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Judging (Marvel’s December) Books By Their Covers

Marvel’s December solicits are up (they’ve been up so long that February is around the bend!), so let’s make some prejudgments based just on the covers (as we all love to make prejudgments, don’t we?).

Let’s begin!
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I believe that Ron Lim only draws a certain way because that’s what people expect of him, and this cover, I think, shows how he CAN draw in a different style (in fact, it is right next to the standard Ron Lim figure).

It’s just too bad people only want him to draw like how he did on Silver Surfer twenty years ago.
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Fair enough cover layout by Mat Broome, but the specifics of the figures seem a bit rough.

Particularly the faces.
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This Dave Bullock cover is pretty darn adorable.


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Very cool Lee Weeks Amazing Spider-Man cover.


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I like this Barry Kitson cover even better – it is a lot looser than what you expect from Barry Kitson, and I think the end result is a good look for Kitson.

Very old-school looking cover.
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Cute Patrick Olliffe cover, although I don’t get how Spider-Man would ever think this was a good idea – doesn’t his webbing stick to stuff for, like, an hour?


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Very strong Ron Frenz cover.

Quite the romantic cover – very “Rhett and Scarlett.”
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This David Nakayama cover is not striking at all.

It’s an interesting enough drawing, however.
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Cute homage by Ariel Olivetti.

I think more artists should homage this Steranko drawing, especially like this cover, where it stands out because Cable doesn’t fit the traditional mold of this cover, and I think that’s what Olivetti is trying to get across – to protect the kid, Cable will do whatever he needs to do, even if it requires great feats.
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I dig that Epting did a little mini-theme on these last three covers.

First Bucky/new Cap, then Winter Soldier/New Cap and now, new Cap by himself.

Good stuff.
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Strong Howard Chaykin cover – one of his most mainstream appealing pieces of work in some time.


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This Civil War: House of M cover doesn’t look like Mike Perkins at all. Is it really him?

I hope it is not him, as it is an underwhelming cover design.
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There are a couple of dirty jokes that came to mind when I saw this Jae Lee cover.

I shall repeat none of them!
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Decent Kaare Andrews cover – definitely a step up from the last Dead of Night series!


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Decent Ferry cover – perhaps a bit too cluttered, but basically, a good cover.


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This Tim Green cover freaks me out, but if he is supposed to be drawing a totally emaciated kid, he did a fine job!

If it is just supposed to be a scrawny kid, that’s just weird.

Nice cover design, though!
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Fair enough Jimmy Cheung cover for the variant to this comic (or is the Green one the variant? Same difference, I suppose, since it is a 50/50 split).


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A good iconic pose by Daniel Acuña, but the execution just seems flat.

That flatness is something that I think will trouble me with Acuña’s art every issue – when it isn’t there, he’s awesome – when it is…well, not so good.
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I’m quite interested in Francesco “Matt” Mattina’s work – he seems to be a new talent to watch out for. His Thunderbolts covers have been stunning.

I think this cover is a bit too hit and miss, though. The Sue part is striking, especially the way he manages to make a photo-realistic character flow with the image. However, I don’t love the overall layout and the Thing figure seems lackluster.

Still, forgetting his great Thunderbolts cover, just on that Sue alone I think Mattina is one to pay attention to.
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Sorry, Clint Langley, I don’t dig this Blastaar enough to merit it the whole cover.


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And I definitely don’t think Langley drew this monster lady well enough for this Danny Ketch cover to work.

I have to think that the intended effect was actual horror, not Rocky Horror, and if so, I don’t think it works.
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Cool cover by Gerald Parel.

I like the attention to the background figures.
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I like the way Bob Layton makes the hand on this cover appear like an animal in and of itself.

Clever idea.
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Come on, Marko Djurdjevic!

You can crank out covers like this one in your sleep!

Where’s the flair? Where’s the élan?

You’re one of the most dynamic cover artists out there, I’d like to see it!
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Frank Cho is a lot more dynamic on this Hulk cover, and you, of course, simply have to love the sight gag.

Sorry, you have to – it’s a requirement.
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Wow, that’s a pretty garish cover.

Not a good use of two great artists in Steve Lieber and Dave Bullock.
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Very trippy cover by Juan Doe.


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Now Tommy Ohtsuka has changed his look, so he doesn’t look so much like Proctor anymore!

Damn, now I have nothing left to say about these covers!
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Decent enough Clayton Henry cover – has Thor not appeared on the cover of a Marvel Adventures Avengers issue yet?


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Pretty laid back Salva Espin cover.

Probably a bit too much so.

Hey, has anyone noticed that these titles have no colons in them? They’re not what you would think, Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four, it’s just simple Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four. Weird.
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Very cute Francis Tsai cover.


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Awesome cover by Art Adams – loses some of the luster when you see it was drawn almost a decade ago, but still, awesome!


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I love the interesting coloring on this Gerald Parel cover – it has an intriguing effect.


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Cute cover by Greg Tocchini.

I think he was spot on with his cover design choice.
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This cover by Jay Anacleto is interesting to me, in the sense that the intent of the piece is to, like the original Marvels, place the famous Marvel heroes into the same plane as “real life” so that they pop out more than they normally would.

However, I think the effect here is that the Thing looks LESS “out of the ordinary” and I think he actually pops out LESS than a normal cover.


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This second issue cover, though, I think gets that approach right.

Spider-Man pops out here more so than a normal Spider-Man cover, although I would note that there have been other covers that got the same feel, as well, so this Anacleto cover doesn’t have that same uniqueness that Marvels did, as the whole “clash the out of the ordinary with the ordinary” cover approach is a big one for a lot of Marvel’s current crop of cover artists (Adi Granov and Kaare Andrews two notable ones).
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Wow, I didn’t know that they made tin woman pornography.

Tracing jokes aside, it’s a good cover by Land. Strong layout.
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The tracing jumps out more here, but the cover is fair enough.


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Decent Djurdjevic cover.


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Clever cover design by Suydam – really using his painting style to good use here, getting across a feel that other artists simply CAN’T provide.


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Strong work by David Williams with a tough assignment – “Make a goofy character seem imposing.”


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I like this New Exiles cover – Alex Garner, right?

My question is, though, Rogue has changed her costume since this cover was first solicited – think they’ll change the cover?
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Nic Klein does a good job doing a work similar to David Williams’ assignment “Make ridiculous looking characters look kinda cool.”


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Speaking of doing their best with a bad character design, Mike Deodato…well, actually, this cover design isn’t that great, either.

The character drawing (of an ugly design), is good, though!
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Alina Urusov is really vibing Middleton here, to good effect.


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A strangely mundane Dave Johnson cover.


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You have to appreciate Dave Wilkins’ ability to just all out on all his assignments.

I do not know if that bustling energy always sells the project, but damned if he doesn’t bring that energy on every cover assignment he does!


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Typical Bachalo cover.

And typically for Bachalo covers, a good cover.
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Stuart Immonen is amazing, which makes it more disappointing when his idea for a cover is just a lone figure drawing doing basically nothing.


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It’ll be an awesome comic, but that Steve Dillon cover isn’t all that good.


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Decent little character piece by Ramos.

So what’s the deal – is Runaways canceled again or what?
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This Frédéric Genet cover reminds me a bit of Massimo Carnevale’s covers – and that’s a fellow you want to be compared to!


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I actually like a lot of this She-Hulk cover by Deodato – the facial expressions (particularly Valkyrie) are spot on.


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Can’t say that I am a fan of this Stjepan Å ejić cover, though.

Is that Cousin It on her left shoulder?

By the by, what’s the deal with re-naming Annuals as one-shots instead? Does a She-Hulk one-shot really sell better than a She-Hulk Annual? I find that hard to believe.
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If this is the Yearbook cover, it looks really quite slapped together.


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You are so adorable, Terry Moore! And Christina Strain, holy crap, that is some awesome coloring!


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Very cool variant cover by Dennis Calero.

Impressive work.
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This Ron Garney cover looks like an interior panel cover.

Not a fan of those.
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Seriously, that lady’s chest does not even look like it fits on to her body!


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Quietly very effective cover by Lee Bermejo.

I love he is able to mix his style up so much on different covers – some are very stylized and some are quiet and subtle.
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That’s a big darn nose on Juggernaut.

It’s crazy how Mike McKone has the light reflect off of Xavier’s bald head in a radiating pattern…oh, that’s not what that is?

My bad.

I didn’t know Xavier has SONAR.

Oh…not that, either?

Never mind.
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This Ferry cover looks barely finished!


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This Immonen cover is an example of how a lone figure cover can still be effective, when the sheer appearance of the figure is getting across a story point.

And, obviously, since it is Immonen, it is well drawn.
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I wonder, is the look on Rogue’s face intentional or just happenstance?

What I mean is, is Mark Brooks trying to intentionally convey something about Rogue’s personality by the way she is handling jumping from an airplane with complete detachment/calm?

Or is it just happenstance?
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Yeah, this cover is pretty cheesy, but I think the Dodsons mostly pull it off.

Unless the purple-haired woman is supposed to be Pixie, in which case, never mind.
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Speaking of cheesy, this Angel Medina Venom cover is pretty cheesy, too, but he definitely pulls it off.


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Gurihiru is really good at these silly covers.


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More dynamism than I usually expect from Michael Ryan.


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The solicits credit Roberto de la Torre for this cover, but it doesn’t look like his work.


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An impressive cover team-up by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Marko Djurdjevic.

Love the odd cover design.
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An even more impressive mix-up of Jimmy Cheung and Marko Djurdjevic.

And I love the sheer “WTF?” nature of this cover!

I think Marko Djurdjevic should be added to all covers, sort of like a steroid – to enhance performance.
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Djurdjevic soooo could have enhanced this cover, too!

Although, to be fair, McGuinness did a fine job on this one by himself.
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Nice cover by Scherberger.


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Djurdjevic enhanced the heck out of this Ron Garney.

Seriously, Marvel should do a What If..? for One More Day, and have them turn down the Mephisto offer and then have that lead to Mary Jane and Peter like, getting hit by a bus or something. That’d be hilarious.

Actually, even better, make it 22 pages, and show 22 different outcomes had they turned down the offer, and have each one of them in a horrible death for Mary Jane and Peter.

HILARITY!!!
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Standard enough cover look, but a good one!

Nicely done, Deodato.

Wolverine and Wolverine Jr. on the prowl!
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Definitely a dynamic McNiven cover.


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Wow, almost kinda sorta restrained work by Dave Wilkins!

What’s he homaging here?
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Really odd effect on this X-Factor cover by Mike Mayhew.

The faces on the Madroxes don’t all seem to, well, fit.
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Decent enough cover by Mike Choi, but I don’t think the collage effect works as well as it could have.

I’d like more of a demarcation between the three figures.
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I almost have to appreciate this cover in its sense of “yeah, I know what you’re thinking – and I don’t care! I like drawing this type of stuff and people love me, so I’m going to keep doing it – deal with it!”

Gotta love Finch. He draws what he wants to draw.

I honestly admire that about him.
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Is this a brand new costume for Nightcrawler?

Surprised at how laid back the Ramos cover is. The Runaways cover was pretty laid back, but it had slightly more of an edge to it – some sort of characterization spark. This doesn’t seem to have any of that.
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I will destroy you with my legion of miniature airplanes!!!

What’s that, Brandon Peterson?

No, I have never heard of this “perspective” you speak of.

What is it?

Uh huh.

Uh huh.

Uh huh.

Oh, okay.

Never mind, then!
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How come this X-Men Noir cover looks kinda goofy and overly computerized shiny…

but this cover, also by Dennis Calero, is spooky and effective and awesome?


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Mario Alberti did a great job on the interiors of the first issue of this series.

This cover looks funny (in an intentional way).
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Maybe a bit much, but really, this Mike Deodato cover isn’t that bad.


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Very cool Bachalo cover.

I like when he gets all manic with his covers.
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This Adrien Floch cover looks fair enough.

Kinda generic, but not offensively so.
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HONORABLE MENTIONS
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I do love it when Ross uses different angles to depict his action.

Definitely lends a uniqueness to the covers, and when the basic premise is this sharp, it works wonderfully.
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These Djurdjevic covers are what I expect from him…

First, the imposing regal nature mixed with the drama of the Executioner…

Secondly, an offbeat dynamic use of different angles on this cover…

You’re the tops, Marko!
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Super suitably spooky cover by Jason Pearson.


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A great introduction to the characters of Incognito by Sean Phillips.


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TOP FIVE
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5. Clayton Henry’s recent months have had quite a few really sharp, dynamic covers.

This is one of them.


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4. Tim Bradstreet killing me with my bias towards Christmas covers!!


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3. Francesco “Matt” Mattina continues his striking Thunderbolts cover work with a cover that stands alone as a striking image, but also manages to get story elements in beautifully.

Diggle is lucky to have this guy drawing the covers to his new run as the book’s writer.
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2. Obviously, my Christmas bias is showing, but this is one of the best Clayton Crain covers that I can recall seeing.

The comparison between the darkness of the cover and the Christmas lights works beautifully.

A striking work.
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1. You know even Marvel realizes how much Skottie Young is killing this project when they devote an entire giveaway sketchbook to his artwork for this comic.

He is absolutely blowing this book away with his work.

Wow, that’s a great cover by an artist wholly in his element and killing it.
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Well, that’s it!

Tell me YOUR top fives and YOUR prejudices!!

49 Comments

I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic or not, but I believe Wolverine: Manifest Destiny is homaging Enter the Dragon.

Is Nightcrawler’s new costume basically pointing to his crotch area?

The Madrox heads look somewhat disembodied and floating over the bodies, and the expressions are just off on them.

The solicits credit Roberto de la Torre for this cover, but it doesn’t look like his work.

The cover is signed “Williams” if you look on the lower left. Similar to the “Williams” signature on the David Williams Exiles cover.

Unless the purple-haired woman is supposed to be Pixie, in which case, never mind.

Based on those armbands, which match the armbands on Psylocke’s costume, I’m guessing it’s not Pixie.

Maybe it’s just me and i can’t stand Ramos, but i thought that Nightcrawler cover he did was pretty good in terms of anatomy (which is definitely not one of his strong skills).

That cover for the Captain America special is by Michael Lark not Howard Chaykin. I’ve definitely seen it before, think it was a promo piece for when Brubaker took over Captain America

The reason that ASM cover looks looser than Kitson’s usual work is because it’s Mike McKone.

The Greg Land Marvel Zombies cover is a recreation of the original Evil Dead movie poster. Each issue of the series has a cover that’s an homage to a horror movie poster. #1 was Army of Darkness, #2 was 28 days later. Haven’t seen the cover to #4 yet. But the credit for the nice layout of the cover should go to the original poster artist, not Land.

The Greg Land Marvel Zombies cover is a recreation of the original Evil Dead movie poster. Each issue of the series has a cover that’s an homage to a horror movie poster. #1 was Army of Darkness, #2 was 28 days later. Haven’t seen the cover to #4 yet. But the credit for the nice layout of the cover should go to the original poster artist, not Land.

Cool, thanks!

That cover for the Captain America special is by Michael Lark not Howard Chaykin. I’ve definitely seen it before, think it was a promo piece for when Brubaker took over Captain America

The reason that ASM cover looks looser than Kitson’s usual work is because it’s Mike McKone.

Pretty silly how many errors the solicits have!

The pink-haired girl with butterfly wings in her hair is Pixie. A very grown-up Pixie. And as for the Ultimate X-men cover: I think it’s just happenstance since Angel has a very similar expression.

The pink-haired girl with butterfly wings in her hair is Pixie. A very grown-up Pixie.

I don’t think so. I think the purple-haired women are white Psylocke and Asian Psylocke. Before turning Asian, Betsy Braddock’s hair was a lighter purple and she used to have a transparent pink butterfly effect appear around her eyes whenever she used her powers. I think the pink butterfly in her hair is a nod to that, also to make her more identifiable.

I’m familiar with the butterfly effect, I just think the lighter purple looks more pink to me. Then again, I’m starting to remember Pixie has black eyes, so I’m willing to concede.

If only comic covers reflected the contents of the comics, then we could just read the issue and find out.

Dear Santa,
this christMas if I’m a vERy good boy can i have inteRiors done bY tim bradStreet, less X related titles, and a coMplete cessAtion of all reality t.v. Shows.

And I’ve left milk and cookies out for you and Wolvie and the other reindeer.

The homage that you couldn’t recognize the source of? It’s an homage to a classic image from Enter the Dragon, the movie that made Bruce Lee famous (it’s an homage to the cover).

The homage that you couldn’t recognize the source of? It’s an homage to a classic image from Enter the Dragon, the movie that made Bruce Lee famous (it’s an homage to the cover).

beat ya to it! ;)

Awesome cover by Art Adams – loses some of the luster when you see it was drawn almost a decade ago…

Why? If it’s awesome, it’s awesome. Why does finding out it’s 10 years old suddenly make it less awesome?

Because this is just for critiquing new covers.

Note that I don’t critique the covers of trades, either.

So I was fooled for a moment, but then saw the date and it was all “Awwww, too bad – the luster, it is lost!”

Geez, that ANITA BLAKE cover would have made a good ONE MORE DAY cover. Come to think of it, that SENTRY cover would make a good BOOSTER GOLD cover…

Brian, You should know how much some of us love this feature. Today I am home sick, and it was a real treat to find it ready & waiting. Looking through this batch (a lot of nice stuff), what I appreciate the most is covers where the artist is clearly trying to bring us something fresh: Iron Fist, Ultimate FF, Ender’s Game, NYX, and I would even include Punisher #65 (liked that a bit more than you did). Oh yeah, & I like the silliness and the beauty (& the booty) of the Hulk cover, too. A thousand thanks, Sahib!

Kind of a weak month for covers. The Scottie Young cover is super cute, though and I like Oliveti’s Steranko homage. The rest are kind of blah.

I like reading this feature because then, I read full reviews, and a part of me wonders why they are talking about the story for a moment (don’t judge. It’s late in the evening.)… The X-Men/ Spiderman is one of my favorite for this month, good enough for me to see the inside art. Both “Noir” variant covers were nice, too, even if I can see the day were too much of the “black and white with a spot of color” effect will kill it.

Nova does not have an ugly design, and Deodato is not a bad artist.

but that cover is, Terrible!

Whoa… There are Madroxes on the X-Factor cover? (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

I like the Wolverine and Power Pack cover. Seeing the expression on that little girl’s face, I can just hear her going on and on about everything in her little imaginary teaparty world.

Heh heh heh…

Kitchen sink!

Heh heh heh…

Shut up, Brian. Runaways is not canceled.

not a prude really.

November 16, 2008 at 10:29 am

frank choi is a great artist, but he extends the continued stereotype of comic book readers as unintelligent heterosexual males with overactive hormones who can’t have a comic book without objectifying a woman. Just like the zombie nurse … why couldn’t it have been a male nurse … nurses don’t even wear those uniforms anymore. it couldn’t just have been a zombie in a scrub as well, sorry, but i’m just so sick of people viewing comic book readers as nothing more than nerds who jerk off to big breasted drawn women. ok i went on a rant, but, until i start seeing at least some sight gags with a with some perspective shown on a guy’s ass or whatever i’m gonna. lol

“’I’m just so sick of people viewing comic book readers as nothing more than nerds who jerk off to big breasted drawn women.”

I totally empathize, but you have to accept that there are quite a lot of comic book readers who AREN’T anything more than that. And sometimes, even less.

They are shameful, yes, but all too significant

Does anyone else see Natalie Portman in the fantastic four cover?

Hang on! You mean it’s taken Marvel nine years to come up with an excuse to use the Art Adams Marvel Apes cover?!?!?!?

Wow.

Love that Morph cover… Presume it means Proteus has finally realised the truth?

Some of those What If…? covers are really intriguing and may actually do the job they were intended for… i.e. making me pick them up..

But the Bradstreet Wolverine cover is my favourite!

.. and if people actually get turned on by big-breasted zombies, I hope they can keep their freaky sh1t to themselves…

(I hope they’ve got lots of penicillin handy too!)

The Madroxes are all staring at M´s ass.

On the topic of the Ender’s Shadow Cover, he is indeed intended to be emaciated. The kid’s background was that he was created as an organ farm for his own brother, and when the operation was shut down he ended up on the streets of Rotterdam.
On the subject of the zombie nurses, yes nurses don’t dress like that anymore, and there are male nurses. It’s a gag. Get over it.

Hang on! You mean it’s taken Marvel nine years to come up with an excuse to use the Art Adams Marvel Apes cover?!?!?!?

Wow.

Presumably, the Art Adams cover was originally a pin-up.

“Presumably, the Art Adams cover was originally a pin-up.”
True, but imagine what that implies…
There must be a run of themes like this lying around Marvel’s offices – we’ve just seen Pirates on a Ms. Marvel comic recently, and we’re in the middle of the third (not counting cross-overs) series of Marvel Zombies…
What’s left that’s been done as pin-ups or posters?
Marvel Werewolves?
Marvel Vampires…

The Ghost Elephant Rider in the background is cool! Can you imagine facing that?
“What? a Motorbike? Gimme a break! I just avoided being run down by Elephant! Piece of cake!”

Dear Marvel,

Re: Lords Of Avalon: Knight Of Darkness #2

Please return Scandal Savage A.S.A.P. We’ll be needing her for Secret Six.

Hugs!
DC

If anything, they should change Rogue’s costume BACK to the black/red in New Exiles. Her new one looks like bad hostess at a crappy Chinese restaurant.

Nothing beats the Ghost Rider cover. It has African Ghost Rider riding an elephant.
I love Calero’s black and white Noir covers. Great stuff.
Finch needs to draw a Sword and Sorcery comic.
And I love Skottie Young’s Wizard of Oz cover. Will buy that in trades as the single issues cost 3.99.

On the topic of the Ender’s Shadow Cover, he is indeed intended to be emaciated. The kid’s background was that he was created as an organ farm for his own brother, and when the operation was shut down he ended up on the streets of Rotterdam.

Sounds pretty interesting, especially since I’ve never read an American comic depicting another part of my home country (The Netherlands) than Amsterdam. I wonder what’s the reasoning behind placing it in Rotterdam, and it sounds interesting aside from the geographical location too.

I can pretty much garantee you that a kid walking around like that in any place in this country would immediately get picked up and put into some child-care program though, my first thought was that it conveyed a generic Marvel third world country.

Here’s the uncolored version of the Exiles Annual cover:

http://brohawk.deviantart.com/art/NEW-EXILES-Annual-cover-98179862

It’s much better imo, and apparently the artist was not too happy with the coloring.

@Blackjack: Errrrr… at the end of the marvel Zombies/Evil Dead crossover, Ash escaped the Marvel Zombies world when he was transported to a universe where all the Marvel heroes are…… wait for it….. WEREWOLVES!!! There’s your precedent.

re: Deadpool #5
Oh Wade…
I like the look on that face of his.
Is this a step up or down from Bea Arthur for him?

@ MSJ..
Dang! I forgot! I just keep remembering Howard the Zombie Duck from that one…

Oh yeah, and I also remembered they covered Marvel Vampires in an early issue of Exiles (old exiles that is, not New)…

But they haven’t done an actual title called “Marvel Werewolves” or “Marvel Vampires”… yet…

So, seriously, what other ideas do they have lying around they haven’t used?

Marvel Frogs?

I guess it doesn’t speak very well of me as a comic fan that the Avengers vs. Invaders cover, aside from looking great also appeals to me as it appears that Ms. Marvel is just not wearing anything below the sash.

Gebus, I loves me some bottomless Carol Danvers- visually at least- her solo book bored me to tears (at least the 5 or so issues I gave a chance). Frankly I never found her more interesting or better drawn than when George Perez handled the honors in Busiek’s Avengers run.

Much as I did like Rom Lim’s art from 20 years ago, I probably would have picked up the Iron Man/Dr. Doom series if it had been drawn more in the Anita Blake Style (though isn’t that more of the inker’s contribution??)

The Civil War cover looks like a Mark Bagley work – and I actually like the metal warping on the Statue of Liberty.

Y’know, so caught up was I in both the idea of Dr. Doom pwning all with the powers of the Beyonder, Galactus, and the Infinity Gauntlet, so happy was I to see the homage to perhaps my favorite Marvel cover of all time, Secret Wars 10, that I totally missed the reflection of the Celestials in Doom’s gauntlet.

Lastly, I wish the interior art of the What-If House of M matched that exquisite cover- seeing a sample of the interior art (and I’m trying not to be too snippy or nasty here- but I suppose as a critique its unavoidable), just left me completely unenthused to read the story- dog my cats, I just found it overly busy, mashed in, and unappealling- which is disappointing as the concept is sound (though removing Cap’s “powers” wouldn’t do much, its been shown in “Streets of Poison” (terrifically by the aforementioned Rom Lim teamed with the unforgettable Mark Gruenwald) that a de-supersoldiered Cap is still a formidable opponent at a normal human’s physical peak. Now if Wanda left him 100 years old with polio… ok, you got me.

Oh, and Blakjak— Thor, Frog of Thunder. Capwolf. Wolveracula.

There isn’t a cash grab out there Marvel hasn’t tried.

Okay. Maybe Marvel Bugs. Aside from bug powers, nobody aside from Annihilus is actually an insect….

…Right?

Marc Kandel,

Wolveracula?!?! Seriously? Jeez…

And yeah… I did suddenly have a flash of memory that reminded me of the Frog of Thunder, but was that an actaul title?? sheesh!

No, actually, as to the specifics of your statement, there has never been a Marvel Frogs- just that 2-3 issue arc by Simonson where Loki turns Thor into a frog… and then throws him right in the middle of the mutant massacre. Years later, I think someone did take the baton and ran with an new Frog of Thunder story, but you are right, no Marvel Frogs.

God I love the eighties.

As for Wolveracula- it was a What If: Wolverine became King of the Vampires, where the pivotal moment from 616 to What If 3.148472 came when Logan, temporarily vamporized (is that a word?) by Dracula, turned on him and killed him, inheriting his powers. Logan is now Wolveracula (they never called him that- that’s just me), and the rest of the issue is Marvel Vampires. And let’s not forget in that godawful Capwolf arc, they also turned Wolverine into a werewolf as well- and somehow, like fatal attractions, managed to ignore that adamantium is not going to take well to a human bone structure attempting to change shape to a wolfen one.

God I hate the nineties.

>Cool cover by Gerald Parel.

>I like the attention to the background figures.

I see the elephant-riding Ghost Rider becoming the breakway character ovf 2009. And if he won’t, he should be.

>Wow, I didn’t know that they made tin woman pornography.

>Tracing jokes aside, it’s a good cover by Land. Strong layout.

Rule 34… or is that 36, I always get those confused. (copy &paste to my reply to zombie nurses).

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>Yeah, this cover is pretty cheesy, but I think the Dodsons mostly pull it off.

>Unless the purple-haired woman is supposed to be Pixie, in which case, never mind.

I’m really hoping that is British Betsy, I’ve been missing that character.

Later issues of Ythaq have better covers (not all of them though). This one makes me wish they’d picked a new cover for the American edition.

All in all, I love Bachalo as usual, Phillips is solid as usual, but Ferry and Immonen disappoint this time around. The Noir-covers are pretty cool, but it is Skottie Young who completely steals the show.

Oh, and it amuses me that Ghost Rider has lost his spot on the all-new, all-different Fantastic Four to Iron Man (War Machine?)

Who’s the bear on the X-Force cover?? Please tell me that’s not Feral…

Look, I know it’s Cho, but that is one thick Sue Storm.

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