-Leinil Yu is on fire with his Infinity tie-in covers for Avengers. These are posters waiting to happen. His Hulk this month is intense, but this Captain Marvel is a whole other level. It's great seeing more and more artists take to Jame McKelvie's great costume design and making it work in different ways. There's a Travis Charest vibe here in the texture, but the energy crackle is a bit Kirby; the overall composition is totally Yu. Also not to be overlooked, Sunny Gho's colors, which have been dynamite working with Yu, particularly on these washed Infinity covers, as the red lights up the piece here.
-I did not initially recognize that Avengers A.I. cover as being by David Marquez, as the dude's a master but this is something new for him with the cutting elements dissecting Vision. I wonder how long that took?
-Whenever I have tried in vain to draw, from childhood to present, I've found nothing more difficult than the whole "foreshortening" deal. Drawing a straight line telescoping toward "the camera" is hard enough, but a complex shape like, say, a question mark? You have my respect, Guillem March. Nice textures and facial work too.
-Mike Allred can do equal parts boundary-pushing outside the box techie pinball games and throwback vintage portraits; this kid may have a future.
-If you've been reading this blog and these entries for any stretch of time, you may know I have certain guaranteed tics that make me love covers, stuff like good homages or somebody destroying the logo...so well played, Georges Jeanty and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9!
-I highlight Massimo Carnevale's Conan the Barbarian covers a lot because I really like not just his art, but his style of painting. It's similar to other pieces I've shown this month from Dustin Nguyen and Rafael Albuquerque where the shading is such that rather than sections being dark and others being light, it seems like the whole thing is divided into slivers, each with a distinct shade. Gorgeous stuff.
-Does that David Aja cover for Hawkeye feel like him going "Your move, Mark Brooks" to anybody but me?
-Alex Maleev's cover for Secret Avengers feels like a hat tip to lots of stuff I dig. You got some Steranko S.H.I.E.L.D. in there, a bit of Bond Girl, a touch of the water color stuff his buddy Michael Oeming does--like on Mice Templar--and more. Distinctive Maleev too.
-I like seeing Paolo Rivera drawing most things, and aliens feels like something new, right? He's good.
-That Thor cover has me so pumped to see what Ron Garney does on interiors. He and Jason Aaron always seem to bring the best out of each other, this particular approach to this character seems tailored for him to really let loose.
-I'll miss you, David Yardin's X-Factor covers.
-X-Men #5 was my desktop wallpaper at work until this week.
-Also, Aaron Kuder.
ACTION COMICS #23.1: CYBORG SUPERMAN by Aaron Kuder
ASTRO CITY #4 by Alex Ross
AVENGERS #19 by Leinil Francis Yu
AVENGERS A.I. #3 by David Marquez
AVENGERS A.I. #3 by Mike Allred
BATMAN & ROBIN #23.2: THE COURT OF OWLS by Patrick Gleason
BATMAN #23.2: THE RIDDLER by Guillem March
BATMAN '66 #3 by Mike Allred
BATMAN: LIL GOTHAM #6 by Dustin Nguyen
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23.3: CLAYFACE by Guillem March
BLOOD BROTHERS #3 by Juan Doe
B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH #111 by Rafael Albuquerque
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #25 by Georges Jeanty
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #20 by Massimo Carnevale
FATALE #18 by Sean Phillips
FLASH #23.2: REVERSE FLASH by Francis Manapul
HAWKEYE #15 by David Aja
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #13 by Mukesh Singh
INFINITY #2 by Skottie Young
INFINITY #3 by Simone Bianchi
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.2: LOBO by Aaron Kuder
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23.2: ECLIPSO by Mikel Janin
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7.3: SHADOW THIEF by Tony Daniel
MICE TEMPLAR IV #7 by Michael Avon Oeming
SECRET AVENGERS #9 by Alex Maleev
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #18 by Ryan Stegman
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #3 by Paolo Rivera
SUPERMAN #23.1: BIZARRO by Aaron Kuder
SUPERMAN #23.4: PARASITE by Aaron Kuder
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #13 by Ron Garney
UNCANNY X-MEN #12 by Chris Bachalo
X-FACTOR #262 by David Yardin
X-MEN #5 by Arthur Adams
X-MEN LEGACY #16 by Mike Del Mundo
YOUNG AVENGERS #10 by Jamie McKelvie