The Best of the Week in… Covers (07/29/09)

Here are my favorite covers of the week.  Please note that nowhere in the comments do I say that your particular favorites suck.  Just saying.

Battlefields: Tankies #3
cover by John Cassaday

I love a good perspective shot, and looking down the barrel of a scary ass tank is pretty great in my book.  It’s just a fun composition that takes place just before a moment of action.  Sometimes simple is good.  Cassaday knows that.

Last Days of Animal Man #3
cover by Brian Bolland

Brian Bolland doing Animal Man.  That’ll do.

(Thanks to Dave for the scan!)

Dark X-Men The Beginning #2
cover by Jae Lee

I’m tempted to be as brief as I was on the previous, because… well, Jae Lee.  But specifically I love the design and composition of this cover, as well as the moody ethereal quality.  I don’t know why Cloak and Dagger are on an X-Men book, but I almost want to.  If you know how I feel about X-Men books, you know that’s no small thing.

What were your favorite covers, and just for fun: why?


  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Oooh, that Jae Lee cover IS nice. 

  2. I liked the cover on War of Kings: Ascension #4. I think the fact that the character on the cover (I have no idea who it is because I don’t read the book and never will) looks exactly like a Gundam is what I like about it.  Admittedly that is a very shallow reason for liking a cover, but it worked for me.

    I also enjoyed the cover of the Lobster Johnson novel (Satan Factory) primarily because I assume it gave Paul a reason to smile after his failed attempt at walking to San Diego.

  3. Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    That X-Men cover is beautiful.  And how can you not love how Bolland draw’s Buddy’s glasses?  I’m not sure if they’re drawn like that in the interiors, but on the cover they’re great.

  4. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @stulach – I did smile as I plucked my shop’s very last copy of the Lobster Johnson novel off the shelf. Gregory Manchess (illustrator) and Amy Arendts (design) did an incredible job on this book.  

  5. @Paul – Unfortunatly, my shop didn’t order any copies. In Stock Trades here I come.

  6. I have been waiting for this article all week (as I do every week cause it’s my favorite article) and it did not disappoint.

    I’ve been considering picking up this Animal man series but just can’t bring myself to do it. The art looks really good though. It almost has a classic look to it. Like it’s from the late 70s early 80s.

    That tankies cover needs no explanation. Just beautiful.

    I think what I like most about the X-Men cover though is the fact that 1) the characters are very contrasted to the point where I almost didn’t notice the one lower down and 2) they are posed almost exactly the same giving a nice balance to the whole cover.

  7. That Tankies cover is Ennis in a nutshell:  the threat of violence, the anticipation of good, gritty story, and the whole thing work as a dick joke. 

  8. Cassaday, Bolland and Lee (the one who actually draws — BURN) – not a shabby lineup at all. Not at all.

  9. That is a much better cover by Jae Lee then last issue. No oddly placed X marker on Dagger this time.

  10. Must fight off overhype…….ILIKEDULTIMATUM#5’sCOVER……..whew!  Like a band-aid.  The reason that I liked it was because I always enjoy Finch’s poses.  I’m not saying that it is ground breaking or anything like that, I thought that it was just a really good cover, very aesthetically pleasing.  I wish I had a better reason.  This book was like a present that you got that came in a super nintendo box but turned out to be clothes.

    Some other notes, Tales of the Corps #3 gave us some very awesome Carol Ferris side-boob that is from the middle, is there a word for that?  Middle boob?  I also really liked the Northlanders cover.  Very striking.

  11. @ato220 – I think middle boob is only used when referring to the lady from Total Recall. I like your initiative though.

  12. Brian Bolland – one of favourite artists of all time since his 2000AD and Judge Dredd days.

    The Jae Lee cover is amazing.  Don’t always like Jae cos I sometimes find the photoshop-ish backgrounds jaring compared to his excellent figure work, but that really is stunning. 

  13. Its a gimme, but the Detective Comics cover is damn sweet.

  14. No love for this weeks Superman cover?  It’s a composition we’ve seen before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it pulled off quite as well.

  15. I like the Unknown Soldier cover,partly because I like drawing attention to that book (its good!) and partly because I like the simplified earthy palette and the way it is combined with a simple image to give a screenprint type effect. I like the mixture of retro style with contemporary design. Also I like how it subtly expresses some of the current themes of the book.

  16. It might be obvious but I don’t know how you can’t give a nod to Detective Comics…

  17. Why? It’s pure madness, and William’s textures are amazing. Essentially: Purdy colours.

     The Jae Lee cover is ace too. 

  18. Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk did that Cloak and Dagger story, I do believe.

  19. Best cover this week was definitely Citizen Rex #1.

    Tells a story in one image and has me dying to know what’s going on between the covers. Great composition, and the flat colors really lend it that pulpy feel.

  20. Yeah I’d definitely take Detective over Animal Man here. That cover is fantastic.

  21. There are comics that that I buy only because of Bolland’s covers. I so wish he was doing more interior instead of just "Actress and the Bishop".

  22. Every time someone writes "no love for" a kitty dies.

  23. Every time Josh complains about people saying "no love for" I kill a French Bulldog.

  24. @ato220- I would call it "Anti-cleavage"


    I liked the Unknown Soldier cover. It was one of those instances where I didn’t notice what a cool cover it was until after I read it, maybe that defeats the purpose of a cover, but it was still cool for me.

  25. I really liked the Tankies cover.  That was probably my favourite of the week.

  26. @SteenAR Chris Batista’s art in Animal Man is quite good. He draws faces really well. 

     I have to give a nod to Sinister Spidey. It’s the one cover that stopped me in my tracks at the store though not in a good way (is that a crotch shot?)

  27. I like Cassaday but that Tankies cover really isn’t doing it for me. The Bolland cover is very nice but the dark and moody Jae Lee cover gets my vote for the best of the three. 

    My favorite cover of the week though would have to be Andrew Robinson’s Superman cover. Love that guy’s work! 

  28. Every time you masturbate, God kills a kitten.

    Jae Lee rules.  

  29. Cassaday, Bolland, Lee. That’s pretty much all that needs be said. Hell, even just looking down the barrel of a gun is gorgeous when JC does it.. Jae’s a madman and Bolland? Hell, he’s just… Bolland. One of the all-timers, cover-wise. God damn Alan Moore for making BB eschew interiors.


    Good picks, one and all.

  30. No love for

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    Ha! I just killed 3 kittens right there!

  31. @JohnVFerrigno – How can kittens not be extinct?

  32. @TheNextChampion.–Wotta cowinkydink!  Your Avatar is prolly my all-tiime favorite kid’s book cover (and book).  I read that thing to pieces!  (And was suprised at the ending every time!)

  33. @Todd: they’re making a movie, you know. (They’re not.)

  34. Loving the Jae Lee cover. The other two… hmmm… And I LOVE Bolland. Just doesn’t seem like his best.

    Haven’t had a chance to check out the other covers. Is there a good site to see them all up online? 

  35. Hmmm having checked out Comixology I think my cover picks would be the Jae Lee Dark Xmen, Secret Warriors 70s and Device.  But the Engineer HC, Killing Pickman, Complete Dracula 2, and Dark Reign Sinister Spider Man Bachalo variant are all pretty tasty.

  36. I think my favorite cover this week was the Ultimate Spider-Man: Requiem #2 cover. I liked how it revealed big moments in USM’s career while front in center was a "small" moment of him saving a random kid. The orange background helped make it stand apart, plus it was Immonnen drawing things previously drawn by Bagley. So, it was all around interesting for me.