The Best of the Week in Covers – 04.17.2013

“I have no idea to this day what those two comic book covers were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.”


X-O Manowar #12
Variant cover by Juan Doe

We all need a little more Juan Doe in our H.U.D.s. Look at that fury. He’s gonna burst a blood vessel. Or seventeen.


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 Cable & The X-Force #7
Cover by Salvador Larroca

Gotta tell ya, I’m really coming around on this new Cyclops design. Further concealing his eyes, his expression is even more ambiguous. That’s where the character is right now. As for this particular image, it’s that red ambient glow, a coloring choice that actually suggests more sensation that just the visual. There’s heat. There’s an auditory buzz. It’s at atmospheric realization of Cyclops’ mutant power. The blast waiting behind his eyelids. Coupled with that text, it speaks to dread.



Chew #33
Cover by Rob Guillory

This is a simple idea, made masterful, by the perfect crop. Pull the camera out or up and it’s only about a fifth as funny.


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Captain Marvel #12
Cover by Joe Quinones

Did you spot the window-washer yet?

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Five Ghosts: The Haunting on Fabian Gray #2
Cover by Chris Mooneyham

Mooneyham has this Simonson-Steranko-Colan thing going on, bringing a classic sense of adventure and spectacle back to horror comics. A giant spider with a death’s head mark on its abdomen? The pulpy character insert for Zhang Guo. This is the kind of thing ou hope to find when you hit a flea market or unearth a pile of musty volumes in the attic. A call to adventure in itself. Treasure.



Wolverine MAX #6
Cover by Jock

Cripes, it’s like Michael Mann found a Kaufmanesque portal into Jock’s head and embarked on a lost weekend with a canvas. You know, in a good way.


  1. Your comments under the X-Force cover are awesome, I love the analogy to his blast. I too am coming around, and this muscular depiction is much better than some if the scrawny showings he’s made of late. Wolverine cover is great too. Is five ghosts good? I know that’s a lot, but good selections and happy Friday!

    • Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      Five Ghosts is fun. The art is fantastic, but the story isn’t quite there, to be honest. Not too substantial. I’m still reading though.

    • Thanks! It’s one of those comics that didn’t quite make my pull list. I’ll keep the feelers out, and hopefully pick it up when its collected.

    • Five Ghosts #1 was…interesting. The art is indeed fantastic. Like Paul said, the story hasn’t quite gelled yet, but it’s intriguing. I’m sticking with it.

  2. The Jock cover reminds me of classic Bill Sienkewics (sp?). It is VERY beautiful.

  3. I stared at my copy of Five Ghosts all night after reading it.

  4. Avatar photo filippod (@filippodee) says:

    Captain Marvel #12 by Joe Quinones: it’s interesting to see how originally Captain Marvel’s expression was different.

    It’s a small thing, but I think that the published version works better.

    Great cover. Sadly I don’t have the spare $1,200.00

    • Nice find, and Carol definitely has a reason to now smile on the cover of #12. Her series apparently had the sales to survive a whole year (to which I’m both shocked and heartened), she just got a great artist to carry her into the next one, and now she has POTW honors.

      I haven’t seen any Quinones interiors since the GL story in Wednesday Comics, was he just that talented and lucky to go straight into the cover game or did he have a significant body of work beforehand?

  5. I want to know everything there is to know about the goggles-wearing seal on Chew’s cover.

  6. I really miss the short hair on Carol Danvers.

    My shop did not get that X-O Manowar cover. Dammit.

    The Five Ghosts #1 second print variant was rather nice as well.

  7. No, I had not spotted the window washer. Thank you.

  8. The Chew cover is an homage to Chew #18.

  9. I didn’t see that X-O Manowar cover at my store Wednesday — it’s a nice one.

    Personally, I was really struck by the Li’l Depressed Boy cover, a very sweet, charming image . . .

  10. Wow. They made Scott look like a badass. FINALLY.

  11. don’t know how to quantify it but for some reason looking at thesecovers this morning made me feel good, a little easier to get through the day. again, don’t really know why. but thanks.

  12. Captain Marvel: It’s probably happened a ton of times but I can’t seem to recall another issue that has made it to covers, panels and pick of the week all at once.

  13. When I got home from buying my comics the first thing I thought when looking at the Five Ghosts cover was ”how have I managed to crease it ?” then I realised it was the cover.

  14. Oh man, Juan Doe’s lookin’ good. I’m loving these Valiant variants lately (however, I rarely see them in stores)…

  15. What I love about Chew is how it’ll perfectly do a call back whenever the time is right. The cover is a great callback to #18 and this doesn’t seem like the first time Guillory has done another variation of the same cover design.

  16. chew consistently the best covers.