Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Art Attack: May 2012's Coolest Covers

-On Animal Man Annual #1 and Avengers Academy #30, Travel Foreman and Giuseppe Camuncoli both do something that makes their covers stand out in a perfectly logical and yet unexpected way, that being taking characters whose chief physical characteristics are physical deformities and actually making them visually a bit gross. Swamp Thing is a shambling swamp monster and Mettle is basically an accident victim with no skin, but the tendency for artists will often just be to make them look super heroic and bad ass; Foreman's Swamp Thing is a creeping mass of gelatin while Camuncoli's Mettle appears horribly uncomfortable in his own proportions. It solidifies what makes these characters unique when artists go for it like this, and it makes their work stand out in the process.

-On his variant to Avengers Vs. X-Men #4, Jerome Opena demonstrates how to make a simple concept very powerful. And dig those Dean White colors.

-Captain America dinosaur! Captain America dinosaur!

-There is seemingly not only nothing Paolo Rivera can't do, but nothing he can't do with his own spin. This month, he does sexy like you've never seen before on the cover of Daredevil.

-Dave Johnson is a genius with composition. I'm loving seeing the techniques he's been using to make his Deadpool covers break from the pack and am anxious to see how that black space is ultimately utilized. His Fury MAX stuff is pretty damn hot too.

-Breaking: Adam Hughes draws gorgeous ladies.

-It's always fun to see Ethan Van Sciver apply his detailed style to new designs, in this case Batwing and OMAC at the least.

-Hey, remember how I said a couple months back I was intrigued to pick up Glory based just on the cover? I did and I liked it!

-That Grim Leaper cover unsettles me and I can't put my finger on exactly why.

-Incredible Hulk #7.1's cover is currently the background on my work computer.

-What in the blue hell is happening on that Wolverine cover by Chris Samnee? I must know.

-Young Justice #16 feels a bit like an homage to the original Young Justice #22, itself a bit of an homage to New Teen Titans #8. Cool stuff.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #27 by Rafael Albuquerque
ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL #1 by Travel Foreman
AQUAMAN #9 by Ivan Reis
AVENGERS ACADEMY #30 by Giuseppe Camuncoli
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4 by Jerome Opena
BATMAN & ROBIN #9 by Patrick Gleason
BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 by Chris Burnham
BATMAN: EARTH ONE by Gary Frank
B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: THE DEVIL'S ENGINE #1 by Duncan Fegredo
CAPTAIN AMERICA & HAWKEYE #631 by Patrick Zircher
DAREDEVIL #12 by Paolo Rivera
DEADPOOL #54 by Dave Johnson
DIAL H #1 by Brian Bolland
FAIREST #3 by Adam Hughes
FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN #9 by Ethan Van Sciver
FURY MAX #2 by Dave Johnson
GLORY #26 by Ross Campbell
GREEN LANTERN #9 by Doug Mahnke
GRIM LEAPER #1 by Aluisio Santos
INCREDIBLE HULK #7.1 by Michael Komarck
INCREDIBLE HULK #8 cover by Michael Komarck
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #9 by Ryan Sook
MIND THE GAP #1 by Rodin Esquejo
MYSTERY IN SPACE #1 by Mike Allred
ROCKETEER ADVENTURES 2 #3 by Darwyn Cooke
ROCKETEER ADVENTURES 2 #3 by Dave Stevens
SECRET AVENGERS #27 by Alan Davis
SUPERGIRL #9 by Mahmud Asrar
SWAMP THING #9 by Yanick Paquette
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #12 by Kaare Andrews
VENOM #17 by Mike Del Mundo
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #10 by Chris Bachalo
WOLVERINE #306 by Chris Samnee
X-FACTOR #235 by David Yardin
YOUNG JUSTICE #16 by Christopher Jones