The Best of the Week in Covers – 03.02.2011

The best part of wakin' up, is covers in your cup. 

Annihilators #1

Cover by Mike Mignola

While Alex Garner's regular cover might actually work a little better with all the text and design elements (hit the link for a look), I've been counting down the days until I could showcase this Mignola variant. It's maybe one of Mignola's best pinups in ages, and the fact that it's not another Hellboy cover undoubtedly contributes to that. The characters of Rocket Racoon and Groot themselves have rarely looked better. The overpopulated heavens make for a tremendous design. And the pumpkin pie background color is a truly inspired choice. 



Darkwing Duck Annual #1

Cover by James Silvani 

This isn't the first time the Darkwing Duck comics have paid homage to an iconic Batman title–in this case, Brian Bolland's cover for The Killing Joke–but I think it's easily their best. Here, Quakerjack stands in for the Joker. What I really dig about this is the way the character completely inhabits the frame. It's a very tight portrait with next to zero negative space. 


The Walking Dead Weekly #9

Cover by Tony Moore

Here's a cool example of an impossible POV. Not just because we're looking at the eye of a zombie. But because we, the viewer, are looking at it and it's not looking at us. We're an invisible presence, unreflected in that iris. Even though that sort of shatters the illusion of reality, this is still a nice little moment of tension. I love the detail in that aforementioned iris, how there's a level of fisheye distortion in addition to the wonderful color and texture. The irregular eye lashes look plenty grotesque too. What really makes this work is that fly, adding a crucial element of asymmetrical weight. 


  1. I love it when Mr. Mignola leaves the Hellboy U to do something for the big two.  He is such a wonderful change of pace.

  2. It looks like this is a week for homages. Not only is the Darkwing Duck an homage to the Killing Joke, as mentioned, but the Walking Dead one seems to be an homage to Candyman.

    Love the art though.

  3. I never realized how much mainstream work Mignola did before going full on Hellboy/BPRD. I’m not sure if I want to see him do any mainstream work now…..but I wouldn’t mind seeing covers from him.

  4. Wow, I missed that Annihilators cover on the shelf, so I just saw it here and went, “What Hellboy book is that?  And why is there a raccon?”  But not at all.  That’s really nifty!

  5. i always love seeing the Mignola cover “system” at work on characters outside of his universe. Why can’t the variant cover be the regular cover?? (yes yes i understand the marketing gimmick reasons)

  6. My vote goes to Angel: Illyria #4 – it’s chilling!  No seriously I feel cold everytime I look at it!

  7. GROOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. @TheNextChampion  Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure is available at any fine grage sale or swap meet and worth the price!