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Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 06/03/15

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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

Groot #1

Written by Jeff Loveness

Art by Brian Kisinger

Gwoot Variant Cover by Marte Gracia

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Is it strange that I’m suddenly finding myself severely attracted to a tree? Oh, you are too? Well in that case, back off!

Secret Wars #3

Written by Jonathan Hickman

Art by Esad Ribic

Dr. Gwendge Variant Cover by Nick Bardshaw

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These Gwen-eriffic covers are fantastic! Could you image an Elseworlds story where Gwen steps in for Doctor Strange? I’d read that!

Also …

Check out this Esad Ribic Variant Cover!

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Princess Leia #4

Written by Mark Waid

Art and Cover by Terry Dodson

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I might not be reading this series, but the art of Terry Dodson is undeniably gorgeous, and Leia has never looked so good!

Superior Iron Man #9

Written by Tom Taylor

Art by Yildiray Cinar

Cover by Mike Choi

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Finally! Pepper putting dick-bag Tony in his place! He’s probably got something up his armored sleeve to get out of this position, but perhaps Pepper will have knocked some sense into him by then.

Bob Reyer’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week

NAILBITER #13 (Image)

Writer: Joshua Williamson

Artist/Cover: Mike Henderson

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A very nicely done homage to the covers of those Fifties romance comics!

DEATH VIGIL #7 (Image)

Writer/Artist/Cover: Stjepan Sejic

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This gripping image by Stjepan Sejic manages to be both heroic and scary at the same time–which is no mean feat!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 (Marvel)

Writer: Dan Slott

Artist/Cover: Adam Kubert

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This cover by Adam Kubert makes me smile, taking my thoughts to happier times in the old MU, however…*rant coming* Marvel has been somewhat coy about the identity of the young girl in this picture, at least until the preview pages that came out this week, a time frame that had readers (like me!) pre-ordering 3 issues before…nope, no spoilers!

SECRET WARS #3 (Marvel)

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Esad Ribic

Cover: Alex Ross

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I know, “Secret Wars?!? Bob?”, but this is a beautiful cover by Alex Ross, even if it might be fore-shadowing one of the things I most feared going into this event. By the way, if you’ve never noticed, Mr. Ross has almost always modeled the face of his Reed Richards after actor Rusell Johnson, who most of you would know as Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island! (His Alicia is Linda Hamilton in her “Beauty & the Beast” days, Dr. Strange is Frank Zappa, and not pictured here, Tony Stark is “played” by Timothy Dalton, and Luke Cage–Jim Brown!)

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Speaking of “homage-y” things…

HOUSE OF HEM TPB (Marvel)

Writer/Artist/Cover: Fred Hembeck

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Fred Hembeck became a favorite of mine through his column “Dateline: @#$?” in the old Comics Buyers Guide, and this trade collects a ton of his Marvel work, including his Fantastic Four Roast and Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe.

NOT BRAND ECCH Masterworks (Marvel)

Writer: Various

Artist: Various

Cover: Jack Kirby

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In 1967, Stan Lee concocted the idea of launching a series that would satirize super-heroes, and had all of Marvel’s best-and-brightest talents participate. (“Brand Ecch” was one of his ways to gently poke fun at DC, invoking “Brand X” from TV ads.) Here’s a look at The King’s cover as originally published:

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Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week Soundtrack

To be honest, I’m still feeling a bit somber from the loss of my father-in-law just two weeks back. With that in mind, I thought maybe we’d indulge in a beautiful song by one of my favorite bands, LCD Soundsystem. The song is called ‘Someone Great‘, and well, I think you’ll get the idea. Give it a a listen and 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 06/03/15 as chosen by Steve Seigh and Bob Reyer of Talking Comics.

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