December 18th, 2013
All-New X-Men #20
Cover Artist: Brandon Peterson
Batman Beyond Universe #5
Cover Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Wonder Woman #26
Cover Artist: Cliff Chiang
Harley Quinn #1
Cover Artist: Amanda Conner
Cover Artist: Terry Dodson
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #3
Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey
Superior Spider-Man #24
And here is the Cover of the Week by Humberto Ramos who wins this distinction for the second time. This in your face cover starring Venom succeeds in its mission to grab your attention and not let go. This extreme close-up shot of the character is both creepy and chilling at the same time as we focus in on the huge razor-sharp teeth, the sinister squinting eyes, and that iconic long and slimy tongue. You can feel the wet saliva ooze on this cover as if it is going to escape the boundaries of the printed page and take hold of you before you are devoured whole. You take one look at all the other covers on the shelf and can’t help but stand there and pause, being both captivated and partially terrified at the same time, something that takes quite a talented artist to pull off. With that said, Humberto Ramos, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
3 thoughts on “Comic Book Covers of the Month: December 2013”
Protector Inc # 2 is my Best Cover of the Month.
The first thing that caught my attention was the unusual perspective: we’re seeing the scene from on high, and the city depicted in this cover has been drawn so well and so meticulously that, if you look under the man who’s about to commit suicide, this cover makes you feel dizzy: it takes tons of talent to stir up such a vivid emotion.
Secondly, the colouring is simply perfect. I love the contrast between the gorgeous tones of blue used for the skyscrapers and the ominous tone of red used for the road.
Thirdly, the dramatic power of this image is huge. A man who’s about to commit suicide, a scene of the crime right behind him, the print of a bloody hand on the window of the apartment, a war poster (it makes us understand that a war is going on, so we have both a private and a collective drama), the aforementioned artistic choice of colouring the road with blood red… this image is so full of awesome details that, each time I look at it, I find something that had passed me by until then.
Special mention for Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion # 3, because it’s a classic action packed cover, with two characters fighting each other while they’re falling down from a broken window. Even in this case the colouring is jaw – dropping.
“Protector Inc # 2 is my Best Cover of the Month.”
Wow! A fantastic write-up for a cover that I very nearly didn’t get because it was the variant and my LCS only brought in one. She is a fantastic artist and I’d love to see more work from her.
“Special mention for Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion # 3”
This would be my runner-up for DC Cover of the Month. Mirror Master is a great villain who also makes for some visually stunning scenes such as this. Can’t wait to see how the Flash TV show will tackle him.
Thanks for sharing your Rankings and taking the time to write your thoughts. It is mighty appreciated. 🙂
“Wow! A fantastic write-up for a cover that I very nearly didn’t get because it was the variant and my LCS only brought in one.” Luckily things went otherwise. : )
“She is a fantastic artist and I’d love to see more work from her.” Me too!
“Thanks for sharing your Rankings and taking the time to write your thoughts. It is mighty appreciated.” Thank you as well for your compliments and for your reply! : )