The Best of the Week in Covers – 06.19.2013

The best covers and the rust-beetles scuttled among the nettles of the sage thicket. “VĂ¡monos, amigos,” he whispered, and threw the busted leather flintcraw over the loose weave of the saddlecock. And they rode on in the friscalating dusklight.


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Wonder Woman #21
Cover by Cliff Chiang

Perhaps you know my fondness for concentric circles. Perhaps you share it. While I’m excited for the prospect of Diana’s destination in this image (New Genesis, motherboxers!) the journey is nearly as riveting. It’s a testament of Chiang’s powers that Wonder Woman retains her dignity even with an airborne tiara and a mild case of roller coaster face.


Batwoman #21
Cover by JH Williams III

Can’t say as I’ve ever encountered an elegant Killer Croc showcase before, but damn if this isn’t a classy depiction of the steward of the sewers. Not that he’s toothless either. See? Fangs. Love the play of color on black and white, the illusion of layers and reliefs.


Revival #11
Cover by Jenny Frison

When’s the last time you were throttled by a cover? Excepting the assaultive movie banners and logos and do-dads on a Big Two cover, I mean?

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The Sixth Gun #32
Cover by Brian Hurtt

This is a lovely, evocative departure from the series’ typical cover treatment which usually depicts two or three different scenes. I like the confidence in obscuring the title logo and what that does psychologically. Our hero is journeying off the beaten path and into the unknown. We’re invited to lose ourselves right along with her.


Fables #130
Cover by Joao Ruas

Ode to a Grecian Urrrrrrggrgggrhhh!!!! Rats! Rats!! Don’t touch me! Don’t touch me!



  1. Awesome selection.

    My Top 4 Cover Art pics of this week are:

    BATWOMAN #21 (POTW Cover/Book)

  2. That Revival cover is awesome! Almost makes me wish I hadn’t dropped the book because now I want to know what is going on!

  3. This also serves as evidence of the diversity of women in comics.

    • Women characters maybe but only one of those covers was done by a female creator.

    • Since we brought up diversity, can we talk about how all of these are depictions of white women? I mean Batwoman counts as a double hit, but I feel like lately there’s an absent push for racial diversity in comics.

    • All depends on where you look. Saga has diversity. The new Green Lantern is Muslim. They havent cancelled Batwing yet. Cable and X-Force has Forge. Ultimate Spider-Man just introduced a new Cloak and Dagger. Storm is leading the new X-Men team, Uncanny X-Men has Triage. I could list approximately 12 more examples of comics that came out this month featuring racial diversity.

    • So including the seven you listed and the “approximately 12 more examples” you could have listed but didn’t, that totals 19. Shall we look at the white characters? Pretty much all the other X-Men, the rest of X-Force, the rest of X-Factor, 15 of the current 18 Avengers, 6 of the 7 current New Avengers. So that right there is close to one hundred characters and I could list approximately 100 more examples. Diversity isn’t having a token character here and there, it’s having an accurate representation of the populace as a whole, which comics don’t do that great. Are things better now than they were 20 or 30 years ago? Absolutely. But there is still a long way to go.

      Also, does Saga count since they are, you know, ALIENS. Should we also include Martian Manhunter and Kilowog?

    • Some of his examples relate to what I was talking about; Storm leading (one of) The X-Men teams. Batwing is a book with a black male as the lead character (hopefully that keeps going), but Simon Baz is just on JLA; I think it would increase his significance if he was given one of the four GL titles and made the star (do we need Hal, Guy, John, and Kyle to really have their own books?). To be fair, I really liked last GL and GL Corps issues and John Stewart is the main lead in GL Corps so that’s good. But the rest of Baron’s examples are supporting characters or on teams, Marko and Alana would count but they’re aliens. Plus I think most people have told me Marko is white. I mean there’s this big push for more women in comics and making them, which is good; but I feel like other more ethnic characters don’t have anyone fighting for them anymore. Am I wrong? Would Captain Marvel be as popular if it starred the other Ms Marvel (whose name escapes me)? I just hope we’re not replacing a white male dominated field with one that’s split between white male and female characters. If I’m talking out of my ass, I apologize but I think there’s a issue here.

    • I’m pretty sure Marko is asian. You asked for examples so I gave some. Ultimate Spider-Man is probably the best counter point to your argument. It has a top tier writer and artist. It features a bi-racial Spider-Man who has an asian best friend and who’s new super pals are an inter-racia couple. It also happens to be the most consistently excellent book out there. Its, arguably, the banner book of the Ultimate line and the character is extremely popular. But in reference to your supporting character argument. Katana has her on book and Vibe has his own book. Wonder Woman is greek. Of course there is a ton of white characters out there, there always has been. But there is also significantly more diversisty in comics today.

    • Ahh, I forgot about Katana and Vibe. But most people have told me Marko from “Saga” is white (I personally thought he was Hispanic until someone tried to correct me). WW has usually been drawn white as far as i know (she should be greek, so i guess that’s a correction. But to me she only looks greek in her own series, in others she looks white). USM is I guess the best example on here for diversity for the reasons you listed. I’m not reading it though so I have no idea on it’s quality.

      “Would Captain Marvel be as popular if it starred the other Ms Marvel (whose name escapes me)?”. This is a question I’m very interested in. Something to think about, at least.

    • If you want diversity so bad, go read Mighty Avengers then. Me, I want good comics, which is why I visit this website. If I wanted to read about diversity I would check out the newspaper

  4. Is revival any good? Been hovering above the first trade since months, but so far haven’t bought it. Sounds interesting,

    • I read the first 7 issues and really enjoyed them. I only dropped it out of budgetary reasons. It does feel a book that would read well in trade and I plan on picking up the rest of the series in trades at some point.

  5. I love the Sixth Gun cover. I normally read it in trade, but that cover was very tempting