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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 6/8/2016

 

Well this week I think I’ll first start off with a cover at the end of the list and what is another run of DC Rebirth issues. Now while they all sold out I’m not quite sold on this whole rebirth thing.  However I think Stanley Artgerm Lau did an outstanding job on Wonder Woman’s physic.  She simply looks stunning to me.  Now with that out of the way we head back to the beginning where we see another cover for Big Trouble in Little China now at issue #25 and still going strong. The regular cover by Jeffrey Chamba Cruz has a lot going on with multiple layers adding to the complexity.  The design of the body as a background creates a nice base for the placement of the main and minor characters.  Definitely love that iconic shirt though on Jack Burton.  Andrea Freccero created a full bodied, full attitude Donald Duck for the IDW Publishing series.  Definitely out-of-the-box design from the normal goofy cartoon pictorial representations that are the norm for a few of these related series.  Next up is an exciting cover by Ryan Ottley for Grizzly Shark.  I mean who couldn’t appreciate the clean lines or charm of a shark with clearly designed teeth drawn for battle against our Grizzly Shark surfacing from below?  Our next cover Head Lopper is a bit withdrawn from my normal selections but I loved the clean lines and clear imagery that it brings to the table, no matter how simple it may seem.  Next up is another Dustin Weaver cover but this time it’s for Howard the Duck.  His drawing style and use of the pastels seems to always create intricate pieces of art work in my mind.  In this cover there’s a lot going on created by his layering technique that produced the depth to the overall cover, so good job Dustin!

Next up Mike Choi creates a masterpiece in the form of Ninjak.  The cover may be lacking in a multitude of colors but that isn’t a deficiency, in fact it’s a blessing.  It allows the reader to appreciate the clean lines and shading technique that adds both depth and beauty to the cover.  This was by far my favorite cover of the week.  Another fascinating cover was created by artist Jenny Frison for Revival #40 and boy does she nail it.  Talent doesn’t begin to speak of what Jenny has and her artwork speaks for itself.  With that we move on to a fun and crazy feel good cover by Nick Pitarra for TMNT Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything and damn that is a long ass title!  Some people may not think Nick’s artwork is their cup of tea but for me it is and every since his work on the Manhattan Projects introduced his work to my world I’ve been a diehard fan ever since.  I still haven’t read this series yet but don’t worry Nick, I plan on buying the series and reading for however long this thing goes for!  Last on the list is a cover by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz & Tom Muller…whew…and what I liked about this cover was it’s layout and positioning of both characters.  The artwork is rough around the edges with a color scheme seemingly the thrown amuck but that’s the genius behind what makes this a stand out cover.

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…)

  • Big Trouble In Little China #25 Regular Jeffrey Chamba Cruz
  • Donald Duck Vol 2 #14 Regular Andrea Freccero
  • Grizzly Shark #3 Ryan Ottley
  • Head Lopper #4 Variant Gabriel Ba
  • Howard The Duck Vol 5 #8 Variant Dustin Weaver Story Thus Far
  • Ninjak Vol 3 #16 Regular Mike Choi
  • Revival #40 Jenny Frison
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #2 Regular Nick Pitarra
  • Wolf #8 Ricardo Lopez Ortiz & Tom Muller
  • Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 Variant Stanley Artgerm Lau

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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 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

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/27/2016

 

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!

This week we have another Beauty cover hitting the list and I still find Jeremy Haun’s drawing style both haunting and hypnotic grabbing your attention and reeling you in.  You can’t help but stare at it while feeling your skin slightly crawl with an uneasy feeling.  Next Jeff Lemire drew a follow up Linewide variant cover from his earlier Linewide variant done for Harbinger (2012) #8.  It’s a 1/125 retailer incentive variant that should be hard to come by but if you’re serious about getting one and money is no objects then the after markets are where you should be, try eBay.  Now this next hip-hop variant for Carnage #4 really isn’t eye popping, rather it’s just odd.  Deadpool poking him with a sword and then Carnage reacting in a childish scream?  It definitely was eyecatching in the sense of raising an eyebrow to the sheer stupidity of the cover.   Then again there are a lot of degenerate covers depicting Deadpool doing some indecent or insane gesture and to think, I’m a fan of the guy.  Colder Toss The Bones unfortunately concludes this week with issue #5 and Juan Ferreyra again does a phenomenal job on translating the rather unique story telling style.  I love Juan Ferreyra’s work and I hope to see him in many more upcoming comics in the near future.

This week we also see the new release of a new 4-part miniseries from Valiant Entertainment pleasantly called Faith.  Faith was one of the founding members of team Renegade in Harbinger (2012) battling against the likes of Toyo Harada, head honcho of the Harbinger Foundation, Bloodshot, and others.  First cover up for Faith was done by another impressive artist Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic.  She is another favorite of mine whose work is simply breathtaking.  The next Faith cover is a new approach to variant covers from Valiant mimicking a CGC 9.8 with some rather funny dialog coming from Faith.  It looks like there will be a similar variant cover for each series line currently in release so check them out!

Monstress #3 by Sana Takeda had a tapestry of intrigate artwork providing a backdrop to cute realistic looking 2-tailed kitty and a fantasy style Fox-girl beautifully drawn to proportion.  Mack Chater drew a realistic chin on that beautiful woman decked out in hardware.  Cary Nord does a phenomenal job on the new Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot Katana #1 variant cover.  Again, I love that watercolor-esque style that’s applied to the color scheme of his drawing.  Yes his drawing is amazing but so is that unique color style.  Finally we come to a favorite artist of mine, when it comes to the Transformers.  Andrew Griffith is an immensely entertaining artist whom submerges himself into the characters he draws and he’s able to do this consistently without fail.  Review some of his work and he’s spot on seemingly never having a bad day when it comes to the characters he draws.  It’s refreshing to see his talent outside of the Transformers universe though so thank you IDW Publishing for that!

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…)

  • Beauty #6 Jeremy Haun
  • Bloodshot Reborn #10 Incentive Jeff Lemire Valiant Linewide Variant
  • Carnage Vol 2 #4 Incentive Deadpool Variant
  • Colder Toss The Bones #5 Juan Ferreyra
  • Faith (Valiant Entertainment) #1 1st Ptg Regular Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
  • Faith (Valiant Entertainment) #1 Variant Clayton Henry Valiant x CGC
  • Monstress #3 Sana Takeda
  • Six #3 Mack Chater
  • Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot Katana #1 Cary Nord Variant
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #54 Incentive Andrew Griffith Variant

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 12/9/2015

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!

Well as you can see I’m a little late getting this blog post published as it was a busy weekend with the holidays fast approaching.  With an unplanned kitchen remodel, crap, any ways, lets just dive in so first off we have a new story arc released by Dark Horse for the Alabaster line and like the Colder series that I’m head over heels for this is another, much darker series that in my book is a winner.  I plan on reading and the cover alone was a little freaky to look at so it should be good.  With Back to the Future day came a whirlwind of media content and a new series by IDW Publishing.  This week I just couldn’t help but laugh at our next cover by Tony Fleecs, butthead…  Another cover that came clear out of left field causing me to wonder wtf happened as it’s a pretty dreadful thing to look at.  Clearly Kevin Eastman was rushed since even his turtles looked more like famished turtles in a quarter shell, definitely a little shameful.  Inaki Miranda did a wonderful job on our next cove for Catwoman.  Everything about Catwoman was spot on and to be honest I wasn’t sure if I should hold out my arms in order to catch her.  Well with Deadpool being alive in all and now with a band of Deadpool freaks I found Tony Moore’s group cover of the freak show telling.  It provided a good idea on the personality of each member and since I haven’t started the series yet, very helpful for a newby like me.

Now that we are half way through the list we come to our next disturbingly grotesque cover for the start of another new IDW series called Eighth Seal.  The cover, done by Jeremy Rock, definitely had that eye catching appeal.  Heavy Metal #277 cover by Luis Royo just was awesome to look at, seriously jaw dropping.  Another new series out this week is Snow Blind and Matt Taylor’s virgin variant cover had immense detail with little color yet I was still drawn to the landscape and foreshadowing of a man I can only imagine has some significance in the series.  Now I’ve seen several series come and go centered around Steam Wars and to be honest I haven’t taken much notice but this weeks cover was both fabulous and imaginative.  A steam powered walker, damn it doesn’t get much better than that so great job Joe Wight!  Finally we come to our last cover by Leonardo Manco for the Telos series by DC.  It didn’t have that unique feel to it as I’ve seen covers like this before.  What I liked about it was that the mirror image was done very well and the teeth and saliva was the icing on the cake.

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…)

  • Alabaster The Good The Bad And The Bird #1 Greg Ruth
  • Back To The Future Vol 2 #3 Variant Tony Fleecs Subscription
  • Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 Incentive Kevin Eastman Variant
  • Catwoman Vol 4 #47 Inaki Miranda
  • Deadpool Vol 5 #3 Regular Tony Moore
  • Eighth Seal #1 Regular Jeremy Rock
  • Heavy Metal #277 Regular Luis Royo
  • Snow Blind #1 Incentive Matt Taylor Virgin Variant
  • Steam Wars First Empire #2 Joe Wight
  • Telos #3 Leonardo Manco

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 10/28/2015

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 to start out this week we have a rather dark seductive looking cover by Julian Totino Tedesco for a new series called Angela Queen of Hel.  I haven’t really been following Angela much since her controversial introduction into the Marvel universe after being an important figure in the beginning days of Spawn over an at Image Comics but this one I might just pick up.  Francesco Francavilla seems to be elevating the covers that grace his hand with more and more detail. I’m not sure what has changed this past year but I do enjoy it.  Please do try and keep this trend up.  Another cover that caught my eye just from the look and feel was this weeks Fight Club 2 and it’s use of the negative filter.  Now I did enjoy reading Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos so this cover and story caught me a bit by surprise.  To think they will allow Dum Dum Dugan to command his group along with the group of mythical creatures in a new uncanny of sorts avengers style group definitely sounds intriguing.  I’ll need to set aside some time to read this even if it doesn’t last very long.  Paolo Pantalena created several pieces of artwork this week for Oniba Swords of the Demon that must have taken him a long time to draw.  Another masterful portrait was for Prez #5 drawn by Ben Caldwell.

Mike Norton created a viewing angle that most artists can never get right.  The simple but complex view of the reader looking up at the character.  Yet our main character looks very real and proportionally correct making this a winner in my book any day.  James Harren has made the list in the past and with Halloween this past weekend well, I really enjoyed his full color version of the trick-or-treaters with haunts in the background.  Most times his covers are with limited color and definitely NOT CUTE like this one is.  Now I’ve seen many different renditions of the turtles gang from Eastman to whacky and then to flat out horrible but Ken Garing went back to the roots and created 4 turtle images that almost fall in line with my favorite Turtles TV show back when I was a kid where the 4 are shown at the end of the intro song.  Yeah I know, what’s the appeal of that you ask?  Well I was an avid watcher of the show and well this version looks good, not to gritty but not too cartoony.   Proportions look great, not to square, but not to bulky either, just right.  A new series out this week is none other than a intriguing Wes Craven series and Francesco Biagini creates a very appealing adaptive cover to  the king of scary.  Two covers of this identical artwork exist, the other is in black and white thus harder to find so good luck.

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…)

  • Angela Queen Of Hel #1 Regular Julian Totino Tedesco
  • Black Hood Vol 3 #6 Regular Francesco Francavilla
  • Fight Club 2 #6 Variant Duncan Fegredo
  • Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Regular Brent Schoonover
  • Oniba Swords Of The Demon #0 Variant Paolo Pantalena
  • Prez Vol 2 #5 Ben Caldwell
  • Revival #34 Mike Norton
  • Rumble #8 James Harren
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #51 Regular Ken Garing
  • Wes Cravens Coming Of Rage #1 Variant Ultra Rare Bloody White Collectors Edition Francesco Biagini

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 6/17/2015

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!

Not sure what happened this week but it was slim pickings for covers; definitely an off week.  Now that’s not to say I couldn’t find any covers and on that note here they are.  Astro City #24 just looks damn cool.  Nothing like seeing an ape jam and this one had skills.  It also incorporated good usage of thin lines fading outward that create the action like sequence of the ape jamming.  Next who doesn’t like viewing a patchwork face of a young Kurt Russel.  No color needed as we literally get the picture with the blood red and I love NY keeping in tune with the character and overall series  Next Charlie Adlard provides us with a subscription variant for IDW Publishing’s new Infinite Loop series.

Another new series out from Titan Comics is Minions.  Sold out and damn cute I was fortunate to snag 2 of these rare gems from Graham Cracker Comics website but as for anywhere else good luck.  After markets for this comics like eBay will cost you a pretty penny and unless they come out with a second printing will continue to hold its price.  Especially since the movie will be released in movie theaters very soon.  Pathfinder Origins was by far not a comic I would normally select but for some reason seeing the amount of detail that went into the dwarf and 2 elves made me choose it, very detailed indeed.  With this week came slim pickings but I feel like I would have picked Sanford Greene’s Rick and Morty variant from Oni Press because it kind of caught me off guard.  It stands out, simple, different, and very affective at grabbing ones eyes.

Sanford Greene did an amazing job on the new Runaways #1 regular cover.  The detail of the T-Rex for Emanuela Lupacchino’s Swords Of Sorrow #2 virgin variant was epic and having the 3 ladies dueling only added to the overall appealing nature of her cover design.  Irene Koh did a fantastic 50’s facial style for her TMNT’s cover, different than the usual Eastman and related covers you see for both the series and miniseries.  Finally we come to one of my favorite covers of the week, Wonder Woman by Brian Bolland that contributes to the DC Comics release of The Joker 75th Anniversary appreciation covers.  You see I like it so much because of how he did the jokers face.  I’ve always visualized the Joker in that way with elongated chin and 1950’s greaser hair.  Then with the bomb pictured seals the deal concerning the Joker’s winning personality.

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…)

  • Astro City Vol 3 #24 Brent Eric Anderson
  • Escape From New York #7 Incentive Mike Choi Virgin Variant
  • Infinite Loop #3 Variant Charlie Adlard Subscription
  • Minions #1 Renaud Collin
  • Pathfinder Origins #5 Variant Sean Izaakse Subscription
  • Rick And Morty #3 Variant Julieta Colas
  • Runaways Vol 4 #1 Regular Sanford Greene
  • Swords Of Sorrow #2 Rare Emanuela Lupacchino Virgin
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Casey & April #1 Regular Irene Koh
  • Wonder Woman Vol 4 #41 Variant Brian Bolland The Joker 75th Anniversary

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Weekly Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 5/27/2015

 

Here are my personal choices for this weeks top 10 comic book covers.  These covers got my attention and whether being good or not, are deserving of your attention as well.

This has been an off week for me as it was my birthday.  Nothing like being reminded that another year has past.  It has been fun watching my little kids grow up but as each year passes I feel the need to somehow in someway put the breaks on.  Alas that doesn’t seem to working out for me.  Well cheers for another great year, at least I still have my health, family, and friends!  Now for some comic book talk!

Brian Churilla made the top 10 list this week with his cover for Big Trouble in Little China.  I had a chance to meet him at ECCC this year, pretty cool guy.  Signed my Secret History of D.B. Cooper series that he worked on for Oni Press a while back.  Next Emanuela Lupacchino made the list again simply because her artwork is just so damn clean.  Her covers are stunning pieces of artwork and even though I haven’t read many of the series she’s worked on I still do enjoy gazing at her artwork.  I thought Jelena’s Divinity cover was done very well.  A clean cover emitting that mysterious feeling and since I’m currently reading the series I to0 am looking forward for the 4th and final installment of the 4-part miniseries.

A new series out called Indestructible Stingray made the list twice, Jeff’s cover of the mysterious woman was awe inspiring.  Love the penetrating eyes of the woman figure gracing the cover. On the other hand Nei’s rendition had more sex appeal to it with all proportions done just right.  Adi Granov did a variant cover for Inferno, I believe it’s a very sexy take of Magik (Illyana Rasputin).  I’m not sure if I like the out of the box look or if it’s just so different that it caught my eye, you be the judge. JH Williams III did a fabulous job on his abstract looking cover for The Sandman; colors are damn good too.  This weeks variant cover for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles caught my eye because of how each turtle was drawn…mean and green pumped up on an extra few doses of super steroids.  These turtles could rip you in half with their bare hands.  Christ man stay away from me!  Finally Kotteri did a great job on Ratchet and Drift for Transformers More Than Meets The Eye.

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

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Big Trouble In Little China #11 Regular Brian Churilla
  • Chastity #6 High-End Emanuela Lupacchino Virgin Art Ultra-Limited Variant
  • Divinity #4 Regular Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
  • Indestructible Stingray #1 Regular Jeff Langevin
  • Indestructible Stingray #1 Variant Nei Ruffino Subscription
  • Inferno #1 Incentive Adi Granov Variant
  • John Carter Warlord Of Mars Vol 2 #7 Incentive Emanuela Lupacchino Virgin
  • Sandman Overture #5 Regular JH Williams III
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #46 Incentive Alberto Ponticelli Variant
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #41 Incentive Kotteri Variant

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 4/29/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 4/29/2015

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!

So all hell has broken loose this week with the release of the final book for Batman’s End Game story line in issue #40 where apparently either or both Batman and Joker will die.  This has led to a run on the book and finding either the regular or variant cover will be difficult.  Yes difficult, unless you are willing to pay higher cost in the secondary market.  Now if you want the retailer incentive cover by Andy Kubert that is both awesome and twisted, well then good luck.

Next cover was Joe Eisma’s Morning Glories cover.  I like it because of the realism of the sunset.  If you stare at it long enough you can see the sky almost become a little wavy like a real sunset.  Next, I really like the color scheme of this weeks Multiversity by Francis Manapul.  A wonderful collage of vibrant colors and characters pleasing to the eye.  I’ve personally stayed away from the recent events of DC but it doesn’t mean the art can’t be fantastic.  This weeks Spread, which is always a twisted display of freakishness has also decided to jump on the action figure variant bandwagon; definitely an oddball villain.  Superman was chosen simply because of the way the characters were drawn and the viewing angle.  If you look closely at Superman on the cover it seems like the right portion of this body is just plain out of whack.  A very large bulge on the bottom right of his torso.  The followup issue to the wildly popular and sold out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44 and the possible death of Donatello story comes the retailer incentive #45 that shows what looks to  be a robotic Donatello and drawn to perfection.

Jonathan Lau’s Twilight Zone cover had a unique transition of light and dark.  I’m thinking the colorist has more work cut to do on this cover than Lau but still teamwork does pay off.  War Stories was just plain funny, take a look at the caption in combination with the art and I’m sure you’ll agree.  Finally we have a happy-go-lucky cover with this weeks Wayward.  Just drawn well, a happy feeling type of 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…)

  • Batman Vol 2 #40 Incentive Andy Kubert Variant
  • Batman Vol 2 #40 Variant The Mask WB Movie Poster
  • Morning Glories #45 Joe Eisma
  • Multiversity #2 Incentive Francis Manapul Variant
  • Spread #7 Incentive Michael Adams Variant
  • Superman Vol 4 #40 Incentive John Romita Jr Variant
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 5 #45 Incentive Zach Howard Variant
  • Twilight Zone Shadow & Substance #4 Variant Jonathan Lau Subscription
  • War Stories #8 Good Girl Nose Art Variant
  • Wayward #7 Sie Nanahara Variant

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/28/2015

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 1/28/2015

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!

It’s Superbowl day with my Seattle Seahawks facing off with the New England deflated Patriots!  Go Hawks!!  Now with that off my chest here’s this weeks top 10.  Of course Jae Lee’s Batman/Cat Woman cover came in on the the list. I just love the way he’s able to draw facial detail and his Batman isn’t too shabby either.  A Dark Horse series that seems to have very little play out in the comic world even after the release of the second series is Paul Tobin’s Colder: The Bad Seed.  By far a favorite of mine simply because of the imaginative genius of Paul Tobin and with Juan Ferreyra rather intricately imagery both on the cover and on each page.  If you haven’t hopped on board the band wagon yet do so soon because Colder takes an approach of nightmarish fantasy to a whole new level.  Karl Kerschl’s variant for Gotham Academy had that Japanese anime feel to it.  Nothing like viewing those big beautiful eyes!  Ben Templesmith seems to have a knack for drawing the creepy and horrific images that make your skin crawl and his latest is no different.  On top of that there’s another horror cover that caught my eye and that was Fran Bueno’s Graveyard Shift cover.  It kind a reminds me of my ex-girlfriend from way back when waking up in the morning.

Switching gears to a cutesie cover by Paulina Ganucheau.  I do enjoy a well drawn Dee-Dee and with her big red button.  My daughter has been waiting for this series to be released.   The new Secret Avengers cover was so different from the rest of Marvel’s release this week that I had to place it on my list.   The line detail was off the chart. From the background to the hair on both women gracing the cover.  It definitely was an eye catcher and with no idea what’s actually going on in the series I’d almost buy it, just for the cover.  Now I usually don’t go for T.V. series style comics or covers but this weeks Sleepy Hollows virgin variant cover by Robert Sammelin changed my mind.  Another odd cover was the new Ghostbusters and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team-up miniseries.  I know that the thought of having them team-up to fight whatever it is they are fighting seems a bit absurd but the cover had a lot going for it and it must have taken Robert Atkins a while to draw the scene; not to mention color.  Lastly, another Tomb Raider cover made the list.  She looks good as always and the story is pretty intense as well.  So there you have it, see you next week!

Top 10 List (Alphabetical Order…)

  • Catwoman Vol 4 #38 Cover A Regular Jae Lee
  • Colder Bad Seed #4 Juan Ferreyra
  • Gotham Academy #4 Cover B Incentive Karl Kerschl Variant
  • Gotham By Midnight #3 Cover A Regular Ben Templesmith
  • Graveyard Shift #2 Fran Bueno
  • Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #1 Cover B Variant Paulina Ganucheau Subscription
  • Secret Avengers Vol 3 #12 Michael Walsh
  • Sleepy Hollow #4 Cover B Incentive Robert Sammelin Virgin Variant
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters #4 Cover B Variant Robert Atkins Subscription
  • Tomb Raider Vol 2 #12 Brian Horton

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