In what has become a weekly Wednesday tradition, here are my favorite comic book covers of this week’s newest releases:

Batman: Creature of the Night #1 (cover art by John Paul Leon)

At the heart of the Batman story is Bruce Wayne, an orphan forever driven by the deaths of his parents and this cover neatly encapsulates the theme of innocence lost, the contrast of light and dark with the young child in the foreground in what I assume is his Halloween outfit, the ominous gunman (who bears a striking resemblance to The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus BTW) looming large in the background, tragedy set to strike.

Eternity #2 (cover art by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic)

As a sucker for creature designs, I can’t help but love this portrait of an other-worldly creature with its horn like protuberances, inhumanly narrow chin, shocking white eyes, and affinity for turtlenecks.

Glow #1 (cover art by Anny Maulina and Dia Ja)

I really like the earthy hues of this post-apocalyptic (?) cover – all browns and beiges, grays, and blues, with a tiny shock of teal in the foreground shirt worn by the youngster staring up at the foreboding tower.  I appreciate its elegance.

Heart Throb: Season 2 #5

Now this one is interesting – a classic automobile, its driver his back to us, glimpsed through some opaque filter.  A marked contrast to the hard line candy color displays of some of the younger skewing titles.

Lola XOXO: Volume 2 #5 (cover art by Siya Oum)

Syia Oum’s pencil work is sublime, the details of our young protagonist and the curious backdrop elements (the Hollywood sign, the gas mask) telling a tale in a single static shot.

Old Man Logan #31 (cover art by Mukesh Singh)

Probably the most beautiful covers of the week right here.  The colors are gorgeous and check out the texturing of the red leather outfit, Logan’s jacket, the details of the hair, the serrated blade.

Renato Jones: Season 2 #5 (cover art by Kaare Kyle Andrews)

A moment of clarity amid the violence as our protagonist draws respite, oversized gun still smoking, bullet holes and blood marking the backdrop.

Skies of Fire #4 (cover art by Pablo Peppino)

I have to give it up to artist who creates a gorgeous circa WWI tableau incorporating six distinctly different characters (seven if you count the dog).  Some really nice touches here with the shading, the suggestion of a breeze in the frozen flow of hair.

Beauty #17 (cover art by Jeremy Haun and John Rauch)

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautifully eerie set of covers than the offerings for this unnerving little series, and the latest entry delivers yet another gem.  Contrast the gorgeous textures of the dress with the cracked skin and decaying visage of its owner.

Ghost Butterfly (cover art by Martyn Lorbiecki)

This one is foreboding yet borderline whimsical, reminiscent of water color work of Jeff Lemire.  Very intriguing.

The Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing (cover art by Lauren Affe, Jonah J. Hill, and Daniel Warren Johnson)

Okay, let’s talk composition.  Lonely, cowed figure at the bottom surrounded by a sparse emptiness, a veritable avalanche of destruction raining down in a torrent of mud and metal.

Rosalynd (cover art by Stephan Franck)

Often the simplest of covers are the most compelling.  Who is this lonely figure with the suitcase?  What circumstances have found her in this beguilingly bleak setting?

The Woods vol. 8 (cover art by Michael Dialynas)

Originally, I wanted to cap my selections at single issues, but a few collected editions this week were just too beautiful to overlook.  Like this puzzling snapshot of a windswept warrior on his long drop down.  He’s falling, not flying, but something about his body language, that open-armed acceptance, seems to suggest he knows exactly what he’s doing.

SAM vol. 1-3 (cover art by Shang)

Either of the covers for these three volumes would rank as my favorite of the week, so I include all three (since, appropriately enough, all three were released today).  There’s a wonderful anime feel the proceedings – giant robots, kids, and post-apocalyptic mayhem.  Love the design work.

Injection vol. 3 (cover art by Jordie Bellaire and Declan Shalvey)

Another excellent cover in a long line of excellent covers for this series.  A convergence of tech and nature, and a foreboding sense of the calm before the storm.

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KathyC

Awesome artwork. I like to look thru comic books just to be amazed at the artistry.

Sparrow_hawk

Thanks for sharing the cover art. Since I don’t visit comic book shops often, I’d miss out on these.

MaggieL80
MaggieL80

All great pics and all so vastly different. Lola is my top pic but they all have nuances that intrigue and make you want to know more. Skies of Fire & SAM are tied for second for me. Thanks for posting. A nice introduction into a world that I rarely visit.

Duptiang
Duptiang

Will considering the current head lines I can see how Old Man Logan might make it in the mix for its content. I am a bit parcel to Skies of Fire, considering my work and my potential to want to get back to it. I am sure my Dad would have agreed.

gforce

Wow, some amazing artwork there. Have you read them all? Do they live up to their promising covers?

Duptiang
Duptiang

In walking around MoA I was dumbfounded that out of all the chocolate places none can replace Samoa for it spicy hot chocolate. I guess I will have to get better and get that job back with the airline so I can travel to YYZ, home to RUSH, and get another refill bag.

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

I really look forward to viewing these. Such stunning artwork and the different styles! Real eye candy – if you can say that in this instance
Thanks Joe for taking the time to share

maggiemayday

Beautiful art. I need to linger over a few of these.

dasndanger
dasndanger

Cover art certainly has evolved. Bleak, yet somehow still beautiful in its own way. That said, I am kinda growing weary of ‘bleak’. Maybe it’s the girly-girl in me, but I’d like to see covers that aren’t always so depressing. An artist can create a powerful image that is also beautiful in the truest sense of the word. One of my all-time favorite covers is this one by Joe Quesada (haven’t shared links in a while, so not sure it this will work): [URLcomment image[/IMG][/URL]

It’s a strong – even bold – image, but gorgeous, too. I love it so much I have a larger version framed and hanging in our bedroom. smile

das

dasndanger
dasndanger

Yeah, see…that didn’t work…lemme try this one:

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das

dasndanger
dasndanger

@ Tammy, Sparrow, jimfromjersey, Drea, and maggiemayday Thanks for the welcome back! Let’s see how long it will last. razz Yesterday we found about 3 big boxes of office supplies, and ceramic vases and such packed in towels and washcloths (a.k.a. RAGS). I am starting to feel not so guilty about throwing stuff away. smile

Also, I FINALLY got my Roku up and running. I thought Netflix would be enough, but most of what it has to offer just isn’t my cuppa. So I went with Roku, and subscribed to Acorn and Brit Box. Still not sure what all they have, but so far I have found Murdoch Mysteries, Hamish Macbeth, Touch of Frost, Second Sight, Doc Martin, Dalziel and Pascoe, Vicar of Dibley, and a bunch of other things that I either haven’t seen (or haven’t watched in a while), or I am currently watching and can now relax if I miss an episode because eventually it will show up on one of these channels. There’s also a Rugby Channel, just not sure it offers the games I want to see (southern hemi, mostly). Gotta check it out, though.

So, if I fall off the map again, and if I’m not unpacking, I might be watching my beloved Brit tv. Or sleeping. Or both. wink

das

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

I’m loving my Roku also. We have Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Acorn. If the internet works, then I’m good for months.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Oh, I forgot Vudu. If you have digital codes for movies, a lot of them are entered on Vudu Das. You might know that already but just in case…

dasndanger
dasndanger

Ooooo! Is the ‘reply’ button new?

And no, I didn’t know about Vudu. I’m pretty clueless about such things. I still prefer getting my music from free radio, my phone calls over a landline, and television from one-stop shopping satellite. Ever since our move, however, I had to switch to cable (too many trees for satellite), and it seems that over the past year or so, with streaming channels like Acorn and Brit Box popping up, British programming is very hard to find on regular tv now. So no more one-stop shopping. Now I have to hunt for my shows, and pay for each channel I want…it’s more work and it kinda sucks. But I guess it’s the price we pay for progress.

das

Sparrow_hawk

Yes. Isn’t the reply button grand?

PBMom

Welcome back Das!! I’m starting to not feel guilty about throwing away things either. I’ve got to get ahead of this 25-year collection in this house. LOL. My or Jeff’s poor family will just have to take a dumpster in here and toss and even that would be a week-long event.

Things I learned about Das today: You like rugby!

shinyhula
shinyhula

Old Man Logan is pretty spry for a dead man. Lots of gorgeous covers here. I’m ready for winter break, I managed to order the first of many presents, and MC2 Spy Bag with spy tools disguised as makeup (powder puffs for dusting prints).

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

All the covers are good but my favorite is “Eternity”.

PBMom

The Eternity one is pretty stunning. (I just saw Tammy said the same thing).