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.”
Vinegar Teeth #3
Art by Troy Nixey
I love the trippiness of this cover. When I saw it, I instantly had a flash of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The color palette combined with the melting effect on the car suggest he is driving into a fire at night. Troy Nixey captures the motion of the scene by slightly leaning all of the elements on the page. Adding to the madness is that overly large straw hat and a red tendril winding out the window. Look even closer and you will see what appears to be teeth in the windshield and a giant hand on the steering wheel. Hmmm… two hands are on the gun so who is driving the car? Who is this guy chasing? This cover leaves me wondering and I like it. I may have to just pick up Vinegar Teeth and see what is going on.
Art by Dustin Nguyen
Exquisite watercolor by Dustin Nguyen. The intensity of the female’s red hair instantly drew me to this cover. I am a huge fan of contrasting color compositions. The female holds a strong pose, looking skyward as if she is anticipating something. Her human-like form overlaid with what appears to be a robot, each facing a different direction, is a clever juxtaposition of the organic and mechanical. Brightly colored cords/wires wind up the birch trees drawing attention to a floating young boy. The boy appears to be in a dream or suspended state. This cover beautifully intertwines the natural and machine-driven worlds.
30 Days of Night #4
Art by Ben Templesmith
Eerie horror movie poster! If this were a movie poster I would be buying a ticket. Very clever use of the page. Most artists use the entire cover as one panel. Templesmith has mimicked the panel style of a comic to tell his story.
The female character strikes a strong, yet sensual pose. She is sitting astride the deceased with her hand outstretched touching his leg as if to say, “mine.” Her slightly akimbo leg suggests she holds on to her humanity even if only slightly and has not become completely animalistic. She is not to be messed with though–that is clear. The pale pink lighting of the female overlaid the cool blue palette of the top two thirds of the cover creates wonderful depth. Foreboding dark figures are looming in the background poised for the attack. This cover imbues fear and anxiety. When will the day return?
Honorable Mention: Death of Love #2
Art by Donal Delay
This glass heart tells a story. I enjoy the clever use of negative space and layering of this cover. It reads heart, evil cupids, a man’s face, love? Fear!
Art by Daniel Warren Johnson
This image is so Cable. A big honkin’ gun, a shiny eye, a metal arm, and a flurry of bullets. I dig Daniel Warren Johnson’s choice of angle here, with the reader looking down on Cable as some of the bullets fly upward. That perspective is just fantastic.
Art by Yasmine Putri
Yasmine Putri delivers standout covers for this series every single time. Dick’s pose is great, and not one that’s been done to death on Nightwing covers already. The statues Dick is perched on are awesome, as is the rendering of the mist behind him. The balance between the foreground and background here is perfect.
Art by Sana Takeda
This Sana Takeda piece is just lovely. The composition leads the eye around effectively, and as usual I love how many little lines Takeda uses. The smokey foxes are what really grabs me here, though. Just lovely.
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