The Best of the Week in Covers – 03.20.2013

“What you will be privileged to witness will not be an interrogation, but an act of salesmanship – as silver-tongued and thieving as ever moved used cars, Florida swampland, or comic covers. But what I am selling is a long prison term, to a client who has no genuine use for the product.”


Saga #11
Cover by Fiona Staples

Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses. This is a celebration of our fragile, tenuous grasp on the mortal coil. Focus. A moment’s precision.


Wolverine MAX 5

Wolverine MAX #5
Cover by Jock

There’s always been something so visceral, even primal about Jock’s work. It makes him the perfect artist to capture a feral Wolverine. There’s a warts and all approach to this image, a cover with no particular polish, but panache in spades. It’s a beating heart set on crisp linen.



Revival #8
Cover by Jenny Frison

The local mob needs to get a little more creative about disappearing those would-be stoolies.


Cover by Marcos Martin

Cover by Marcos Martin

The Private Eye #1
Cover by Marcos Martin

Our Cheshire Cat loses himself in the crowd. Each of these citizens could well star in their own ongoing series, but for all their color and affectation, this is a world shrouded in secrecy. Privacy is king. And our PI has only reluctantly invited us along as he gives himself over to the throng.



Fables #127
Cover by Joao Ruas

A fairy tale kiss. An understanding of blood and flesh borrowed from the old world master painters. I’m reminded of old Christmas wrapping paper softened by time.


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X-O Manowar #11
Cover by Clayton Crane

This exquisite painting recalls a head-rush of memories from the grimdark science fiction of the 80s and 90s. Horror so darkly lit it was practically sooty. Guyver, maybe. Crane’s control of light and darkness and texture is masterful.



Voltron #11
Cover by Sean Chen

Can we talk about how Voltron is photobombing this Harlequin romance cover? I mean, can we just talk about it?



  1. How many times has Saga been cover of the week? Always great covers.

    • Not only that, but when you put all the issues together you notice that each one has its own unique colour (including a back cover that’s always empty of anything except said colour). It does make me wonder how long they can keep this going? How many colours are there, anyway? 🙂

    • Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      There are at least 47 colors.

    • @fuzzytypeSo who stole 1 of your c

    • rayns.

      Side note, As much as I love this website, it is not iPad friendly.

    • Right, love the solid color negative space backgrounds, they add so much simply. Off the subject but I love how a story about Aliens on other planets in another universe is one of the most down to earth relatable comics ever.

    • @JohnNevets I use my iPad on here all the time, is your software up to date? Out of curiosity, what problems are you having on it?

    • @JSAkid thanks for the offer of help, I may PM you since this was two days ago. Overall I think my biggest problem is that it is a first gen iPad, and is a little lower in ram then the newer models. The site will occasionally crash the browsers (I’ve tried a few), but that wasn’t what I was referring to. What happened was I had gone to write the comment, but as I was typing the page reloaded, making the on screen keyboard disappear, and in trying to bring it back up, the comment got posted before I was finished. The relaunching of the page, happens quite often on the website, it seams to have something with the page grabbing info from other places on the web, either the add server, or the twitter feed.

      Oh, and I agree completely with your take on Saga. Both BKV and Fiona, have done an awesome job of making an alien story very human.

  2. Love that X-0 cover.

  3. I was just admiring my copy of that X-O Manowar cover this morning — very glad to see it included. I would have included Daredevil in the list . . .

  4. “Panache in spades” and “beating heart on crisp linen” are…like Jocks cover’s, more gracious and grandiose than the series itself, great words though.
    Love the X-O, beautifully haunting sci-fi.
    Revival and Fables both have consistently good and often great covers.
    Voltron’s one of those guys in the who the hell are you photo segments off Tosh.0.

  5. The silhouettes on B.P.R.D. and New Avengers were two of my favorite covers this week for simplicity conveying large messages.

  6. That Fables cover is spectacular. The Revival one has a fantastic composition.

  7. That Voltron cover is hilarious!