The Best of the Week in Covers – 01.26.2011

Covers are what happen to you while you're busy making other plans. 

Deep, right?

Fables #101

Cover by Joao Ruas

There's going to be a Fables cover museum some day. Watch out, James Jean. Ruas is hot on your heels. And he's got a wingless monkey with him. 



Avengers #9

Cover by John Romita Jr. 

This is like looking through a kaleidoscope with a big juicy wad of Fruit Stripes gum in your mouth. On Space Mountain. I love the colors. I love the energy. I love when the logo gets demolished. And it's like playing Doom as unlockable character Thanos (or in this case, the Hood). 


Scalped #45

Cover by Jock

If they'd have gone into Jock's head in Inception, they wouldn't have gotten out. Brilliant use of the negative space in the X-ray/corpse to make the figure look hopelessly lonely, even trapped. 


Wonder Woman #606 #604 (oops!)

Cover by Alex Garner

I went back and forth on this one. Is the new Wonder Woman (and her costume) worthy of the Vitruvian (Wo)Man treatment? Maybe not. But this is striking and executed quite well. There's no denying the allure of the lasso. 

Correction: So, this is the variant for #604. My bad. The variant for #606 features Wonder Woman fighting an elk centaur thing, which would pair nicely with this week's Scalped cover. Though I don't think I'd have picked it. In closing, I am a doofus. Or maybe not, because this is what was featured in the #606 slot on DC's website. 


  1. Aww, my shop only had a Wonder Woman with a logo cover.  That one is pretty cool, as are all of these — especially those infinity gems on the Avengers one, wow.

  2. My favorite cover was easily the real cover for FF 587. Beautiful design by Alan Davis and totally not spoilery. It gave the issue that feel of importance that the deathbag did not.

  3. That was the variant cover to Wonder Woman #604

    Here’s a link to the 606 Variant

  4. I love that Fables cover.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find the issue all that fascinating.

  5. I did a double take at that Avengers cover! When I saw the Infinity Gauntlet as the source of the destruction I let out a low *gasp* at my LCS. Kudos JR!

  6. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Noto  Good catch. The image was erroneously listed as #606 in a few postings. Adjusted. 

  7. I dropped Wonder Woman as of this issue, but would have probably kept going if this was the in-store cover. Love it!

  8. Loved the Fables cover, pretty much loved them all, and the story was fantastic!

    The Avengers cover was fun as well. I think this is the first time 2 covers from comics I currently read were spotlighted. (Avengers is going until #12 for me then I’m dropping it)

  9. I also loved the New York Five cover, which stood out on the shelves from the other side of the room.

  10. The new Wonder Woman costume, particularly minus the jacket, is really starting to grow on me.

  11. @flakbait  I really like the new costume. I so hope it stays.

  12. i always love Fables covers. I feel that they are one of the few titles in comics that is consistently designed on an individual basis. (whereas most comics follow the house style guide and adhere to the traditional magazine style “Headline + subhead+ picture + banner = cover) Each one is different and they’re not afraid to try new things, integrate the logo or move it around the page. They are really one of the most exciting design things happening in comics. 

    I also love that Avengers cover. I too love to see the logo’s integrated into the art which doesn’t happen often enough for me. 


  13. Might as well just officially reserve a spot in this feature for every Fables cover. I was so disappointed when James Jean left the book, but I needn’t have been. Joao Ruas kills it on every single issue!

  14. How could you not put Jock’s Dective cover, best of the week

  15. I want to mention this week’s Sixth Gun cover as well. The main image is like a cartoon version of a pulp composition — a man lights a match and stares out at us while the mirror shows exactly what he’s staring at. the top portion (above the logo) is a separate blood-red image of creepy alligators thrashing about. Good stuff.

  16. When I looked through my stack, the Green Arrow cover made me stop and say Ooooohhh.  Mauro Cascioli always makes me drool, but the white background treatment gave it that extra glory.  That man portrays muscles like no one else.

  17. Does Fables make cover of the week everytime it comes out?  It probably should, and it wouldn’t suprise me if it did.

  18. the wonder woman cover here Actually makes me really like this costume.

  19. i didn’t get that from the Scalped cover, i thought he was having a crafty smoke

  20. And it’s like playing Doom as unlockable character Thanos (or in this case, Red Hood). 

    Sometimes I feel like Charlie Brown when he gets yelled at by a passing female … that’s a gaming reference?

  21. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Mart  Doom is a first person shooter franchise that started in 1993 on the PC. The player’s perspective is the same as the character he/she controls, unlike that of typical third person action games. You don’t see the character because you ARE the character. What you will typically see is the character’s hands held out before him/her holding a weapon. In this case, we see the hand of Red Hood decked out in an Infinity Gauntlet as if it was our own. 

  22. @Paul Thanks so much, I’ve not played a video game since Binatone tennis … I thought the caption was telling us that Dr Doom was shooting, and it was a bit like the way Thanos might shoot in a game. The Red Hood reference bamboozled me even more – should that be The Hood, as opposed to Jason Todd?

    So many names to remember! Anyway, great feature, as ever.

  23. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Mart  Ack! Yes. Red Hood = The Hood.