Eric Powell

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 6/1/2016

Ah, my birthday was last week and on top of aging I had to move since we sold our house.  So I opted not to blog last weekend simply because of the time constraint.  However I’m back this week with another top 10 covers and you are correct, there are no DC covers this week.  I’m not sure what they are doing over there but most of them (excluding Vertigo) were simply god awful and albeit most were for the new rebirth event, which got me thinking that quite possibly everyone is in disarray with this event, artists including so we’ll see what’s penciled out next week.

Up first is a beautifully Tula Lotay cover for 4001 AD.  I still enjoy every out-of-the-box style cover that comes out of the mind of Tula.  Following that is a rather in your face old school advertisement of Iron Man vs. Captain Marvel with the new Marvel Civil War II event.  I wonder if this even will top Mark Millar’s Civil War event that took place back in 2006-07.  Here is a wonderful interview concerning just that with Civil War II’s writer, Brian Michael Bendis.  Next up are a couple of Deadpool covers, one by Rob Liefeld and the other by Francisco Herrera.  Both have their own unique style and both are rather good but for very different reasons.  Rob Liefeld’s cover is of a more old school Deadpool, the badass Deadpool of sorts, while the latter has just a funkiness that I cannot explain but it just works.  Look at it and let me know what you think.  Of course we have Skottie Young and mind you he hasn’t been in the top 10 for  a bit so I can safely say my bias towards the artist has faded somewhat.

Next we have Miss Fury and incentive cover created by Jonathan Lau.  With the viewpoint of the cover I thought it had quite a bit of detail concerning the flood of characters caring Miss Fury.  Each and every face mask was created with thoughtfulness and care helping the illumination of life and detail creating this eye catching cover.  Next up is a rather haunting view into the world of the Punisher.  This incentive cover created by Vanesa Del Rey has this ominous undertone that creeps up on you working its way into the most dark inner parts of your mind.  If that is the case then just please review Skottie Young’s cover of Goddamned again so you can snap back to reality, rest assured I’m smiling again as well.  Next up is a cover by Yasmine Putri for Spider-Women Omega, which is a new release out from Marvel.  I find Yasmine’s artwork fascinating to look at, clean lines, color matching excellence, always a pleasure to see her work, check out her blog!  Wow, would you look at that.  Bepop and Rocksteady are in for a treat with their new mini-series or possibly more, I’m really not sure.  All I know is they are gonna mess with the time stream because you know, they have the smarts to actually do that sort of thing.  Yes, those mutant turtles are the only ones experienced enough to stop the brutes so it should be an entertaining story line to follow.  Of course with a new series release you have a bunch of variant covers, however Dustin Weaver’s subscription variant caught my eye as he actually captured the two dumb asses as looking like really fearsome bad asses.  You see how I played with those words there?  I know you are proud aren’t you, well besides that, his cover was by far the best of the bunch from that issue.  Last on our place is a cover by Eric Powell, but I decided on the pure art form of the virgin variant since it showcased the most from Mr. Powell’s artwork.

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…)

  • 4001 AD #2 Variant Tula Lotay
  • Civil War II #1 Variant Michael Cho
  • Deadpool Vol 5 #13 Incentive Rob Liefeld Variant
  • Deadpool Vol 5 #13 Regular Francisco Herrera
  • Goddamned #4 Skottie Young Variant
  • Miss Fury Vol 3 #3 Incentive Jonathan Lau Virgin
  • Punisher Vol 10 #2 Incentive Vanesa Del Rey Variant
  • Spider-Women Omega #1 Regular Yasmine Putri
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1 Variant Dustin Weaver Subscription
  • Will Eisners Spirit #11 Incentive Eric Powell Virgin

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 9/16/2015

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!

First off we have a creepy looking zombified cover from 68 Last Rites by artist Jay Fotos.  Not to read too much into this but it does look quite a bit like a photo, Mr. Fotos!  Next we have an amazing artist, Ben Templesmith who’s quickly become an all-time favorite of mine.  He was the artist on a past series Ten Grand published by Image or better yet imprint Joe’s Comics.  If you haven’t had a chance to read the 15 comic series Ten Grand I advise you to check it out.  I’m pretty confident you won’t be disappointed.  Another cover  that intrigued me was Bloodshot reborn by Garry Brown.  I found it rather amusing since it’s a play off of the famous Arnold Swartzenager film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.  Oh man, next give it up for the man who’s both an amazing artist and talented writer, Mike Mignola.  Can you hear the crowd cheering?  This week he graced us with his presence by creating the variant cover for B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #135.  I met him at last years ECCC and got a ton of stuff signed by him, really nice guy.

Now this week I did pick an odd ball comic that I probably wouldn’t have noticed but since Nei Ruffino was the artist I had to take a look.  His Critter #1 variant was super clean, like all his covers, and stood out even though it’s a dark colored cover.  Another cleanly done cover was by Mike Deodato Jr. for Guardians Of Knowhere #4.  If you stare at it long enough you’ll notice that every line seems to be perfectly drawn.  If he did this entire cover freehand then it’s by far one of the best covers I’ve seen and should take the top spot this week.  Another fascinating cover was done by Dustin Weaver for Infinity Gauntlet Vol 2 #4.  I say fascinating because there is so much going on that even the colorist must have had a tough time weeding out every aspect of depth being played out.  Everything looks proportional spot on making it another tough cover to beat.

Next we have a special treat that I myself am very excited to read and that’s the new cyberpunk futuristic series Tokyo Ghost drawn by none other than Sean Murphy.  Now he did 2 covers this week for the new series and quite honestly I couldn’t just add one and leave the other out.  Both looked stunning and simply put, both deserved the list this week.  Finally we have another familiar artist Eric Powell and his marvelous take on the Spirit.  It has a very classic feel to it pleasing to the eyes.

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…)

  • 68 Last Rites #2 Jay Fotos
  • Beauty #2 Ben Templesmith
  • Bloodshot Reborn #6 Variant Garry Brown
  • BPRD Hell On Earth #135 Variant Mike Mignola
  • Critter Vol 3 #3 Incentive Nei Ruffino Variant
  • Guardians Of Knowhere #4 Regular Mike Deodato Jr. (Secret Wars Warzones Tie-In)
  • Infinity Gauntlet Vol 2 #4 (Secret Wars Warzones Tie-In) Dustin Weaver
  • Tokyo Ghost #1 Regular Sean Murphy
  • Tokyo Ghost #1 Variant Sean Murphy
  • Will Eisners Spirit #3 Incentive Eric Powell Virgin

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*** So, do you agree with my choices?  Feel free to share your thoughts. ***

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 4/15/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 4/15/2015

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!

This was a bleak week for comic book covers for me.  I had a difficult time finding 10 covers that stood out amongst the rest of the flock.  However after much determination and a banana shake I was able to pick them.  First off we have a new series from Dark Horse that mostly caught my eye because of the plot.  Archie vs. Predator and really I am serious.  Eric Powell’s Predator was seriously badass even if there was a hamburger beneath his privates.   I gave Bloodshot Reborn two wins cause I wanted to.  Dirty Harry style from Butch Guice and an interesting interpretation from Jeff Lemire artist of Descender, the one optioned by Sony for a movie.

Next a beautifully drawn and colored virgin variant for Capture Creatures #3 by artist Maggie Rudy; it made me feel good.  Another hot artist right now is Sean Murphy and his Chrononauts variant homage to none other than the guys in Top Gun is actually quite fitting if you are reading the new series by Mark Millar and Sean Murphy; mimicking the arrogant alpha males of the movie minus the intelligence or is it stupidity, not sure yet.  Joe Benitez did an interesting cover for Executive Assistant Iris volume 3 annual but the waste is just so damn small!

Another cute homage cover to the now infamous Days of Future Past titled Nutmeg of all things, nice.  Damien Worm is a very intriguing artist, like Jae Lee he has interesting lines creating fantastic covers and the October Faction is no exception.  I’ve been noticing Sara Richard over the past few weeks now with her ingeniously done My Little Pony covers and it’s good to see her branch out finally to other stories; love the artwork!  Finally Mike Norton did a…well an interesting cover to say the least.  If you have been following the series then well yeah creepy.

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…)

  • Archie vs Predator #1 Variant Eric Powell
  • Bloodshot Reborn #1 Incentive Butch Guice Variant
  • Bloodshot Reborn #1 Incentive Jeff Lemire Variant
  • Capture Creatures #3 Incentive Maggie Rudy Virgin Variant
  • Chrononauts #2 Variant Sean Murphy
  • Executive Assistant Iris Vol 3 Annual #1 Joe Benitez
  • Nutmeg #1 Variant Josh Eckert
  • October Faction #6 Regular Damien Worm
  • Oddly Normal Vol 2 #6 Sara Richard
  • Revival #29 Mike Norton

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