It’s Wednesday and you know that means?! That’s right. It’s New Comics Day!
I no longer get down to my local comic shop as often as I’d like but, fortunately, my comixology membership allows me to keep up with all of the latest releases (and back issues!), purchase those that catch my interest, and even lets me preview the first few pages of each new issue.
I’ve always loved comic books but, the truth is, with so many titles out there and the oft maddeningly confusing crossovers and big events, it’s hard to keep track. Sure, I have my regular go-to’s but, sometimes, it’s nice to make a new discovery. Usually, this is a result of my wanting to check out an admired writer or favorite character, or, occasionally, being drawn to an intriguing premise. Every so often, however, it’s the art – specifically the cover art that piques my interest. I know, I know. Never judge a book by its cover. Certainly, appreciate the artwork, let it lead you into a new book and, once you’ve appreciated the whole package, THEN judge. But if the cover art catches your eye, why not reward the artist with a purchase?
Here is the first installment of what may (or may not) be a regular blog feature. My Favorite Comic Book Covers of the week:
Star Wars: Darth Vader #8 (cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli)
I don’t read Star Wars comics. Hell, I haven’t seen a Star Wars movie since halfway through Return of the Jedi. But this is one bad-ass cover with our stripped down Vader looking very zen in the face of a fiery planetary object, his dark accoutrements foreground prisoners of gravity.
Aquaman #30 (cover art by Stjepan Sejic)
Squint and slightly blur your perception, and it’s almost like Jason Momoa is staring back at you through the prison-like bars of Arthur Curry’s trident.
The Mighty Thor #701 (cover art by Russel Dautermann)
I like the way this one play with depth and perception, the fuzzy, unfocused background image of the nameless creature walking way; the shockingly crisp image of a shattered Mjolnir lying abandoned on Bifrost. And, hey, is that blood?!
Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan #2 (cover art by Declan Shalvey)
All the action is left justified, our anti-heroes facing off, blades vs. blades, as their turning structure crumbles and gives way to a prevailing stark white nothingness.
Descender #26 (cover art by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen)
Along those same lines, there’s this minimalist cover that nevertheless conveys so much. Have you ever seen a lonelier looking robot?
Maestros #2 (cover art by Steve Stroce)
On the other side of the spectrum is this audaciously detailed masterpiece that mixes magic, tech, and elements of horror.
The Realm #3 (cover art by Nick Filardi, Jeremy Haun, Kelly Jones, Michelle Madsen)
Speaking of horror, even if you don’t partake in the genre, you have to give it up for this eerie illustration that does a terrific job of evoking a sense of mounting dread through color and light. And, oh yeah, that skull-sporting dude advancing on us.