The mother of all comics takes a look a the best comic covers for the week of July 17, 2013 in MOM’S COVER WATCH.
Art nouveau is an under utilized style in comic covers. Perhaps it is because of the intricate detail required, which many comic deadlines do not often permit.
Here, though, Stuart Immonen’s classic style is paired with a nouveau background that looked as if it jumped off the load screen of the We Love Fine Tees website (pretty much the best place to find female Marvel characters “nouveau-d up” right now.)
The combination of the pink Phoenix circulating around Mastermind and Jean Grey creates breathtaking tension and you cannot wait to rip open the cover to see what is inside.
With a half dozen Red Sonja covers out this Wednesday there are plenty to choose from, one for every taste out there. However, with her signature take on multi-tone color palettes and fiercely powerful women, Fiona’s Staples takes the warrior woman crown.
Along with the shades that highlight Red Sonja’s hair and her never give up look, she’s surrounded by a bleak and ominous background. Scavengers hang from her shoulder as well as pick from the dead. When combined with the superb outlines, is there any doubt this cover stands out as one that can help reshape the image of the chain-mail wearing warrior?
The purple tyrant, who does nothing in this issue we know about except kill a lot of people, is juxtaposed against green growth. Green growth usually equals life thriving.
It’s almost an ironic note of what will occur within. For Thanos to become the destroyer of worlds he actually needs to up his game from alarming homicides to genocidal maniac. Seeing that progression has been interesting. Just as this cover, with it’s complimentary greens framing the blue suit and purple face in Bianchi’s detail oriented style, is equally as interesting.
Archer & Armstrong do the Brady Bunch bit with recurring characters, including aliens and a dinosaur. I do not think we need any more reason for why this cover is on a “best covers of the week” list.
Frazer Irving has some stunning line work here. The coloring then makes key figures stand out while continuing to compliment the plum background with almost neon shades of teal and purple along with dark green.
It’s a delicate balance of creating a diagonal that goes straight from where the eye would naturally fall on the cover first and bring your eye down naturally to the bottom right hand corner where it wants to go. It’s a modification on a traditional z-layout that works well and creates a visually balanced and artistically stunning cover to look at for a series that I wish would run forever.