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Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 01/13/16

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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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Steve Seigh’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week

Alabaster: The Good the Bad and the Bird #2

Written by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Art by Daniel Warren Johnson – Carlos Badilla

Cover by Greg Ruth

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May you find peace within the quite of the dead.

Constantine The Hellblazer #8

Written by Ming Doyle – James Tynion IV

Art and Cover by Riley Rossmo

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Chicken serpent, people! Chicken serpent. I don’t think I need to explain myself any farther. We’re done here.

Robin War #2

Written by Tom King

Art and Cover by Khary Randolph

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Oh wow! It is SO on!

Spread #12

Written by Justin Jordan

Art by Jennifer Hickman – Felipe Sobreiro

Cover by Kyle Strahm and Felipe Sobreiro

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Sing it with me, now! “Smile and tell someone special, “I love you.” Smile, and let someone know you care. Smile, and gaze into the blade above you. Smile, as your end slices through the air.”

All-New Wolverine #4

Written by Tom Taylor

Art by David Lopez

Variant Cover by Ryan Sook

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I know that traditionally I’m a sucker for covers that feature creative uses of the colors black, white, and red – though, this week, I am more than happy to allow the color yellow to be among them.

Guardians of the Galaxy #4

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Valerio Schiti

Cover by Will Sliney

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I’ve few words for the awesomeness of this cover. Instead, I’ll allow this 10-hour-long version of the original Nyan Cat video do the job for me. Behold!

 

Bob Reyer’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week

GOTHAM ACADEMY #14 (DC)

Writer: Brendan Fletcher; Various
Artist: Dustin Nguyen
Cover: Mingiue Helen Chen

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I’m sure that we all probably hated “picture day” at school. but if they were as much fun as the Gotham Academy version, I’d bet we’d feel differently!

LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #1 (DC)

Writer/Artist/Cover: Renae De Liz

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Since first seeing this image some months back, I’ve been much looking forward to the print edition of this series! Love that the eagle is back on Diana’s outfit!

RED SONJA #1 (Dynamite)

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Aneke
Variant Cover: Tony Fleecs

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Who knew that the She-devil with a Sword could pound the skins? Perhasp she can sit in wit Josie and the Pussycats or the Mary Janes?

NO MERCY #6 (Image)

Writer: Alex Di Campi
Artist/Cover: Carla Speed McNeil

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A creepy homage to Fifties horror covers with a modern technological twist! As a Luddite I’m wondering: would an “X-Ray Specs” app be a big seller? For me, that might be just the thing to get me to buy a cell phone…at least one so equipped!

PLANET COMICS HC VOL. 11 (PS Artbooks)

Writer: Various
Artist: Lily Renee; George Evans; various
Cover: Joe Doolin

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Since I’m in a retro-vibe, this hardcover edition reprints some classic comics from the late Forties, fronted by this very cool cover by Joe Doolin.

MIGHTY THOR #3 (Marvel)

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist/Cover: Russell Dauterman

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Another amazing image by Russell Dauterman, who may have swept our “Best of 2015” art awards by the time you read this! (When I saw this, I had an instant flash-back to the Emma Rios cover for Pretty Deadly #1)

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INSEXTS #2 (After Shock Comics)

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist/Cover: Ariela Kristantina

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Ya know, I was sure that their marriage was doomed from the start…

And now, another installment of that fan favorite feature…

NOT the “Cover of the Week”!
(Robert, I think you’re giving yourself far too much credit, darling! @udrey)

SECRET WARS #9 (Marvel)

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Esad Ribic
Variant Cover: Simone Bianchi

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A lovely cover, and a fine piece of artistic craftsmanship, but the image just makes me very sad, knowing that the series that sparked my love for this medium is in the same state as the characters depicted here, and that at some level, Marvel seems thrilled about it!

Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week Soundtrack

It’s with honor, and a deep sadness, that this week’s soundtrack is dedicated to the late David Bowie. You’ll never be alone, Star Man. May your soul shine bright and burn forever in a sky alive with light. Yours is a story that we will tell forever. Thank you for the memories, music, and the strength, my Goblin King.

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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 01/13/16 as chosen by Steve Seigh and Bob Reyer of Talking Comics.

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