MOM’S COVER WATCH: March 13, 2013

Mom is back this week with a vengeance — presenting five covers for the week of March 13, 2013, that will make you weep with joy, sadness, shock and awe.

Written by Robert Kirkman
Cover Art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
Published by Image Comics

So, Ezekiel has a tiger in the zombie apocalypse. That’s the entire solicit for this issue. It’s also the entire cover.

Once again Adlard and Rathburn have put together a beautiful cover involving unbelievable topic matter. All the muted colors of the page allow the orange in the hidden tire to stand out and somehow magically work in this waste land.

This cover which seems to convey power and wisdom all at once is sure to become a Walking Dead classic.


batgirl batman18BATMAN #18
Written by Scott Snyder
Cover Art by Greg Capullo
Published by DC Comics

Written by Ray Fawkes
Cover Art by Daniel Sampere and Vicente Cifuente
Published by DC Comics

While these covers are by different artists, the robin on the boots and Barbara’s shoulder tie them together so well. They create a seamless tie-in, with the loss of Robin, that I wish was carried over into all the post-Robin titles.

Capullo’s art takes a much more serious tone than his more stylized covers we’ve seen in the “Death of the Family” cross-over. Simple still life imagery on Capullo’s part and a beautifully rendered portrait by Sampere & Cifuente show not only the basics of what we are shown in art class growing up, but create a heartbreaking point of view as well. These seemingly simplistic covers are so detailed with just the right shade of key lighting; they are flawlessly executed for such a serious storyline.


fearless defendersFEARLESS DEFENDERS #2
Written by Cullen Bunn
Cover Art by Mark Brooks
Published by Marvel Comics

Like Fanboys vs. Zombies or perhaps even Sensational She-Hulk, the Fearless Defenders series has made it clear they’re willing to have a little fun with their covers. Despite the fact that only two issues are now out, covers through issue five have already been released. Each Mark Brooks cover pays homage (or just plain pokes fun at) another pop-culture memory readers can reference. This month, the cover is made to look like the packaging of an action figure for Dani Moonstar, a.k.a. Mirage (which is would TOTALLY buy if it were real.)

This of course is to also clue readers into the fact that Mirage will be making her debut appearance in this issue. From the plastic holding the figure in to the warning logos and other tiny details, there is no way you can pass this cover up this month.


thunderbolts6THUNDERBOLTS #6
Written by Daniel Way
Cover Art by Julian Totino Tedesco
Published by Marvel Comics

No matter your feelings about Punisher being in a team book, the Thunderbolts covers have been killing it on style.

Each month the covers have focused on a red, black and white theme and always reinventing how to present themselves. This month is no exception as the team comes to the conclusion of their current mission and gains their last member.

On previous series, Tedesco seems to stick with a color palette that tends to blend together. This makes his more life-like works seem stylized. So, to see Tedesco’s work highlighted with such forcible contrast is refreshing and visually appealing in a whole new way.



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