HERO Comics 2011 One Shot by Adam Hughes
I’m ogling this cover in the name of charity, I swear! But seriously, Adam Hughes is one of those very few artists who can get away with drawing nothing but women until the day he dies, and I would have no qualms with that whatsoever. Just looking at this beautiful cover makes you fall in love with this imaginary woman, and you never even caught her name. The one detail that makes me fall in love is her slightly reddish nose. That little attention to detail right there is what makes Hughes an absolute master of his craft. I want to see this cover as a sexy badass SEAL chick getting back from an intense workout, but instead I see the image as a thing of beauty.
Sweet Tooth #24 by Jeff Lemire
Gus on a mountain of skulls is the last thing that comes to mind when I think Sweet Tooth. Where’s his 8-pack abs and sword? If you’re going to be posing on skulls, you’re legally required to be shouting “CROM!” while a scantily-clad slave girl clings to your leg. What does Gus have? Some really depressing-looking balloons. I do love the use of watercolors though, and the details of every bone and ribcage. Reminds you that while the main character is innocent and naive, the harsh realities of the post-apocalyptic landscape are alive and well in this series.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Volume 2 #2 by Dustin Weaver, Sonia Oback & Gerald Parel
While I’m still not 100% certain which character is which (Newton and Tesla?), I was immediately drawn in by the lightning exploding in the erratic formations. Just the pose in the center reminds me of the classic A New Hope look, maybe mixed in with a little TRON. The painted style with splatter effects makes the image as a whole feel complete, and epic all at the same time. While you may find it hard to follow at times, you don’t care because that cover will draw you in for more no matter what.
Irredeemable #28 by Jeffrey Spokes
While I’m not familiar with Spokes’ work, I really enjoy looking at this cover. I thought at first it was a cover by Tim Bradstreet because of the style and look, but Spokes’ ain’t no copycat! His own unique style is very smooth and eerie in this cover, and with a subject like Kaidan who controls ghosts, you need to be. The different shades of red works well, with the striking white hair really drawing your eye. Beautiful cover.