Ed Benes' run of comic covers for Batgirl is just outstanding. I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite, but this is definitely one of them. The black background with the Joker stepping out holding a knife and a heart-shaped box is a very good portrayal of his character. Add in the creepily realistic wind-up teeth, and you've got a cover that oozes his unique sort of ruthless insanity. Benes' also draws a great Barbara Gordon Batgirl, so all in all, it's pretty hard to go wrong here.
This week's cover is the first issue of the new Marvel NOW, All-New X-Men series. And yes, I'm going to largely ignore the fact that I haven't posted anything in the past few weeks. I chose this cover for two reasons. One is the series premise, which is awesome and I'll talk more about it later. The second is because of this variant cover, featuring one of my favorites. This is the joke in case you missed the Olympics/Internet this year. It is one of about eight different variant covers from various artists, including J. Scott Campbell, Paolo Rivera, Skottie Young, Joe Quesada, Salvador Larroca, and Stuart Immonen. They span a wide range of styles so that was also cool to see for a single issue. Going back to Reason for Choosing This Cover #1, the story they are going for is really intriguing. The general premise is this: Xavier's first class of students is brought forward in time to see the current state of the X-Men. When you think about the X-Men story arc, how long it has been, who is on the team now versus then, and how much the characters have changed from first class to now, putting the two versions of the X-Men together has to get interesting. The present X-Men (especially Summers) will be face-to-face with their past, idealistic counterparts, forced to re-rationalize their choices and concessions that have caused the two groups to be so different. Then the past X-Men will have to find footing in this new environment, having to make sense of what their mission and dream for mutants has become. Wolverine is also likely to make a joke regarding which versions of Summers he prefers. Regardless of which one he chooses, this is a series I'd definitely like to pick up just to see how either side fares.
It's been about a month since I highlighted a DC cover, and DC was kind enough to provide me this on the 17th. Number 13 in Justice League's New 52 series, this issue focuses the League's conflict with Cheetah, Wonder Woman's old nemesis. I say old nemesis because although DC's story intro suggests they are continuing that relationship, they have shown that they aren't afraid to make big changes in the New 52. Regardless of your feelings toward the new 52, I think it's pretty hard to say this isn't an awesome cover. While the regular release cover isn't bad, I just don't think it's as interesting. The variant cover is by Tony S. Daniel who has done a lot of work on the Batman and Detective Comics series. While his deviantART page doesn't have a whole lot of material, Daniel has done enough that you should be able to find something he's worked on with relative ease. If not, you can always check the DC Comics website for a list of the projects he's worked on. It's worth a look, especially if you're a Batman fan.
This weeks post is a variant cover I found for Amazing Spider-Man #692 that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man. Artist Marcos Martin created five variant covers to mark the occasion, one for each decade, that depict key moments in Spider-Man's history. You can also recognize Martin from his work on Batgirl: Year One. Each cover is created in the same kind of style, a single color with black lines and occasional white highlights. I personally like the simplicity the cover offers, which (as I've mentioned in an earlier post) is something I don't see in a lot of Spider-Man covers. I also like that it addresses an important, and at the same time not what I would consider high-profile, story from Spidey's past. The Clone Saga has been a favorite of mine in comics as well as in the '94 animated series; and not only did I like it's inclusion in this tribute cover series, but I also liked how it was showcased. Even from a purely artistic standpoint, it's my favorite out of the five. But you don't have to take my word for it! You can see the other four covers here, here, here, and here.
Again, I must apologize to my one reader for missing last Wednesday's comic cover post (sorry, baby). However, in my attempt to make amends, I was able to find a pretty awesome Daredevil wraparound cover. It features Daredevil (go figure), Elektra, Iron Fist, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Black Widow surrounded by what I can only assume are Hand ninjas and a few choice villains. That team-up was part of what drew me into this cover. The Daredevil universe is something I know very, very little about; and while Marvel doesn't mind mixing their vast supply of heroes together, this mix seemed to pull from a lot of different areas. The big thing that made this cover stand out is the incredible artwork. Like I said, Daredevil is something I've never really gotten into, but Marko Djurdjevic has a way of making everything look like something I want to read. The detail and realism he brings to his characters is simply amazing. I could just pick covers from his website and I'd have good material a year. There are at least a couple that I'm setting aside for later posts. So if you have a few spare minutes, I'd definitely recommend taking a look at his portfolio.
Today is turning into a really busy day, so this week's comic cover post is going to be a little short unless I get on a rant about something. This is a recent offering of Avenging Spider-Man, and it's hard for me to pass up any Spider-Man/Deadpool team-ups. The cover itself was a team effort by Shane Davis, Mark Morales, and Matt Hollingsworth. The series is one I'm barely familiar with; it's pretty new, starting a little under a year ago. What really interests me about it is the style. Each issue is a little bit different thanks to a rotating cast of pencilers, inkers, colorists, and sometimes even writers. The stories depicted are also similar in that respect; the issues seem more like a collection of separate stories rather than a coherent arc. I don't know if this is by design or coincidence (like I said, I haven't sat down to read any in this series), but the random draft appearance does make it a bit more intriguing. Also, Spider-Man/Deadpool covers.
This week's cover is Supergirl #55, and I'll admit, I haven't read it. I was a little low on inspiration this week, and I haven't gotten a chance to run to a comic shop in a while, so I reached back into the pile of cover images I accumulated while putting this site together and pulled out this one. Unlike a couple of my friends whose first big date together was a Smallville tour through British Colombia, I never got into the Superman universe (comics, TV, or otherwise). The closest I get is Justice League, and it's not quite the same. Still, when I came across this cover, looking for some DC covers for a header graphic, I thought it was one of the cooler designs I had seen. At first I thought it was a kind of shattered mirror image, with the cracks separating the different elements. Looking at it a little closer, I could see that it was actually the viewpoint of Supergirl looking at Bizarro Supergirl through a field of broken glass. I think it's a really cool concept that translates into an awesome cover. Supergirl #55 was was Amy Reeder Hadley's introductory cover to the series, where she did several covers before working on (coincidentally, given my last comic cover post) on the new Batwoman series. Hadley has a website, a blog, and recently completed a Kickstarter project for a Halloween Eve comic book. It's all definitely worth a look.

Wednesday’s Weekly Comic Cover: Batwoman #5

September 12th, 2012 | Posted by Emmett in Comics - (1 Comments)
Batwoman #5 I'm glad I remembered this one. I saw this cover a month or two ago on a Wednesday after writing the comic cover post for that week, and I told myself that I'd remember it for the following Wednesday, but I didn't. Luckily, something about it stuck and I thought of it immediately after seeing the cover for the latest Batwoman issue earlier this week. This cover is for Batwoman #5, and in addition to being incredibly beautiful, I also find it a little unsettling. Kate Kane's turmoil is depicted so well that you can't help but internalize that emotion a little, or at least not in my case. This cover, and the others in Batwoman's flagship series, was done by JH Williams III who has a website you can check out if you're interested. Williams also just won two Harvey Awards this past weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con for Batwoman, one for Best Artist and one for Best Cover Artist.
Deadpool #900 Yes, I'm finally getting around to that Deadpool cover I was going to post. I was originally going to post this cover, but you may be able to tell by the post date that today is Thursday, and I was informed by a reader last night that I was late with my Wednesday comic cover post. So, in an effort to not disappoint my one reader, I've upgraded to the wraparound cover for Deadpool #900, a special 8-story, 104-page special edition celebrating the series' milestone. I realize it's not much in way of appeasement, but I haven't even gotten a chance to write about PAX stuff yet, so there will be more posts than usual this month. Anyway, this particular cover is by a Deadpool cover regular, Dave Johnson. Johnson is also one of the founders of something called the Drink and Draw Social Club. As you can probably guess, it's a get together of artists and aspiring artists at a bar for drinking and drawing. It looks like it happens just about every Thursday at a bar in LA, but they also appear to tour around a bit with various comic shows if you happen to live somewhere other than LA. They even have books with work from these outings for sale if you're interested. All in all, a pretty awesome thing that you might want to look out for the next time you go to a comic con.
Carnage #5 Wow. So this was a random find. I was planning on doing another Deadpool cover this week, because Deadpool is my favorite and I wanted to do a cover of his that I liked more than my post from a couple weeks ago. This a little too awesome to pass up though. The cover is by Clayton Crain, and it's issue three of five in this series that tracks the return of the Carnage symbiote from space. Crain does all the covers in the series as well as the inside work. You might also recognize his work from X-Force volume 3 (another one of the my favorite series) and - as I'm learning today - a lot of other comics where he does the same cover/pencil/ink/color combo. A lot of Crain's work is pretty amazing, but I think he does a spectacular job with Carnage. It's legitimately terrifying. I know that's kind of the point of Carnage, but other renders of him haven't strongly invoked that kind of response from me. The story synopsis also sounds incredibly interesting. Parts of the story are told from the viewpoint of someone being taken over by the symbiote, not Cletus Kasady, and it details that person's struggle to keep control of their own mind even after their body has been taken over. Like I said, it sounds like it would be a really cool perspective to read from, but maybe that's because of it's similarity to another series I love. Either way, I'm adding this to my list of comics to pick up.