The Best of the Week in Covers – 06.20.2012

The wonderful thing about covers
is covers are wonderful things.
Their tops are made out of rubber.
Their bottoms are made out of springs.

Saga #4

By Fiona Staples

I tell ya, it’s been repugnantly hot and cloudless in the city of Philadelphia this week, so to see this these two weary travelers perched atop a roiling marble, I’m filled with a kind of cosmic camaraderie. It’s like these two space oddities refuse to sink into the amber of history, eager to chase to horizon, never gently. It’s a striking image that only hints at the otherworldly strange making camp inside.

Batwoman #10

By J.H. Williams III

Kate’s fording yet another quagmire of angry spirits and what may or may not be Matthew Broderick’s Godzilla. Always a fun motif for Gotham’s resident occult investigator. Not sure I’m totally enamored of the white negative space, but that spectral spiral makes for a pretty nice frame.

Alabaster Wolves #3

By Greg Ruth

I think anyone with a mammalian house pet can relate to this one.

X-Factor #238

By David Yardin

Mondrian in the hiz-ouse!

Glory #27

By Kris Anka

It’s like the shadow store hosted a fire sale. This is a fascinating use of selective lighting, making an already interesting composition of swarming monsters and their hapless quarry even more complex. It’s those Cheshire Cat eyes, like beacons in the darkness, that really sell this one.

Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #1

By Mike Mignola

Okay, I don’t so much remember this part of the story, but we’re not gonna complain about Mignola going ape on a seaside village.

Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #1

By Ben Stenbeck

Meanwhile, Ben Stenbeck may actually win this round against Mignola with a tremendous and romantic scene of our hero dashed upon a strange shore. From a distance, that cast of crabs mimics a kind of blood tide. It’s only upon closer inspection we realize it’s just a wave of deliciousness.


  1. That’s a lot of gooooooood covers!

  2. I was rooting for Albaster Wolves! Issue was so-so, but the cover is fantastic!

  3. The way Mignola draws monsters with those creepy blank eyes is so good. LOVE his artwork.

  4. Two things:
    1) At my LCBS whenever I pass by an issue of Saga it always stops me. The color composition and just the image in general are always so visually appealing; and of course the story itself is extremely engaging.

    2) I read X-Factor back during the days prior to Secret Invasion and Civil War and before it was event happy and loved it. But the rotating artists and inclusion into events drew me away from the book. I heard that Havoc (one of my favorite characters) is on the team now. Should I pick it up now? Is it a good time to get back invested?

    • I’ve also been flirting with X-Factor. Mostly eye contact (not leering!), but I’m working up my nerve to attempt a pick-up, so any good opening lines are welcome.

    • X-Factor got bad for a good long while during those events. In my opinion, starting around 10 issues ago (just before the “They Keep Killing Madrox” storyline) it got as good as it’s ever been. Definitely worth checking out.

      The art still isn’t consistent… blame Marvel for inventing double shipping.

  5. That Alabaster Wolves cover it brilliant!

  6. i love all of these. The Batwoman cover was so graphically striking. I actually like the white on it….it kinda functions like a word balloon…the stark white draws your eye automatically in and they you spiral out from the center, but in this case its more of a strategic decision than a functional one. (i.e. separating word balloons from art)

  7. What’s with Batwoman’s hip sticking out in a bizarre direction?

  8. baltimore is awesome. love both covers. mignola’s “year of the monsters” covers are very cool.

  9. @Paul: Your caption under the Saga cover was almost as good as the issue itself. Beautifully done sir.

  10. Hard to choose a favorite here. I picked up all of these (double dipped on the Baltimore) except X-Factor. Haven’t been reading it, but like others mentioned above, I’ve been awfully tempted to.