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Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 5/15/13

Hello and welcome to the 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!

– Steve Seigh’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week –

Conan the Barbarian #16

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Davide Gianfelice
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale

There’s something very Adam and Eve about this cover, no? I love the depiction of the two innocents about to be accosted by the shadowy arms of sin. I’m especially digging on the colors and painterly way each of them is presented; it’s all quite beautiful.” – Steve Seigh

X-Factor #256

Story by Peter David
Art by Leonard Kirk & Jay Leisten
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover by David Yardin

Please see Joey Braccino’s thoughts below as I most definitely would echo them. For me, this is just a straight up powerful image for the final issue of a major event in this long running series. I’ve been holding off on reading X-Factor until the end of this event and now cannot wait to dig into it.” – Steve Seigh

Talk about a metaphorically-charged cover! The religious imagery aside, it’s the background of David Yardin’s cover to the X-Factor “Hell on Earth” finale that I find the most stunning. Yes, Monet sprawled out Christ-like in the center–suggesting a larger sacrificial/martyrdom theme to the story line–is a powerful image, but Yardin manages to convey the shock of each team member in a minimalistic red-and-white spiral outwards. It’s a unique lay-out and an astounding use of color. Great cover for a great comic!!!” – Joey Braccino

Batgirl #20

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Fernando Pasarin
Cover by Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira

Damn! I’m into this redesign for The Ventriloquist something fierce. Who knew the redesign would be so horrific and creepy! Also, am I the only person who’s reminded of that Horror movie Dead Silence when looking at this cover?” – Steve Seigh

It’s creepy looking!” – Talia Adina

Jeez, Barbara seems to get herself into more trouble, doesn’t she? I’m unfamiliar with this new Ventriliquist, but she seems a charmer!” – Bob Reyer

Fables #129

Story by Bill Willingham
Art by Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha
Cover by Joao Ruas

Stark. Simple. Determined. I like the look of conviction on Snow’s face quite a bit on this cover, it’s good stuff.” – Steve Seigh

There’s just something so sad about Snow on the cover ready to take down the Prince. She knows that his well-being is linked to hers, and she could be walking into a death trap.” – Mara Whiteside

It Girl and the Atomics #10

Story by Jamie S. Rich
Art by Natalie Nourigat
Cover by Michael Allred & Laura Allred

It’s It Girl. It’s Allred. Do you really need any other reasons? I didn’t think so.” – Steve Seigh

– Bobby Shortle’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week – 

Dream Merchant #1

Story by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Konstantin Novosadov

Conan the Barabarian #16

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Davide Gianfelice
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale 

Fables #129
 
Story by Bill Willingham
Art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, & Andrew Pepoy
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Letters by Todd Klein
Cover by Joao Ruas 
 
I usually only choose only one cover, but this trio of pieces stood out to me as a group. All three of these covers share a painterly, detailed style that somehow manages to feel real, while still giving a distinct sense of the otherworldly and mystical.” – Bobby Shortle

Bob Reyer’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week

DOOMSDAY.1 #1 (IDW)

Writer/Artist/Cover: John Byrne
Colors: Leonard O’Grady

Doomsday.1 #1 Regular John Byrne Cover

This cover reminds me of the 1962 British science fiction film “The Day the Earth Caught Fire” (which if you haven’t seen, you must!). You can almost feel the heat rising off the page!” – Bob Reyer

FF #7

Story: Matt Fraction
Art/Cover: Michael Allred
Colors: Laura Allred

The stand-in Fantastic Four was in a spot of bother at the end of last issue, with the Baxter Building having been thrust into the Negative Zone, and somehow things seem to be even worse for the crew, based on this cover by the amazing Michael Allred!” – Bob Reyer

Melissa Megan’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week

Fatale #14

Story by Ed Brubaker
Art by Sean Phillips & Dave Stewart
Cover by Sean Phillips

I’m going with Fatale #14 this week. I haven’t even gotten to read this series yet (don’t worry, I will!), but this cover looks pretty rad with the billy gun equipped woman and Cthulhu-style monster.”  – Melissa Megan

– Adam Shaw’s Favorite Comic Book Cover of the Week –

Batwoman #20

Story by J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Art by Trevor McCarthy & Sandu Florea
Colors by Guy Major
Letters by Todd Klein
Cover by J.H. Williams III

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Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week Soundtrack

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87jIdvGPDj4[/youtube]

This list was compiled while listening to the album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic by the band Foxygen.

*Remember, if you would  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

This list was compiled by Steve Seigh – Executive Editor of Talking Comics. You can hear Steve on the Talking Comics weekly podcast as well as find him on Joblo.com where he writes a featured, bi-weekly column called Ink & Pixel. His Twitter handle is @dead_anchoress.

 

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