Most comic book fans have a pretty good idea of what they’re going to buy every week when they visit their local comic shop. With that said, there’s still a lot of fun to be had just glancing at the week’s new releases and taking a chance on a book that looks promising. That’s where covers come in-a fantastic image can make the difference between trying something new or saying, “Nah, not this week.”
Art by Fiona Staples
One of my favorite of Saga’s many excellent character designs is the Robot people and their ridiculous television heads. This cover jumped out at me because it made me laugh, but also because it portrays a feeling I relate to a lot when checking out the news. My thanks to Fiona Staples for cutting the newsroom banter and getting straight to the point.
Art by Taj Tenfold
Taj Tenfold’s cover drips with intrigue and feels like a still from a sultry film noir. The way the smoke leads the eye down to the lit cigarette which made me see Abbott’s hand on the other woman’s arm shows expert framing. I also love the purple lighting among the shadows. This cover’s all about tone and it delivers.
Art by Ed McGuinness
I will always be a sucker for a big, wrinkly, slobbery depiction of Lockjaw. Ed McGuinness not only gives me a huge goofy dog to feast my eyes on, but the bright blue lighting of his teleportation power at work brings out his bright, ever-loving blue eyes. The texture work on his mustache-like fur pattern is also top-notch.
God Complex #5
Art by Hendry Prasetya
I picked up God Complex #1 months ago because the cover caught my eye. The series has kept its cover game strong ever since; issues 3 and 4 both made my picks lists in past installments of this column. This time around, Hendry Prasetya delivers a more vulnerable-looking image than usual for the series, but its still stunning. The mixture of man and machine is great, as is the sorrow-tinged downward movement of the composition.
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300
Art by Marcos Martin
I enjoy any occasion where a cover incorporates its text into the actual artwork. Even cooler than the creative team’s names as buildings is the bright issue number #300 sign Spidey’s sticking to. Centennial issues are really cool accomplishments, and this cover celebrates that.
Black Panther #170
Art by Marco Checchetto
This is a cover that would tempt me to spend $3.99 even if I wasn’t already reading the series each month. The catsuit looks sleek and the vegetation taking over the architecture is great. This image could have been just another static shot of a protagonist, but all the small details make it something special.
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