The Best Comic Book Covers of 2013 – Week #11
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!
Amongst the wealth of fine art on show this week, there were some true gems in the pick of the covers…
Dave Johnson provided yet more comedy gold with the cover to Deadpool #63, while Todd McFarlane borrowed Frank Miller‘s style for an awesome Dark Knight homage on Spawn #224. Alex Ross almost mirrored his fine work on the first issue of The Shadow, but added an element of horror with issue #6 and Punisher Warzone #1 features a beautiful, abstract front from Marco Checchetto.
Almost winning Cover of the Week was Jim Rugg‘s unique artwork for a variant of Bravest Warriors #1, but instead the award goes to…
…Bravest Warriors #1‘s other variant cover by Maris Wicks! This was not only for the excellent execution, but also for it’s fantastic Star-Wars-homage-ness!!
Congrats to Maris and KaBoom!, they get the paper crown this week!
Week 42 had yet another fine selection of covers on display, and here’s our picks of the bunch.
David Aja was maintaining the high standard of super-stylin’ on the front of Hawkeye #3, while Michael and Laura Allred produced a beautiful cover to It Girl and the Atomics #3. Ultimates Comics Spider-Man #16, by David Marquez with Rain Beredo has been praised by our resident Spider-Man expert for it’s use of perspective and ‘twisty-webs’ and the creepy element is ratcheted up a notch in the eerie covers for Marvel Zombies Halloween by ACE fave Francesco Francavilla and Batwoman #13 by J.H. Williams, III.
But this close to Halloween, our vote for week 42 goes to…
BPRD 1948 #1 by Dave Johnson. A girl with weird red stuff coming out of her sleeves and eye sockets, tentacles with tentacles and a nuclear mushroom cloud. What more could you ask for? Teeth. (-shudder)
Congrats to Dave and Dark Horse, they get the paper crown this week!
Week 35 featured a number of contenders for Cover of the Week.
Amongst those considered were Avenging Spider-Man #11 by Chris Samnee, Ethan Nicolle‘s great big Ape and Leopard/Lizard fight on the front of Axe Cop President of the World #2, a tribute to the Death of Superman on the Green Lantern Annual #1 from Ethan Van Sciver, the fang-tastic National Comics’ Looker #1 by Guillem March and, running a close second, Jim Lee‘s destined-to-be-iconic Justice League #12.
But the winner for week 35 is…
…Dave Johnson‘s striking, stylized cover for Spaceman #9.
Congrats to Dave and DC Vertigo, they get the paper crown for week 35!
Cover of the Week time!
Week 20 saw some fine artwork showcased on the front of our favourite papery literature including the likes of Winter Soldier #5 by Lee Bermejo (you can’t go wrong with a big monkey!), Michael Kormarck‘s beautiful painted cover for Hulk #7.1 and almost-winner Avengers vs X-Men #4 by Jim Cheung. However, there is one that was voted Cover of the Week #20…
…Fury Max #4 by Dave Johnson!
A stunning piece of work and something that would look good hung on anyone’s wall, let alone adorning a comic!
Congrats to Dave and Marvel, they get the paper crown this week!
DC have unveiled a whole host of lovely variant cover art for our perusal including contributions from Rafael Albuquerque (Batman #10), Rob Liefeld (Deathstroke #10), Frazer Irving (Shade #9), Jim Lee (Silk Spectre #1) and a personal favourite from Dave Johnson (Silk Spectre #1).
Goggle yourself silly below…