Saturday, October 22, 2011

Art Attack: January 2012's Coolest Covers

-When I was a little kid and saw The Little Mermaid, my mother, an artist herself, sat next to me and pointed out during the first scene where people were swimming how an animator had illustrate every single bubble around the figures and every movement; it was a moment I'll always remember as when I truly came to respect people who create visual art and how much work the smallest details are. Anyways, Ivan Reis' Aquaman cover here reminds me of that moment, and certainly that is meant as a high compliment.

-I'm not sure of the story in Greg Pak and Mike McKone's first arc on Astonishing X-Men, but Agent_M and I like to imagine it is set in prospecting times where Wolverine has a handlebar mustache and golden claws. Action figure, please.

-That Avengers cover by Daniel Acuna is one of the most striking images of Storm I've seen in some time, and that covers impressive ground.

-Clayton Crain's cover for Carnage U.S.A. and Art Adams' sea monsters from Fear Itself: The Fearless are going to combine to give me nightmares.

-I love how Ryan Sook is experimenting with persepctive and the sense of reality in his DC Universe Presents cover work. It's the right character for it and the results have been great.

-As awesome as Skottie Young's cover to John Carter: A Princess of Mars is, I also need to give a quick shout out to the comic itself, something I'll need to expand on soon.

-Amanda Conner draws fun stuff.

-That Six Guns cover by Butch Guice is not just rad, it's so different than anything he's done lately or maybe ever. How did he do that?

-Kaare Andrews' cover to Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6 isn't just pretty, it's well-constructed; it presents not only the character in action, but demonstrates his powers, gives a nod to the guy behind the mask and conveys his demeanor in just his facial expression.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #677 by Lee Bermejo
AQUAMAN #5 by Ivan Reis
ASTONISHING X-MEN #46 by Mike McKone
AVENGERS #21 by Daniel Acuna
BATMAN AND ROBIN #5 by Patrick Gleason
BATWOMAN #5 by J.H. Williams III
CARNAGE U.S.A. #2 by Clayton Crain
CHEW #25 by Rob Guillory
DAREDEVIL #8 by Paolo Rivera
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #5 by Ryan Sook
FEAR ITSELF: THE FEARLESS #4 by Art Adams
iZOMBIE #21 by Mike Allred
JOHN CARTER: A PRINCESS OF MARS #5 by Skottie Young
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #633 by Stephanie Hans
KING CONAN: THE PHOENIX ON THE SWORD #1 by Andrew Robinson
LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE BURNING HAND #1 by Dave Johnson
MAGNETO: NOT A HERO #3 by Clay Mann
MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #4 by Amanda Conner
PIGS #5 by Dave Gibbons
SCARLET #7 by Alex Maleev
SIX GUNS #4 by Butch Guice
SWAMP THING #5 by Yanick Paquette
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #6 by Kaare Andrews
VICTOR VON DOOM #3 by Sebastian Fiumara
X-FACTOR #230 by David Yardin