Just a heads up: comic books are real, unicorns are fake and y’all need to recognize that Wednesday is the end-all, be-all of comic book addiction. Don’t believe us? Just check the covers of the week below and try not to lose your ish:
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.
Superior Spider-Man #19
Dave: This is a sweet cover for a variety of reasons, but damn does it give me the heebie jeebies. It’s not even just the holes, but the curved nature to them, like he’s being sliced up.
Brendan: That holed up 2099 is creepy as balls. I’m not crazy about SpOck’s squished up head but other than that I think this whole cover is fantastic.
Danger Girl: The Chase #2
Dave: This just doesn’t do it for me; I mean, did they even try with this one? She’s not even looking all that threatening with the knife. Maybe they’re trying to convince people that there are naked lady photographs within?
Brendan: This looks like JPEG #2 of a 14 JPEG pornography set for a Danger Girl rip-off spread. The fact that this may actually be on the cover of the comic is just sad.
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #112
Brendan: I’m torn when it comes to this cover. On the one hand, I think it’s fantastic. I love the colors, the sharp line drawings, and the general setup of the cover. On the other hand, I think the characters are a bit messy (those eyes… I can’t get over those eyes.)
You know what? Never mind. This cover rules. It’s weird that the eyes are jacked up. That’s why it’s in WTF.
Dave: The layering is what gets me on this one, from the background being yellow (usually used to enhance anxiety) to the purple monster and then, in our foreground, the running heroine. There are details in that kitty cat that make me smile too; like the tiny ear, the scary mace-like right paw and the ripped back. Mice beware!
Brendan’s Honorable Mentions
Justice League Of America #8
Brendan: Props for the ominous minimalist cover! I know we’re kind of here to awkwardly gripe over drawings but it’s incredibly refreshing to see a cover like this.
Dave: Odd how the static looks like waves or wavelengths. That makes it pop more than the (expected) white noise.
Dave’s Honorable Mentions
Guardians of the Galaxy #7
Dave: Holy pulp comics, Brendan! Do you see that rocket on the left of the page? Me likey that little touch, which makes use of space, but also allows the smaller image within the cover making it more like a paperback novel. The mix of typography hammers this sucker home into a nice comfy place inside my brain.
Brendan: I love the pulp motif that is masterfully executed here. I also enjoy how vast and detailed the cover is.
Brendan’s Cover of the Week
Batman Beyond Universe #3
Brendan: This cover has an absolutely fantastic layout. I love the bolt of yellow that fills out the top left of the cover. Also the brush stroke effect is top notch.
Dave: The bolt and smoke on the ground make this work, although the painterly Batman helps too, particularly the weight Albuquerque has given to the cape. The symbol in the background seems to suggest this is the bad guys book, he’s taken ever, which I also like.
Dave’s Cover of the Week
Batman: Arkham Unhinged #19
Dave: Lets talk about blimps. Didn’t notice them, did you? Go on, look for them. There are three. Pretty snazzy, eh? Oh also, the silhouette of Batman, the graphic design element of the spattered paint and the excellent use of color. It’s like she’s diving into water, but that water is the sky. Gorgeous. The whip is used masterfully to swing your eyes around the page too. Bravo.
Brendan: I enjoy the whip line as well as the Batman silhouette. On top of that, the blending cityscape is vast and gorgeous. I think the Catwoman character is kinda wonky but that’s okay.
Single Issue Comics To Be Released This Week
This is a cleaned up list via ComicList.com. Comic availability subject to change.
Adventure Time #21 (Cover B Sarah Harrocks), $3.99
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser The Dark Watch #9 (Cover A Sami Makkonen), $3.99
Imagine Agents #1 (Of 4)(Cover A Khary Randolph), $3.99
Regular Show #4 (Cover A Joe Eisma), $3.99
Six-Gun Gorilla #5 (Of 6)(Cover A Ramon Perez), $3.99
DARK HORSE COMICS
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #112, $3.50
Baltimore The Infernal Train #2 (Of 3), $3.50
Bloodhound Crowbar Medicine #1 (Of 5)(Leonard Kirk Regular Cover), $3.99
Brain Boy #2, $2.99
Buzzkill #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Conan The Barbarian #21, $3.50
S.H.O.O.T. First #1 (Of 4), $3.99
Strain The Fall #4, $3.99
100 Bullets Brother Lono #5 (Of 8), $2.99
Ame-Comi Girls #8 (Final Issue), $3.99
Animal Man #24, $2.99
Batman ’66 #4 (Michael Allred Regular Cover), $3.99
Batman And Two-Face #24, $2.99
Batman Beyond Universe #3, $3.99
Batman Superman #4 (Jae Lee Regular Cover), $3.99
Batwoman #24 (J.H. Williams III Regular Cover), $2.99
Birds Of Prey #24, $2.99
DC Comics Essentials Wonder Woman #1, $1.00
Fables #134, $2.99
Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion #1 (Of 6)(Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $2.99
Green Lantern New Guardians #24 (Rafael Albuquerque Regular Cover), $2.99
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #7, $2.99
Justice League Of America #8 (Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice League Of America’s Vibe #8, $2.99
Legends Of The Dark Knight #13 (Final Issue), $3.99
Red Hood And The Outlaws #24, $2.99
Supergirl #24, $2.99
Trinity Of Sin Pandora #4, $2.99
Wonder Woman #24 (Cliff Chiang Regular Cover), $2.99
Dark Shadows #21 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #7 (Of 12)(Jay Anacleto Regular Cover), $3.99
Grimm #6 (Lucio Parrillo Regular Cover), $3.99
Jennifer Blood #32 (Colton Worley Regular Cover), $3.99
Kings Watch #2 (Of 5)(Marc Laming Regular Cover), $3.99
Shadow #18 (Cover A Alex Ross), $3.99
Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #4 (Of 5)(Cover A Alex Ross), $3.99
Spider Annual 2013 (Igor Vitorino Regular Cover), $4.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #30 (Fabiano Neves Regular Cover), $3.99
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #195 (Cover A S. L. Gallant), $3.99
Star Trek Khan #1 (Of 5)(Cover SUB Photo), $3.99
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classic #1 (Hundred Penny Press Edition)(Cover A Wally Wood), $1.00
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #22 (Cover B Nick Roche), $3.99
X-Files Season 10 #5 (Cover A Carlos Valenzuela), $3.99
Bushido #3 (Of 5), $2.99
Invincible #106, $2.99
Morning Glories #33, $3.50
Nowhere Men #6, $2.99
Sheltered #4, $2.99
Thief Of Thieves #17, $2.99
Whispers #6 (Of 6), $2.99
Zero #2 (Cover B Christian Ward), $2.99
A+X #13 (David Yardin Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers #21 (Leinil Yu Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers Assemble #20, $3.99
Cable And X-Force #15 (Dennis Hopeless Regular Cover), $3.99
Fantastic Four #13 (Mark Bagley Regular Cover), $2.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy #7 (Sara Pichelli Regular Cover), $3.99
Hawkeye #13, $2.99
Hunger #4 (Of 4), $3.99
Indestructible Hulk Special #1 (Alexander Lozano Regular Cover), $4.99
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #19, $2.99
New Avengers #11 (Mike Deodato Regular Cover), $3.99
Superior Spider-Man #19 (Ryan Stegman Regular Cover), $3.99
Uncanny X-Men #13 (Ed McGuinness Regular Cover), $3.99
Wolverine MAX #12, $3.99
X-Men Legacy #18, $2.99
Bloodshot And H.A.R.D. Corps #15 (Emanuela Lupacchino Regular Cover), $3.99
X-O Manowar #18 (Clayton Crain Regular Cover), $3.99 ), $3.99
Eternal Warrior #2 (J.G. Jones Regular Cover), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood Wanted #5 (Of 5)(Cover A Giuseppe Cafaro), $5.99
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