Superior Spider-Man, Swamp Thing and a new series by Image Comics called Sex walk into a bar. You know how this joke goes, only it’s not a bar, it’s a comic book store. And it’s not walking, it’s us reading em. (Okay, maybe that was a bit contrived.) Welcome to Comic Book Preview, where we pick our favorite covers of the week and preview this week’s comics.
Dave’s Cover of the Week
Road to Oz #6
Dave: Is there an artist in comics today that’s as polarizing and unique as Skottie Young? His art style has such character that lends to a childlike fantasy world that’s incredibly endearing. Why Marvel wastes him on baby covers is beyond me. More covers like this please!
Brendan: I love the innocence and childlike awe that this cover inspires. The pinks and yellows are literally the perfect colors. Another hue would have issued an entirely different emotion. I would love to see Mr. Young step out of his comfort zone and create a non-cutesy, non-baby inspired cover. It would be very interesting.
Brendan’s Cover of the Week
Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake #3 (of 6)
Brendan: I don’t know what gets me about this cover. It may be the mixture of fantastic simplicity with the perfect colors and shading. Whatever it is, I find the end result entirely enchanting. It’s fun, it’s simple and it is adorable. What more could you want?
Dave: I find this cover to be highly edible. It all starts with that delectable umbrella and moves on from there. There’s a Spirited Away feel to this cover that captures a more endearing side to Adventure Time.
Brendan’s Honorable Mentions
Brendan: I think there is a certain boldness that comes with purposefully crafting your cover to contain 85% blackness. It makes the limited amount of action feel that much more intense because, hey, that’s all we have going for us.
Dave: The kicked up dirt and sky are cool, but I’m not so sure about the blackness. I suppose it’ll stand out on the shelf, but it’s sort of lame in a “that horse has a broken leg and now it’s lame” sort of way.
A + X #5
Brendan: Once again Del Mundo brings the quality and the comedy in this fantastic rendition of “kids these days”. Leave it to Loki to be that selfie-shooting camslut that we all know and loathe. And let’s not overlook the adorable, disgruntled chibi Thor! Fun stuff all around.
Dave: Wow, a Sinister/Loki teamup, that should be fun. Much like most of Mundo’s work it’s the concept that sells you on the cover. So often the idea behind his work is so striking you fail to notice how good he is as an artist. Loki being shot with an iPhone is genius.
Dave’s Honorable Mentions
Superior Spider-Man #5
Dave: Nothing says “wait a minute, that’s not Spider-Man” quite like the webhead firing a bullet through his own webbing! This is a relatively simple cover, but it’s really cool how Camuncoli has rendered the burned webs. Plus the furrowed brow says it all. SpOck means bizznass.
Brendan: I love the bluntness of this cover. It perfectly displays that the Spider-man you knew is no more. He has been blown away to allow for a new hero. Is that hero a turn for the better or for worse? We have no idea as of yet.
Dave: Wow, just look at the scale of this cover. Them’s some chompers to watch out for, that’s for sure. I also love how Campbell has that white energy peering from the teeth ready to blast our hero. Once again, if you make your cover mostly purple you’ve sold me.
Brendan: “Scale” is the dominant noun here. This is the quintessential David and Goliath scene and it work perfectly. In any other case I would say the flat purple background was bland but I really think it allows you to understand the epicness of what is transpiring.
Where we don’t understand, are insulted by or would rather stab our eyes with acid pops than look at these covers for various reasons.
Daredevil: End of Days #6
Dave: We love David Mack here at the previews, but what the hell is this cover? Maybe Marvel wants to recruit “teenagers with attitude” ala the alien wizard Zordon from Power Rangers? It’s not very much of anything…I guess you could say it’s weird.
Brendan: I think the dark background and splotchy face really did Mack in on this cover. It isn’t nearly as eloquent or thoughtful as some of his previous entries. It moreso looks like a rush job from a high school student trying to look thoughtful for his art final.
Comics Being Released This Week
This is a cleaned up list via ComicList.com. Comic availability subject to change.
- BOOM! Studios
- Adventure Time With Fionna And Cake #3 (Of 6), $3.99
- Fairy Quest #2 (Of 2), $3.99
- Hypernaturals #9, $3.99
- Planet Of The Apes Cataclysm #7, $3.99
- Dark Horse
- 47 Ronin #3 (Of 5), $3.99
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer Willow Wonderland #5 (Of 5), $2.99
- Colder #5 (Of 5), $3.99
- Hellboy In Hell #4, $2.99
- Star Wars Dark Times Fire Carrier #2 (Of 6), $2.99
- DC COMICS
- Ame-Comi Girls #1, $3.99
- Animal Man #18, $2.99
- Batwing #18, $2.99
- Before Watchmen Rorschach #4 (Of 4), $3.99
- Detective Comics #18, $3.99
- Dial H #10, $2.99
- Earth 2 #10, $2.99
- Fairest #13, $2.99
- Green Arrow #18, $2.99
- Green Lantern #18, $2.99
- Human Bomb #4 (Of 4), $2.99
- Insurgent #3 (Of 6), $2.99
- Legends Of The Dark Knight #6, $3.99
- Lot 13 #5 (Of 5), $2.99
- Phantom Stranger #6, $2.99
- Scooby-Doo Where Are You #31, $2.99
- Smallville Season 11 #11, $3.99
- Stormwatch #18, $2.99
- Superman #17, $2.99
- Superman Family Adventures #10, $2.99
- Swamp Thing #18, $2.99
- Worlds’ Finest #10, $2.99
- Adventures Of Augusta Wind #5 (Of 5), $3.99
- G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #188, $3.99
- Jinnrise #3 (Of 5), $3.99
- Joe Palooka #4 (Of 6), $3.99
- KISS #8, $3.99
- My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #4, $3.99
- Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #14, $3.99
- Transformers Spotlight Bumblebee #1 (One Shot), $3.99
- True Blood #10 (Cover A Dave Wachter), $3.99
- Image Comics
- Bedlam #5, $3.50
- Blackacre #4, $2.99
- Epic Kill #9, $2.99
- Glory #33, $3.99
- Great Pacific #5, $2.99
- I Love Trouble #4, $2.99
- Lost Vegas #1 (Of 4), $3.50
- Mara #3 (Of 6), $2.99
- Repossessed #3 (Of 4), $2.99
- Savage Dragon #185, $3.99
- Sex #1, $2.99
- Snapshot #2 (Of 4), $2.99
- Son Of Merlin #2, $2.99
- Witchblade #164, $2.99
- Youngblood #77, $3.99
- MARVEL COMICS
- A+X #5, $3.99
- Age Of Apocalypse #13, $2.99
- Age Of Ultron #1 (Of 10), $3.99
- All-New X-Men #8, $3.99
- Avengers #3, $3.99
- Avengers #7 , $3.99
- Cable And X-Force #5, $3.99
- Daredevil End Of Days #6 (Of 8), $3.99
- Iron Man #7, $3.99
- Marvel Universe Iron Man Comic Reader #1, $3.99
- Monsters Inc The Perfect Date #1, $2.99
- Red She-Hulk #63, $2.99
- Road To Oz #6 (Of 6), $3.99
- Superior Spider-Man #5, $3.99
- Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #22, $3.99
- Venom #32, $2.99
- Winter Soldier #16, $2.99
- Valiant Entertainment
- Shadowman #5, $3.99