Avengers vs X-Men #0 by Frank Cho & Jason Keith
Alas, the controversial ‘vagina cover’ that we’ve been hearing about since it first appeared in previews. Cho has a history of ‘controversial’ covers, but one man’s ‘controversial’ is another man’s ‘art’, and for me it’s definitely the latter. I mean, let’s focus on the two characters we see; Scarlett Witch, and Hope. Both powerful women, and both have a much larger role to play in this event. I think it’s not only beautiful, but fitting that Cho has wrapped them in a cape that Wanda got in the Georgia O’Keeffe Collection. I think they have that collection available at Sears.
Daredevil #10 by Paolo Rivera
Where to begin with this cover? If it were up to me, Rivera would never leave this title. The way the man understands Daredevil’s vision and way of seeing things is one of the reasons I keep coming back to the title. So much fine detail in this cover, that it reminds me of those paintings you would see back in Middle Ages, framed and hanging on a museum wall somewhere. Rivera does a spectacular job of creating a combination of action and dread as Daredevil is in a fight for his life with the Moleman and his minions underground. Just the simple use of the color red works its own special magic, making the protagonist pop-out at the audience. This cover belongs in a museum!
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #4 by Francesco Francavilla
First things first before I once again gush about Francavilla; I really like the specks and lines on the cover, making it seem like it’s an artifact from the 1940s. I simply marvel at the illustration of the lion, and the coloring on his face and mane. This cover also makes me laugh, because how can Flash Gordon not notice that gigantic lion to his right?! I almost expect a dialogue balloon to appear with him saying “clever girl” before being eaten alive. Great cover nonetheless!
Secret Avengers #24 by Arthur Adams & Laura Martin
My favorite cover of the week, hands-down. Adams and Martin do a superb job on this cover, making your eyes frantically dash about the image, trying to absorb the entire scene. So many characters, so many colorful costumes, all seeming to have a bone to pick with Captain Britain as they rocket towards the streets of London. Just the small detail of a few characters flying in front of the Secret Avengers logo makes me giddy! With Adams, it’s his line-work that always makes my jaw hit the floor, because he’s consistently amazing with every cover he produces. This one took a while to do I’m sure, but he makes it look like child’s play. Bravo Adams and Martin, my eye-orbs eternally thank you.
The New Deadwardians #1 by Cliff Chiang
A detailed black & white Cliff Chiang image on a mustard yellow background. I think I need a cigarette, and I don’t even smoke! I haven’t a clue what this new series is about, but this cover alone has gotten my undivided attention. Vampires, zombies, and the Victorian Era? I sense a new hit with the cosplayers! I want this image as a poster. I want this image painted on the hood of my car. But most importantly, I want this image on a mustard yellow t-shirt. Make it happen, DC.