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Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Best of the Week in Covers – 12.14.2011

The Best of the Week in Covers – 12.14.2011

“Baby, remember on the bus and my hand was on your knee.
when you love somebody its hard to think about anything but to breathe.
Baby, I am the cub who was washed out in the flood,
When you love somebody but bite your tongue all you get is a mouthful of blood.
Here we go-”

–The Fruit Bats, singing about liking comics covers and not being able to think about other things. But not really.

Locke & Key: Clockworks #3 cover by Gabriel Rodriguez

Extreme perspective shots like this show just how incredible a draughtsman Rodriguez really is. This composition offers a new level of visual complexity to what could’ve been fairly rote.  The  ”evil reflection” concept has been done to death, but the unique bird’s eye view and meticulous detail make for an exceptional vision.


Avengers Academy #23 cover by Rodin Esquejo

Fastball special coming right up. Mostly, I like how clean composition is, with a stark background and an instantly readably premise. X-23 joins the team, and she takes a cue from Dad on making the perfect entrance. Without the inclusion of Mettle in Colossus’ pitching position, it might’ve been too simple a pinup. But his place in the background turns this into a story. Or at least a verb.


Doctor Who #12 cover by Mark Buckingham

The true meaning of Christmas. The camera is positioned perfectly here, as is the dramatic lighting. The guns wrapped in gift paper? Icing on the cake.

Severed #5 cover by Attila Futaki

I’ve showcased Futaki’s cool burst-through-the-canvas covers for the series before, but this is one of my favorites. Perhaps subjective, but I love this combination of colors. The bold mustard yellow logo looks terrific over the moody blues and greens of the wooded road. Conceptually, it also looks like dude’s about to eat that car.


Snake Eyes #8 photo cover by John Haynes

Usually I cull the week’s best covers by browsing our own database for the standout images. This one leapt out at me on Wednesday at the shop. I doubt we’ve ever included a photo cover, but this one absolutely sings. I was instantly transported to a Saturday morning long past, glued to my personalized lineup of cartoons. Remember those commercials for action figures set in deserts and forests, where the kids always had the perfect boulder and crystal clear puddle to use for terrain in their play-acting? It’s such a bizarre source for nostalgia, but it’s there.

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