This week’s choices are nothing but covers that our Mother of All Comics, Jessica Boyd, has been chomping at the bit to feature, but had to wait for THIS WEEK to feature. So hang out, she’s got plenty to say for the comic cover art featured on April 10, 2013.
COLONIZED #1 (of 4)
Written by Chris Ryall
Cover art by Dave Sim
Published by IDW Publishing
Somewhere between the era of pulp and superheroes lies the sci-fi genre’s golden era. Somewhere between that and our current obsession with mindless undead killers lies Colonized.
No matter what you think of Cerberus, Dave Sim has created an engrossing cover that seems to meet your expectations for such an unusual battle between aliens, zombies and the military.
The colors do most of the battle by blending the tannish, almost puce brown associated with the living dead and the stereotypical day-glow green many minds associate with aliens. By calling upon these cultural references, along with the limited palette, you feel like you’re staring at a B-movie poster from the late 50s or early 60s that’s been given just slightly more detail.
BATMAN LI’L GOTHAM #1
Written by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs
Cover art by Dustin Nguyen
Published by DC Comics
Alright, let’s be frank… (even if your name is Larry *rimshot*) this cover has been around for a while. OK, longer than awhile: SINCE OCTOBER! This is another digital first book that has been collected into a published edition.
Li’l Gotham has been a long time coming, since its stories are seasonal and holiday-based. However, Dustin Nguyen has not only created a universe of some of the most adorable Batman universe characters, but infused them with bright watercolors that can’t help but make you smile.
Also, Damian Wayne is still alive, his relationship with his father and acclimation to social and cultural norms is the center of all the stories. Nothing but love here.
Written by Matt Fraction
Cover art by David Aja
Published by Marvel Comics
Admit it, as cool and hip and different as they are, about six months into the Hawkeye covers you stopped being wowed.
Then the solicit for issue nine appeared on Marvel’s website. It wasn’t just there that is started creeping up. Avatars on Twitter suddenly proclaimed their love of the bowman. Tumblrs were acting like they were lagging, because the same image kept showing up on reblogs. Fans were not waiting for the official shirt to go on sale but making their own!
Plus, rose colored glasses. Kate looks like she could take on Clint and need nothing else but a smirk.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #20
Written by Andrew Chambliss
Cover art by Michelle Madsen and Phil Noto
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Phil Noto creates some of the most beautiful and almost photo-realistic faces in comics. So, having a cover that looks exactly like the actors is expected in this television to comic transitioned book.
What makes this cover exceptional are the color choices. The teal and green background is contrasted with a pink and maroon inset areas. Greens and pinks are complimentary colors (opposites on the color wheel.) So even if they were the colors of a sorority you never liked or that baby room that seemed too girlie at your friend’s shower, you couldn’t help but be attracted by it. That’s because they naturally work together.
Here they contrast Xander with his girlfriend, and sister to our main slayer, Dawn. It places his character in a position of power, which from the solicit, he’s ready to take control of and do something about it.
BATMAN AND RED ROBIN #19
Written by Peter Tomasi
Cover art by Mick Gray and Patrick Gleason
Published by DC Comics
Go ahead, call me on it.
Until this weekend, I had no clue I’d care about this cover. Bravo, DC, bravo.
However, hats off to Mick Gray and Patrick Gleason for an appropriately color toned cover that not only matches the title, but probably Batman’s feelings. Also, they did a great job of keeping Kelley true to her 80s image but making her not look like she’s out of her own time-frame.