Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 3/6/13
Hello and welcome to the first revised edition of Talking Comics: Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week! It used to be that every week our Executive Editor Steve Seigh would showcase his favorite comic book covers of the week and then you could all go about your day. Well no more! From this point forward Steve won’t be the only one displaying the covers that caught his fancy. As of today, and for the foreseeable future, you’ll be viewing selections not only from Steve, but from other site staff and fans alike!
If you’d like to contribute to this column all you need to do is send Steve an email at SteveSeigh@TalkingComicBooks.com, telling him the title of the issue with the cover that you dig, as well as a brief description of why you’re grooving on that particular cover. We’ll try to include as many selections as possible and hope that you enjoy seeing your choices displayed for all of the internet to see.
So without further or due let’s get this week’s selections highlighted!
Road to Oz #6
Story by Eric Shanower
Art by Skottie Young
Colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letters by Jeff Eckleberry
Cover by Skottie Young
I absolutely love this cover. Not only am I a huge fan of Skottie Young’s art style but this cover reminds me of a book I might have kept on my bookshelf as a young child. The light color play and serene nature of it calms me and reminds me of better times of when my mother and father used to read me fairy tales to help me fall asleep.
Story by Joe Keatinge
Art by Ross Campbell
Cover by Ross Campbell
There’s something very bold and energetic about this cover. I love that its simplistic nature evokes a blood lust in me. Really, do you have a giant sword handy? I’d be happy to show you what I mean if you just point me in the direction of the nearest snarling beast.
* Also, our Sean Lamont had this to say about the Glory cover art … “I’m not even reading that title but the cover is very arresting in its simplicity, brash coloring, and scope of perspective.”
Daredevil: End of Days #6
Story by Brian Michael Bendis & David Mack
Art by Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack, & Alex Maleev
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Alex Maleev & David Mack
So many of these Daredevil: End of Days covers have been visually pleasing, but there’s something about this particular one that speaks to. I like the sorrow that it displays and the red on red color combination is really doing it for me.
Superior Spider-Man #5
Story by Dan Slott
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli & John Dell
Colors by Edgar Delgado, Chris Sotomayor, & Antonio Fabela
Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Mark Bagley
Again, these Superior Spider-Man covers have been consistently awesome. They tell you right away that Spidey has changed and that he means business. Not only do I think the image is something worth collecting but I’ve fully embraced this radical change to the character and I enjoy a cover that conveys to the average onlooker that Spidey has gone off the deep end.
Swamp Thing #18
Story by Scott Snyder
Art by Yanick Paquette
Colors by Nathan Fairbairn
Letters by Travis Lanham
Cover by Yanick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn
This cover is both sad and beautiful at the same time. Not only was this one of the best issue of Swampy to date but I can’t help but feel the love emanating from this cover. It makes me miss my girlfriend. Ha ha!
* Swamp Thing #18 was also chosen by our contributor Talia Adina because she says that the cover fondly reminds her of Beauty and the Beast. Though, in this case, it’s either Abigail or Swampy that could be considered The Beast.
Bobby Shortle’s Pick
Animal Man #18
Story by Jeff Lemire
Art by Steve Pugh
Colors by Lovern Kindzierski
Letters by Jared K. Fletcher
Cover by Jae Lee & June Chung
“First off you can never get enough Jae Lee and secondly I just love the simplicity of Buddy Baker screaming into the blackness.”
Bob Reyer’s Picks
Steve Ditko’s Monster: Volume 1: Gorgo
“The first movie that I have a clear memory of seeing in a theater (the Huntington Drive-In!) was this 1961 “giant monster” classic, and the Charlton comic that followed was drawn by Spider-Man’s own Steve Ditko. This cover just makes me feel again like that 5-year-old boy in the back seat of my father’s 1954 Ford!”
Phantom Lady: Volume One
“The taloned, corpse-like hand makes its way across the page, marking death for…you, perhaps?” How could you not want to read a comic with this image on the front? I could write an 8-page story just from that picture! That is the cover of Phantom Lady #13 (Fox/ Aug. 1947), and it’s by the amazing Matt Baker, the Adam Hughes of the Golden Age!”
Melissa Megan’s Pick
Written by Steve Niles
Art by Glenn Fabry
Cover by Glenn Fabry
“This issue features a picture of a beautiful female ghost, blown to pieces. It is a great representation of what this (last) issue is all about: blood, guts and violence.”
Sean Lamont’s Pick
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino
“The cover seems to capture a science fiction pulp novel feel that just screams adventure within. Spaceships? Lasers? Melodrama? Action? Adventure? The cover immediately tells you, ‘we have that covered’.”
* This list was compiled while listening to the album Wash the Sins Not Only the Face by the band Esben and the Witch.
* Again, if you’d like to participate in this column send your cover selections (please, only one cover per week) to SteveSeigh@TalkingComicBooks.com. Be sure to have your selections in by midnight of the Monday that corresponds with that week’s releases. Also, please try to keep your selections to books that are being released that week ONLY. Thanks so much and we look forward to sharing your thoughts with all who stop by the Talking Comics website. Cheers! – Steve