one is pretty dope). This is fun.

Comments

  1. lifesend lifesend says:

    Dope. What a fun word to say that loses all meaning when repeated ad infinitum.

    • Paul Montgomery Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      I used it once.

    • lifesend lifesend says:

      No, I don’t mean you used it a lot. I was just making an observation after repeatedly saying dope to myself.

    • Paul Montgomery Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      Good. Cuz I also used achromatic and confluence.

    • stuclach stuclach says:

      I don’t have any idea what either of those words mean. I do understand dope, though. It means marijuana, right?

    • lifesend lifesend says:

      To be honest, I actually had to look up achromatic. I inferred it’s meaning from the way you used it, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of the word before today.

      @stuclach Dope may mean marijuana, but it’s also used for heroine and maybe some other drugs.

    • stuclach stuclach says:

      I will try all those substances today and try to ascertain which is the best fit for the term dope. I must also admit, however, that the Popeye cover is extremely dope.

    • diebenny diebenny says:

      The people who use the term for a type of drug are the same people who normally say things like “scrips” instead of prescriptions. You don’t wanna go down that road. Lotta history down that road.

      Dope said over and over sounds like a leaky faucet.

    • Paul Montgomery Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      Alright. Well. Moving on then…

    • Look what you did Paul!

    • kennyg kennyg says:

      Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope Dope

      Try it, it’s fun. Any word repeated that many times loses it’s meaning. It also becomes harder to say for some reason.

  2. stuclach stuclach says:

    I love that Blue Estate cover, but there’s something inherently off-putting about the the idea of Used Hentai. Probably due to my extremely uninformed impression of Hentai.

  3. mickmac59 mickmac59 says:

    Paul, Paul…*shakes head* No Demon Knights?

  4. wangman31888 wangman31888 says:

    olivia wilde is in Blue Estate???

  5. ClasikRok ClasikRok says:

    I’ve been getting the regular Steve Morris covers for Buffy for every issue, until I saw that one and I just had to have it. Love me some Dracula homage!

  6. Scarface Scarface says:

    Viktor Kalvachev continues to create some of the best covers on shelves with Blue Estate. On a side note, Blue Estate is criminally underrated and going completely unnoticed by fans. If you are not reading it you need to pick up the trades immediately. Blue Estate is like Lapham’s Stray Bullets mixed with the feel of a Tarantino flick; truly awesome stuff.

  7. LucasEwalt says:

    What’s up with the random Jerry Orbach reference?

  8. KillTheG1mp KillTheG1mp says:

    Anyone else noticed the Skull in the tree on the Punisher Max cover? Clever and subtle! I love it!