Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week 02/17/16
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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!
Steve Seigh’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week
We Are Robin #9
Written by Lee Bermejo
Art by Jorge Corona
Cover by Lee Bermejo
I’m really going to miss these incredible covers by Lee Bermejo once We Are Robin goes the way of the dinosaur, later this year. The image we have this issue is horrifyingly beautiful, I think. I love the menacing close-up of a crooked Joker’s mouth, and the way in which everyone is in danger of being swallowed whole by the path they’ve chosen.
Written by Brain K. Vaughan
Art and Cover by Fiona Staples
Ahhh, sometimes, you just need a delightful cover that puts you at ease. Ive always been fond of the little seal dude. Hey BKV, you better not kill the little seal dude, or his walrus friend for that matter! Look at how calm and collected they are just getting their fish on. Leave them alone man, I can see you thinking things. Don’d do that! Don’t make me call PETA!
Written by CM Punk – Cullen Bunn
Art by Scott Hepburn
Cover by Scott Hepburn – Matt Milla
MOST. INTENSE. STARING CONTEST. EVER!
Black Magick #5
Written by Greg Rucka
Art and Cover by Nicola Scott
“Hey um you’re gonna want to ask Charlie to come up here! We’ve got some asbestos that is absolutely out of control! Tell him to bring the flame-thrower!”
“I’ve been a fan of Ms. Scott’s work for many years, but her work on this series absolutely takes my breath away!” – Bob Reyer
Hellboy and the BPRD 1953 Beyond the Fences #1
Written by Mike Mignola – Chris Roberson
Art by Paolo Rivera – Joe Rivera
Cover by Paolo Rivera
When I was growing up, my pediatrician’s office was decorated with these old photo-realistic paintings of doctors treating eager children. I think it was supposed to be sweet, and put the little tykes who visited the office at ease, but I always found them to be a bit creepy. The style of them however, was always quite cool and this Hellboy cover is very much a mirror of that classic aesthetic. I’m into it.
“As a fan of retro covers, what could be more backwards-looking than a Norman Rockwell/Saturday Evening Post Homage? While I’m in “Hellboy mode”…” – Bob Reyer
Bob Reyer’s Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week
ANAD AVENGERS #6 (Marvel)
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar
Cover: Alex Ross
This amazing painting by Mr. Ross is an homage to one of the greatest covers in comics’ history, Avengers #57 by John Buscema:
ITTY-BITTY HELLBOY: SEARCH FOR THE WERE-JAGUAR #4 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Art Baltazar; Franco
Artist/Cover: Art Baltazar
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy seems to work in all styles, doesn’t it?
PATSY WALKER a.k.a. HELLCAT (Marvel)
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist/Cover: Brittney Williams
It looks as if “Grute” is having the same problems with “coffee shop ID” as Our Ms. Cooke does!
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #5 (Marvel)
Writer: Ryan North
Artist/Cover: Erica Henderson
An old lady Squirrel Girl from the future teaming up with our Dorren? It’s twice as nuts! (Sorry!)
SUPERMAN: THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #1 (DC)
Writer/Artist/Cover: Neal Adams
Simply put, it’s NEAL ADAMS… ’nuff said!
DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY: A SPOON TOO SHORT #1 (IDW)
Writer: Arvin Ethan David
Artist: Ilias Kyriazis
Variant Cover: Robert Hack
Speaking of retro, those with long memories may remember that I selected nearly every “paperback” cover from the Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever series, so there ya go!
(Speaking of Star Trek, I just have to throw in this photo montage cover by John Byrne from the third photo-novel collection from IDW:
SUNSTONE Vol. 4 (Top Cow/Image)
Writer/Artist/Cover: Stjepan Sejic
It’s so heartening to see that Mr. Sejic’s shoulder woes have not affected his artistry in the least. The loving anticipation in Lisa’s expression speaks to the love and trust she feels for Ally, and that emotionalism is what sets this series apart.
Favorite Comic Book Covers of the Week Soundtrack
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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 02/24/16 as chosen by Steve Seigh and Bob Reyer of Talking Comics.