The Best of the Week in Covers – 12.28.2011

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

“For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.”

To a great year for covers and to an even better 2012.

Archie #628 cover by Francesco Francavilla

Kids and their loud music and their hair and the clothes…


Justice League Dark #4 cover by Ryan Sook

There’s never been a better advertisement for Excedrin.


Spaceman #3 cover by Dave Johnson

Red planet blues.


Flash #4 cover by Francis Manapul

Duchamp, eat your heart out.


  1. That’s an incredible Archie cover. Very cool.

  2. I almost made Flash my POW on the merits of the art alone. The story is good, not great, but the art is FANTASTIC! Unlike other books where the cover is the best art piece this entire book is visually stunning.

  3. That JLD cover is stunning.

  4. Referencing Nude Descending a Staircase in its depiction of movement, not the Dada stuff. Not a direct homage, but it’s there.

  5. Maybe, but Dali’s not hurting on PR. Let’s throw Duchamp a futurist bone on this one.

  6. The Flash covers alone make me want to buy these books, unfortunately I’ve already made my list and unless one of the DC books on my list dissapoints me I won’t be buying it.

  7. dunno about that….Nude Descending was one subject in multiple planes of space and time depicting one action. I don’t see a conceptual or visual connection at all with that Flash cover. i mean its totally awesome and i love it…but i don’t see the Duchamp. Also, i really like that you brought art history into the conversation. =)

    Love the Archie cover. The looks on the kid’s faces is pretty telling.

  8. The illusion of movement in a single plane. The flight of the bullet does nothing for you? That its divided up into panels doesn’t really….eh, whatever.

  9. i’m thrown by the fact that there are half dozen or more narratives happening within those “shards” as opposed to one singular abstracted one. I love the cover but its a bit apples and oranges for me.

    Any day that we’re putting Duchamp and Manapul and comics into a conversation together is a fun day.

  10. Knock it off. All three of you. I will turn this thread around and drive straight back home. Then nobody will get to be the art expert. Is that what you boys want?

  11. Good covers this week. Thanks for doing this on vacation, PMont.

    Oh, Sook. Never leave us.

    That goes for you too, Manapul.

    Also, why am I not reading Spaceman? He wants a high five.

  12. This week there were a bunch of rad covers. All of these picks are great, I was close to buying Archie just for the Francavilla covers. Also, The Unwritten covers are always sweet, but this week’s was something special.

  13. That’s not the actual Archie cover that came out this week, is it?

    • I don’t even think it’s this week’s variant cover.

      On a side-note, I had no interest this Archie story, but I’m buying the variant covers because they are too awesome.

  14. Great covers, I’m curious about this Spaceman series, gonna make a good tpb or HC.