Every Monday, comic guru David Brooke and comic sage Brendan Harvey discuss the upcoming comics of the week. They use their wise beards to stroketh out the finest and least finest covers the land has ever seen.
This week, Lady Death makes sultry look awkward, Morbius needs a bib, and KISS rocks the hairy chest.
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.
Lady Death #28 Sultry Cover
Dave: There is absolutely nothing sultry about her lumpy ass nor her pose. Is she getting ready to pee? Wtf is this cover?!
Brendan: In truth, there is no reason any person would be posed in such a way unless someone explicitly demanded “hey, let me look at your butt.”
Grimm Fairy Tales Unleashed #1
Dave: What the eff is the werewolf doing? Is he grabbing an invisible breast? The pose is silly looking. It’s like he’s going, “rawr” in a fake British accent. No.
Okay, with that out of the way, dang is that vamp hot or what? I think her sultriness is all due to the colors as they add body and nice squishy.
Brendan: This looks like the professional version of a goth teen’s biology notebook: Ragin’ werewolves and smokin’ babes. For every decent quality on this cover the is an equal but opposite quality that leaves me with a general sense of “meh”.
KISS Solo #2: The Starchild
Brendan: Honestly, though. Why is this a thing? I can only assume that throughout the history of the medium we have already had our fair share of novelty rock icon comic books. So, why again? I mean, It’s not like KISS is even that much of a cash cow anymore, right?
If we want to just focus on the content of the cover, it’s pretty damn alright. There’s a bit of 90’s “Xtreme” flair going on, but I do enjoy the colors and the not-completely-phoned-in background.
Dave: This is for the chest hair loving crowd I think. Get a sociologist on this pronto and we’ll find out!
Dave’s Honorable Mentions
Amala’s Blade #1
Dave: Holy cow, is this a chaotic cover. There’s a flipping frying pan complete with fried egg, arrows and axes whizzing by, and oh yeah, a whole lot of explosions! It’s made even stronger by the Tintin vibe I’m getting from the slightly cartoony art. Love this.
Brendan: I love the sense of action we get from this gigantic explosion. The white-hot fire perfectly outlines our hero as she leaps from certain doom. All the little touches of deadly projectiles keep your eyes moving around this cover.
Dave: Whoa, this is a trippy cover. At first glance it fits nicely in the WTF category, but give it a minute and you realize it’s all kinds of genius. The book is about a man fighting a demon right? So why not depict his very DNA battling said demon in every strand? Devil’s in the details indeed!
Brendan: There are two reasons this cover succeeds. First, the fact that every face is slightly different gives us a reason to continue looking. Second, the blood-red coloring and definitive shading (note how the light source favors the devil-strand) helps convey the concept of the cover. It’s the perfect combination of trippy and cool.
Brendan’s Honorable Mentions
Brendan: I love the design techniques used in this cover. The use of negative space in the stairway really causes everything to feel larger and deeper than they are. The colors are haunting and well proportioned and the detailed clouds are mesmerizing.
Dave: I’m not the only person who sees a trail of period blood right? Right?! Or is that just an odd robe? Either way, love the texture of the walls and clouds. They add a relieving look.
Witch Doctor Malpractice #6
Brendan: While it is a relatively simple cover I have to give some props for the skull optical illusion that has been created. From afar you can hardly recognize the detailed portraits that create our skull’s eyes. I also have to say that this may be the perfect “poison” green.
Dave: I was close to picking this cover myself. The detail in the acid is quite nice and the viscosity really adds to the danger of the stuff.
Brendan’s Cover of the Week
Morbius the Living Vampire #4
Brendan: The bloody grin is what sells it for me. There is so much character encompassed in that grin that I’m simply blown away. Beyond that, there is a excellent balance of simplicity and detail on display here. I love the choice to eclipse the eyes as well as add a shadow over his gaunt features. The bloody bat symbol may be a bit much but in all honesty I think it works.
Dave: I see this cover and think, “Wait is this reverse Batman?” The second thought that comes to mind is, “Boy, does he need a bib.” I do like how his teeth look covered in blood and the smirk is perfectly evil. For a character that was a hero for so many years it appears he’s tapping into the dark side.
Dave’s Cover of the Week
Queen Sonja #35
Dave: Mr. Parrillo, may I tell you first hand, you are a real talent. Your pencils amaze, but your colors are even better. The pale blue of our lady is made so much stronger by the shadow work and red blood splatter. This cover is all kinds of epic, and you even infused it with skulls, blood drippage, and fluttering leaves. Death abounds!
Brendan: Oh sure, Dave doesn’t like squatting Lady Death but give him squatting Queen Sonja and suddenly it’s pick of the week!
In all seriousness this is a gorgeous cover. The colors and shading are high quality and even though she is propped down into a sultry pose, it’s a pose that makes sense.
Comics Being Released This Week
This is a cleaned up list via ComicList.com. Comic availability subject to change.
- BOOM! Studios
- Deathmatch #5, $3.99
- Freelancers #5, $3.99
- Peanuts #8, $3.99
- Steed And Mrs Peel #7, $3.99
- Dark Horse
- Amala’s Blade #1, $3.50
- Angel And Faith #21, $2.99
- Answer #4 (Of 4), $3.99
- B.P.R.D. Vampire #2 (Of 5), $3.50
- Dark Horse Presents #23, $7.99
- Dragon Age Until We Sleep #2 (Of 3), $3.99
- Massive #11, $3.50
- Mind MGMT #10, $3.99
- Star Wars Legacy Volume 2 Prisoner Of The Floating World #2, $2.99
- DC COMICS
- All-Star Western #19 (Glenn Fabry Regular Fold-Out Cover), $3.99
- Arrow #6, $3.99
- Batman Incorporated #10, $2.99
- Batman The Dark Knight #19, $2.99
- Before Watchmen Comedian #6 (Of 6), $3.99
- Flash #19, $2.99
- Fury Of Firestorm The Nuclear Man #19, $2.99
- I Vampire #19(Final Issue), $2.99
- Injustice Gods Among Us #4, $3.99
- Justice League Dark #19, $2.99
- Katana #3, $2.99
- Red Lanterns #19, $2.99
- Savage Hawkman #19, $2.99
- Superman #19, $2.99
- Superman Family Adventures #12 (Final Issue), $2.99
- Talon #7, $2.99
- Teen Titans #19, $2.99
- Alan Robert’s Killogy #4 (Of 4), $3.99
- G.I. JOE #3, $3.99
- Haunted Horror #4, $3.99
- High Ways #4 (Of 4), $3.99
- Jinnrise #4 (Of 5), $3.99
- Judge Dredd Year One #2, $3.99
- Kill Shakespeare The Tide Of Blood #3 (Of 5), $3.99
- KISS Solo #2 (Of 4), $3.99
- My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #6, $3.99
- My Little Pony Micro-Series #3 (Of 6)(Rarity), $3.99
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #21, $3.99
- Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #16, $3.99
- True Blood #12, $3.99
- Image Comics
- Clone #6, $2.99
- Darkness #112, $2.99
- Distant Soil #39, $3.50
- East Of West #2, $3.50
- End Times Of Bram And Ben #4 (Of 4), $2.99
- Five Weapons #3 (Of 5), $3.50
- I Love Trouble #5, $2.99
- Invincible #102, $2.99
- Jupiter’s Legacy #1, $2.99
- Lost Vegas #2 (Of 4), $3.50
- Manhattan Projects #11, $3.50
- Mighty Skullkickers #1, $3.50
- Whispers #5, $2.99
- Witch Doctor Mal Practice #6 (Of 6), $2.99
- MARVEL COMICS
- A+X #7, $3.99
- Avengers #10, $3.99
- Avengers Arena #8, $2.99
- Deadpool #8, $2.99
- Deadpool Killustrated #4 (Of 4), $2.99
- Fantastic Four #7, $2.99
- FF #6, $2.99
- Fury MAX #11, $3.99
- Gambit #11, $2.99
- Guardians Of The Galaxy #2, $3.99
- Journey Into Mystery #651, $2.99
- Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #13, $2.99
- Morbius The Living Vampire #4, $2.99
- New Avengers #5, $3.99
- Scarlet Spider #16, $2.99
- Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #22, $3.99
- Uncanny Avengers #7, $3.99
- Uncanny X-Men #5, $3.99
- Wolverine And The X-Men #28, $3.99
- X-Termination #2 (Of 2), $3.99
- Young Avengers #4, $2.99
- Zenescope Entertainment
- Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Unleashed #1, $5.99
- Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Unleashed Vampires The Eternal #1, $3.99