The Best Comic Book Covers of 2013 – Week #47
We love a good parody at ACE Comics, and that’s exactly what Fernando Ruiz has given us on ‘Archie #648′, with an obvious nod to eveyone’s favourite Marvel God Of Thunder, Thor. It also looks like Spike the dragon from ‘My Little Pony’ has sneaked into Veronica’s arms too!
Very nearly the Cover Of The Week winner, Darwyn Cooke’s beautiful front for ‘Batwing #24′ features a wonderfully stylized image incorporating clean lines and a great focal point, thanks to clever compositional use of perspective, all coloured with a complimentary pastel orange and blue palette. Brilliant.
Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? Echoes of the infamous Greek myth, ‘Oedipus’, are apparent on the front of ‘Fairest #20′ in yet another sublime piece of work from Cover Of The Week regular, Adam Hughes.
The current ‘two-thirds black’ trend for the ‘Marvel Knights’ covers works beautifully with the Spider-Man logo and Marco Rudy’s sharp and stylish art
on the front of ‘ol Webhead’s Marvel Knights debut. And only using colours associated with Spidey’s suit, to boot!
A classic piece of Star Wars conceptual art from the visionary responsible for the look of much of the Star Wars universe, the late Ralph McQuarrie, adorns the front of this ‘The Star Wars #2′ alternate cover. It’s a wonderful piece that brings elements of style and nostalgia to this popular series.
Cover by JASON FABOK
Despite our love for Darwyn Cooke’s ‘Batwing’ Cover, the sheer gravitas of the winning entry means the crown belongs firmly on the head of Jason Fabok this week. His depiction of Batman battling The Wrath amongst the smoke and rubble of Gotham City, beneath a battle-filled sky can only be summed up in two words. Epic and Winner!
Congrats to Jason and DC, they get the paper crown this week!
Highly skilled Boston-based graphic designer James Biggie has provided a super-stylized front for ‘GI Joe: Special Missions #7′, and if there’s something we love, it’s super-stylization! Depicting Dreadnok ‘Torch’, Biggie’s cover really stands apart visually from the rest of this week’s releases and works beautifully as a piece of contemporary art, let alone a comic book cover.
GREEN LANTERN #23.4 SINESTRO #1
With a ringing endorsement from none other than Biff himself, Billy Tan’s cover for ‘Green Lantern #23.4′ is our pick of the DC 3D pile. With Hal Jordan otherwise detained in the background, the 3D makes great use of Sinestro conjuring a spiked, chain bolas, sending the said weapon out towards the reader.
Producing come of the best work around at the moment, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ series artist Sara Pichelli has presented us with what is sure to be an iconic image of Neil Gaiman’s Spawn character Angela on her debut in the Marvel Universe for the front of issue #6. Standing in the gaping jaws of a (presumably recently deceased) beast, Angela’s determined appearance and cold stare are almost enough to force people to buy this comic book, or face the consequences!
The second Image comic to feature ‘sex’ in the title, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s ‘Sex Criminals #1′ features a fantastic cover by Zdarsky himself, using minimal design elements perfectly to produce a front that is both stylish and classy, without courting controversy. And the covers for the next few issues of this well-received book look just as good.
Reminiscent of the New York themed movie posters of the first 3 Spider-Man movies, Dave Marquez’s city-based face for ‘Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #27′ is a great example of using scale, as Miles swings towards a glass-fronted skyscraper, his reflection swinging back at him. All this is set against a brilliant dusky sky holding a handful of flying birds. Beautiful.
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Eisner Award-winning comic book artist Paolo Rivera is no.1 this week, thanks to his amazing, retro, ‘Weird Science Fantasy’ front cover for ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy #6′! Showcasing the vintage sci-fi styled Guardians in a typically perillous situation (this time, being sucked out of a hole in their ship, into space!!), the period art style is imitated wonderfully. And if you look carefully, you’ll see Tony Stark’s boxer shorts!
Congrats to Paolo and Marvel, they get the paper crown this week!
DETECTIVE COMICS #23.3 SCARECROW #1
The Scarecrow has always been one of Batman’s scarier enemies, due not only to his eerie appearance, but also the fact that he thrives on the fear of his victims and Jason Fabok has captured his terrifying persona perfectly on the front of ‘Detective Comics #23.3′, which looks even better on the 3D version!
THE FLASH #23.3 THE ROGUES #1
Almost the winner this week, Francis Manapul’s front for ‘The Flash #23.3′ makes excellent use of the 3D covers idea by featuring one of the Flash’s most famous foes, Captain Cold, flanked by the other ‘Rogues’. Cold’s frozen forearm is raised in with a fist as swirls of chilling, white, icy molecules spin out towards the reader, making for a very effective 3D image.
The LEGO variants of recent Marvel comics have been real treat, and Infinity #3 is no exception. In fact, as well as the straight LEGO variant by Leonel Castanelli, there is also this fantastic LEGO ‘sketch’ variant, showcasing Castanelli’s fabulous pencilwork. It’s a refreshing look as this classic homage cover with a LEGO spin.
Continuing in the current tradition of red, white and black Thunderbolts comic book covers, Kris Anka has taken over cover duties on issue #15. Anka’s front presents us with a great portait of the team right after having dealt with some thugs, facing unknown clawed hands reaching at them from the foreground. It’s stylish, stylized and Deadpool’s reaction is a hoot!
IDW are running a series of ‘animated’ alternate cover to their comics, and what better style to suit the successful relaunch of ‘The X-Files’ than their obvious TV cartoon, counterpart – Scooby-Doo! The Sharp Brothers have produced the second front to almost take the cake this week, with their fabulously ‘Scooby-Gang’ed Mulder and Scully, running from a big monster with a spooky house in the background. It’s an absolutely brilliant idea and leaves us wondering just what an episode of ‘Scooby-Doo,Where Are You?’ might’ve been like if David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson had guest starred!
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Somewhat reminiscent of such horror movie posters such as The Fly, Alien and the like, Clayton Crain’s cover for Superior Carnage works perfectly. Used for the introductory issue of his ‘superior’ incarnate, Crain has used the blinding white light to obscure Carnage’s appearance as he emerges from a scientific contraption in the direction of the reader, with only his forearms and a number of nasty-looking tendrils escaping into view. It instills the right amount of fear and curiosity to make it a compelling image and a worthy ‘Cover Of The Week’ winner!
Congrats to Clayton and Marvel, they get the paper crown this week!