Most comic book fans have a pretty good idea 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.”
In that spirit, here are the covers that captured contributor Trevor Richardson and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.
Cover art by Dustin Nguyen
We love a mess of tentacles. Dustin Nguyen renders an eldritch mass that would absolutely make me pick this comic off the shelf and check it out. The blues and purples with all the bright white give the cover a very cooled down feeling that makes the scene a degree less ominous. It immediately conveys the level of tension–or lack thereof–between the cloaked figure and the tentacles, which makes me even more intrigued to find out what’s going on.
Marvel Comics #1000
Cover art by Jen Bartel
I’m gonna be very real with you: this cover is the only thing that would get me to pay all ten of the dollars for which Marvel is asking for #1000. I’ve always loved Ororo and Jen Bartel’s work on Storm in her various appearances is excellent. All those hair textures! Bartel’s signature neon dotted with stars gives the cover a celestial air worthy of the goddess Ororo is.
House of X #3
Variant cover art by Mike Huddleston
Both my favorite X-Women got covers this week! Ms. Frost will always get my gay dollars and Mike Huddleston does the Black King justice with this cover. Look at that cape! The almost ephemeral air it has as it gently pours over the loveseat onto the floor is a delight. I’m also strangely transfixed on Emma’s upper lip here. Not only does it enhance her condescending glare, but it’s low-key giving me Kim Possible tease? I love it.
Martian Manhunter #8
Variant cover art by Joshua Middleton
Talk about ambiance. The colors here are beautiful, J’onn looks fantastic all around (especially those glowing eyes), and the various elements of the composition are all tied together effectively. The space imagery is lovely, but my favorite detail is the line of trees at the very bottom. Having J’onn come out of a beam of light is also a great choice. All in all, this is neat.
Ice Cream Man #14
Cover art by Martin Morazzo
I dig a gimmick. A crossword puzzle for a cover? That’s the sort of weird idea I like. It adds a touch of interactivity to the piece as well. It’s an especially interesting choice of concept for a horror series too; there’s something even more unsettling about seeing the words “bugs” and “nothing” spelled out rather than actually depicted.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #42
Variant cover art by Dan Mora
Power Rangers comics have an awful lot of cool covers, this one being no exception. Seeing characters from throughout the franchise’s long history all mixed together is always cool, and there’s no better villain than Lord Zedd. I love the inclusion of Psycho Rangers as well. This is fun.