Sweet Tooth #35 by Jeff Lemire
It appears that Gus might just be a test-tube baby after all. If you think about it, there are some advantages to being a test-tube baby; you get a womb with a view. I’ll be here all night! Tip your waitresses! Back to the illustration, I really like how this cover seemingly answers all our questions about Gus and his actual origin story. Then again, for all we know this could be an X-23 type situation, and that Lemire is back to pulling the maple leaf rug out from underneath us! I like the use of lighting, I really love the watercolors in the tube; it just strikes me as an eerie sci-fi story, and I’m just waiting for the fetus to open its eyes with a violin screeching at the same time. Hands-down my favorite cover of the week.
Uncanny X-Men #15 by Daniel Acuña
You had me at ‘Acuña.’ I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve seen any of his stuff, let alone covers, so this was a pleasant surprise when flipping through my stack this week. While I’m not a fan of the Phoenix Five’s costumes, I did like the adjustments to Cyclops’ visor, and just that portion of him from the neck-up looks very regal, medieval (with the visor), and a man not to be messed with. Then in nothing but shades of blue with evil red eyes we have Mister Sinister and his extremely creepy army of Sinister Soldiers, marching as one, bringing the chaos, and large quantities of pain. Acuña does a wonderful job with the layout, action dots, and color choices, that it’s no wonder why he’s currently one of the best artists in the business, and deserves your undying love and devotion.
Haunt #24 by Nathan Fox
I recall having a similar experience at the hair salon this one time. I smelled like burnt hair and failure for days! This cover could also be a PSA for why you don’t fill your hat with fireworks, then immediately wear it after. Enough of this silliness and back to the cover at hand, I really enjoy the tension in this image, with the protagonist struggling something fierce to get this alien object of his scalp, only to be getting his head seared instead. Just the clawing fingers and lower chin convey his pain, and really that’s all you need to go on. Fox has just been killing it with these covers, and they continue to be the juicy prelude to the orgasmic interiors. A mighty fantastic cover, if I do say so myself.