Stealing A Kiss, Pop Art, & Propaganda: Comic Book Covers of the Week 10/02/13

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:

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Fifth Placegreenarrow24Green Arrow #24
Cover Artist:
 Andrea Sorrentino
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Fourth Place allnewxspecial1All-New X-Men Special #1
Cover Artist:
Alexander Lozano
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Third Place morningglories32Morning Glories #32
Rodin Esquejo certainly delivered one gorgeous cover this week to take the third place spot. Even if you have no clue who either of these two individuals are you simply cannot deny its beauty. Vanessa and Brendan are situated beneath an apple tree in the middle of the night. Vanessa’s hair softly blows in the wind along with her tie as Brendan leans in for what looks to be a kiss. She closes her eyes, a smile forming, anticipating this romantic moment she has been waiting awhile for. It’s an emotionally moving and dramatic scene that would fit perfectly on the cover of any romance novel. The expert use of colouring just helps sell the image as a whole and showcases the talent of all those involved.
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Second Place mkspiderman1Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #1
Marco Rudy 
is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Spider-Man and just a small sampling of the villains he will face in this series. For an issue which has absolutely mind-blowing art within, its cover takes the subdued route to great results. The majority of the cover is black with the classic Spidey-Signal lighting up the bottom two-thirds of the image. The top portion has our hero in the centre, his blues being changed to black which causes our hero to blend in with the background while giving him a real pop art feel. On either side of him are the aforementioned depictions of the villains ranging from extreme close-ups to pulled back shots. They are drenched in various shades of blue while also continuing that pop art feel that works so well for our hero. The cover challenges us to name all the foes on display here including a shot of Morbius, Man-Wolf, and an eight-bit depiction of Arcade. Upon closer inspection you realize that the various panel borders on either side of Spider-Man actually form the legs of a spider which is simply a brilliant idea. Despite its awesomeness you also wonder how all these various bad guys will come into contact with our hero? What would unite all of them in this confederation of evil. And how can our hero hope to stop such an overwhelming force? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
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First Placeearth216Earth 2 #16
And here is the Cover of the Week by Juan Doe who wins this distinction for the third time. This latest win for him is a continuation of his war propaganda posters that he has been creating for this series since our heroes joined the battle against the villainous Steppenwolf and his vile forces. One such member of Steppenwolf’s warriors is the masked brute known as Brutaal, an individual that is appropriately the star of this cover considering what transpires within its pages. But what is truly shocking is that Brutaal is revealing his face to us, a sinister look ingrained on it, eyes glowing ominously. He is depicted as someone you wouldn’t want to walk into a dark alley with and upon closer inspection you are absolutely floored by who he actually is. These subtle cues might be glossed over by the casual onlooker, which is good as it makes the issue’s shock reveal all the more impactful, but upon revisiting it again you smack yourself on the forehead saying “how did I not see that before?” I won’t spoil the identity here as it would ruin the revelation for most but if you look hard enough you’ll see it for yourself. The huge OBEY on the cover continues the one word theme of the others that had previously used WAR and SUBMIT. Also like the previous covers, the colours are limited to reds, whites, blacks, and yellows which helps sell the concept and makes it stand out on the shelves amongst the rest. With that said, Juan Doe, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
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So those are my favourites and it’s a two-to-two tie for DC and Marvel though DC managed to capture the top spot while the Independents capture third place. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

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2 thoughts on “Stealing A Kiss, Pop Art, & Propaganda: Comic Book Covers of the Week 10/02/13

    • I had a feeling that Morning Glories would rank pretty high up on your list. As for the Cosplay: WOW! I can’t even imagine the amount of time and effort that went into creating that look. Simply phenomenal!

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