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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 12/3/2014

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 12/3/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

With the Thanksgiving holiday now behind us and my little hiatus concerning top comic covers it’s time to get back into the groove.  For this week there were several really outstanding covers that caught my eye.  It’s not often that we get a detailed cover from Skottie Young including full on background and that was delivered to us in the new series Marvel is launching with Angela Asgards Assassin.  Skottie Young is an amazing artist and I’m pretty much a broken record on the subject so it’s good to see more thought put into some of these Marvel Baby covers.  Another nostalgic feeling cover was from the artist Jay Shaw’s and his virgin variant cover kicking a new volume for Army of Darkeness, volume 4.

Now keep in mind I love the series Chew and it bugs me that there isn’t more talk with the series written by John Layman.  The writing is hilarious and art by Rob Guillory just makes it a fun ride, so read it.  I chuckled a bit with Green Arrow’s Brian Hitch cover.  Yes Brian did a very detailed and amazing job on that cover but two dudes falling from a building both tensioning bows for the kill, I mean bows people!  Another Alex Ross cover comes through the pipeline and this weeks Guardians is pretty nifty, reminiscent of the painted backgrounds and such of that 70s flick Flash Gordon where Queen did the soundtrack.  You wanna watch an awesomely ridiculous feelgood movie then watch Flash Gordon when you get a chance.  Here is the Amazon link to the Blu-ray.

Now this week is damned exciting in that a new Hellboy series starts with writer Mike Mignola at the helm.  The amazing 1:50 retailer incentive sketch variant is drawn by Mike as well so it looks to be another great addition to the Hellboy universe.  An oddball cover drawn by Derek Fridolfs was Looney Tunes issue #222.  Something about the Martian and Bugs just brings back Saturday morning cartoons for me.   The QR Voice variant for Rai #5 drawn by Mico Suayan made the list simply because the shading and use of light was done so well.  Finally we reach Wolf Moon, another new series by Dynamite Entertainment.  I just found the melding of the two characters on the cover mesmerizing.   Come to find out it’s another Jae Lee cover and I’m quickly becoming a Jae Lee fan; for his web site: Click Here (Jae Lee Site).  I wonder has Jae ever released an art book with various drawings he’s been commissioned to create?  Anybody?

Well, in the famous words of Porky Pig…

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Angela Asgards Assassin #1 Cover B Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Army Of Darkness Vol 4 #1 Cover J Incentive Jay Shaw Virgin
  • Chew #45 Rob Guillory
  • Green Arrow Vol 6 #37 Brian Hitch
  • Guardians 3000 #3 Cover A Regular Alex Ross
  • Hellboy And The BPRD 1952 #1 Cover A Regular Alex Maleev
  • Hellboy And The BPRD 1952 #1 Cover B Incentive Mike Mignola 1:50 Sketch Variant
  • Looney Tunes Vol 3 #222 Derek Fridolfs
  • Rai Vol 2 #5 Cover D Variant Mico Suayan QR Voice
  • Wolf Moon #1 Cover A Regular Jae Lee

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 11/5/2014

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 11/5/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

It has been a rough week for me since my wife has been diagnosed with walking pneumonia and is now taking antibiotics and my toddler son has been using the nebulizer for his coughing fits.  I barely had time to find these awesome covers.  All I can say is that there are the usual few that make the list and then there are some that stand out.  Those that truly stood out were Vampirella by Jenny Frison, Superman Unchained by Jim Lee, and Names by Leandro Fernandez.  Unfortunately I need to keep this short and hopefully will be back on track for next week once the household health has improved.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #9 Cover B Variant Skottie Young Interlocking Baby
  • Bloodshot Vol 3 #25 Cover E Incentive Bryan Hitch Variant
  • Deadpools Art Of War #2 Scott Koblish
  • Empty Man #5 Vanesa Del Rey
  • Eternal Warrior Days Of Steel #1 Cover C Incentive Cary Nord Color Variant
  • Names #3 Leandro Fernandez
  • Rocket Raccoon Vol 2 #5 Cover A Regular Skottie Young
  • Suicide Risk #19 Elena Casagrande
  • Superman Unchained #9 Cover A Regular Jim Lee
  • Vampirella Vol 5 #6 Cover B Variant Jenny Frison

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/29/2014

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/29/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

Hello everyone, Halloween week was a bit of a let down in covers.  Had a hard time finding some that really stood out from the rest.  I suppose everyone was trying to release some type of Halloween related cover, good or bad, and that might have been the main culprit.  As with most weeks when a baby cover from Skottie Young shows up it seems to always make my list, dang it…well like the original Deadpool cover with the picture of a screw + U, you get the idea right?  Well with that we have Deathlok in similar fashion with a picture of death + lock.  Eh, okay so it’s been used but still neat right? Fine, moving on…Wayward was an awesomely detailed cover possibly sprouting from the Mind the Gap #3 Skottie Young variant production?

Greg Tocchini has consistently amazed me with both his artwork and sheer imagination.  Every time Low is released i expect the world and man he delivers.  I also found the trio Carrie Strachan, Joe Prado, and Ivan Reis cover for Sensational Comics Featuring Wonder Woman to be just that, sensational.  Just take a moment and stare at the cover.  Take in the immense amount of detail and the brightness of the light around Wonder Woman.  Bunker was different and found the imagery to strike feelings of lonesomeness and imprisonment in ones mind.  What we see looking outward isn’t the same as one might see looking inward.

Archer & Armstrong is by far one of my most favorite series.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of the best comedic series out there.  Sadly the run is ending at issue #25.  I know they’ll bring it back someday but I am sad that it’s going.  Never the less we need to move on and War Stories Wraparound cover with WWII planes fighting each other…ah, that will cease up the depression of Archer & Armstrong leaving.  I thought Guardians of the Galaxy’s retailer incentive Stomp Out Bullying was really well done.  The cover does a wonderful job at showing a gentler side of Gamora standing next to a troubled little girl.  Click here for more info on Marvel’s Stomp Out Bulling event.

Finally another round of Transformers covers made the list.  Brendan Cahill did a fantastic job with Ultra Magnus.  Enjoyed the blurb of sub-section 11 (3) of the Autobot Code.  Although not as good as the variant covers Ken Christiansen produced from last weeks release his new cover still looks stunning and providing childhood memories the means to resurface.  he has a blog that displays his various artwork pieces that you should also check out by clicking here: The Art of Ken Christiansen.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Archer & Armstrong Vol 2 #25 Cover E Incentive Michael Walsh Variant
  • Bunker #7 Joe Infurnari
  • Deathlok Vol 5 #1 Cover B Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 #20 Cover C Incentive Stomp Out Bullying Variant
  • Low #4 Greg Tocchini
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #3 Carrie Strachan, Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #34 Cover A Regular Brendan Cahill
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #34 Cover C Incentive Ken Christiansen 30th Anniversary Variant
  • War Stories #2 Cover B Wraparound
  • Wayward #3 Cover B Jorge Molina

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/22/2014

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/22/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

This weeks top 10 comic covers in my heavily biased list was dominated by the IDW Publishing teams Transformers Primacy and Robots in Disguise.  Sarah Stone has been releasing amazing renditions of our favorite Transformer characters since she started.  She has an amazing blog describing her step-by-step process of creating a Transformers cover.  You should check it out by clicking here: Monster Boys and Robots.  Another amazing artist that seems to have a knack at portraying childhood 80’s style Transformers characters with visually stunning accuracy is the art of Ken Christiansen and he has a blog that displays his various artwork pieces that you should also check out by clicking here: The Art of Ken Christiansen.

I found DC Comics new #1 issues of Arkham Manor and Deathstroke graphically intriguing.  The Edward Scissorhands #1 Rausch RI variant was a bit goofy looking but unique.  Then there’s Deadpool where that cover speaks volumes to how the character is unable to perform any action without injecting some type of comical direction making it another cover that I found myself chuckling at; always a joker.

I place Delinquents on my list not for artistic reasons but for more personally biased reasons.  I’ve been meaning to vent about the team-up going on in that series between one of my favorite teams Archer and Armstrong with one of my least, if not least favorite team characters, Quantum and Woody, dumb and dumber.  I can’t stand Quantum and Woody and it saddens me that Valiant finds the urge place those clowns whom aren’t funny with one of the best comedic teams currently being published by any publisher out there.  Valiant has consistently delivered with it’s now soon-to-be-ending series Archer and Armstrong.

Colder Bad Seed is the second arc about Declan Thomas and how his powers are apparently continuing to develop after his confrontations with his creator of sorts Nimble Jack.  I read the first arc, the artwork was amazing and pushed the limits of your imagination.  If you haven’t read the first arc I highly recommend it.  I plan on picking up this next series, maybe I’ll try and review for anyone out there that cares.  Finally there is 13 Coins and all I could think of was 90’s comic book artists in their massive hair and large muscles…then again it could be “…Because you know I’m all about that bass ‘Bout that bass, no treble…”

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • 13 Coins #1 Cover A Regular Simon Bisley
  • Arkham Manor #1 Cover B Incentive Eric Canete Variant
  • Colder Bad Seed #1 Juan Ferreyra
  • Deadpool Vol 4 #36 Cover A Regular David Nakayama Cover
  • Deathstroke Vol 3 #1 Cover A Regular Tony S Daniel
  • Delinquents #3 Cover C Incentive Khari Evans Variant
  • Edward Scissorhands #1 Cover C Incentive Drew Rausch Variant
  • Transformers Primacy #3 Cover B Variant Sarah Stone Subscription
  • Transformers Primacy #3 Cover C Incentive Ken Christiansen 30th Anniversary Variant
  • Transformers Robots In Disguise #34 Cover C Incentive Ken Christiansen 30th Anniversary Variant

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Translucid #1 & Protocol Orphans #1 Signings

Translucid #1 Signed by Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert

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Protocol Orphans #1 Signed by Peter Facinelli & Rob Defranco

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/15/2014

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/15/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

Out of all the covers this week I think Kyla Vanderklugt’s variant for Jim Hensen’s Storyteller Witches was beautifully done.  I’ve heard it’s a good read so I hopefully another will grace my list.  Devin Roth’s variant for Bobs Burgers was just plain creepy, hence making my list for that reason alone.  I have no clue what the series is about or why variant flipping on eBay is rampant but there must be a reason.  Michael Avon Oeming’s variant for Enourmous hit the list hard with a monster pounding visual.  The series seems to sellout in a matter of seconds.

Chris Burnham did an awesome job on the Deadpool’s Art of War variant and I plan on finding me a copy here soon as long as it’s cheap enough on eBay.  I hate paying full price for variants.  Skottie Young has graced his presence on my top 10 list again and with the Death of Wolverine event wrapping up, me ignoring the event and the outcome, Wolverine’s dead right??  Woops…any ways, what is up with Cutter?  Like a creepy ex-girlfriend stalking you it somehow managed to find my list.  You try telling her that it’s not gonna work out, I dare ya.

Simpsons, come on man, it’s not on my list for artistic reasons.  It’s purely on my list because Homer and Donuts brings back a flood of childhood memories.  Memories of watching the Simpsons every Monday night on Fox, week by week, waiting for that new intro to air.  Funny thing the damn show is still running and I believe it holds the record of longest prime time shows still running.  Another memory shaking cover was the retailer incentive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Ulises Farinas.  Nothing like seeing the boys together, Rock Steady and Bebop, bad-ass to the core!  Oh yeah, my daughter loves Teen Titans Go! and that cover was off the cute scale, so sue me!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Batman Eternal #28 Clay Mann
  • Bobs Burgers #1 Cover H 3rd Ptg Devin Roth Variant
  • Cutter #3 Chris Dibari
  • Deadpools Art Of War #1 Cover B Incentive Chris Burnham Variant
  • Death Of Wolverine Logan Legacy #1 Cover B Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Enormous #4 Cover B Variant Michael Avon Oeming
  • Jim Hensons Storyteller Witches #2 Kyla Vanderklugt
  • Simpsons Comics #215 Phil Ortiz
  • Teen Titans Go Vol 2 #6 Jorge Corona
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #39 Cover C Incentive Ulises Farinas Variant

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #22 Cover E Incentive Kevin Eastman Hand-Drawn Sketch Cover

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #22 Cover E Incentive Kevin Eastman Hand-Drawn Sketch Cover

Did anybody get their hands on this??  If you did can you share?  I’d like to see the different drawings Kevin did for this special variant issue!

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/8/2014

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/08/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

Another week and here we are with another set of covers that need sharing.  Right off the bat we have a variant cover beautifully done by Mike Mignola.  As a big Hellboy fan his artwork brought a new dimension to comic book artwork as a whole.  Panel by panel one can always get a  360 view of the stories surroundings without needing a narrative dialog.  If you get a chance, hop on board the Mignola train.

I’m not a big Spider-man fan but this weeks Deadpool variant cover made the list simply because it’s pure comedic genius.  By far one of the best uses of a Deadpool homage fitting for the two since their team-up relationship has gone back since the 90s and one always laughs when the boys get together to crack a joke.  Then of course Skottie Young’s Avengers & X-Men AXIS made the cover.  I’m not a selfie type of person but Batgirl was kind of cute, don’t you think?  Jake Myler’s Fraggle Rock and Tom Scioli’s Transformers vs. G.I. Joe variants brought back good old childhood memories, nothing like jamming down to Fraggle Rock…

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Alien vs Predator Fire And Stone #1 Cover B Variant Mike Mignola
  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #7 Cover E Incentive Deadpool 75th Anniversary Photobomb Variant
  • Avengers & X-Men AXIS #1 Cover C Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Batgirl Vol 4 #35 Cover A Regular Cameron Stewart
  • Batman Eternal #27
  • Captain Marvel Vol 7 #8
  • Chastity #4 Cover B Variant Tim Seeley Subscription
  • Fraggle Rock Journey To The Everspring #1 Cover A Regular Jake Myler
  • Transformers vs GI Joe #3 Cover C Incentive Tom Scioli Connecting Variant
  • X-O Manowar Vol 3 #0 Cover B Variant Clay Mann

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/1/2014

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/01/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

It’s been a short attention span type of week with way too much going on at home, work, and in the comic book world.  I’m honestly keeping this one short as I need to finish up my review of Deadpool vs. X-Force that I’ll post over on my TherapyInComics.wordpress.com blog.  Any ways, as always I’m a sucker for skottieyoung covers as there were no shortage of them this week.  You know at some point I hope Marvel offers a hardcover book displaying all the covers from the beginning of this crazed baby saga, Avengers vs. X-Men Midtown Exclusive Skottie Young Wraparound variant.  Yes…that would be nice.

As for the rest of the covers batman, Aquaman, and Bloodshot offered striking detail of the characters within the story and totally deserved being on any top 10 list for that matter.  As for the rest of the covers each one offered some type of uniqueness to them that stood out.  However, till next time enjoy!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Aquaman And The Others #6 Lan Medina and Allen Martinez
  • Batman Eternal #26 R. M. Guera
  • Bloodshot Vol 3 #24 Cover A Regular Rafa Sandoval
  • Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #1 Cover B Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Detective Comics Vol 2 #35 Cover A Regular John Paul Leon
  • Guardians 3000 #1 Cover B Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Stephen Kings Dark Tower Drawing Of The Three Prisoner #3 Piotr Kowalski
  • Suicide Risk #18 Elena Casagrande
  • Uncanny Avengers #25 Cover A Regular Paul Renaud
  • X-Files Year Zero #3 Cover B Variant Robert Hack Subscription

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