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Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 05/06/15

Hey, thanks for checking out Talking Comics: Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week!

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

Hulk #16

Written by Gerry Duggan

Art by Mark Bagley

Variant NYC Cover

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Isn’t this cover beautiful? Also … it took me a while to find the Hulk. What? I bet it took you even longer!

Secret Wars #1

Written by Jonathan Hickman

Art by Esad Ribic

Party Cover by Chip Zdarsky

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Paaaaaaaarrrrrttttaaaaaayyyyyy! Can you imagine rubbing elbows with a room full of Marvel’s elite heroes? Here’s a question: Which Avenger do you think is the biggest light weight? Who wins the arm wrestling contest? Captain Marvel or Thor?

Spider_Gwen #4

Written by Jason Latour

Art and Cover by Robbie Rodriguez

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Is this an incredibly beautiful cover or an American Apparel ad? Either way, it’s fantastic!

Baltimore: Cult of the Red Ring #1

Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Art by Peter Bergting

Cover by Ben Sternbeck

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The sea was angry that day, my friends, and the sharp nipples of mother fate were all out of milk.

Halogen #4

Written by Josh Tierney

Art and Cover by Afu Chan

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This body

Holding me

Reminding me that I am not alone in this body

Makes me feel eternal and all this pain is an illusion

– Tool

Amazing Spider-Man #18

Written by Christos Gage and Dan Slott

Art by Humberto Ramos

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I don’t know why this cover is making me think of the movie Mannequin, but it totally is. Remember the character, Hollywood? That dude was crazy pants!

Bob Reyer’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week

RAT GOD #4 (Dark Horse)

Writer/Artist/Cover: Richard Corben

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Eeeep! I shouldn’t have opened this file in the middle of a very dark and dreary morning, as I’m very creeped out now by those dead eyes! It”s going to be a very weird day, I can tell already.

EC ARCHIVES SHOCK SUSPENSTORIES VOL.3 (Dark Horse)

Writer: Bill Gaines; Al Feldstein; Various

Artist: Jack Kamen; Wally Wood; Reed Crandall; Frank Frazetta

Cover Jack Kamen

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Speaking of being creeped out, despite loving roller coasters, I’ve often had the nightmare of falling out of the ride, so thanks to Dark Horse using this cover by Jack Kamen from Shock Suspenstories #13, I get to have it whilst awake! Thanks a heap, DH!

(By the way, here’s a look at the original cover from 1954, and that image was used to spotlight the story “Squeeze Play”, which was the only solo story that the legendary Frank Frazetta ever did for EC!)

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CONVERGENCE: HARLEY QUINN #2 (DC)

Writer: Steve Pugh

Artist: Phil Winslade; John Dell

Cover: Steve Pugh

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Well, as long as I’ve put myself into some sort of nightmarish carnival, let’s check out the games. Oh look, it seems as if our gal Harley has found a way to amuse herself whilst she’s “converging”!

MASKS 2 #2 (Dynamite)

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Artist: Eman Casellos

Cover: Butch Guice

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It seems that first cover has certainly put me in a weird mood for 4:46 AM on a Saturday! Still, this chilling cover by Butch Guice presages some dark times for the pulp-era heroes!

GEORGE ROMERO’S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD ACT 3 #2 (Marvel)

Writer: George A. Romero

Artist: Andrea Mutti

Cover: Francesco Mattina

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This series by master of cinema horror George Romero has been excellent, and far beyond my expectations, although I’m not sure that I want to go too far past, considering this chilling cover image!

CONVERGENCE: NIGHTWING/ORACLE #2 (DC)

Writer: Gail Simone

Artist: Jan Duursema; Dan Parsons

Cover: Jill Thompson

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Now, this romantic cover by Jill Thompson is more more dream than nightmare, but as this may be the last time we fans of Oracle ever get to see her written by Gail Simone, it’s actually a bit of both!

Speaking of things that are both sunny and scary…

SECRET WARS #1 (Marvel)

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Esad Ribic

Cover: Alex Ross

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I love seeing Alex Ross’ dynamic work on Big Two characters, but I’m fearing the worst for the aftermath of this series, hence my conflicted feelings.

WONDER WOMAN ’77 SPECIAL#1 (DC)

Writer: Marc Andreyko

Artist: Drew Johnson; Matt Haley

Cover: Nicola Scott

Variant Cover: Phil Jimenez

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To happier stuff, I finally get to read this digital-first series, and whichever of these covers I end up with, it couldn’t be more…wondrous?

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ROCKET GIRL #6 (IMAGE)

Storytellers: Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder

Cover: Amy Reeder

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I’m so thrilled that this innovative and beautiful series has returned for a second arc, and this image by Amy Reeder only heightens my delight over what’s to come!

Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week Soundtrack

I’m not certain if I’ve posted this song already, but lately, I’ve been listening to Twin Shadow quite a bit. Enjoy!

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 05/06/15 as chosen by Steve Seigh and Bob Reyer of Talking Comics.

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