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Cover of the Week – May 23, 2012

Cover of the Week is a presentation of the best cover from last week’s comic book releases, based on the art, design, and overall good looks.

This week features one of the masters of horror and creepy art! The one and only, Richard Corben!

Ragemoor #3 by Richard Corben

Not a lot of people like Richard Corben’s art. But nobody can deny his genius when it comes to drawing horror comics, it’s even synonymous with his name! If you say Richard Corben, the first thing that comes to mind is horror comics!

Corben made the tentacles the main focus of this cover. The red spots highlight them against the blue background, and he also drew the limbs like how they would look like in the real world. Functional and realistic, and also paying a lot of attention to detail like how the limbs expand and contract when gripping an object.  Great stuff!

Other books with pretty covers: All Star Western #8, Dark Horse Presents #12, and Unwritten #37

Cover of the Week – April 26

Cover of the Week is a presentation of the best cover from last week’s comic book releases, based on the art, design, and overall good looks.

Last week was Avengers week, so I guess everyone is busy looking at pictures of Iron Man, Thor, Cap, Hulk, ScarJo, and Jeremy Renner on the internet!

And speaking of Avengers, this week we have a lone Avenger for our cover of the week:

Moon Knight #12 by Alex Maleev

Now, I am a big fan of Maleev’s work, both covers and interiors. Ever since I’ve seen his work in Daredevil, I’ve never stopped following his projects. And I must say, his covers are one of the most iconic covers I’ve seen in Marvel.

This is a classic Maleev cover where he features the character in his full glory, while utilizing a design as minimalist as possible. In this case, using a full body pose with the bright moon as background, then frame it with his fist holding his signature weapon. And with that, we can see the character’s basic essence in one simple striking image!

To bad it’s the last issue. I’ll miss you, MK.

Now, here’s some other covers that I thought were pretty cool too:

See you next week!

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.

Cover of the Week – Sept. 29 2010

OK,  here we go!

For this edition of CoTW, I choose Captain America – Patriot #2 art by Mitch Breitwiser

So, I guess Captain America is the new Wolverine or Deadpool now. He has a million books with his name on it, and he’s spread out so thin you can see through him.  Joking aside, this cover gets the medal because of the dramatic pose and the clean effective poster-like layout.

Let me illustrate:Also, even though I’m not a big fan of digital art in comics. I’m a big fan of Mitch Breitweiser’s art.  He’s able to give this book a sense of rawness and sketchy pulp feel with his portrayal of a 1940’s superhero era.

So even though I really liked Ryan Sook’s detailed sexy female trio cover in Artifacts #2 (which is really good), this book’s efficient layout and design gets the cake.

Cover of the Week!

Cover of the Week is a presentation of the best cover from last week’s comic book releases, based on the art, design, and overall good looks.

This week we have Jurassic Park Redemption #1 by Frank Miller

WAIT WHAT?
JURASSIC PARK?!
YES THAT’S RIGHT!
JURASSIC PARK
!

I’ve always said that Batman books usually have great covers. This week saw an army of good Batman covers. We have Return of Bruce Wayne, Detective Comics, and Streets of Gotham featuring awesome Batman art. I would have easily chosen any of the Batman books to be the cover of the week, but this week belongs to DINOSAURS!

Let me ask you, when was the last time you saw a Dinosaur in a comicbook cover? Ok, and when was the last time you saw a dinosauar in a comicbook cover eating a person?! And when was the last time you saw a dinosaur in a comicbook cover, eating a person, and drawn by Frank Miller!

Sure, a lot of people hate Frank Miller for his All Star Batman & Robin stint (and his newly Hollywood showbiz “sellout” status), and not that many people like his art style. But you can never deny the awesomeness of a freaking DINOSAUR!

Design-wise, the near-blank background efficiently contrasts the detailed T-rex drawing. The logo is also unconveniently placed on the bottom-right (compared to normal top-banner logos), guiding the reader to look at the logo after viewing the main image. Sort of a diagonal directional composition technique. Subtle yet effective.

Now, i’m not justifying my pick with all that technical giberrish design fag talk. I mainly picked this because of the fact that dinosaurs are awesome, and nobody can deny their awesomeness!

EVEN BATMAN KEEPS A DINOSAUR IN HIS BATCAVE! THAT’S HOW AWESOME DINOS ARE!

Cover of the Week – Mar 6

Cover of the Week is my presentation of the best cover from last week’s comic book releases, based on the art, design, and overall good looks.

Wow it’s been a while since I did this thing.  It’s a bit busy out there in the real world, so I guess that’s what’s to blame for my lack of online activity lately. But anyways, lets move on to more pressing matters. Comics covers! And it’s John Cassaday all over again!

I Am Legion #2 – John Cassaday

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John Cassaday makes pretty awesome covers.  Aside from the whole bad-ass thing going on with the dude in front (with the shadows and stuff), Cassaday uses a simple bright red background (with the swastika) to bring attention and catch the eye, and then BAM! he adds the burning face inside the logo (if you’ve read the book, the “logo” or “mark” appears on some key characters). Like two covers in one, like ice cream on top of ice cream. And if you think the cover rocks, wait till you see the interior art! And yes, it’s by John Cassaday too! I think it’s the best looking World War II horror story ever, so far (well, except for Hellboy of course).

What’s your cover of the week?

Cover of the Week – Jan 29 ’09 releases

Cover of the Week is my presentation of the best cover from last week’s comic book releases, based on the art, design, and overall good looks

Hi hello folks! We’re sorry for not having an episode for last week. The boys were pretty busy with stuff in real life that we lost time to do the show. Don’t worry, we’ll be sure to deliver one this week and add some more stuff to make up for last week’s loss. Anyway, on to more pressing matters.

So I’m back to pick the best comic cover from last week! Here we go…

Amazing Spider-Man – Extra! #2 (I think the cover is by Paolo Rivera)

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One of the things that make a good comic book cover is how it can make someone pick up the book just by looking at the cover. I haven’t read AMS Extra #1, but when I saw this cover I felt that it could be an interesting book. And it is! I do love Paolo Rivera’s art, it has that sense of flexibility Spider-Man when he draws Spider-Man, and it has that “organic” feel to it. I can’t really describe it, but it feels like Marcos Martin’s art. Flexible & curvy.

Also, I don’t know if any of you noticed lately how Marvel’s titles on their comics seem out of place? Like the art is there and they just pasted the title without thinking of design? Though there are exemptions such as Dark Tower. Well, this cover’s title fits the what the cover would like to express. It’s like a magazine/newspaper, with a picture of Spidey infront, and some small captions to hint what’s inside. That’s pretty neat.

So what’s your favorite cover of last week?