That’s right, friends. We’re back again with this week’s offering of beautiful cover images for your eye consumption. Let us join hands and bask in the glory of the pretty ones, the thought behind the nice ones, and the fear-mongering confusion of the WTF ones.
Dave’s Cover of the Week
Avengers Arena #3 Variant
Dave: Damn, this cover blasts you in the face with incredible energy. The dot matrix on everything but our blue lady does a great job keeping everything outside the light exciting.
Brendan: This cover does pop with electricity. The color selection is wonderful. I love how the blues and purples give off a “so cold it’s hot” feeling. Beyond the colors, the action here is alive and intense. It’s a great cover all around.
Brendan’s Cover of the Week:
Brendan: I can’t help it: I simply love the way Hughes draws women. On top of that, we have a cover from him that is both not cheesecake and in a variant artistic style? Points in all categories, Adam! There is a genuine simplicity to this piece that really catches my eye. With only a few pencil lines and some well blended colors Hughes creates this gorgeous specimen.
Dave: I can’t believe how lifelike the bruising looks. The messy greens and reds also have a disturbing quality that’s delectable. I even love the green splatter she’s…coughing? The eyeshadow is also incredible. Love this cover.
Dave’s Honorable Mentions:
Eerie Comics #2
Dave: I don’t know what the hell is going on in this chick’s chest, but her face and the lighting capture my imagination. This is disgustingly peaceful… yet I also get the impression that this beast could jump right out at us at any moment.
Brendan: The lighting is spectacular. It shows off just enough of this figure to convince you want to see more. There darkened limbs looming in the background really give you a sense that this serene face is not giving you the full concept.
Brendan’s Honorable Mentions:
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #103: The Abyss of Time Part 1 (Of 2)
Brendan: Here’s the thing: If you like the Mignola style of artwork then every BRPD/Hellboy cover is going to be an amazing cover. I love that different artists have been able to capture the Hellboy essence while providing their own individual flairs to the artwork. It’s like a comic book version of cover songs.
Dave: I wanted to pick this cover but didn’t only because the texture of the Egyptian-esque character looming in the background and the men in the foreground seemed off to me. That said I love the way the equipment pops from the black and blue.
Mind The Gap #7
Brendan: While the art and the message are rather simple and straightforward, they present a message I can get behind. I love the light bloodening of our man’s tee shirt, accurately summarizing the sacrifice that goes with giving someone your heart, either figuratively or literally.
Dave: Wow, these two are extremely calm. I guess they started watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom from a young age. Kali Ma Shakti De!
Russ: “Dave no nuts, he crazy!”
Brendan: Any way you slice it this is simply well done artwork. With nothing but a pencil Sejic has crafted a rich and complex piece with subtle detail that maintain your interest.
Dave: This is a well composed cover due to the borders and background. I’m glad they didn’t slap color on this thing because that would have ruined the aged quality.
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.
Army Of Darkness #8
Dave: Even though we have demons crawling on walls and grabbing the protagonists I feel no sense of dread or excitement. Maybe it’s Ash’s bored facial expression but this cover is amazingly lacking in the energy department. Something about the zombies gripping the protagonists yet not hurting them makes me think they’re hugging.
Brendan: You would think by this point in his career Ash would be pretty tired of these scenarios. I strike him as the kind of guy to lean towards a “Not this again” approach to any form of real dread or drama. The weirdest thing about this cover is that they replaced your average generic damsel clutching Ash’s shoulder with an equally distressed dude. While it is a nice change of pace, I must admit that it doesn’t really work.
Mars Attacks KISS
Brendan: That’s right, it’s the comic book crossover that no one knew they wanted. I’m still a bit confused by the premise, however. Are the Martians attacking the band KISS (It is proper to always capitalize KISS, right?) Because from out art here it looks like there are KISS versions of the Martians wreaking havoc on our world. In all honesty both scenarios leave me pretty depressed.
Dave: I love the jumping jacks the Martian is doing at the top left. Best to get some cardio in when killing humans.
Comics Being Released This Week
This is a cleaned up list via ComicList.com. Comic availability subject to change.
- BOOM! Studios
- Bravest Warriors #4 (Of 6), $3.99
- Garfield #9, $3.99
- Grace Randolph’s Supurbia #3, $3.99
- Higher Earth #7, $3.99
- Dark Horse
- B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #103, $3.50
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #17, $2.99
- Eerie Comics #2, $2.99
- Ghost #3, $2.99
- Star Wars #1, $2.99
- Strain #10 (Of 12), $3.50
- To Hell You Ride #2 (Of 5), $3.99
- DC COMICS
- Action Comics #16, $3.99
- Animal Man #16, $2.99
- Batgirl #13, $2.99
- Batman #13, $3.99
- Batwing #16, $2.99
- Detective Comics #16, $3.99
- Dial H #8, $2.99
- Earth 2 #8, $2.99
- Fairest #11, $2.99
- Green Arrow #16, $2.99
- Green Lantern New Guardians Annual #1, $4.99
- Human Bomb #2 (Of 4), $2.99
- Legends Of The Dark Knight #4, $3.99
- Phantom Stranger #4, $2.99
- Scooby-Doo Where Are You #29, $2.99
- Smallville Season 11 #9, $3.99
- Stormwatch #16, $2.99
- Swamp Thing #16, $2.99
- Sweet Tooth #40(Final Issue), $4.99
- Worlds’ Finest #8, $2.99
- Adventures Of Augusta Wind #3 (Of 5), $3.99
- Classic Popeye #6, $3.99
- Doctor Who #4, $3.99
- G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #186, $3.99
- Godzilla #8, $3.99
- Hollows #2 (Of 4), $3.99
- Jinnrise #1 (Of 6), $3.99
- Joe Palooka #2 (Of 6), $3.99
- KISS #7, $3.99
- Love And Capes What To Expect #6 (Of 6), $3.99
- Mars Attacks KISS (One Shot), $3.99
- Popeye #9, $3.99
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #7, $3.99
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret History Of The Foot Clan #1 (Of 4), $3.99
- Transformers Regeneration One #87, $3.99
- Transformers Robots In Disguise #13, $3.99
- True Blood #8, $3.99
- Womanthology Space #4 (Of 5), $3.99
- Image Comics
- Artifacts #24, $3.99
- Change #2 (Of 4), $2.99
- Clone #3, $2.99
- End Times Of Bram And Ben 1 (Of 4), $2.99
- Guarding The Globe #5, $2.99
- Hack Slash #22 (Cover A Tim Seeley & Carlos Badilla), $3.50
- Hack Slash #22 (Cover B Elena Casagrande), $3.50
- Infinite Vacation #5 (Of 5), $5.99
- Legend Of Luther Strode #2 (Of 6), $3.50
- Mind The Gap #7 (Cover A Rodin Esquejo), $2.99
- Mind The Gap #7 (Cover B Sonia Oback), $2.99
- Non-Humans #2 (Of 4), $2.99
- Perhapanauts Danger Down Under #3 (Of 4), $3.50
- Peter Panzerfaust #8, $3.50
- Point Of Impact #4 (Of 4), $2.99
- Repossessed #1 (Of 4), $2.99
- Savage Dragon #184, $3.99
- Spawn #226, $2.99
- Supreme #68, $3.99
- Think Tank Military Dossier #1, $3.99
- Walking Dead #106, $2.99
- Walking Dead #106, $2.99
- MARVEL COMICS
- Age Of Apocalypse #11, $2.99
- Avengers Arena #3, $2.99
- Cable And X-Force #3, $3.99
- Fantastic Four #3, AR
- Fantastic Four #3, $2.99
- First X-Men #5 (Of 5), $3.99
- Marvel Super Heroes #6, $4.99
- Marvel Universe The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #10, $2.99
- Marvel Universe Vs The Avengers #4 (Of 4), $3.99
- Punisher Nightmare #2 (Of 5), $3.99
- Punisher War Zone #3 (Of 5), $2.99
- Scarlet Spider #13, $2.99
- Secret Avengers #36, $3.99
- Secret Service #5 (Of 6), $2.99
- Superior Spider-Man #1, $3.99
- Thor God Of Thunder #4, $3.99
- Thunderbolts #3, $2.99
- Ultimate Comics X-Men #21, $3.99
- Wolverine And The X-Men #23, $3.99
- X-Men Legacy #4, $2.99
- VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT
- Shadowman #3, $3.99
- X-O Manowar #6, $3.99