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My Top Ten (Marvel June) Covers

Here are the Marvel solicits for June, and here are my Top Ten covers for the month!

10. I really dig the old-fashioned vibe for this time-traveling Uncanny X-Men cover by Yanick Paquette (some of the best cover work from Paquette in some time), but I think the facial expression by Beast really seals the deal for me with this cover.

9. Boy, when Yu’s pencils are tight, they are certainly a sight to see.

Another good example, by the way, of showing the action BEFORE the “real” action. Classic stuff there.

8. Straightforward idea, but Skottie Young puts enough of his own special spin on it that it still stands out.

7. Okay, to start with, as you might have noticed by now, I seem to be quite partial to covers featuring a ton of arrows being shot at a character. I think it’s a great visual idea.

What’s unique about this Bermejo Elektra cover, however, is that he actually seems to show how it is feasible for someone to survive such a barrage – he makes it look reasonable that Elektra would be able to deflect all those arrows.

Good stuff.

6. David Williams does all he can on this cover to get you to be interested in Dazzler.

I particularly love how he draws her in a slightly different style – what a brilliant design choice.

MID-WAY POINT! I GET TO MAKE FUN OF A COMIC!

Of all the comics Marvel could possibly reprint (in a TWO VOLUME SERIES, no less!), how the heck did they come up with Fighting Chance as their next project?

Fighting Chance was a sad ending to Mark Gruenwald’s run, which had a lot of good moments to it (when the book’s numbering still began with the number 3).

5. That’s some great balance with the Pet Avengers covers!

I particularly love the way he makes all of the pet interactions with each other seem realistic AND dynamic!

4. One of the many cute things about Skottie Young’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz covers is the dialogue made out of pictures that he’s been doing.

Young is just one of the most delightful designers of a cover there is out there.

3. If you ever have an occasion where a cover with a ton of heroes all charging together would make sense, Alex Ross IS quite good at that type of thing.

I’ve actually been quite impressed with most of the covers for this series.

2. Not only is this a cool drawing by Jason Pearson, but it is also a clever gag and it even ties into the topic of the issue!!!

That’s awesome right there – Pearson is one of the few big name guys who will come in and bust his ass for a cover and actually work in the topic of the issue rather than just doing a pin-up (not that pin-ups are bad all the time).

1. Paolo Rivera takes the cake this time around, though, with this ultra-fun Young Allies cover, where he manages to not only make the book look Alex Schomburg-esque, he also managed to make it a fun cover period, while also throwing in some 1940s style action.

This rejected cover sketch for the issue that Rivera posted on his blog would also probably have been very cool looking.

That’s my top ten! What’s yours?

15 Comments

Kerschl, Young (twice!), Bermejo, Williams, Pearson, and Rivera? Man, that is a good list. Marvel’s got some great talent working on its covers.

Let’s see..Fighting Chance was about Cap dying and seeking a replacement Captain America, an exploration of what being Captain America means….yeah, I can’t possibly see why they’d reprint that now.

Elektra has some awesomely cool boots on. Nice cover.

“he makes it look reasonable that Elektra would be able to deflect all those arrows. ”

Because her breasts have anti-arrow magic ninja spandex over them?

The cool part of the Dazzler cover for Wolverine: First Class? The roller-skates!

And Skottie Young is doing a great job on the interiors of WWOO, too. Not to mention the Wolverine variant for Cap. Britain was fantastic!!

Cheers,

B

Alex Ross’s Avengers/Invaders cover s missing two key Invaders…

Union Jack and Spitfire…

Shame. Two of my favourites…

Wolverine is only on four of these covers, which shows a clear bias in the selection process against Wolverine. Everyone knows that he appears on 50% of the Marvel covers … at minimum.

I dearly, dearly hope that’s Devil Dinosaur on the Pet Avengers cover.

On the Avengers/Invaders cover, Cap seems to have a really flat left arm.

"O" the Humanatee!

April 21, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Actually, if you ever have an occasion where a cover with a ton of heroes all charging together would make sense, the late Gil Kane WAS quite good at that type of thing. I can’t cite a particular cover right now, but on that Avengers/Invaders cover, at least the Cap and Namor figures, with their dramatic foreshortening, are totally Kane poses. Please note that I’m not accusing Ross of a total swipe; he’s obviously added a lot of his own style. (On the other hand, a failure to adapt Kane’s line illustration to Ross’s more 3-D painting style may be responsible for the left arm problem pointed out by Anonymous.)

Also, love the Rivera cover! (“Rommel’s Asparagus Maker”?)

In addition to the stuff in Scavenger’s remark, Fighting Chance also featured some metatext lamenting the sad state of superhero comics at the time. I don’t believe Mark Gruenwald was being a lazy or a bad writer when he introduced a hardboiled, Punisher-esque Cap replacement and a “radical dude!” young 90s Cap. A lot of those last issues read to me like Gruenwald’s reflection on an industry trending away from his style of comics. I found a lot of them pretty touching, and enjoyed that stuff more than the popular Waid/Garney issues that followed.

Let’s see..Fighting Chance was about Cap dying and seeking a replacement Captain America, an exploration of what being Captain America means….yeah, I can’t possibly see why they’d reprint that now.

Nor do I!

It really is an odd decision.

There was definitely some meta-textual stuff going on, Cass. Some awful, ham-handed meta-textual stuff, but you are right, there definitely was some meta-textual stuff.

That reminds me of the issue where Cap comes across the kids reading Punisher comics and he is all sad that kids like violent heroes. So lame.

Oh man, THAT reminds me of the issue of Cap where he gives a seminar about ethics in superheroing, and only a few Avengers show up.

Damn, if the number on the issue of Cap began with 4, you really were most likely going to have a terrible issue of Gruenwald’s Captain America.

Some awful, ham-handed meta-textual stuff, but you are right, there definitely was some meta-textual stuff.

Not all of it was so heavy handed. Yes, the one where he stops the kid who wants to read about Wolverine was super lame. But I remember there being better and less overt ones (I liked, for example, Gruenwald’s last issue and the whole “Did I make a difference?” thing there). Plus, it’s Cap so I expect some amount of heavy handedness given the fact that’s he a propaganda icon. Of the few Cap runs I’ve read, Gruenwald to Brubaker, skipping most of the Vol 4 stuff, only Brubaker has really reined in the almost inherent sentimentality associated with the character.

Actually, I do have to admit that the very last issue by Gruenwald was pretty good. Just that one issue. That wasn’t even technically part of Fighting Chance. The rest of it was dreadfully bad.

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