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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 7/20/2016


I felt that this week had only a few standout covers, a few lovable covers, and the rest well, they were the rest.  First up is a beautifully done cover by David LaFuente playing on the romantic relationship shaking up the Valiant universe, well, OK just the Faith and A&A series but still in my world, that’s half the Valiant universe.  To be honest ever young man goes through what Archer is currently going through and that alone won me over!  Following that is a guilty pleasure not pursued as of late and that is a baby cover from none other than the master of Marvel Baby covers himself, Skottie Young.  Most are forgettable in the sense they don’t have that tug at your heart but for me being a fan of the Deadpool, anything Skottie draws of this character grabs me, great job Skottie, you never fail me when it comes to Deadpool.  Next is what?  Yes another Faith involved cover but instead it’s her own new ongoing series and Colleen Coover nailed it by capturing her beautiful essence and free will in that Hawaiian based portrait…it’s also a 1:50 retailer incentive.  Our next Faith cover making the list is from another favorite artist of mine, Emanuela Lupacchino and she grabs the badass side of Faith in every way imaginable with the somewhat iconic superhero pose.  This next cover by Mike S. Miller caught my eye with the costume, minus the helmet, that just reminded me of that 80’s cult classic Flash Gordon.  After gazing at it for a while I soon came to realize that it was a deserving entry in this weeks top 10 from the clean lines and fading background layers.

Now Manifest Destiny hasn’t made the list in a long while.  That being said I just liked the use of colors for the cover and since I’m also a reader of the series, the use of imagery concerning both viewpoints of the current story arc.  David Mack does an incredible job on this weeks installment of Rai for the 4001 A.D. event. Tradd Moore & Dave Stewart’s teamwork for the Rumble variant cover came out looking like nothing I’ve ever seen and on top of that plenty of detail to back it up.  The head of the monster behind the hauntingly twisted tree pops out at out from their use of coloring.  Jim Lee does another very unique cover for Scooby Apocalypse.  He literally redefines the group into a standalone modern twist.  I mean Fred looks like a badass, Daphne look radically different from her norm, and Shaggy looks more like something Sean Gordon Murphy would draw in his current series Tokyo Ghost!  Finally we have a chaotic cover from Greg Land filled with viscous looking Archangels flying at ya, nicely done indeed.

Well that wraps up another week of eye catching comic book covers.  If you feel the need to share your thoughts concerning my choices this week please do and I hope to see you back here next week.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • A&A #5 Variant David LaFuente
  • Deadpool And The Mercs For Money Vol 2 #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Faith (Valiant Entertainment) Vol 2 #1 Incentive Colleen Coover Variant
  • Faith (Valiant Entertainment) Vol 2 #1 Variant Emanuela Lupacchino
  • Injustice Gods Among Us Year Five #14 Mike S. Miller
  • Manifest Destiny #21 Matthew Roberts
  • Rai Vol 2 #15 Regular David Mack
  • Rumble #12 Tradd Moore & Dave Stewart
  • Scooby Apocalypse #3 Regular Jim Lee
  • Uncanny X-Men Vol 4 #10 Regular Greg Land

Image Source: Midtown Comics


Archer & Armstrong 1a + 1b Signed by Fred van Lente

Archer & Armstrong 1a + 1b Signed by Fred van Lente

Archer & Armstrong is by far one of my favorite series currently spewing out of the Valiant machine.  For a comic series rooted heavily in comedic rhetoric purely aimed at pleasing the reader though mystery, adventure, wisecracks, and jokes it seems to be one of the few series out there in my believe that constantly delivers with each issue. There aren’t that many series currently in print that I look forward to reading and Archer & Armstrong is right up there at the top of that list.

Sadly Fred van Lente’s awesome run is about to end with issue 25 but it’s still worth reading.  I only hope Valiant will continue the series.

Nerdist Interview with Fred van Lente