Bloodshot #3 by Esad Ribic
Man, the movement is what really makes this cover in my opinion. While I do get a slight Frank Castle vibe from this well-armed man-with-a-plan, Ribic does a fantastic job illustrating this character as his own badass menace, falling upon his prey like a coconut on an unsuspecting tourist in paradise. The pose, the lighting effects, the colors; all contribute to making this cover damn fine, and awfully pretty. Err, badass! Awfully badass, and manly, and…stuff.
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3 by Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
This cover really brings the room together, man. Focusing on the continuing adventures of a young Silk Spectre in the swinging sixties, we witness young Laurie on her first drug trip it appears. It’s the colors that really standout, and appropriately so for this time period. I also like how her hair and shoes seem to be slowly melting into the psychedelic surroundings. This cover is a shining example of why Amanda Conner is such a spectacular artist, and can do no wrong in my opinion.
Savage Dragon #181 by Erik Larsen
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Dragon. Its continuing mission: to beat up bad guys on strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new resurrections, to boldly go where no Chicago police officer has gone before.
Hawkeye #2 by David Aja
Oh, so that’s how you do it! After an entire summer consisting of The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and Arrow, I now know how to successfully shoot an arrow. I completely forgot everything I learned as a tyke, first earning that archery merit badge when I was a Tenderfoot those many years ago. In all seriousness, that is one beautiful color. The use of space, the use of colors best associated with Barton; it’s as if David Aja knows how to successfully illustrate this character or something! I can definitely see this as the cover to the eventual trade.
2000AD #1799 by Lionsgate/Reliance Entertainment
This may come across as blasphemy (since it’s not an illustrated cover), but this is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. Just from what I’ve seen from the trailers and footage, Karl Urban is Judge Dredd, no question (he is the law!). My sphincter tightened just looking at this cover, because even if I haven’t committed any crimes (allegedly), I still can’t help but think I did. The 2000AD logo adds to the epicness of this cover, for where better to feature this character than the comic magazine that started his legend back in 1977? Bottom-line, I can’t wait for this movie to come out, and I’ll be there for the midnight showing!