Sara Richard

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 6/22/2016

 

Keeping this a little short since I’m actually moving out of my temporary apartment this week to our new grownup house.  I’m so looking forward to having a little more time once this second move is done.  So to quickly get this going we have a rather interesting series from a well known and unique artist Sara Richard.  She has a way with bringing out attitude from the characters of any particular book with her distinct style and Bob’s Burgers gets the Richard’s treatment in her rendition of the bunch.  I love her colors, I love the vibe you get from her artwork, and so far for me it really doesn’t matter what book she is drawing for in order to get that type of gut reaction.  Next we have a fabulous Carnage cover from another very well known artist Michael Del Mundo.  Taking one’s surroundings and injected the main character in those surroundings was crafted meticulously creating one of this weeks stand out covers.  With very little color and a lot of love he won out big on this one.  Sean Phillips created a very artistic layered cover for Cry Havoc.  It grabbed my attention because of the detailed work that went into it.  You really can’t help but look at each section in order to understand what you are looking at.  Now before I get booed for this next cover I wanna make this clear, this isn’t one of Tim Seeley’s best covers.  However the genius of the cover is from the laugh that it created.  Placing Deadpool and Bob of all people with no line, well I indeed found it rather humorous to see.  Next is spattered piece of artwork where the color mainly grabbed my attention.  Nic Klein did a great job created the structure but the true beauty is the blending of color he did!

Hmm, La Muerta Decent, how did that get into my top ten list…clean lines I suppose.  David Aja and David Mack both have a knack for creating out-of-the-box masterpieces one normally would not expect to see from your everyday artist.  Scarlet Witch was another distinct looking piece that had that runaway wow factor even with the limited use of color.  The drawing, the abstract application of the Scarlet Witch’s hair, and even the use of limited color made this a stand out cover.  Agustin Alessio created a warm pastel or better yet, warmly colored charcoal cleanly drawn Tomb Raider cover.  If you look closed the detail that went into Lara Croft is simply astounding, just look at her off-white shirt.  Next we have a Transformers cover by Alex Milne and although he has made the list in the past and will make the list many more times I find his sleek looking Transformers to be the style I usually compare newcomers artists of the series too.  Finally with DC’s Rebirth comes the onslaught of #1 issues and with new series come new writers and artists.  Wonder Woman seems to be lucky to have Liam Sharp as a cover artist.  His take on the Amazon Warrior Princess is sleek, muscular, and with a beautiful face as well as those lushes locks to top it off.  The new god of war is definitely off to a good start.

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…)

  • Bobs Burgers Vol 2 #12 Rare Sara Richard Virgin
  • Carnage Vol 2 #9 Michael Del Mundo
  • Cry Havoc #6 Variant Sean Phillips
  • Deadpool v Gambit #1 Variant Tim Seeley
  • Drifter #12 Nic Klein
  • La Muerta Descent #1 Variant Scott Lewis Premium
  • Scarlet Witch Vol 2 #7 Regular David Aja
  • Tomb Raider Vol 3 #5 Agustin Alessio
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #54 Regular Alex Milne
  • Wonder Woman Vol 5 #1 Regular Liam Sharp

Image Source: Midtown Comics

Advertisements

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 6/15/2016

 

First off to all the father’s out there, Happy Father’s day…why thank you Patrick and with that we are back again for another week of fabulous covers.  To start off is a beautifully crafted Archer & Armstrong portrait of the two mischievous characters created by Kano.  It’s an insightful look at a more calm looking bunch who we’ve grown to know how chaotic the series is with the two of them together.  Next we have a comical looking cover by Kyle Baker for Circuit-Breaker.  Let me ask you ladies, is this not a wonderful approach to dealing with the guy that just can’t take a no for an answer?  Jon Davis-Hunt creates a disturbing cover for Clean Room and what I can’t figure out is whether the eyes are what brings the creepiness factor into play or the layering of the hands on her throat that creeps me out.  What I do know is that Jon’s lines are damn well near perfect and help add to the intricacy of the artwork.  Next is another complex cover with a bit of darkness to it of the Joker in what appears to be a mashup of the Joker, a business man, and your friendly neighborhood mob boss.  Lee Bermejo definitely created a unique edition to the many faces of the Joker.  Next we have Jae Lee with another virgin variant cover for Devolution.  I think he did a very detailed job on the woman’s face, like he always does with the women he draws.

Green Arrow’s variant drawn by Neal Adams creates a rugged looking vigilante that is 100% bad ass, 0% flab.  Next up Sara Richard’s created one of her usual My Little Pony covers but this weeks cover just had a lot of detail happening in the cover that I found went above and beyond the norm of the series.  The blending of the different aspects and characters portrayed in the cover also added to the complexity of the detail creating a very unique blend of colors and shapes.  Another cover that I found to be very cleanly crafted was Norman, a variant by Roman Dirge was simple yet clean.  Next up is a cover from the Samurai series that David Mack is one of the main creators with every release but this week I found that Frederic Genet’s cover had grit, lots of kick ass samurai grit.  I really don’t know what that means but to be honest when I look at the cover Frederic Genet’s old man just looks like somebody I’d rather not mess with.  With our last cover this week we have a relative new comer to the Transformers series Sara Pitre-Durocher.  What she has done with her cover was drawn feeling into her characters.  Yes they are robots and yes some can draw what we would normally see as a more human figure with feelings and a soul but she does a really good job at bringing a little attitude and humanity to these robots.  I love the feeling that was injected into each character making them more relatable to the Transformers fan like me.

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 #4 Variant Kano
  • Circuit-Breaker #3 Kyle Baker
  • Clean Room #9 Jon Davis-Hunt
  • Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade #1 Incentive Lee Bermejo Variant
  • Devolution #5 Incentive Jae Lee Virgin
  • Green Arrow Vol 7 #1 Variant Neal Adams
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #43 Variant Sara Richard Subscription
  • Norman #1 Variant Roman Dirge
  • Samurai (Titan Comics) #4 Regular Frederic Genet
  • Transformers Vol 3 #54 Incentive Sara Pitre-Durocher Windblade Variant

Image Source: Midtown Comics

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 5/11/2016

Back again for another week of the top 10 and boy were there slim pickings for covers that truly stood out among the rest.  So as I struggled to find those few rough diamonds in a rather large quarry of cheap stone I thought man, it sure is sunny today.  So with that we start off with an incentive cover by Matt Kindt centered around a new character that I’m now familiar with in the Valiant Entertainment event to rival Marvel Civil War and DC’s Rebirth!  What was disappointing with 4001 A.D. and this new X-O armor was that the X-O armor war this object came from was so easily defeated by New Japan’s Father.  It had been created from the original armor or at least a similar version to Eric’s armor.  Still, each one that was built was easily defeated in the time-frame of a short thought, disappointing indeed.  Love seeing rough interpretations of what spews forth from an artists mind, especially one such as Matt’s.  Next we have a *cough-cough* Archie cover, damn I hate Archie but I do love Anton’s view of the character, sly but cool enough for anyone; well, anyone but me.  Next cover speaks crazy talk to me, what about you?  I think Kevin Eastman’s final variant cover for the DC/IDW Publishing joint venture was rough but still cool.  I actually liked seeing Robin in this cover for some reason but on a more serious note, check out how busy this cover really is, it’s amazing he got everyone on it.  I’m not gonna type the next title since it’s just too damn long but the shading was done nicely and well the eyes looked as they should…haunting.

Jackpot by Marco Failla did in fact hit the jack pot in simplicity.  It does what most covers usually can’t and with very little effort.  The shade of purple, the eyes and flower that pop out of the cover.  You really can’t skip over this one without a double-take.   I was on the fence with our next cover Ninth Wave by Gary Brown.  It kind of shows how an artist can use just his pencil and lines to create a cover that blends well with both landscape and characters.  Now let’s dive into a puddle of fun and splash about with Pinkie Pie, by far one of the most entertaining and most difficult pony to predict future actions.  Sara Richard’s is an amazing artist and her pastel-cutsified pony interpretations are always a welcomed addition to the day; party time indeed!  Yasmine Putri created a fascinating portrait style cover of Spider-Woman, clean and tasteful.  Lastly we come to a cover where we see Michelangelo reaching for the pizza box that most likely will get away.  The playful cover by Paolo Villanelli was done well keeping the turtle’s arms length realistically proportioned to his body.

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 X-O Manowar #1 Incentive Matt Kindt Character Design Variant
  • Archie Vol 2 #8 Variant Anton Emdin
  • Badger Vol 4 #4 Incentive Bill Reinhold Variant
  • Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 Incentive Kevin Eastman Variant
  • Dark Tower Drawing Of The Three Bitter Medicine #2 Jonathan Marks
  • Jackpot #2 Marco Failla
  • Massive Ninth Wave #6 Gary Brown
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #42 Variant Sara Richard Subscription
  • Silk Vol 2 #8 Regular Yasmine Putri
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #58 Incentive Paolo Villanelli Variant

Image Source: Midtown Comics

Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 11/18/2015

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!

If you haven’t noticed it seems like Batman is everywhere in comics these days and maybe, just maybe it’s due with the soon to be released blockbuster movie of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.  This week we have a crazy looking cover by Alisson Borges representing none other than Harley Quinn looking oh so amazing.  Next a rather comical looking virgin variant by Felipe Smith for Big Trouble in Little China grabbing several scenes from the original movie that are near and dear to my heart!  Now there are times when a cover is created by an artist and you wonder oh my god how is this artist doesn’t have their own cereal?!?! Well Glenn Fabry is a well known artist and I can see why but boy does he need to be place on a pedestal with this cover for Bloodshot Rebory #8.  Every detail is simply amazing and I know the colorist had a lot to do with the final outcome being so demonic in nature.  Whether it be Glenn or the books colorist David Baron, those red eyes go deep into ones soul.  Our next cover I thought a bit of imagination to it with our mechanical stork delivering what appears to be a freaked out baby so great job Leila del Duca.

Another fascinating cover to look at was this weeks Hacktivist by Marcus To.  Sara Richard is a somewhat talented abstract at times artist and her ability to create a story with brilliantly intertwined imagery creating a final collage so worthy of recognition.  Now it’s surprising that a series like Rat Queens is still so popular as it didn’t appeal to me but hey I enjoy the writer but doesn’t mean I enjoy all their works.  Now the Vader series has been kicking some major tail as of late and this past week is the start of the Vader Down storyline.  Joelle Jones did a fantastic job portraying each of the characters on the incentive cover.  But what caught my eye was the detail in the background.  That was the deserving fireworks that really made this cover pop!  Tokyo Ghost #3 again you say?  That’s like the third cover that has made the list and oh by the way, that means every release has made the list, wtf?  Yes I know and while I may be biased towards Sean Murphy & Matt Hollingsworth’s artwork, compared to what it’s continually up against each release week quite frankly it deserves to be recognized.   Finally, I found Tomboy #1 by Mia Goodwin utterly phenomenal.  I love her big blue eyes and her sleek 50’s style face; very beautiful.

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…)

  • Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #4 Alisson Borges
  • Big Trouble In Little China #18 Incentive Felipe Smith Virgin Variant
  • Bloodshot Reborn #8 Variant Glenn Fabry
  • Boy-1 #4 Regular Leila del Duca
  • Hacktivist Vol 2 #5 Marcus To
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #36 Variant Sara Richard Subscription
  • Rat Queens #13 Stjepan Sejic
  • Star Wars Vader Down #1 Incentive Joelle Jones Variant
  • Tokyo Ghost #3 Regular Sean Murphy & Matt Hollingsworth
  • Tomboy #1 Regular Mia Goodwin

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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

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

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!

Well as you can see I’m off to a late start for this weeks, or better yet last weeks top 10 list.  First on the list is a rather cute version of the gang from Back to the Future.  Amused at seeing Marty sporting his trademark life jacket, I mean orange vest.  Of course there is crazed Doc and worried Jennifer, along with Einstein looking all cute with his lovable puppy self.  I think Amy did a wonderful job creating this unique take on the gang.  Next up is Jermy Haun’s Beauty cover and I’m not too sure about what really grabbed me but it did.  His portrayal of the white skinned beauty was cleanly drawn while depicting the woman’s vanity cracking.  Another cover grabbing my attention was not really for its originality or artistic appeal but rather for the artist himself, Kevin Eastman.  Where I’ve grown up with an overall image of TMNT’s whenever his name is mentioned feeding my type-cast view of the writer/artist, we see him here drawing a girl, bulky as she may be, surrounded by ghouls; very different.  For me it just seemed so out of place then again, I could be wrong.  This could actually be Rafael in drag.

With SDCC comes a flood of new variant covers and this weeks Kassandra Heller’s version of the Lumberjanes was artistically pleasing to the eyes.  I can’t place my finger on it but I know this is an actual style with the blush cheek bones and the black eyes.  If you can name it then please comment and let me know.  It’s driving me crazy that I can’t remember it.  Next we have Sara Richard’s My Little Pony variant cover.  I love the detail tucked in each object and with the layer of color added in only adds to the aesthetically pleasing cover.  Another new series out this week from a rather small publisher named Dark Circle Comics seems to centralize a strong patriotic womanly figure.  I found that Andrew Robinson’s version out of the 4 covers that were released was the best.

With the popularity of steam punk, anime centered around steam themes, steam locomotives, I guess it was only time for a superhero of sorts to rise above the rest as Steam Man!  So who do you think will win, Steam Man or one of the Gundam Wing suited teens?  Lee Carter’s Sunflower cover caught my eye for the color detail that made the cover pop.  Rahsan Ekedal’s Tithe #6 cover so reminded me of a cool slicked back haired Max Headroom, alas no Pepsi to go with it but hey there’s time.  Finally we come to another signature portrait cover from Adi Granov.  His version of Medusa seems more elegant than most, even dashing a bit of Poison Ivy in with her overall image and I liked where he went with it.  Her facial features look realistic and spot on.

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…)

  • Back To The Future Vol 2 #1 Variant Amy Mebberson Subscription
  • Beauty #3 Regular Jeremy Haun
  • Fistful Of Blood #1 Variant Kevin Eastman Subscription
  • Lumberjanes #14 SDCC Exclusive Kassandra Heller Variant
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #35 Regular Sara Richard
  • Shield Vol 3 #1 Variant Andrew Robinson
  • Steam Man #1 Piotr Kowalski
  • Sunflower #1 Lee Carter
  • Tithe #6 Rahsan Ekedal
  • Uncanny Inhumans #1 Incentive Adi Granov Variant

Image Source: Midtown Comics

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