The Best Comic Book Covers of 2013 – Week #41
The new Adventure Time miniseries, Candy Capers, debuted this week with a selection of covers to choose from. Our favourite was from Brooklyn based illustrator Rebecca Mock. Depicting Cinnamon Bun in a rather unfortunate situation, the front is both terrifying and hilarious in equal measure. The excellently executed painted-style lends itself well and adds a real quality which sets it apart from the other Candy Capers cover options.
Alex Garner is producing some outstanding covers for Batgirl and issue #22 is no exception. Focusing on the trauma Barbara has suffered following recent events, the cover showcases Garner’s fantastic digital paintwork.
Heavyweight artist Francesco Francavilla is providing not-only interior art for this issue of Hawkeye, but another fabulous cover as well. In typical Francavilla fashion, the cover is rich in muggy oranges, yellows and browns, with Clint Barton central to the composition, framed by a pair of long-bows and elements of a target. We <3 Hawkeye.
You can’t beat a big scrap, and Justice League #22 has the biggest scrap of all on the cover (well, half of it anyway). Ian Reis and Joe Prado have done an incredible job. Make sure you click on the image in the gallery below to see the full piece!
The sci-fi series Storm Dogs has garnered a lot of praise, not least for Doug Braithwaite’s artwork and covers. Reminiscent of the recent Girl With The Dragon Tattoo graphic novel cover, Braithwaite has featured Alanna on the front of the final issue. Set against a plain pink brackdrop, Alanna is facing away displaying a strange tattoo of a monster on her back, which is drawing real blood. Want to know what that’s about? Then you’d best grab a copy before they’re all gone!
Now to someone who’s been in this postition before…
Cover by MARK BROOKS
We simply cannot iterate how much we love Mark Brooks incredible covers for Fearless Defenders. So we won’t. You can see for yourself just how stunning this weathered, Weird Stories paperback homage looks. We think it’s the best one yet!
Congrats to Mark and Marvel, 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!
Here we go with a look at the prettiest pictures on this weeks comic store shelves…
This week saw the final issue of Avengers vs X-Men with a slew of additional covers, but it was the orginal by Jim Cheung, featuring Iron Man rocketing towards the reader, that really caught our collective eye. The presence of Scooby Doo was apparent in not only Scott Gross‘s excellent Mona Lisa cover for Scooby Doo Where are You #26, but also Matt Merhoff‘s homage ‘B’ cover to Hack/Slash #18 on Wednesday, while Adam Hughes turned in yet another beautiful cover for Fairest and Lee Bermego had an inspired use of an English breakfast on Before Watchmen: Rorschach #2.
But soaring above all of these great contenders was…
…Life with Archie #23‘s amazing variant cover by Francesco Francavilla who has produced a fantastic, brand new, ‘vintage’ cover.
Congrats to Francesco and Archie, they get the paper crown this week!
DC Vertigo have announced that to tie in with this summer’s American Vampire storyline, titled ‘Blacklist’, they will be publishing five variant covers over the arc from Greg Capullo, Dave Johnson, Jock, Francesco Francavilla and Dustin Nguyen.
The first is by Batman artist Greg Capullo and will feature on American Vampire #28 in June.