The Outliers Chapter 1 by Erik T. Johnson
It’s both the tone and the style that really intrigues me, for it appears raw and sporadic upon first glance. As soon as the eyes have had a chance to take it all in, sure enough shapes and beings start to emerge from what was once thought to be simply just a scene in nature. The twilight colors play very well here, focusing on the main character at first and slowly making the giant Sasquatch creature present. Looks and feels like an independent comic, so I have no problem immersing myself into something new that looks this good.
The Mice Templar Volume 4: Legend #6 by Skottie Young
Two weeks in a row now Skottie Young has made my list. He’s just that good. With this cover in particular the color scheme is magnificent, and Young really does a great job focusing all the energy and attention on the battle-hardened rodent front and center. The frayed cape, the frazzled whiskers, and the death glare makes this mouse a force to be reckoned with. My favorite detail of all is the rain drops only showing up on both mouse and log. That effect really ramps up the level of intensity on this cover.
KISS Kids #1 (Subscription Variant) by Bruce Timm
Good to see the Joker enjoying retirement and touring as the lead singer of KISS. Admit it, the Joker was the first thing you thought of when you saw this cover too, right? Not that I’m complaining, for just the mere look of the Joker suddenly makes Gene Simmons look like a badass, and not a heavy metal clown who has all STDs known to man. Those are some sweet shoes too, but they probably wouldn’t have them in my size at the local Payless. The cherry on top? The Kirby crackle of course.
Adventure Time #19 (Cover C) by Matt Sheean
LEMONGRAB VERSUS BMO? UNACCEPTABLE! While the Land of Ooo is a magical place full of wonder and adventures, at the same time it’s a terrifying realm where Jaeger BMOs and Lemongrabs fight to the death. I would hate to be a citizen of the Candy Kingdom in the background, for if one of those giants fall everyone’s going to be as flat as a stick of bubblegum. The grime and detailing of BMO’s suit is awesome, and Finn and Jake trying to help out just makes me laugh because it’s pretty obvious they can’t do much this time around. Beautiful cover, I’d love to hang it on my wall.
100 Bullets: Brother Lono #3 by Dave Johnson
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. The green, white and red of the Mexican flag, the Chihuahua sticking out from his shirt, and the calm demeanor of Brother Lono as he smokes his stogie in the middle of a firefight just makes this cover the bee’s knees (or how they say it in Spanish, “ser la hostia”). The detail I immensely enjoyed was the skull and crossbones as bullets; that image makes you feel good upon seeing it, for you know exactly was it means/stands for. Fantastic job by Johnson for conveying it in that manner, for once again he proves why he’s the best in the business.