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Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 04/22/14

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You’ve got to admit, New Comic Book Release Day is pretty much the best day of the week. 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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So without further or due let’s get this week’s selections highlighted!

Steve Seigh’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week

Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men Black Vortex Omega #1

Written by Sam Humphries

Art by Ed McGuinness

Variant by Andrea Sorrentino

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Without a doubt this is my favorite cover of the week. It’s elegant, majestic, and speaks to my love of all things gorgeous and cosmic.

Guardians of the Galaxy #26

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Valerio Schitti

What the Duck Cover by Joe Quinones

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How could you not fall for this ‘Nevermind’ inspired cover? I have. Oh, and I’m particularly grateful that Howard is wearing clothes on this cover. Have you ever seen a duck penis? They aren’t pretty.

Black Widow #17

Written by Nathan Edmondson

Art and Cover by Phil Noto

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You know what? I think I’d die a happy man if this beautiful yet deadly woman was the last thing I saw before drawing my final breath.

All-New X-Men #40

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Mahmud A. Asrar

Cover by Andrea Sorrentino

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Okay, I might be crazy, but I kind of want to vacation here. Also, look at that water. It’s more than likely filled with sharks, but who cares? Maybe Wolverine will ever let me rub him down with lotion. Oh wait a minute, he’s dead. Do adamantium statues get sunburn? Maybe I should go and check. Mmmm … so smooth.

Deadly Class #12

Written by Rick Remender

Art and Cover by Wesley Craig

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Deadly Class is back, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s do some drugs! I mean, let’s all be law abiding citizens and enjoy this fine piece of comic book cover art. Yes, that’ll do. No one ever suspects the butterfly.

Bob Reyer’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week

BATMAN ’66 #22 (DC)

Writer: Jeff Parker

Artist: Jon Bogdanove

Cover: Michael & Laura Allred

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CONVERGENCE: FLASH #1 (DC)

Writer: Dan Abnett

Artist: Federico Dallocchio

Cover: Michael & Laura Allred

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Allreds…all the time, as far as I’m concerned!!

VELVET #10 (Image)

Writer: Ed Brubaker

Artist/Cover: Steve Epting; Elizabeth Breitweiser

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As this second arc winds down, can it be that they’ve finally cornered Velvet Templeton? This moody cover by Epting and Breitweiser certainly suggests it, but don’t count Ms. Templeton out yet!

AVENGERS MAGAZINE #1 (Marvel)

Writer/Artist: Various

Variant Cover: Jack Kirby

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This infomercial of a magazine features an article about Jack Kirby, hence the cover , but any chance to gaze at The King’s art is fine by me! Here’s the original, from Avengers #12 back in 1964:

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UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #4 (Marvel)

Writer: Ryan North

Artist/Cover: Erica Henderson

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A wonderful cover by Erica Henderson that is both kooky and classic at once, and if you haven’t figured out why you should be buying this hilarious series, dig this line from the solicitation:

“It’s the Power Cosmic versus the Power Chestnut…WHO WILL WIN?”

‘Nuff said?

EVIL EMPIRE Vol. 1 TPB (Boom! Studios)

Writer: Max Bemis

Artist: Ransom Getty; Andrea Mutti

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“I WANT YOU”…for dinner! A great and original usage of the image from James Montgomery Flagg’s WW I recruiting poster:

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ROLLER GIRL GN (Dial Books)

Writer/Artist/Cover: Victoria Jamieson

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No reason for picking this one, excepting it brought a big smile to my face! It also has me reaching for my DVD of “Whip it”!

The Roller Girl cover reminded me that this charming “young readers” book by Ralph Cosentino has recently been re-printed:

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As you can see, it’s a lovely re-telling of Wonder Woman’s classic origin, and a perfect addition to the library of any parents looking for the hook that can get your youngsters into reading comics…or just reading in general!

Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week Soundtrack

This week’s track is “Still Waters Run Deep” by the Cambodian band Dengue Fever. Yes, the start of the song is a bit abrasive if you’re not accustomed to Dengue’s unique brand of rock, but give it a moment because this song will seriously kick your ass part of the way in. Enjoy and bang your head!

That’s all, folks! Join us next week for another round of covers and an avalanche of incredible cover art!

This is a column featuring Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 04/22/14 as chosen by Steve Seigh and Bob Reyer of Talking Comics.

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