It’s Halloween week, bitches! We all know what that means don’t we?! Oh, you don’t? You didn’t know it was all about comics trying to be scary and only two or three actually achieving a level of creepy worth noting? Huh, well, why don’t you scroll down to see a few covers to tide you over before Wednesday?
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.
Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #31
Dave: I’d like to point out Dejah has never had such big pasties before, so that’s a plus as far as making her less of a piece of meat. THAT SAID…that’s some upskirt if I do say so myself. Look, Neves is doing a good job with the perspective and foreground effectively popping Dejah out, and sure his contract probably states he has to draw Dejah all sexy, but the angle is a bit much.
Brendan: I do believe that for an “upskirt” shot one requires a skirt of some form. I do find it remarkable that this version of Dejah, whilst boasting 67% additional cameltoe also provides us with 40% more breast coverage than the norm.
Sexualization aside, that’s actually a pretty badass cover though, amirite?
Penny For Your Soul: Death #3
J. B. Neto
Dave: What is he doing with his left hand? Maybe if his dick was out he could plausibly be doing the “witness the cock of doom!” or some shit.
Brendan: It’s a basic power pose, David. You can find it in any eighth grade notebook that was filled with awkward super hero doodles instead of legitimate schoolwork.
Wilder One Shot
Dave: Count the joints on his hands. I dare you, I double dog (pun intended) dare you! I count four…what kind of werewolf is sporting four joints? This guy must be sick in bed, that’s all I’m sayin.
Brendan: Dude’s right hand is definitely broken. Come to think of it, that’s probably why he looks so displeased.
Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz #4
Dave: I guess it isn’t very drafty in Oz. I mean, why else would you carelessly let your cape/dress flap open when you turn around to see if that creepy hobo is really following you all the while showing him a good amount of side boob?
Brendan: How are her boots so shiny? Are they made of platinum? How does she even put them on? I doubt she can even bend her knees in that getup.
Dave’s Honorable Mentions
King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #6
Dave: Does Conan have to cut a bitch!? I guess he does. I’m kind of glad we got Conan doing some Halloween fighting at this time of year, but really the joy of this cover is the dark undead filling in around him. The white was a good choice; it helps Conan and the impending doom close in nicely.
Brendan: I have two issues with this cover. The first is that it isn’t done by Massimo Carnevale who quite frankly is unreachable in comparison of quality. Second would be that I feel like this “hero fighting through an unbeatable swarm of baddies” concept has been used quite often on many a cover and thus I’m rather bored of it.
When considering the actual artwork involved, I must admit it’s well done. I enjoy the dark colors that fade into blackness as you reach the outer rim of the cover.
Brendan’s Honorable Mentions
Sandman Overture #1
Brendan: This week it’s all about the colors, friends. I am entranced by the vibrant and immersive colors displayed for us here. I also think the playful typography is a very intriguing touch.
Dave: The blue feathers are winning Brendan. Screw the immersive colors for a second, because the dark blue pops with those blacks. Everything else is inconsequential!
Mice Templar IV Legend #8
Michael Avon Oeming
Brendan: While somewhat simple, I think the use of watercolors is very well executed. I love the cold, simple blues that depict our battle and the contrast provided by the red and orange chaos from behind.
Dave: It’s striking how the blue owl there is so simplistic, yet the mouse is decked in details. That conveys the raw power of the owl and the short straw our mousey has gotten.
Dave’s Cover of the Week
Grimm Fairy Tales: Quest #1
Emilio Laiso and Ylenia di Napoli
Dave: This is a nice cover, mostly because the goddamn background is rendered so well. Sure, the girl has a bit of a boob drag issue, but let’s face it folks, this is an unconventional looking cover that commands your attention. I even scoped out the original pencil work and I have to say it is very clean and very tasty. Check the tiles, which are in hyper detail, and the colors by Ylenia di Napoli only increase the detail. The color is just right in those tiles; the scuff marks and the skin is particularly milky.
Brendan: I like to think her breasts are swaying violently as she cringes in pain (or fear, or anger, or whatever that emotion is supposed to be). It really helps you forgive their general wonkiness.
As Dave said, the quality in this cover lies within the fantastic flooring and background work. It’s simple yet beautifully complex.
Brendan’s Cover of the Week
Superior Spider-Man Team Up Special #1
Brendan: That tentacle tangle is fantastic. The way Ock’s metallic limbs have a sense of fluidity to them, especially in contrast with SpOck’s rigid mandibles, is very well done. I also love the use of red as a general fill while also providing some cool silhouetting effects for our X-Men.
Dave: Tentacle tangle. Somebody has created a tentacle-fetish and I’d like to take credit for it. To me this is a mishmash cover with a nice balance between characters. The white streak is the best part though. It cuts through the deep red and draws your eye.
Single Issue Comics To Be Released This Week
This is a cleaned up list via ComicList.com. Comic availability subject to change.
Adventure Time 2013 Spoooktacular #1 (Cover A Becky Dreistadt), $4.99
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser 2013 Annual #1 (Cover A Menton Matthews III), $4.99
Clive Barker’s Next Testament #5 (Of 12)(Cover A Goni Montes), $3.99
DARK HORSE COMICS
Astounding Villain House (One Shot), $3.50
Avatar The Last Airbender Volume 6 The Search Part 3 TP, $10.99
Bad Houses TP, $19.99
Baltimore The Plague Ships #1 (1 for $1 Edition), $1.00
Blood Brothers #3 (Of 3), $3.99
Bride Of The Water God Volume 14 TP, $9.99
Captain Midnight #4, $2.99
Chronicles Of Conan Volume 25 Exodus And Other Stories TP, $19.99
Criminal Macabre The Eyes Of Frankenstein #2 (Of 4), $3.99
EC Archives Tales From The Crypt Volume 4 HC, $49.99
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven And The Red Death (One Shot), $3.99
Game Of Thrones Characters Magnet Set 2, $8.99
Game Of Thrones Shields Magnet Set, $8.99
Gantz Volume 29 TP, $13.99
Itty Bitty Hellboy #3 (Of 5), $2.99
Jeremiah Omnibus Volume 3 HC (not verified by Diamond), $29.99
King Conan The Hour Of The Dragon #6 (Of 6), $3.50
Last Of Us American Dreams TP, $16.99
Star Wars Dark Times A Spark Remains #4 (Of 5), $3.50
True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys #5 (Of 6)(Becky Cloonan Regular Cover), $3.99
Action Comics Annual #2, $4.99
Aquaman Annual #1, $4.99
Batgirl Volume 2 Knightfall Descends TP, $16.99
Batman Volume 3 Death Of The Family HC, $24.99
Damian Son Of Batman #1 (Of 4)(Andy Kubert Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Damian Son Of Batman #1 (Of 4)(Andy Kubert Regular Cover), $3.99
Damian Son Of Batman #1 (Of 4)(Tony S. Daniel Variant Cover), AR
DC Comics One Million Omnibus HC, $99.99
Deadshot Beginnings TP, $14.99
Forever Evil A.R.G.U.S. #1 (Of 6)(Brett Booth & Mark Irwin Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Forever Evil A.R.G.U.S. #1 (Of 6)(Brett Booth & Mark Irwin Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern Annual #2, $4.99
Injustice Catwoman Vs Doomsday Action Figure 2-Pack, $29.95
JSA The Liberty Files The Whistling Skull TP, $14.99
Nightwing Annual #1, $4.99
Orange Lantern 1:1 Scale Power Battery And Ring Prop Replica , $199.95
Sandman Overture #1 (Of 6)(Combo Pack Cover), $5.99
Sandman Overture #1 (Of 6)(Cover A J.H. Williams III), $4.99
Sandman Overture #1 (Of 6)(Cover B Dave McKean), $4.99
Sandman Overture #1 (Of 6)(Dave McKean Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Sandman Overture #1 (Of 6)(J.H. Williams III Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Sandman Overture #1 (Of 6)(Jim Lee CBLDF Variant Cover), AR
Smallville Season 11 Special #3, $4.99
Superman Adventures The Man Of Steel TP, $9.99
Superman The Man Of Steel Believe TP, $9.99
Swamp Thing Annual #2, $4.99
Teen Titans Annual #2, $4.99
Vertigo Essentials V For Vendetta #1, $1.00
Ash And The Army Of Darkness #1 (Dennis Calero Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99
George R.R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones #17 (Mike S. Miller Regular Cover), $3.99
Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #25 (Jonathan Lau Regular Cover), $3.99
Mocking Dead #1 (Of 4)(Zombie Laughter 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Nightmare On Elm St Toaster (Dynamic Forces), AR
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(Blank Authentix Variant Cover), AR
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(Cover A Matt Wagner), $3.99
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(Cover B Alex Ross), $3.99
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(Cover C Chris Samnee), $3.99
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(Cover D Howard Chaykin), $3.99
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(Matt Wagner Hand Drawn Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(Matt Wagner Virgin Variant Cover), AR
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(TBD1 Hand Drawn Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(TBD2 Hand Drawn Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Shadow Year One #6 (Of 10)(Wilfredo Torres Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99
Vampirella Masters Series Volume 8 Mike Carey With Joshua Hale Fialkov TP, $19.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #31 (Fabiano Neves Regular Cover), $3.99
Danger Girl The Chase #2 (Of 4)(Cover SUB Photo), $3.99
Dinosaurs Attack #4 (Of 5)(Cover A Earl Norem), $3.99
FELDSTEIN The MAD Life And Fantastic Art Of Al Feldstein HC (Signed Edition), AR
G.I. JOE #9 (Cover A Jamal Igle), $3.99
G.I. JOE #9 (Cover RI Ryan Dunlavey), AR
Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #5 (Cover A Jeff Zornow), $3.99
Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #5 (Cover RI Matt Frank), AR
Joe Kubert’s Tor Artist’s Edition HC, AR
KISS Kids #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Jose Holder), $3.99
KISS Kids #3 (Of 4)(Cover RI Jose Holder), AR
My Little Pony 2013 Annual (Cover A Tony Fleecs), $7.99
My Little Pony 2013 Annual (Cover RI Amy Mebberson), AR
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #12 (Cover A Andy Price), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #12 (Cover B Sabrina Alberghetti), $3.99
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #12 (Cover RI Sara Richard), AR
Powerpuff Girls #2 (Of 6)(Cover A Troy Little), $3.99
Powerpuff Girls #2 (Of 6)(Cover RI Stephanie Gladden), AR
Powerpuff Girls #2 (Of 6)(Cover SUB Robert Pope), $3.99
Samurai Jack Classics Volume 1 TP, $19.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #27 (Cover A Mateus Santolouco), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #27 (Cover B Kevin Eastman), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #27 (Cover RI Kenneth Loh), AR
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villain Micro-Series #7 (Bebop & Rocksteady)(Cover A Tyler Walpole), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villain Micro-Series #7 (Bebop & Rocksteady)(Cover RI Ben Bates), AR
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters #6 (Of 8)(Cover A Ken Christiansen), $3.99
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters #6 (Of 8)(Cover RI Animation Art), AR
Transformers Robots In Disguise #22 (Cover A Andrew Griffith), $3.99
Transformers Robots In Disguise #22 (Cover B Casey Coller), $3.99
Transformers Robots In Disguise #22 (Cover RI Livio Ramondelli), AR
Wild Blue Yonder #3 (Of 5)(Cover A Zach Howard), $3.99
Bushido #5 (Of 5), $2.99
Dia De Los Muertos TP, $16.99
Distant Soil #42, $3.50
Five Ghosts #6, $3.50
Mara TP, $12.99
Mice Templar IV Legend #8 (Cover A Michael Avon Oeming), $4.99
Mice Templar IV Legend #8 (Cover B Victor Santos & Chandra Free), $4.99
Planetoid Volume1 TP, $15.99
Prophet #40, $3.99
Revival Deluxe Collection Volume 1 HC, $34.99
Saga #15, $2.99
Sex #8, $2.99
Thought Bubble Anthology #3 (2013), $3.99
Witchblade #170 (Cover A Marc Silvestri), $2.99
Avengers #22 (Leinil Yu Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers A.I. #5 (Dave Marquez Regular Cover), $2.99
Avengers A.I. #5 (Paul Duffield Artist Variant Cover), AR
Cable And X-Force Volume 2 Dead Or Alive TP, $12.99
Captain America Living Legend #2 (Of 4)(Adi Granov Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain America Living Legend #2 (Of 4)(Dan Brereton Vintage Variant Cover), AR
Captain America Living Legend #2 (Of 4)(Walter Simonson Variant Cover), AR
Cataclysm #0.1 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
Cataclysm #0.1 (Paul Renaud Variant Cover), AR
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #4 (Of 4), $2.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy #8 (Adam Kubert Thor Battle Variant Cover), AR
Guardians Of The Galaxy #8 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Infinity #5 (Of 6)(Adam Kubert Regular Cover), $3.99
Infinity #5 (Of 6)(In-Hyuk Lee Generals Variant Cover), AR
Infinity #5 (Of 6)(Jerome Opena Design Variant Cover), AR
Infinity #5 (Of 6)(Sara Pichelli Hero Variant Cover), AR
Infinity #5 (Of 6)(Skottie Young Variant Cover), AR
Inhumans By Right Of Birth TP, $24.99
Kick-Ass 3 #4 (Of 8)(John Romita Jr. Regular Cover), $2.99
Kick-Ass 3 #4 (Of 8)(John Romita Jr. Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Marvel Previews #123 (November 2013 For Products On-Sale January 2014), $1.25
Marvel Universe Thor Digest TP, $9.99
Punisher The Trial Of The Punisher #2 (Of 2), $3.99
Scarlet Spider #23, $2.99
Scarlet Spider Volume 3 The Big Leagues TP, $15.99
Superior Spider-Man #20 (Giuseppe Camuncoli Regular Cover), $3.99
Superior Spider-Man #20 (J. Scott Campbell Variant Cover), AR
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Special #1 (Alexander Lozano Regular Cover), $4.99
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Special #1 (J. Scott Campbell Interlocking Variant Cover), AR
Thor The Crown Of Fools #1, $3.99
Thor Vs Thanos TP, $24.99
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates Disassembled TP, $19.99
Ultimate Comics X-Men #33, $3.99
Uncanny X-Force #13, $3.99
Wolverine And The X-Men By Jason Aaron Volume 7 TP, $19.99
X-Men Battle Of The Atom #2 (Of 2)(Ed McGuinness Regular Cover), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents No Tomorrow #3 (Of 5)(Cover A Abhishek Malsuni), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Realm Knights #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Pasquale Qualano), $2.99
Hit List #2 (Of 5)(Cover A D.E. Johnson), $2.99