The Best Comic Book Covers of 2013 – Week #46
Dave Johnson makes a customary appearance in our breakdown of the weeks best covers, this time for ’100 Bullets: Brother Lono #3′. Wonderfully stylized in a vintage fashion, Johnson weighs in with an exciting entry.
The ‘Batwoman’ series has featured a number of times in ‘Cover Of The Week’, and it’s back again, courtesy of J.H. Williams III. The symbolic, rich red cover conveys the fear-toxin induced turmoil suffered by Kate on the pages within.
The beautiful front to ‘Fables #132′ is by super-talented Brazilian artist Joao Ruas. A veteran Fables artist, you can see more of Ruas’ artwork at feral-kid.com.
Dave Stewart’s cover for ‘Lobster Johnson: A Scent Of Lotus #2′ is a determined front, focusing on Johnson moving from his encounter with the army of gun-blazing monkeys in a burning brothel to face the supernatural Japanese spy known as the Crimson Lotus!
There were a whole host of fabulous variant covers for ‘Superman Unchained #3′, each styled on a period from the Man Of Steel’s history. Our favourite from the bunch was Dave Bullock’s superb 1930′s entry.
But the 34th best cover is…
Cover by ED MCGUINESS
Ed McGuiness’ striking ‘Nova #7′ cover showcases our hero pitted in a fistfight with Spider-Man. There is expert use of angles, tone and colour throughout – the palette of pale blues against a stark black is incredible. It’s straightforward yet dramatic, and a worthy winner of a paper crown!
Congrats to Ed and Marvel, they get the paper crown this week!
And so to Cover Of The Week number 49!
Dave Johnson continues to make his presence felt regularly with yet another great comic book cover, this time it’s Fury Max #7 with a great use of silhouette and style. Two new super-team comics debuted on Wednesday and both have a cover featured here – Thunderbolts #1 has an energetic and dramatic cover by Julian Totino Tedesco, making strong use of team leader Red Hulk‘s colours, while it’s Steve McNiven‘s variant for Avengers #1, reminiscent of the Loki POV shot at the end of this year’s blockbuster movie, that also makes an appearance. Darwyn Cooke‘s fantastic artwork for Before Watchmen: Minutemen #5 showcases a beautiful pin-up of the first Silk Spectre, while Mike Mignola has produced a typical dark and detailed front for Hellboy In Hell #1. The second issue of Great Pacific is included in the picks of the week as well, as Martin Morazzo illustrates the perils of the deep perfectly.
All of these covers are great, but there is one considered ever so slightly greater, and this week it’s…
…this stunning art nouveau portrait of Alyson Hannigan as Willow for Willow Wonderland #2 by the supremely talented Megan Lara!
Congrats to Megan and Dark Horse, they get the paper crown for week 49!
Due to the high standards, it’s been a bit tricky to spot the treats served up on the front of this week’s comics!
Kicking off, Ivan Reis produced a wonderful, cinematic cover for Aquaman #13, while Dave Johnson made his umpteenth appearance in our shortlists for his cover to DC Vertigo‘s Ghosts. X-Men Legacy had a fine send-off with a ‘super’ cover to issue #275, courtesy of Mark Brooks and Tristan Jones has added to the excellent number of homage covers that Ghostbusters has enjoyed with a sublime zombie ‘Taxi Driver’ on issue #14.
Almost first past the post for week 44 was Joshua Luna‘s fantastic and striking art on Whispers #4, in fact any other week he could well have won Cover Of The Week, had it not been for…
…Witchblade #161 by John Tyler Christopher! John has incorporated a method seen before, but the execution is stunning and he has truly made Witchblade an eye-opener on the shelves!
Congrats to John and Image, they get the paper crown this week!