Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 12/11/13

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Each and every New Comic Book Release Day is a blessing. It’s the day we’re introduced to new worlds, are able to witness the next chapter in a continuing saga, or fall in love with a character or creator for the first time. I could go on and on, but I think you’ve already gotten my point. That point being … comics are awesome. So awesome in fact that even the covers of them are often times incredible works of art. We’re here to show you some of our  favorite covers each week! So go ahead and take a few moments for yourself (haven’t you earned it?) and feast your eyes on some truly inspired comic book covers!

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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

Batman #26

Written by Scott Snyder

Art by Greg Capullo

Cover by Capullo & Plascencia

“This cover stopped me in my tracks the other day when our good friend Rob threw it on my new comic book pile. I’ve seen the image before, but there was something about the glossy cover and pastel sunset that set my mind on fire. I would absolutely love a signed poster of this to hang inside my home. It’s creepy, majestic, and beautiful all at once. It’s more definitely my favorite cover of the week.” - Steve Seigh

Alex + Ada #2

Written by Sarah Vaughn & Jonathan Luna

Art and Cover by Jonathan Luna

“A little bit creepy, wholly inviting, and undeniably mysterious, this cover stands out among the rest of this week’s comics sue to the paralyzing stare in Ada’s eyes.” - Steve Seigh 

Memory Collectors #2

A Book by Menton3

Cover by Menton3

“I’m pretty sure that I dated this chick in my first semester of college.” - Steve Seigh

Coffin Hill #3

Written by Caitlin Kitteredge

Art by Inaki Miranda

Cover by Dave Johnson

“For one reason or another, it’s all about the creepy this week. I love the coupling of violet, red, gray, white, and pink against a tortured forest backdrop. This woman looks like she’s up to no good, digging deep within the roots of our earth in order to give birth to evil. It’s quite a startling image.” - Steve Seigh

Uncanny X-Men #15.INH

Written by Brian Micheal Bendis

Art and Cover by Kris Anka

“I like this cover a lot based upon the idea that all the women depicted in it look like they’re having a hell of a lot of fun! Are they on a rollercoater? Are they at the movies? I have no idea, but I love the colors and mood of this cover! Yay!” - Steve Seigh

Bob Reyer’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week

Doc Savage #1

Written by Chris Roberson

Art by Bilquis Evely

Cover by Alex Ross

“Wow!!! Honestly, I didn’t plan to chat up James Bama’s Doc Savage paperback covers, and then Alex Ross in the weeks leading up to this new series, but perhaps I’ve set the stage for your perusal of this absolutely stunning cover by Mr. Ross! This is instantly a contender for my “Best Cover of 2013″!” - Bob Reyer

Batgirl #26

Written by Gail Simone

Art by Fernando Pasarin

Cover by Alex Garner

“Alex Garner’s covers for Batgirl continue to amaze! Beautifully posed, yet strikingly animate, and rife with raw emotion! I’d love to see a painted mini-series (Birds of Prey!!!) from Mr. Garner and Ms. Simone!” - Bob Reyer

Domino Lady: Sex As a Weapon

Written by Chuck Dixon and Nancy Holder

Art and Cover by Ver Austin


“With it’s rear seat a raging inferno, a powerful roadster’s headlamps reflect off streets glistening with a newly-fallen rain, picking up the image of a beautiful woman, her silenced revolver still smoking. Was she the cause of this conflagration, or its avenger? You’ll have to read “Domino Lady” to find out!

(If that’s not the blurb for an old paperback, I’ll eat my snap-brim fedora!) ” - Bob Reyer

And Now For Bob’s Worst Cover of the Week!

World’s Finest #18

Written by Paul Levitz

Art by R.B. Silva and Joe B. Weems

Cover by (Sorry, schoolyard code; I’m not a tattletale!)

“Despite my love for Paul Levitz’s work on this fabulous title, the art has taken a real dip since the departure of Kevin Maguire. This cover may be the one that finally puts me off this book! Honestly, a close-up of Karen’s face, her heat vision run amok, would certainly have given readers an idea of what to expect inside, as opposed to this Victoria’s Secret pin-up with a screaming head attached. It’s not even the eye-leading “cleavage window” that irks me, but Power Girl’s costume does not seem to cover much of her tuchus, considering what she does for a living! (And what’s the deal with that thigh? Oy, gevalt!)” - Bob Reyer

Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week Soundtrack
This list was compiled while listening to the album Native Speaker by the band Braids.

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  1. Logan Rowland

    Great covers guys! I especially love Batman, Batgirl (I mean, my goodness look at that cover!) and Doc Savage!

    Bob, I don’t understand “cleavage windows”, I mean, really, do they think young people are too dumb to not know that it exists to show of a woman’s breasts? That’s worse than tacky, it’s shameful. If they want a diamond shape above or on the chest in that area, they should take notes from Spider-Woman! She doesn’t have this wretched “window” but she looks great in her costume! Sick!

    • Bob Reyer

      Hey Logan, fancy meeting you here!

      As folks know how I feel about objectification of super-heroines, one might wonder why the “window” doesn’t rankle me. Over the years it has “opened and closed”, and it made little difference as long as Kara’s character was handled well, and the art wasn’t such that it was exploitative.

      That part of Power Girl’s costume was present (absent?) at her design by Wally Wood and Ric Estrada back in ’76, and writer Gerry Conway portrayed Kara with such a “don’t give me any crap” attitude, that the outfit served to embody that. When Jeanette Kahn took over as publisher, she had Mr. Wood and his team “close the window”, as she was unhappy with the imagery, but PG’s feistiness remained. In the years since, that costume feature has come and gone, depending on wardobe changes and individual artists’ sensibilities.

      For me as a stickler for continuity, I guess it should stay, as it’s actually become part of the character, as writer Gerard Jones pointed out in #37 of Justice League Europe. When someone questioned Kara about it, she replied that it “…shows what I am: female, healthy. If men want to degrade themselves by staring, that’s their problem. I’m not going to apologize for it”, which is much in the “taking it back” vein of Third Wave Feminism. Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti also took this track, with their signature lightness and fun, during their time on the title.

      That is where this grim cover falls apart, with Kara’s anguished visage creating a feeling inconsistent with the story-line within, and the “bottom half” of the cover there for seemingly another purpose entirely. Her costume, “window” included, can be handled tastefully or not, and this one comes down on the negative side for me.

      Bob
      ps)For the most part, I did like the re-design they were using for Power Girl’s costume in the Perez/Maguire issues; going back to the original outfit isn’t the problem as much as it is the ludicrous poses that the various artists have been drawing her in! I know that I keep threatening to quit due to the art on Worlds’ Finest, but Paul Levitz is still spinning a fine story, so I’m torn! rrr

  2. Logan Rowland

    Hey Bob,
    I just couldn’t help but comment!

    I absolutely see your point, and I suppose that if handled correctly–like you said–it can be less of a problem. I’d say my biggest issue with it, other than the objectification that I sense, is the practicality of it! Why on earth would such a wardrobe element exist otherwise?! I mean, it’s not like they can protect their skin right there as well! It’s like giving a character armored undergarments to wear! Doesn’t make sense!

    What is up with that thigh, Bob? That is…did the artist think she was some sort of alien? Maybe one of those from that, shamefully entertaining, Charlie Sheen alien movie. I forget the title!

    So, not to be a pain, or whatever. I guess, you could say I’m playing devil’s advocate somewhat. But if the art is so awful for you, is the writing truly well-written like you spoke of in your comment? Or is the art beyond writing repair? I haven’t read the book, so I wonder, does the writing justify the art? Does she have that “don’t give me any crap” attitude she needs?

    In conclusion, it’s an awful cover that the artist should be ashamed of. I still can’t get over the thigh!
    On the brightside, (as I’m sure Bobby would hate for us to be too negative in this comment feed!) at least we have the wonderful Joe Quinones covers for Captain Marvel to be happy about! As a juxtaposition against this one of Power Girl, issue #10 of CM shows Carol is going through something really hard, subtly and heart wrenching! Great stuff.

    Thanks for the response!
    Logan

    • Bob Reyer

      Logan,

      Paul Levitz does a fine job each month in crafting wonderful stories centered on a great super-heroic friendship. It’s the sort of thing that there isn’t enough of, and one I want to support, but with the art beginning to undercut the positive messages, I’m running out the string on this title. There’s a cross-over event with Batman/Superman coming next year, and I doubt that I’ll be around to agonize over whether or not to buy the extra issues!
      Bob

  3. Ryan

    I also loved Deadpool #21 this week. Wade in Agent Coulson’s car giving the thumbs up with the rocket launcher across his shoulder was perfect.

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