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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/4/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 3/4/2015

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!

Nothing like a Big Man with Plans ya know?  This incentive cover was just freaking weird and I had to add it to the list.  However it might be an interesting comic to pick up with Eric Powell being involved.  If you check it out let me know.  Sean Murphy has another fantastic cover for the series Black Science.  Love his retro feel for comics its a breath of fresh air for me personally.  A new artist I haven’t seen before would be Nei Ruffino and his Chaos #2 cover, love the detail.  Yeah, the beautiful Emanuela has another virgin variant for Chaos #3 out, I’m a sucker.

A new sold out series named Descender looks good and yes I’m on board.  Jeff Lemire’s variant cover was pretty impressive, different, hence stood out from the rest.  He actually has another variant cover out this week for Hawkeye so check it out.  Princess Leia has her new miniseries out and 2 covers made the list, one by Alex Ross and one by Scott Campbell.  Both beautifully done in the eyes of the artists that drew them.  However I have to say Scott Campbell even made R2D2 look pretty damn good, that bad of me to say?

Jae Lee’s virgin variant for Project Superpowers Blackcross was done in awesome Jae Lee fashion.  Another odd comic cover out this week was Pussycats #0 by Ray Lago.  I dunno what this one is about but the imagination is going a bit wild and good luck finding it as it’s sold out everywhere.  Finally to close this week out as there were a bunch of covers that could have made the list we’ll end with Swamp Thing.  Love the wraparound style with the crew in hand.

Any ways, that’s this weeks top 10 and if you are searching for any of the rare ones good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Big Man Plans #1 Incentive Lee Bermejo Variant
  • Black Science #12 Sean Gordon Murphy
  • Chaos #2 High-End Nei Ruffino Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant Cover (ONLY 25 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • Chaos #3 High-End Emanuela Lupacchino Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant Cover (ONLY 25 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • Descender #1 Jeff Lemire
  • Princess Leia #1 Incentive Alex Ross Color
  • Princess Leia #1 Incentive J Scott Campbell Connecting Variant
  • Project Superpowers Blackcross #1 Incentive Jae Lee Virgin
  • Pussycats #0 Regular Ray Lago
  • Swamp Thing Vol 5 #40 Jesus Saiz

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 2/25/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 2/25/2015

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 good week of covers and yes Dynamite Entertainment had a couple sprinkled in the mix.  The first by Michael Turner was definitely a head turner.  If that can’t be considered art then I don’t know why the public refers to them as comic book artists.  An up and coming artist that I have come to appreciate is Juan Ferreyra.  His covers and comic art are absolutely stunning to say the least.  A new series out from IDW Publishing called simply D4VE looks interesting and the retailer incentive variant was definitely dissimilar to the rest of the lot but immensely enjoyable to look at.

Another cover that made the list made it because of one question I had at first glance and that was, where’s the big industrial fan?  Seriously do you think Darth Vader is using his powers of the dark side to flail his cape about?  I suppose only Mr. Granov knows the answer to this mystery.  One artist that never seems to disappoint is none other than Jae Lee.  This weeks virgin variant of Doctor Spektor Master of the Occult was awe-inspiring.  Emanuela Lupacchino is growing on me with each week.  Her drawings are detailed and look like works of art.  I haven’t seen much from Greg Tocchini but the stuff I have is impressive.  Skottie Young, great Spider-Gwen cover; cute as hell!

I follow Transformers to the T and look forward with anything released out of the IDW camp.  Drift Empire of Stone is another series that has done a extraordinary job at expanding the overall universe and creating new and memorable characters not to mention elevating the ones you already know like Drift.  Sarah Stone’s interpretation of Drift looks pretty bad ass to me.  Please IDW, keep her employed for as long as you can! Finally I love James Stokoe’s cover for Zombies vs. Robots, great 3D work on a 2D cover.

Any ways, that’s this weeks top 10 and if you are searching for any of the rare ones good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Chaos #1 High-End Michael Turner Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant (ONLY 25 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • Colder Bad Seed #5 Juan Ferreyra
  • D4VE #1 Incentive Valentine Ramon Variant
  • Darth Vader #2 Regular Adi Granov
  • Doctor Spektor Master Of The Occult #2 High-End Jae Lee Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant (ONLY 25 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • John Carter Warlord Of Mars Vol 2 #4 Incentive Emanuela Lupacchino Virgin
  • Low #6 Greg Tocchini
  • Spider-Gwen #1 Variant Skottie Young Baby
  • Transformers Drift Empire Of Stone #4 Variant Sarah Stone Subscription
  • Zombies vs Robots Vol 2 #2 Variant James Stokoe Subscription

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 2/18/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 2/18/2015

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!

Hot diggity damn this week was chalked full of amazing comic book covers ranging in styles from regular to the virgin variant!  If you could believe that I actually had a hard time slimming down my selections to 10.  This makes it an exciting week since that doesn’t happen very often.  As for Dynamic Entertainment, again they killed it with artwork from a variety of artists like Emanuela Lupacchino, Tim Seeley, and Ken Haeser.  I had to slim down that group so Chaos by Emanuela and Legenderry Green Hornet by Cedric Paulat both being the virgin variants made the list.  Art work was simply stunning to say the least.

Riley Rossmo’s virgin variant of Burning Fields #2 caught my eye as another amazingly well done piece of artwork.  I’m not much into zombies and Texas Chainsaw Massacre style comics but Crossed Badlands #72  was just creepy, so cudos to Nahuel Lopez for that slighly distasteful (chopsticks and eyeballs?) but well done cover.  Mike Mignola drew another Dark Horse Presents cover.  Been a big fan of his work for a long while now and no disappointments here.  Same old Hellboy looking good as ever.  Ivan, Timewalker is another new series by Valiant that I have yet to pick up but it does look interesting.  I like the super rare variant done by Ramon Villalobos and reminds me a bit of Nick Pitarra’s work; another favorite of mine.

Lady Mechanika and what seems to be another steampunk style comic cover.  Done well with intricate detail on and around the woman.  Joe Benitez now has a place on my Pininterest site as his artwork is soon becoming another favorite.  I love how these covers look like they would take a rather long time to produce adding to the overall viewing pleasure and collectability.  Plunder stood out because it was different and like some of the Dynamic Entertainment covers released this week are true pieces of artwork that can stand the test of time.  Now switching gears I found a cute Teen Titans variant cover done by Sean Galloway.  Finally a Finch cover worth mentioning.  Yeah that might get me into trouble but I’ve had conflicted feelings with the way he draws Wonder Woman.  I was worried for what seemed to be inconsistencies in the way he drew the superhero.  However with each consecutive release he seems to be zeroing in on how the character should look and reeling in the series.  This cover showed a part of Wonder Woman that you don’t normally see, broken and without hope.  Any ways, that’s this weeks top 10 and if you are searching for any of the rare ones good luck and happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Burning Fields #2 Incentive Riley Rossmo Virgin Variant
  • Chaos #1 High-End Emanuela Lupacchino Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant Cover (ONLY 25 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • Crossed Badlands #72 Wraparound Nahuel Lopez
  • Dark Horse Presents Vol 3 #7 Regular Mike Mignola
  • Ivar Timewalker #2 Incentive Ramon Villalobos Variant
  • Lady Mechanika #4 Regular Joe Benitez
  • Legenderry Green Hornet #1 Variant Cedric Poulat Virgin
  • Plunder #1 Incentive Daniele Serra Virgin Variant
  • Teen Titans Vol 5 #7 Variant Sean Cheeks Galloway Harley Quinn
  • Wonder Woman Vol 4 #39 Regular David Finch

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 2/11/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 2/11/2015

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!

Seems like Dynamic Entertainment just killed it this week as I believe this is the first time I’ve had this many covers in the top 10. Well, anyhow this weeks Abe Sapien had greater detail with a brighter backdrop than most covers of the past.  This made it more eye catching of course because you can actually see more content and detail in the artwork.  The eyes have me, no seriously Marceline Gone Adrift it was the eyes.  Alex Ross’s Darth Vader incentive was simply amazing while Divinity from Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic had a mystery too it that was intriguing.  I plan on reading the comic here one of these days, may have to review it sometime being a huge Valiant fan!  Of course there’s the DC’s version of Deadpool, Harley Quinn and I wanted to note that Amanda Conner is an amazing artist.  Finally another amazing artist in the retro spectrum is the awesome Nick Pitarra and he had a new cover out today for Transformers vs. GI Joe.

The last 4 covers that I have failed to mention until now are the ones by Dynamic Entertainment.  With Blood Queen, Doctor Spektor, Legenderry Vampirella, and Magnus Robot Fighter they all had crazy eye catching detail.  They also were all virgin variant covers and to be honest there is just something about virgin covers that when done right are beautiful pieces of artwork and these covers stand out from the rest.  However I think 3 of them are the rare ones so good luck getting them, happy hunting!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Abe Sapien #20 Max Fiumara
  • Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #2 Regular Reimena Yee
  • Blood Queen #2 High-End Ale Garza Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant Cover (ONLY 50 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • Darth Vader #1 Incentive Alex Ross Color Variant
  • Divinity #1 Regular Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
  • Doctor Spektor Master Of The Occult #2 High-End Christian Ward Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant Cover (ONLY 25 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • Harley Quinn Valentines Day Special #1 Regular Amanda Conner
  • Legenderry Vampirella #1 Rare Joe Benitez Virgin
  • Magnus Robot Fighter Vol 4 #4 High-End Gabriel Hardman Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant Cover (ONLY 25 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • Transformers vs GI Joe #5 Variant Nick Pitarra Subscription

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Comic Mini-Series Review: Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0-4 (Marvel 2015)

Published by Marvel, Starting in September 2014
Story: Gerry Duggan
Art: Matteo Lolli
Colors: Chistiane Peter
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Covers By: James Harren & Jordie Bellaire

Deadpool Wiki Site

With the huge success around the Deadpool and the Deadpool vs. mini-series Marvel has ushered in a constant Deadpool related story for the past 2 years now.  Along with the release of new mini-series there has been a constant influx of goofy Deadpool comic relief covers depicting either Deadpool mocking himself or the related characters involved with the story in some obscene scenario.  Deadpool has become a household name guaranteeing him a revolving door of topnotch writers.

Synopsis: It’s Halloween night and our story opens up too a man whom appears to have grown a conscience; wouldn’t you if you had a cat named Pickles?  The neighborhood kids trick-or-treating speak of a mysterious house where an avenger (shoots arrows) lives.  Legend has it he actually hands out full-sized candy bars!  As a kid you always wanted to score the full-sized candy bars!  HawkeyeVsDeadpool-1-ABut alas those kids are sorely disappointed when they discover full-sized has been replaced with fun-sized candy treats.  Enter Deadpool (Dadpool) sporting his custom Deadpool costume.  (more…)

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 2/4/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 2/4/2015

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 loss of the Superbowl still hanging over my head like hot stagnate air of a breezeless summer night has affected me far worse than first thought.  1 yard and a bad call makes the Seahawks go home with no Superbowl win.  Now I know how the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, and yes, even the San Francisco 49ers feel like when they lose.  Any ways, this weeks covers weren’t as impressive as other weeks and I found myself kind of scratching my head wondering what the top 10 would be.  First off Mark Brooks’ Ant-Man and Francis Manapul’s Detective Comics covers were just pretty cool to look at.  Another favorite artist of mine Jae Lee had 2 covers out this week but I found this one to be a bit more dramatic with the pitch black background and the virgin style printing allowing the scene to really pop.

Haven’t seen a Goon cover in a while and Eric Powell’s new incentive cover was damn good but hard to find so good luck!  Another Lady Killer published this week and yes it made the list.  I mean really, how could it not?  It has that happy retro killer feel, like Remender’s Deadly Class series published by Image Comics.  Our next cover, well you understand right?  It caught my eye and I’m sorry to say not many covers did this week.  The detail was spot on considering how it was meshed with the rainfall and evening sky.

This week marks the return of Cullin Bunn’s followup miniseries to the wildly popular but not really liked by me Night of the Living Deadpool.  I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised with Return of the Living Deadpool since I really didn’t get into the last one.  If the cover speaks to the content then many Deadpools are far better than one and yes I’m the dude in the back.  Another series that I’m looking forward to is Spawn.  It’s one of those ex-girlfriend types, on again, off again depending upon how I’m feeling and what mischief our renegade hero is getting himself into.  The covers were pretty amazing and I have to say that Skottie Young’s baby rendition was one of the best I’ve seen in recent baby incarnations he’s become so popular for.

Finally Star Wars #2 was just damn funny because if anyone has seen the movies telling Chewie to shush is like trying to make the jump to light speed with a broken hyperdrive, it just ain’t gonna happen!  Like always, have a great week and if you are reading the new Star Wars series let me know how you are liking the stories.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Ant-Man #2 Regular Mark Brooks
  • Detective Comics Vol 2 #39 Regular Francis Manapul
  • Doctor Spektor Master Of The Occult #1 High-End Jae Lee Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant Cover (ONLY 25 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • Goon Once Upon A Hard Time #1 Retailer Incentive Eric Powell Wraparound Variant
  • Lady Killer #2 Joelle Jones
  • Legenderry Vampirella #1 Rare Cedric Poulat Virgin Variant
  • Return Of The Living Deadpool #1 Regular Jay Shaw
  • Spawn #250 Retailer Incentive Variant Greg Capullo
  • Spawn #250 Variant Skottie Young
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #2 Regular John Cassaday

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/21/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/21/2015

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 has gone by and with the NFL Pro Bowl today and the my Seattle Seahawks heading to the Super Bowl it’s looking to be an exciting couple of weekends.  Any ways, I found Olivier Coipel’s ASM regular cover simply dazzling to the eyes.  The sheer detail of the spider group was done well!  Finally we get another Skottie Young cover not involved with the Marvel Baby movement making it practically an automatic for the list.  Deadpools last issue of 4 for the Art of War miniseries has been published and like the previous covers I’ve enjoyed this one was nicely done.  It has that zen garden affect on you when viewing it.  Not sure who did the God is Dead wraparound cover but the detail was pretty nifty.

Intersect is an odd comic and definitely outside the norm of most comic books with the abstract looking page turner that I have yet to read.  I did buy issue 1 but haven’t had a chance yet to read it.  Jorge Molina’s variant of Time Walker caught my eye, having that 3Dish looking affect on your eyes.  Now Transformers Punishment one-shot is out now and the Livio Ramondelli cover of Optimus and the Dinobots gritty capturing my eyes.  All of his covers are dark in nature but this one speaks wonders to awesomeness that is Dinobots, unfortunately still no Grimlock.  Kotteri’s variant cover of the newly renamed Transformers Robots in Disguise with Prowl and Arcee was one well.  Nice detail on Arcee body parts and wouldn’t mind seeing more covers in the future.

Every David Finch cover seems to either hit or miss on Wonder Woman’s figure and I’m not sure why he hasn’t been more consistent.  Either adding to much thigh, butt, or chest busting out to the point of lop-siding the woman.  However this week he nailed it with this regular cover of Wonder Woman.  Her chest is more in line with a real woman when her arms have been brought in closed to her side, as she is in this portrayal of the new God of War.  Zombies and Robots is back again, now as an ongoing series.  I hate zombies but Gabriel Rodriguez’s variant cover had stunning detailed.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #13 Cover A Regular Olivier Coipel
  • Autumnlands Tooth & Claw #3 Cover B Skottie Young
  • Deadpools Art Of War #4 Scott Koblish
  • God Is Dead #27 Cover C Carnage Wraparound
  • Intersect #3 Cover B Tula Lotay
  • Ivar Timewalker #1 Cover B Variant Jorge Molina
  • Transformers Punishment One Shot Livio Ramondelli
  • Transformers Vol 3 #37 Cover C Incentive Kotteri
  • Wonder Woman Vol 4 #38 Cover A Regular David Finch
  • Zombies vs Robots Vol 2 #1 Cover C Incentive Gabriel Rodriguez

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/14/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/14/2015

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!

The NFC Championships are today, Seattle Seahawks vs. the Green Bay Packers!  Being from Seattle I so desperately want a repeat visit to the Superbowl so GO HAWKS!  Now with that out of the way we can get to the top 10 for the week.  Abe Sapien usually isn’t a cover I prefer only because most of them have very little artistic detail.  Like East of West, Manhattan Projects, and some other popular series there usually isn’t much art to go by but this weeks was a little different and I enjoyed the blue eyes penetrating the layers that the series has enveloped Abe.  Death Lok was cool in the sense that it felt like some of my high school buddy doodles; in a good way.  I didn’t realize this until I was done selecting but I ended up picking 2 Alex Ross covers.  Both look fantastic in typical Ross fashion.

Gabriel Hardman did an amazing job on the new Magnus Robot Fighter virgin cover.  Great facial detail and background depth.  Mack’s new variant for Rai #6 was a pleasant surprise.  He always has a graceful way with his art and this one was no disappointment.  Shutter had a great use of shadowing with that charcoal feel.  Yes another Skottie Young cover but honestly how could I not reward a cover win to the new Star Wars issue #1?  This week seems like half the covers are just of Star Wars.  Damn Marvel and their gazillion variant cover release.  Another awesome cover was Superman Wonder Woman #15.  Damn that thigh just makes me tremble.  Superman getting blasted was needed but Wonder Woman just stands her ground protecting her boyfriend.  They are still going out right?

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Abe Sapien #19 Sebastian Fiumara
  • Deathlok Vol 5 #4 Cover B Incentive Rich Buckler Variant
  • Guardians 3000 #4 Cover A Regular Alex Ross
  • Magnus Robot Fighter Vol 4 #3 Cover H High-End Gabriel Hardman Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant Cover (ONLY 25 COPIES IN EXISTENCE!)
  • Rai Vol 2 #6 Cover D Incentive David Mack Variant
  • Shutter #8 Cover B Ross Campbell
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Cover H Variant Connecting Skottie Young Baby
  • Star Wars Vol 4 #1 Cover R Incentive Alex Ross Color Variant
  • Superman Wonder Woman #15 Cover A Regular Ken Lashley
  • Ten Grand #12 Ben Templesmith

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/7/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/7/2015

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!

Jae Lee’s got a new bad ass cover out in retailer incentive for for Action Comics.  He has a way with depicting dismal scenes so well.  Lines are abundant but not overbearing in combination with very thoughtful shadowing allows the emotional attachment of the reading to really appreciate when is happening.  I honestly don’t read half the stuff he draws for because I’m not a fan of most series but I still find myself stuck staring intently at his imagery whenever it’s released.  With Deadly Class I enjoyed the humorous depiction of Marcus torn to shreds, RIP for Marcus I’m not sure but it’s a hella good series that I read and so should you!  I haven’t been following Wolverine’s Death simply because there’s to many books out on the subject and I can’t keep up.  I did enjoy the glimmering swords reflecting another character and his bloodied sword.  Now another comic new this week is another Boom series called Feathers.  I haven’t a clue what it’s about but the virgin retailer incentive variant was nicely done; good use of colors!

Nick Pitarra is another favorite artist of mine as I follow the Manhattan Projects religiously.  Unfortunately even though I enjoy those covers they usually don’t showcase his actual character artwork.  Here I finally get a chance to show his unique style drawn for the God Hates Astronauts cover.  I realize he has done others that maybe I’ve missed but his quirkiness caught my eye this week.  As for stuff I read religiously, anything to do with Hellboy is damn near the top of my list.  I’ve always enjoyed the stories and artwork that have come from the mind of Mignola and others involved in the Hellboy universe.  If you get a chance don’t miss the new mini-series Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952.  Jolle Jones’s Lady Killer caught my eye this week.  Defintely a good use of black against its simple color palette, not to mention her clean lines!  As for Red Sonya, not a fan, but wow the cover almost seems picturesque.  Talk about being wowed by the sheer detail of Sonya’s face, well done Lucio Parrillo!

Finally the last 2 cutesie covers made the list for different reasons.  Nostalgia played a part with Scooby-Doo reminiscing the days I watch Sunday morning cartoons.  Oh and that was brought forth thanks in part to the spot on artwork by Scott Jeralds.  Speaking childhood memories, days were a bit simpler back then.  All I needed to worry about was who had the biggest Transformer figure on the block!  The other was Skottie Young’s cover of the new series from marvel called the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.  Hey, she found her nuts!  Anyways, there you have it, read ’em and weep, agree or disagree just as long as you comment.

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Action Comics Vol 2 #38 Cover C Incentive Jae Lee Variant
  • Deadly Class #10 Wes Craig & Lee Loughridge
  • Death Of Wolverine Weapon X Program #5 Salvador Larroca
  • Feathers #1 Cover C Incentive Ken Niimura Virgin Variant
  • God Hates Astronauts #5 Cover B Nick Pitarra
  • Hellboy And The BPRD 1952 #2 Alex Maleev
  • Lady Killer #1 Jolle Jones
  • Red Sonja Vultures Circle #1 Cover C Variant Lucio Parrillo Subscription
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8 Scott Jeralds
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 Cover B Variant Skottie Young Baby

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 12/17/2014

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 12/17/2014

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 busy week for me with Christmas right around the corner as I imagine it’s been busy for the rest of you.  On top of that I’m a day late with this post.  Then again I’m not too bothered by that fact since I’m not even sure anybody is reading this blog.  The comments and interaction with the audience is literally next to nil.  But hey, I’m doing this for me and to be quite honest I love seeing what the collective imaginations can bring forth each week, taking in both the good and bad.  If you think I’m off my rocker on some of these covers then let me know!  Then again, if you want to agree with me in the public realm don’t hesitate cause you’re probably the only one reading this anyways! Let me see here…smiley face…smiley face…hehe.

This weeks releases saw a bunch of crazy looking indie covers with eye catching artwork aimed to please any comic reader.  First I want to start off with something eye catching and completely ridiculous, with Captain Stone #1.  The arms of a roided out dude dressed in purple, need I say more?  On the flip-side Darwyn Cooke has quickly become another favorite artist of mine in that his covers bring that colorful classy feeling to the characters involved.  I love his happy-go-lucky cartoony feeling artwork that does bring a smile to my face.  When reviewing the covers up close you can see that each line is clean making the overall cover look and feel like a refined piece of art.  Check out his wiki site and yes he does have a blog of sorts.  I thought David Lopez did a fantastic job with his classic cover feeling for Captain Marvel.

Annihilator was one of my favorite covers of the week.  Just an incredible use of lines and fading, just found it a bit different from the rest of the pile.  Roberto de la Torre’s Doctor Mirage #4 did a beautiful blue period piece of reflective imagery.  Has that watercolor effect going for it in what appears to be a reflection pool of sorts.  By the way anyone reading Doctor Mirage from Valiant?  I feel like the net is dead on chat concerning this ongoing series.  Seems like with the ending of my favorite Archer & Armstrong series all they have going for them now is X-O Manowar, Unity, and that Armor something.  Speaking of Valiant and new releases, Harbinger Faith #0, although only a one-shot, looks to be something I might want to pick up.  I really enjoyed Lucy Knisley’s interpretation of Faith.  Portraying her at peace and if you know Faith at all she simply just wants to help others; be that superhero character everyone yearns to be.  With her comic books as her guide she was quite an uplifting, sometimes naive but affective member of the renegade squad standing up to Toyo Harada in the recently finished Harbinger series.

Now to Manifest Destiny, what a freaking crazy ass ride of a story.  If you haven’t picked it up, pick it up, what are you waiting for.  Definitely different style of comic and if you are a history buff you might enjoy this wacky alternate universe with familiar historical figures injected throughout.  Any ways, great cover with great detail hinting to what lies ahead for our adventurers.  The Oddly Normal variant cover by Robb Mommaerts was picked because of its display of layering.  If you first focus on what seems to be the main character and then slowly move  your eyes up the cover you gradually discover more and more layering of characters; nicely done.

The teeth had me at first view and yes I’m talking about an unknown series A Town Called Dragon.  I thought the teeth were done very well and integrating the reflections of the peeps facing those vicious teeth, what can I say, kudos to Geoff Shaw.  Finally we come to another awesome Transformers comic, this one relating to the new Drift: Empire of Stone miniseries.  Alex Milne always kills it when drawing his robots in disguise, slim n’ sleek, they just jump off the page.  By the way, I’m totally biased when it comes to Transformers, big fan…just admitting.  That being said it is a kick-ass cover don’t you agree?

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Annihilator #4 Frazer Irving
  • Batman Vol 2 #37 Cover B Variant Darwyn Cooke
  • Captain Marvel Vol 7 #10 David Lopez
  • Captain Stone #1 Liam Sharp
  • Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #4 Roberto de la Torre
  • Harbinger Vol 2 Faith #0 Cover B Variant Lucy Knisley
  • Manifest Destiny #12 Matthew Roberts
  • Oddly Normal Vol 2 #4 Cover B Robb Mommaerts
  • Town Called Dragon #4 Geoff Shaw
  • Transformers Drift Empire Of Stone #2 Cover B Variant Alex Milne Subscription

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