Covers of the Week 04/03/13

It is time for the best covers from the week that was. A quick reminder: only comics that I personally have purchased qualify for this piece. If a title contains more than one cover, only the one I own is taken into consideration. Now without further ado:


Fifth Place Deadpool_7Deadpool #7
Cover Artist:
 Kevin Maguire

Fourth Place All-New-X-Men_10All-New X-Men #10
Cover Artist:
Stuart Immonen

Third Place Earth2-11Earth 2 #11
Brett Booth certainly delivered one stunning cover this week to take the third place spot. This cover, like all the comics of the New 52 this month, is a gatefold one with the second part revealing a startling surprise, in this case the appearance of Mister Miracle who we had previously yet to see since DC rebooted their universe. I debated how I would judge these covers: take the whole cover into account or merely have the first half that was visible on the shelves influence my decision. Truth be told, this one accomplishes that criteria from both angles. The first half of the image has Doctor Fate in all his glory, an event that we’ve been waiting to see happen since Khalid made his first appearance. His cape is drawn beautifully, flowing in such a dramatic and visually stimulating way. Behind him is the classic Doctor Fate symbol, the ankh, which is sending streams of light in every direction, streams of light that are tearing apart the very walls themselves which are adorned in various Egyptian hieroglyphics. Then we move to the second half of the cover, the surprise. Mister Miracle, cape flowing magnificently as well, is moving through space utilizing a variation of his famous aero discs. The real intriguing element is the individual behind him, that being Fury. Is she supposed to be Earth 2’s version of Big Barda? Is she chasing after him? How will he be introduced with the rest of our cast? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.

Second Place Venom33Venom #33
Declan Shalvey
is the runner-up this week with this awesome cover featuring Toxin and Venom. Toxin is depicted much larger than he truly is to great effect as the villain dangles Venom in midair prepared to consume our hero, Toxin’s mouth wide open with razor-sharp teeth on full display This is a perfect example of symbolism as it is saying that Toxin’s mere presence in Venom life is like an overwhelming force ready to figuratively swallow him whole. Meanwhile, Venom hangs there defiant against these overwhelming odds, two guns drawn ready to take on this menace, though two guns that he knows will have no effect on his hated foe but he still draws them nonetheless. The symbiote’s tendrils offer some nice visual interest and the wise choice to keep the background plain really makes the two characters standout while also not taking away from them.  Overall it’s an entertaining visual by a talented artist that really stands out next to the other books on the self.

First Placemindthegap09Mind The Gap #9
And here is the Cover of the Week by Rodin Esquejo who wins this distinction for the second time. Front and centre on the cover is a close-up shot of Elle’s best friend, Jo Wilson, who looks to be in the most unfortunate of circumstances. Rodin uses the shadows and the light in a masterful display of his skills, creating an image that is both moody and filled with tension. The background is indiscernible with the only hint of her location being the shadows of what appear to be window blinds. This young woman is helplessly locked away, held against her will, her eyes wide-open in response to the terrifying situation she is in. Her mouth is taped shut so she cannot utter a word which is also a subtle nod to those that are aware that the entire issue is of the “all silent” variety as well. Then there’s the wonderful choice of her earrings which are a symbol known as a roundel, more specifically the roundel for the London Underground. This is a wonderful Easter egg as the London Underground introduced the term “mind the gap” to warn passengers of the dangerous gap between the train door and the station platform. Its attention to details like that which adds an extra layer of awesomeness to an already awesome cover. With that said, Rodin Esquejo, I award you the first
place crown this week. Congratulations!

So those are my favourites and it’s a victory for Marvel with a three-to-one-to-one showing against DC and the Independents, though the Independents did manage to capture the first place crown. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

4 thoughts on “Covers of the Week 04/03/13

  1. Talking about Deadpool # 7, I saw some previews of this issue in the last days, and I noticed that is has a delightfully old style.
    Marvel’s comics always kept a classic touch (you can see that from the quality of the paper they use, from the way their colorists work and so on), but this issue definitely emphasized this tendence.
    I hope it won’t be an isolated phenomenon, and we’ll get something similar even for the following issues of Deadpool and/or for the other Marvel series.

    • “I hope it won’t be an isolated phenomenon, and we’ll get something similar even for the following issues of Deadpool and/or for the other Marvel series.”
      Sorry to disappoint but it’s an isolated incident. The whole joke of the issue was they were pretending it was an “inventory issue” from the late 70s/early 80s because the regular team “fell behind” but in fact it was written by the current team. If you’ve never heard of an “inventory issue” it is an issue that is written, drawn, and filed away to one day be used in an emergency, to be used as a fill-in when needed. A perfect pardoy of that real-life concept. The art was retro, the story poked fun/acknowledged what was going on in the Marvel books at the time it was “originally” written, and even the fan mail at the back was “written” by some of Marvel’s current employees when they were younger. It was a fun, one-shot but that was it, just a one and done. Maybe we’ll get another “inventory issue” sometime again?

      • I love inventory issues: they are standalone stories which must be out of time and continuity (because the publisher doesn’t know when to publish them), and this is perfect for me, because I love standalone stories and I also love the comics which seem to be out of time and continuity.
        In the 80s many inventory issues of Daredevil were published, and all of them were absolutely delightful. My favorite one is Daredevil # 219: I read it so many times that the cover falls off, and I used to put it under my pillow when I was a child, because it was the issue I used to read more frequently when I wanted to enjoy a comic book before getting asleep.

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