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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!

Tres Komikeros 69

John, Migs, and Alex very maturely gather ’round to very maturely bring you… episode 69.  Books featured this week are Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #1, Jonah Hex #67, and Moon Knight #1.

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DC – Vertigo

John, Migs, and Alex sit down and speculate on the future of Vertigo Comics and the recent appearances of iconic Vertigo characters in the DC Superhero Universe post-Brightest Day.

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TK 60: The List (Part Three)

EJ and Jad join John for the first episode of 2011! Continuing the rundown of TK’s 100 favorite comics, the gang struggles to keep it together as they nerd out around a bottle of red wine.

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Cover of the Week – DOUBLE FEATURE!

Yes kids! Time for another edition of COVER OF THE WEEK! This time, I will showcase two covers from the past two weeks (Oct 13 & 21 releases), featuring the covers of Hellblazer – City of Demons #1 (Sean Murphy) and Thor – First Thunder #2 (Jay Anacleto)

It’s not always easy choosing the cover for the week, especially if there’s not that many good books out on that week. Most of the time, they have a generic cover format or pose; and although it’s not noticeable to most of the readers, they have a tendency to look stale and static. But there are times when gems like these are found along with average and “meh” cover art. Two books with two very different styles, but both really are very pleasing to the eyes. (oh wow, did I just make a rhyme?)

So now let’s take a look at the covers, starting with Hellblazer – City of Demons #1.

… and Thor – First Thunder #2.

And there you have it! Sean Murphy and Jay Anacleto cover of the week double feature!

If you have your own cover of the week, or if you think I don’t know my art theories (which I don’t) and I’m just making these things up (which I do). Feel free to post a comment and we can do a pokemon battle!

Cover of the Week – May 20, 2010

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 will showcase an awesome art from ink master Sean Gordon Murphy.

Joe the Barbarian #5, art by Sean Murphy

The first thing I noticed about this cover is it’s composition. At first glance, the main focus on this image is the big knight holding a chain. But then after a few seconds Joe and Jack come into the picture and few seconds more you will see the swirling water behind them establishing that they are in the water and the knight is actually an reflection of what Joe is looking at!

For me it was 3-step process with the last step seeing the “whole” image. I really like how the cover was conceptualized and designed. The cover set up the mood for the book, a feel of exploration and awe, and how the point of interest is both in and out of the image!

The linework here is great. I’ve always admired Sean Murhpy’s work ever since he started with this style in Hellblazer. He has great control over blacks and whites and his images are always moving and dynamic.

As an artist, looking at this cover would make me shoot myself.

So what’s your cover of the week?

Prejudged! 02.16.10

Here we are, in another action-packed edition of the All-New, All-Powerful Prejudged!!! This is another huge week in comic books, with releases like Amazing Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Captain America, Batman, Dark Avengers, Daredevil, Power Girl, Deadpool, Incredible Hulk, and Uncanny X-Men.

This time though, we’ll be taking a look at covers to titles which I think should be getting more attention, in an attempt to make this already big week HUGE!!!

First on our list is Invincible #70: cover by Ryan Ottley

After years of build-up, the Sequid Invasion finally begins and Invincible and his fellow heroes seem outmatched and overwhelmed. How will they escape their doom?… Just a little old-school hyping up for ya. As always, Invincible promises to be a fun-filled thrill ride with lots of action, drama, and a whole lot of teen angst. This comic book has been as consistent as its Marvel counterpart, Ultimate Spider-Man, without stepping into “rip-off” territory. As a friend once said: “Invincible is good enough to make you pass on sex”…… There’s a comments section at the bottom of the page, by the way.

Next is Batman: Streets of Gotham #9; cover by Dustin Nguyen

This is my bet for Alex’s next Cover of the Week. Heck, just the covers alone make me get this title every month. Not to say that the stories aren’t good too. This issue is penned by Mike Benson. For those who aren’t familiar with him; Michael Benson is a regular writer on HBO’s hit series “Entourage”. Come to think of it, he’s probably responsible for Vincent Chase as Aquaman….. Anyway, expect this issue to have the usual gorgeous artwork from Nguyen, with a strong done-in-one story. The Manhunter c0-feature ain’t too shabby either.

Next up is a personal favorite, Punisher #14; cover by Mike McKone

Bitch all you want about the plot being ridiculous and campy, cause guess what, this isn’t your usual Garth Ennis Punisher anymore. You can save the gritty realism for the Marvel MAX line. This is the 616, where people wear bright colored spandex and can come back from the dead as a badass Frankenstein monster. I thought I’d never again read a Punisher book and actually have a blast. It’s not that I don’t like the Ennis Punisher (the adult in me loves it), it’s just that the 8 year old in me thinks Franken Castle is an awesome name!

Lastly we have Joe the Barbarian #2; cover by Sean Murphy

Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy. If you’re aware of who these two are, that should be enough reason to pick this up. The first issue was off to a great start, showcasing the spectacular artwork of Mr. Murphy and a more grounded Grant Morrison (as opposed to the freaky weird (albeit brilliant) version of Grant Morrison) who is one of the few comic book writers who excel at both superhero and non-superhero stories. Joe the Barbarian is a powerful piece of storytelling.

So there you have it. If you’re not already reading these titles, I hope I’ve been able to steer you towards at least taking a good long look at the cover to Streets of Gotham. See you next week.

Tres Komikeros 38

EJ, John, and Migs assemble for the first episode of the year to talk about Brave and the Bold #31, Joe the Barbarian #1, and Dark Avengers #13.  With a bonus review of Final Crisis (not even kidding).  After a round of Quick Shots and War of Thumbs, we discuss the positive contrast of modern fandom against 90s fandom in READABILITY vs COLLECTABILITY.

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Cover of the Week – Jan 15 ’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

It’s that time of the week again.  I don’t even know why I’m doing this anymore, aside from the fact that I’m a comics art whore and that posting on the internet is the new “cool” thing these days.  So anyways, everyone’s favorite cover artist is featured this week!  Sorry, it’s not Rob.

Fables #80 (art by James Jean)

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Well, who wouldn’t like some panties on their comics cover? And besides, it’s by James Jean! Awesome comics artist extraordinaire! I don’ have much to say about this man, aside that his covers are consistently good (although sometimes they’re just meh, but still better than other books), and there’s even a coffee table book collection of his Fables covers (out of stock on Amazon)! It’s that good and pretty.  His covers have this type of composition that when you see a James Jean cover, you’ll notice that it’s a James Jean cover even if the art might not really look like his.  For me, that’s what a good comics cover should be.  A good mix of art, design, composition, and that feeling that the book is calling you even if after reading it you’ll regret picking it up and blame it all on the cover for being pretty and tempting.  And for some reason, I really find the women he draws on his covers very attractive. Or maybe it’s just me.

Okay.  That’s all, folks.  Tune in after a few days to hear my manly voice talk about comics!