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 AiPT! Podcast co-host Jason Segarra and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.
Manor Black #3
Cover art by Tyler Crook
Though it’s a little more pulp novel than gothic horror, I love the look here. The ominous green glow cast against the shocked face, the mysterious portal setting of the foreground, this is a cover that gets your mind racing. There’s a lot of intrigue to be found in this piece, and it’s a great outing from Crook.
Cover Art by Vic Malhotra
Narcos is a series that follows a lot of the research and secrecy involved in the international war on drugs — and this cover does a great job of bringing that world into the comics realm. Sure the guy in the center is dressed like Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, but the color scheme of the piece and the imagery speak to the dressing of the scenes. Also, it looks like it would make a rad album cover for an emerging hip-hop artist.
SFSX (Safe Sex) #1
Cover art by Tula Lotay
Here’s a classic “making a statement” color and I love it. There’s the political element that is rather prescient in this day and age, but there’s also some effectively simple color theory here. Our protagonists are the only pop of color in a sea of blacks and grays, clearly setting our subjects apart. It’s really evocative visual storytelling.
From Hell: Master Edition #7
Cover art by Eddie Campbell
I’m a sucker for cross-hatch shading, what can I say? I am, but what I really dig about this cover is that it perfectly encapsulates the aura and aesthetic of the From Hell series. It’s got that intriguing simplicity I look for and a lovely gothic horror vibe that I think could easily grace an old-timey poster or a bottle of absinthe or something. It’s a beautiful mystery set up almost entirely by liberal use of shadow.
The Plot #1
Cover art by Josh Hixson
This piece is a lot of fun. I love all the classic horror elements together: the anguished face, the transformation from human to inhuman, the gnarled trees, and the spooky house in the distance. The colors are great too; the blues and warm purples pop off each other very well. This is neat all in all.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43
Variant cover art by Kris Anka
Kris Anka’s recent Power Rangers variants have been fun, and this is probably my favorite of the bunch. The colors are bright and fun to look at, and the action in the middle is kinetic too. I particularly like Anka’s renderings of lightning and the triceratops.
New Mutants: War Children #1
Cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
It doesn’t get any better than Bill Sienkiewicz. Any week where a cover he’s done gets published is a week where he’s almost guaranteed to be on my list, and this is no exception. The colors are really lovely all around with the red, blue, and white all contrasting effectively. Warlock looks great as always, as does whoever that giant figure in the background is. This cover makes me interested to find out what’s actually going on inside.
The Plot #1
Variant cover art by Tim Daniel
Yet another cover for The Plot! This piece really speaks for itself. I mean, seriously. The dingy green of the background is disgusting in a good way, and the red hair and ashen figure look great as well. I especially like all the little details in the wrinkles.