Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 07/10/13/ 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 - The Fearless Defenders #6 STORY BY Cullen Bunn ART BY Will Sliney COLORS BY Veronica Gandini COVER BY Mark Brooks “This cover totally reminds me of an old school horror movie poster from the 70s’. It’s also got that pulp comic vibe going for it as well which is always a treat. The Fearless Defenders covers have been some of the best covers we’ve had all year and this month’s art is yet another addition to an already stellar cache of artful covers.” - Steve Seigh “Once again, Mark Brooks has found a way to pay homage to the past and yet still be representational of the story behind the cover, in this case one that could have come from an old Atlas horror comic from the Fifties! (Not to mention a “Charlie’s Angels vibe, to boot!) Fearless Defenders will be a title that I’m going to have to buy as a trade just to have these covers (plus the Amanda Conner variants!) preserved in a more substantial way!” - Bob Reyer “I love the mix of Weird Stories and modern superheroes, especially since the idea of zombie-like Vikings seems to apt to both genres. Great cover, hope it’ll be another great issue.” - Mara Whiteside Hawkeye #12 STORY BY Matt Fraction ART BY Francesco Francavilla COVER BY Francesco Francavilla “Is it me or does this cover not look like Hawkeye is trapped inside of a really awesome lava lamp? Groovy, baby, yeah!” - Steve Seigh “Francesco Francavilla, whose great cover work on the under-appreciated Red She-Hulk provided me more than a few of these spotlighted items has now graced us with this cover that is definitely “his” but still has that “Aja” feel! I can’t wait to get a peek inside!” - Bob Reyer “Pretty much every cover of Hawkeye is a given at this point. Beautiful, simplistic and brilliant are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the covers of Hawkeye so far. Gorgeous on every level.” - Travis McCollum Batgirl #22 Written by: Gail Simone Art by: Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion Cover by: Alex Garner “These Batgirl covers appear to be getting darker and darker as Gail Simone takes us deeper into the emotional tumult that’s become her life. I like the out of focus glow of this cover quite a bit.” - Steve Seigh “The times they are a’changing” in Batgirl–or so it seems from this image! Alex Garner’s run of painted covers on this title continues to amaze, after those ultra-creepy “Ventriliquist” pieces that I’m still having nightmares about!” - Bob Reyer Six Gun Gorilla #2 Written by Simon Spurrier Art by Jeff Stokely Cover Artist: Ramón Pérez “This cover is colorful, fun, a reeks of danger! I can’t wait to dig into this issue later this week!” - Steve Seigh Storm Dogs #6 Story By: David Hine Art By: Doug Braithwaite Art By: Ulises Arreola Cover By: Doug Braithwaite “Even though I think this cover has got a real Girl With the Dragon Tattoo vibe going for it (I didn’t care for that series) I love the colors and delicate nature of this cover. I’m not reading Storm Dogs currently but this cover has me intrigued.” - Steve Seigh - Bob Reyer’s Favorite Comic Book Cover of the Week - *Editor’s Note: Bob and Steve had a lot of the same picks this week so be sure to read Bob’s thoughts in the covers featured above! Astro City #2 Story by Kurt Busiek Art by Brent Anderson Cover by Alex Ross “For all the grandeur of Alex Ross’ art, for me it is the smaller, more human details that make his work shine. The depth of emotion conveyed by those smiles is absolutely palpable!” - Bob Reyer - Travis McCollum’s Favorite Comic Book Cover of the Week – Avengers Arena #12 STORY BY Dennis Hopeless ART BY Kev Walker, Jason Gorder COLORS BY Jean-Francois Beaulieu LETTERS BY VC – Joe Caramagna COVER BY Dave Johnson “Everything is connected, or at least that’s what I’m led to believe by this beautiful cover for Avengers Arena. The way the trees all cast their shadows away from Hazmat while the lines around her feet slowly spread out like a root only hammer in the importance of the end of this arc.” - Travis McCollum - Adam Shaw’s Favorite Comic Book Cover of the Week – X-O Manowar #15 Variant Cover Art by Clayton Crane “I love this! Aric is a total badass, but he has a lot of Bravado. The Eternal Warrior has been around the block and he isn’t afraid to put someone in their place. This art is fantastic and really shoes who the bigger badass is.” - Adam Shaw - Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week Soundtrack - This list was compiled while listening to the album Sistronix by the band Deap Vally. *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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