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My Top Ten (Marvel July) Covers

Here are the DC solicits for July, and here are my Top Ten covers for the month!

10. It’s yet another beautiful drawing by Skottie Young, I just have some question about having the last issue’s cover be set AFTER Dorothy returns from Oz.

But whatever, that’s just nit-picking – it’s a great cover.

9. Two months, two different Wolverine First Class artists, and yet Cam Stewart follows up David Williams’ effort with a neat cover, as well.

Kitty with an eye-patch. Classic.

8. It amazes me how much personality Jae Lee is able to give all the Dark X-Men on this cover.

Jae Lee has returned to doing Marvel superhero covers in a big way – his work adds such a high degree of class to some pretty cheesy covers (Mister Negative having covers by Jae freakin’ Lee?!? It’s almost as bizarre as Tommy Lee freakin’ Edwards drawing Grim Reaper fighting Wonder Man!).

7. I know they’re just animals, but Niko Henrichon does a marvelous job with the characterization on the facial expressions of the animals, particularly the cat.

6. I’m always impressed by Alex Ross when he mixes up his cover designs – he can really come up with some clever arrangements sometimes.

I dunno if the red shading really helps the cover or not, but it’s still a good cover.

MID-WAY POINT, SO I CAN MAKE FUN OF ONE COVER!!

AUGH!! I CANNOT DECIDE WHICH ONE TO MAKE FUN OF!!!!

I really want to say, “Wow, Gambit, Rogue and Danger – all this team needs to be the Flimsy Four is to have Miss Sinister join them!”

But how can I turn down the chance to be disappointed in the creepiness of Marvel Divas?!!?

HOW DO I MAKE SUCH A DIFFICULT DECISION?!?!?

5. Karl Kerschl does Henrichon one better with the facial work on the Pet Avengers on this cover.

4. Sean Phillips milks all the drama and characterization he can out of this Incognito cover.

You gotta love the effect of taking a domino mask off of a blood-soaked face.

3. You’d be hard pressed to find a more formidable looking Athena than the one Dennis Calero draws on this Trojan War cover.

Quite bad-ass.

2. I continue to love Jason Pearson’s amusing and well-constructed (and well drawn) Deadpool covers.

I’m particularly impressed with the way he actually manages to show Deadpool smiling!

1. A really striking cover by Skottie Young – the use of the negative space, combined with the disparate items in the air, give the cover a catchy sort of “pop” to the imagery.

And, of course, there’s always the cool character design work of Skottie Young. He’s awesome.

That’s my top ten. What’s yours?

16 Comments

That Marvel Oz cover looks to me like a call-out to Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World.”

Dark freakin’ X-Men. I suppose the day had to come.

Also, classy placement of the X on Dagger’s costume. Those are Cloak and Dagger, on the right, aren’t they?

With the Dark X-Men cover – I’d like to know why it looks like Emma, Namor, and Dagger all have a cold. Their noses clearly look a bit red and congested.

Mr. Cronin,

your link is to Marvel’s solicits for July.

No Mico Suayan covers? For shame!!

is it me or is hellcat’s costume to similiar to firestars? They both have a skintight yellow jumpsuit and red hair. might be confusing…

Oz the Malefic

April 22, 2009 at 6:58 am

I know I am in a minority, but damn, I just do not like Alex Ross’ style.

It’s an interesting pose, but Spider-Man looks like a pudgy middle aged guy in a fan-made costume.

Hey Brian, this is a really great top ten list. X-Men Legacy #266 is one of the coolest covers I’ve seen, it’ so classic looking. You can post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and then link back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

“I know I am in a minority, but damn, I just do not like Alex Ross’ style.

It’s an interesting pose, but Spider-Man looks like a pudgy middle aged guy in a fan-made costume.”

There are more people like you than you might think. And Ross is notorious for using pudgy, middle-aged guys for models. It definitely shows.

Daniel O' Dreams

April 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I like jae Lee sometimes but man are the Dark X-Men supposed to be pre-teens? Did Namor and Emma de-age or something? I really couldn’t tell it was actually supposed to be them. Yeah the X on Dagger is just embarrassing; not only for the placement but the fact they made it red on a white costume (think about it).

It’s like every time Jae Lee does Namor it’s completely different.

On Karl Kerschl’s cover, is Speedball’s cat struggling to play with one of his bubbles ?

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How much do I love the TROJAN WAR #3 cover? Especially in a month where I have to look at the (*gag*) MARVEL DIVAS comic?

If the TROJAN WAR #3 cover were available as a poster, I’d buy it for my daughter’s room.

If those are the 10 bests, artistic quality has certainly declined since the days of Adams, Wrightson, Kirby et.al.

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