The Best of the Week in… Covers (03/03/2010)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And sometimes, so is the Vulture. Behold, then, the Best of the Week in…Covers:


Amazing Spider-Man #623
Cover by Michael Lark

The opponent reflected! One of the oldest tricks in the book, but chestnuts are chestnuts for a reason. From afar, we've got a perfectly rendered closeup of our favorite web-head. A nice, clean, hero shot. But on closer inspection, there's a lunatic Icarus wannabe coming in for a landing. Vulture's also creepily photoreal. "Homework for tomorrow. Draw a game of chicken between Spider-Man and the Vulture." There's a million ways to do it. This one makes the bulletin board for parent teacher night. 


Conan the Cimmerian #19
Cover by Justin Sweet

What can I say? I'm a Frazetta freak. While this image isn't nearly so dynamic as the glorious old paintings that inspired it, it's definitely a head-turner. Maybe even a neck-snapper. I love the stormy color palette. Sweet's also terrific with textures. Feels like I'd hear a little cymbal clang if I flicked that shield with a finger nail. Above all, that figure just screams brute strength. And not for nothin', but this is a perfect jumping on point for new readers. The interiors are in a completely different style, but just as striking. 



Mighty Avengers #34
Cover by Koi Pham, Craig Young, John Rauch

Well. This is terribly exciting. We're gonna call this in medias res. Say what you will about obscuring the logo. This is gods' own thunder! We're at ground zero for a divine lightning strike. If the brilliance of the light effects and the explosive debris weren't enough to sell the movement, we've even got those echoes of Quicksilver in the background. It's practically sequential art. Seriously, I'm losing electrolytes just looking at this piece!



But surely I've missed a diamond or two in the rough. Cover me, iFanbase! 


    #1 – Astro City The Dark Age Book Four #2
    #2 – Stephen King’s "N" #1
    #3 – Underground #5
    #4 – Star Struck #7
    #5 – Greek Street #9

  2. That Conan cover is phenomenal.  Backgrounds don’t get nearly enough attention and that cover demonstrates (convincingly) why they are so important. 

    I really like the cover of Cinderella From Fabletown with Love #5.  It gives you a taste of classic Cinderella, but with a hint of the book’s modern trappings.  Very pleasant.

    I also found the cover to Jonah Hex #53 to be both sexy and intimidating.  I dig it.

  3. I’m with Mangaman on the Astro City cover: love the neon look. 

    JSA All Stars  #4 is my least favourite cover this week: amorphous blobs, angular anatomy and an awful colour palette.

  4. I think that the last of the pulpy Iron Man covers from this week was absolutely beautiful, but these were some excellent choices I’d have otherwise missed on my shelf. Great stuff every week!

  5. That Conan cover is technically very well rendered. But very static with a bad composition making for a dull cover.

    the other two are fantastic! 

  6. @Welkin – it’s static because Conan was posing for the picture. He wanted to make sure he was flexing.

    But I do love the conan cover.

    The Jonah Hex one is really awesome. 

  7. Have to agree with the Spiderman 623

    I was also partial to the the Iron Man 24 cover –  the main cover continues with great graphic designs that make it stick out on the shelves, and the variant was nothing to sneeze at either

    Underground 5 continues to make me feel clausterphobic, but this time there may be some light at the end of the tunnel

    Astro City Dark Age 4 # 2  Made me feel like I was holing something designed in the 70s and I loved that.  Its the most period piece looking cover of all 14 issues that have come out so far

    and Age of Reptiles The Journey 3 is as awsome on the cover as it is inside.  Every panel (including the cover) is a wonder to look at over and over and over again. 

  8. My favorite cover this week would be Crossed.  Favorite of the above would be ASM.

  9. I have grown all but convinced that there is some sort of bet in the Marvel offices centered around hiding the Mighty Avengers logo. It’s becoming like a game; "Wait, I see it! It’s inked into the leaves of that tree on the left!"

    Unrelated: how does Thor get dressed?

  10. Or, more importantly, how does he get undressed?

    (I assume the answer to both questions involves lightening.) 

  11. Sorry. That should be lightning.

  12. Thor gets dressed and undress by a harem of nublie valkyries

  13. @stuclach: No, I’m sure getting all that chainmail off is incredibly lightening.

  14. I wish I had a harem…

  15. Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    I do dig that MIGHTY AVENGERS cover. The only thing that could make it better would be for there to be a speech bubble of some kind. I want Thor to be screaming, "By Zeus!" or whatever it is that Thor screams while unleashing bolts of lightning.

  16. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @JeffR – Probably "For Asgard!" 

  17. Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    @Paul – That… would make much more sense. What with that being the correct mythology and all. D’oh!

  18. Can a god create clothes so strong that even he cant tear them?

  19. With all due respect Paul, it is absolutely criminal that the cover to girl comics did not make this list. By far and away the best of the week. Pure Amanda Connor genius!

  20. @Jimski – Good one!

  21. @Mangaman – Harems are overrated…. I know mine is.

  22. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @stuclach – I’ve seen the pictures. Talk about harem scarem. 

  23. Girl Comics and Amazing Spiderman were my personal favourites.  I liked the design of Cinderella, but I’m not over keen on the painter’s actual style.

  24. I liked the Cinderella cover.

  25. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @odare77 – That’s the same way I felt about the Cinderella cover. 

  26. @PaulMontgomery – Paying them in Oreos was a very bad idea.

  27. Nice choices, once again ASM strikes with a great cover.

    Out of the pile: I think Sweet Tooth #7 and Chew #9 had great covers. Sweet Tooth for a great Lemire drawing; you can practically tell the depth with that fence. With Chew….well it’s just a striking design.

    Elsewhere: Green Hornet #1 had a great Alex Ross cover (of course). Astro City: The Dark Age: Book Four #2 (jesus…) had an simple but gorgeous Alex Ross cover (of course). Seeing a trend here?

    Worst Cover: G.I. Joe #15 for wonky character designs.

    Best Trade Cover: Justice League Internation vol. 4…..Who Let These Guys In?

  28. That G.I. Joe cover is awful.

  29. I don’t care all that much about covers, but if the Spiderman one wasn’t on this list I would have protested.  Its great!

  30. Damn stuclach beat me to it! That Jonah Hex#53 MADE me pick it up to see what’s inside!! Bought it ,and I know nothing of Jonah Hex current storyline, but dam that cover is SAWWEEET!

  31. oops!!! forgot to give credit to Billy Tucci ;/

  32. What, no love for the Cho six-fold Ultimate New Ultimates cover?

  33. @stuclach Your comment did make me laugh in that thread for GI Joe.

  34. DarthDuck- I put my vote in for Cho. That thing just kept unfolding, it was insane.

  35. @TNC – I try (occasionally).

  36. I really liked the Jonah Hex cover. Tucci did a great job.

  37. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I liked that Jonah Hex cover too, and it was in the running. The only knock I have against it, and it’s entirely subjective, is that the lines are so clean. Wish the inks were a little rougher given the antique finish. 

  38. @Paul – That’s a good point.  I think the layout is what draws my eye (that and a very sexy thigh).

  39. @stuclach  I know! What happens when Thor has to pee? There must be some sort of trap door in them there metal leotards.