The Crane Game, Monster Mash, & Time Travel: Comic Book Covers of the Week 10/23/13

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 Placeironman17Iron Man #17
Cover Artist:
 Paul Renaud
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Fourth Place venom42Venom #42
Cover Artist:
Declan Shalvey
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Third Place flash24The Flash #24
Francis Manapul certainly delivered one stunning cover this week to take the third place spot. It’s “the Reverse-Flash’s final stand” and that statement is never more evident than the central image on display here as Flash and Reverse-Flash wage one final battle before our very eyes, energy and electricity pulsating off of them. The real star of the cover is not the two figures though it is the background, beautifully coloured, Kirby Krackle strongly represented, faint images of Daniel West’s past in the background as he tries to re-write time itself. Much like many of Manapul’s covers it is so pleasing just to stare at as the colour combos and artistry are simply top-notch and yet another reason why I’m going to miss him as he bids this title adieu.
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Second Place daredevil32Daredevil #32
Chris Samnee 
is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Daredevil and the Legion of Monsters. An interesting fact is that writer Mark Waid asked Samnee months ago to draw any Halloween-themed cover he wanted with Waid writing the story afterwards to match which led to this awesome image. Its got all the classic horror tropes from the creepy haunted house and full moon in the background to the various pitchforks, rakes, and torches of the angry mob that has assembled to confront the monsters. And how about these monsters that Daredevil is standing in front of, seemingly defending them from said mob? We’ve got Zombie (who is standing defiant), Satana (her hands on her hips as if this threat is nothing for her but a waste of time), Frankenstein’s Monster (shielding himself from those dreaded torches), the Living Mummy (not wanting to catch on fire, almost cowering) and Werewolf By Night (fierce and ready for battle). Each monster’s individual personality is played to perfection and by the art along we can gage info about them that would take entire paragraphs to relate otherwise. Lastly, the lighting effects on display are spot-on but what is even greater is the big question this cover creates: what would bring Daredevil and the Legion of Monsters into each other’s path? It compels you to open the book up for the answer and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
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First Placesuperiorteamup5Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #5
And here is the Cover of the Week by Paolo Rivera who wins this distinction for the very first time. This is a phenomenal image which superbly symbolizes what has been transpiring in the pages of this series for numerous months: the Superior Spider-Man has systematically been capturing/collecting the various member of his former villainous group, the Sinister Six, with plans to make them into his own personal heroic Superior Six. This act of building his team is represented cleverly by way of a crane game but instead of a crane arm picking his selections he is using the tentacles from his past life as Doctor Octopus to grab them with varying results: Vulture is hovering in the corner as he eludes their grasp, Mysterio has broken free of one of the tentacles and is plummeting back to solid ground, Electro is caught and is attempting to fry the tentacle with his electric powers, Chameleon is helpless in the corner, and Sandman cannot be picked up as the arm is unable to get any traction as it just runs right through his sand particles. Besides the five bad guys that the Superior Spider-Man has his eye on, we have numerous other classic Spidey villains on display including the Green Goblin, Kraven, Kingpin, Scorpion, Rhino, the Lizard, Shocker, Jackal, and Venom who (just like the aforementioned five) are portrayed in their original classic looks. What we get is a lovely homage to yesteryear while tying into current events, a cover that has fun while also hinting at what is going to transpire in a unique way. With that said, Paolo Rivera, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
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So those are my favourites and it’s a victory for Marvel with a four-to-one showing against DC. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

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4 thoughts on “The Crane Game, Monster Mash, & Time Travel: Comic Book Covers of the Week 10/23/13

  1. Great cover for Superior Spiderman Team up by Paolo Rivera! So clever that its one of those machines you try and get cuddly toys out of, really clever how its full of Spidey’s rogues gallery. I really liked the cover for Flash #24 that was brilliant as well!

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