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.”
Southern Bastards #20
Art by Jason Latour
I’m a sucker for contrast, especially when it’s with a purposely limited color palette. Working through a series of reds is a smart idea as well, as the color stirs up all kinds of emotions, from passion to anger to violence–all hallmarks of the series. This thing is beautiful and well-composed, giving knowing readers a nod toward the story while not giving anything away to would-be readers. It’s a really captivating image and should serve the issue well.
Wildstorm: Michael Cray #7
Art by Bill Sienkiewicz
The Tarot-like image here is a perfect encapsulation of the story, which is a duel between Cray and Constantine, and though I still don’t enjoy the character redesign on Constantine, his juxtaposition opposite Michael makes for a great, balanced image. Mortality and fidelity are also strong themes in the series, as Michael has been struggling with both on his path through the dark-JLA. This is probably the best image that the series has ever run.
Art by Paul Azaceta
This looks less like the cover for a particular issue and more like a mission statement for a book titled “Outcast.” It’s simple and evocative (like the Southern Bastards image at the top of this list), and it says more about the central themes and narrative of the series than it does about what happens in this issue (like both of my other picks). What can I say? I’m nothing if not consistent.
Justice League: No Justice #1
Art by Francis Manapul
A cover’s main job is to make the reader want to buy the product. This Francis Manapul piece does that for me. What a fun Justice League line-up! You have the face of the League (Superman), Martian Manhunter back at last, and…Starro?! Awesome.
Art by Marcos Martin and Munsta Vicente
I love the vast expanse of this image. Usually I dislike covers that don’t have a lot going on, but there’s an atmosphere to this piece that prevents it from feeling empty. This cover is a masterclass in how to convey a lot with relatively little–and it still manages to impress with the level of intricacy in the details it does have. I don’t know what’s more striking: the fence or the terrain beyond it.
Art by Tyler Kirkham
Series artist Ryan Stegman’s claims that this Venom series will be better than Watchmen have intrigued me greatly. Of all the covers to the first issue, this one by Tyler Kirkham is my favorite. The hyper-detailed rendering of Venom’s open jaw is amazing, and it makes me think of a Xenomorph. For all the horror going on here, there’s also a dash of whimsy in the corner: Spidey swinging on Venom’s tongue. I’m not being ironic or facetious when I say this cover is next-level radical.
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