The Best of the Week in Covers – 01.11.2012

“And when it rains the rain falls down
Washing out the cattle town
And she’s far away somewhere in her eiderdown
And she dreams of crystal streams
Of days gone by when we would lean
Laughing fit to burst upon each other”

–Bernie Taupin on the joys of reading comics in the shower I think

The Shade #4
Variant Cover by Darwyn Cooke

The kind of cover that sets off smoke alarms. Another knock-out from Cooke.


Demon Knights #5
Cover by Mike Choi

The first of two extreme close-ups this week, with emphasis on the extreme. The tension on Etrigan’s face here is incredibly intense, as if the flesh of his face is doing all it can to hold back the inferno raging within his eyes.

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1
Cover by Dave Johnson

Fritz Lang would’ve made a really swell Lobster Johnson flick. We’ve seen more than a handful of great nazi hunter movies of late, from X-Men: First Class to The Debt, but Reverend Dave really captures the reason Lobster’s so special. He might actually be scarier than his prey.

Batwoman #5
Cover by J.H. Williams III

Smoke on the water. Fire in the sky. Bathing should never be this stressful. I even put oatmeal in there sometimes.

Scalped #55
Cover by Jock

So intimate that I instinctively cupped my hand to my mouth to verify freshness. Pure ferocity and intimidation.


  1. All of these covers are great. My personal favorite this week was Steve Morris’ beautiful Buffy Season 9 cover.

    Also, Wolverine and the X-Men’s was really fun this week and while definitely not the best he has done for the series (nor the worst) Cassaday’s Secrer Avengers cover is worth checking out since it’s the final in his nice run as cover artist for that series.

  2. That Batwoman cover is so complex, every time I look at it I see something new. The verticality of it is also really impressing in its composition, like different layers of fear culminating into a point of no return (the drop) that transpose itself into Batwoman and feeds upon her own fears (her sister dead in the water) and that other visage I cannot quite make out.


  3. Wow!
    I love the range of styles and mastery there of.
    Great fun commentary also.

  4. Is it possible for something to be retro, ultra-modern, and futuristic all at the same time? Because that’s the vibe I get from looking at that wonderful Darwyn Cooke cover on Shade.

  5. That Batwoman cover is easily one of the best I have ever seen, WOW, just WOW.

  6. I wish that was the cover on my issue of Shade.

  7. I love that Shade variant too, but it should be said that the standard cover is extremely cool as well.

  8. Darwyn Cooke is the bees knees.

  9. Batwoman was my favorite of the comics I bought. Don’t like the Demon Knights cover at all though. Too close maybe. Also, the more I look at the Wolverine 300 the more I like it.

  10. I miss Jock drawing detective… 🙁