Cover of the Week! (Oct. 6, 2010)

Hello and good day! It’s another edition of NITPICKING ON COMIC BOOK COVERS AND ACTING LIKE I KNOW A LOT ABOUT ART!

In this week’s edition of CoTW! Wolverine #2 by JAE LEE (I like to call him Jay)Don’t you just love Jae Lee’s covers. They’re simple, clean, dynamic, and they make very good posters! Also, this cover reminds a lot of this painting:Notice how similar it is to the illustration above? Come to think of it, almost all of Jae Lee’s (recent) covers look like Frazetta paintings. Sounds like a good homage to me.

Anyway going back to the cover, let me point out the magic points.First, the characters follow a general diagonal motion, starting from Sabretooth up above, to the tentacles under wolverine. They all follow one motion, and Wolverine goes against that motion, creating an “underdog ” effect to his pose.  Second, the simple effective use of a warm foreground color versus a cool background color. This separates the figures from the backgrounds while maintaining a sense of environment. The simplistic background provides a third purpose, allowing the main title to be clearly visible to the reader. One more thing is that the cover follows the natural zig-zag pattern people do when reading.Jay is awesome, no?

So there you go, my pick for the Cover of the Week! If you have a better opinion as to what cover should be CotW, or if you think I don’t know what I’m talking about, feel free to drop a comment.

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