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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 2/3/2016

It’s Superbowl weekend so I’m gonna have to make this one real quick.  First up I thought A-Force #2 by Jorge Molina created a very calming team environment and boy do I love Pho.  Yes please I’d like to have a large bowl of Pho Tai please, seriously please!  Next we have for the first time an Angry Birds comic that made the list.  Something about the birds basking on the beach just made me smile.  As of late I’ve been potty training my son, which has been very difficult to say the least.  Angry Birds Star Wars II on the iPad seems to keep him in check whilst trying to evacuate that pesky fluid that seems to always find it’s way out at the most inopportune times.  Yes, Babs Tarr seems to be a frequent choice for the top 10 but seriously look at the art and you’ll see why, unique talent should be noticed.  Ron Lim made the list with our next cover for Deadpool And The Mercs For Money #1 variant edition.  Reason you ask?  Well he nailed Modok in my opinion.  His image though larger than most really contains that gritty facial detail where as I find that a lot of Modoks have few lines gracing his facial construction.  Next we have Dejah Thoris #1 variant by none other than Tula Lotay.  The name Tula Lotay is synonymous with beautiful art.

Michael Cho seems to have picked up a Marvel variant event that will span most of Marvel’s titles.  His simplistic approach to both shading, paint texturing, and color blend make each creation pop.  Color choices are very importing in these covers creating that atmosphere needed for each covers success.  Iron Man made the list out of many released this week by Mr. Cho.  It was a hard decision but love the color choice and eye catching design.  Lara Croft And The Frozen Omen #5 by Jean-Sebastien Rossbach was intriguing with the use of 2 layers.  One with Lara and the rock she desperately hangs on too and then the backdrop.  Put two-in-two together and you get a pretty good semi 3-D image so good effort.  I think Mirror #1 by Hwei Lim made the list from the intricate use of pastel colors and how they fade in and out like a wall in South American that’s been hammered by weather over the ages.  Siya Oum’s variant for Scarlet Witch was another classic design by Siya of the woman figure and what I love are her facial designs making the facial area the best part of the overall image.  Finally we have a rather odd looking cover for Victorie City #2 by Christopher Mitten.  I really enjoyed that pile of stuff the gent is sitting as he smokes his death stick.

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-Force Vol 2 #2 Regular Jorge Molina
  • Angry Birds Comics Vol 2 #2 Variant Paco Rodriques Subscription
  • Batgirl Vol 4 #48 Babs Tarr
  • Deadpool And The Mercs For Money #1 Variant Ron Lim
  • Dejah Thoris #1 Variant Tula Lotay
  • Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #6 Incentive Michael Cho Variant
  • Lara Croft And The Frozen Omen #5 Jean-Sebastien Rossbach
  • Mirror #1 Hwei Lim
  • Scarlet Witch Vol 2 #3 Incentive Siya Oum Variant
  • Victorie City #2 Regular Christopher Mitten

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/20/2016

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or not deserve a moment of your viewing time, so here we go!

First off this week we have another cover by Aaron Alexovich for Big Trouble In Little China.  Another goofy interpretation of 2 of our main characters from the series most definitely deserves notice.  Next we have Clean Room #4 by Jenny Frison with her realistic approach to the human figure defines her work with utmost clarity.  She has a talent that many artists could and will never discover making her one of the standout artists of today.  Next we have a rather intriguing, yet disturbing cover from Stjepan Sejic.  Yes the woman on the right seems to be in near perfect form but the yang represents the left.  I feel it’s out of proportion, possibly rushed, and quite honestly no where near the woman’s utmost clarity on the right.  Jae Lee is up next with Devolution #1 and I’ve said this before a great many times but he is one of my favorite comic book artists.  His interpretations of the written word for both new and familiar characters astounds me.  His ability to develop a drawing style all his own benefits him in so many ways.  His creations surpass many and just goes to show what he creates is pure genius.  Next we have a bit of abstract art from artist Eduardo Francisco for the Eve Valkyrie #4 cover.

Another artist with a unique style to art is Babs Tarr.  That jolly feel with a mashup between cutsie Saturday morning cartoons and a bit of Japanese manga creates that overwhelming heart felt aura.  Another unique cover released this past week was from Marco Rudy for Silver Surfer Vol 7 #1.   It caught my eye with it’s unique coloring style, done with coloring pencils, and done rather well.  Yes credit is being given to the cover artist only because I’m unsure if he also did the coloring.  With Star Wars comes a cover by Mike Mayhew that had that painted feeling, similiar to Alex Ross.  Something about the way an artist can successfully merge the beauty in a particular frame with a bit of evil or darkness. This had some help from the colorist but the drawing by Lee Carter was done in such a way that the skulls seem to pop out like sunflowers growing in the field.  I find myself in a mesmerizing stare as my eyes gracefully scan top to bottom.  Finally in closing we have a slamming variant cover by Sean and Dave for Tokyo Ghost #5.  Unfortunately for me I pre-ordered the regular cover so I won’t be getting this rather fascinatingly detailed piece of artwork.

So that’s this weeks top 10 most fascinating, eye catching, crazy looking comic book covers that I could find.  If you see any rare variants that you plan on searching for then good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Big Trouble In Little China #20 Incentive Aaron Alexovich Virgin Variant
  • Clean Room #4 Jenny Frison
  • Devi Witchblade One Shot Regular Stjepan Sejic
  • Devolution #1 Incentive Jae Lee Virgin
  • EVE Valkyrie #4 Eduardo Francisco
  • Ms Marvel Vol 4 #3 Incentive Babs Tarr Variant
  • Silver Surfer Vol 7 #1 Incentive Marco Rudy Variant
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #15 Regular Mike Mayhew
  • Sunflower #3 Lee Carter
  • Tokyo Ghost #5 Sean Murphy & Dave McCaig

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 7/15/2015

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or bad are deserving of your attention as well, so here we go!

Hello all, welcome to another installment of the weeks top 10.  Let’s start with Big Trouble in Little China where Rob Guillory, you know the artist from Chew, has created another hilarious virgin variant for all fans alike.  He has such a unique drawing style that you can’t help but enjoy watching his interpretation come alive on both cover and inner pages of any book.  I only hope he continues to draw for many years to come as I’ll be dedicated fan reading whatever he’s involved with.  Next we have an artist that has fairly recently appeared on my radar screen.  Babs Tarr has a way with the curving of lines and that seems to bring out some really amazing pieces of work.  Black Canary is no exception where Babs has created the retailer incentive variant.  Everything has been drawn in almost a fluid like way pouring from his hands onto the paper.  I just love looking at this cover.

Following that we have the new Valiant storyline centered around all of the characters in that universe.  The Book of Death will be something I’ll pick up and Valiant has pulled almost every artist in its arsenal for this series.  Paolo Rivera is one of those artists and has created one of the retailer incentive covers; pretty cool Geomancer.  Another fairly new artist that I have fallen in love with is Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic.  Her images have been so stunning to look at that every time I’m able to gaze on one of them I feel almost humbled in a way.  She has such raw talent that I can only hope I’m able to meet her someday in person.  Make sure to take a look on Tumblr.com Jelena for some additional images created by Jelena.

A new book out this week called the Death Head from Dark Horse caught the eye from the sheer creepiness factor.  Not sure what it’s about but I may pick it up to at least get an idea of where it’ll be going.  Rob Guillory takes credit for another odd creation for Guardians of Knowhere.  This is a complete 180 from his normal work and was a must for the list because of that.  I know Skottie Young is back but back with non baby variants.  Instead we get to see the swag coming from Peter Quill as he should be portrayed.  A unique almost Spirited Away feel comes from Lumberjanes #16 by Kat Philbin.  Isaac Goodhart’s oddly proportioned Postal image is actually good, odd that the drawing feels larger and was trimmed to size on purpose for this specific viewpoint.  I wonder if that was the case?  And finally we have Mike Norton’s freaky cool yet wierd image of our pregnant crazy.  All I can say is that while it’s simple in nature, the image sticks in your head for quite some time afterwards.  Don’t you agree?

So that’s this weeks top 10 most fascinating, eye catching, crazy looking comic book covers that I could find.  If you see any rare variants that you plan on searching for then good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Big Trouble In Little China #13 Incentive Rob Guillory Virgin Variant
  • Black Canary Vol 4 #2 Incentive Babs Tarr Variant
  • Book Of Death #1 Incentive Paolo Rivera Artist Variant
  • Book Of Death #1 Variant Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
  • Death Head #1 Joanna Estep
  • Guardians Of Knowhere #1 Variant Rob Guillory Gwenom
  • Guardians Of Knowhere #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby Connecting Cover (2 Of 4)
  • Lumberjanes #16 Incentive Kat Philbin Virgin Variant
  • Postal #5 Isaac Goodhart
  • Revival #31 Mike Norton

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