By: Chris "DOC" Bushley
This weekly feature will take a look at THE most visually compelling comic book covers on the market today. Whether they be rare variant editions or just your standard fare, these are the top 5 covers that stand out amidst the bevy of books released each week. They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words" but these covers are worth more than that! No matter the storylines behind them, these covers compel you to at least check them out, which can be worth exponentially more than just words to the companies that publish them! Enjoy!
1. Indestructible Hulk #15 (Marvel): Mukesh Singh creates one of the coolest Hulk covers I have seen in a very long time! This amazing, digitally enhanced image is outstanding on it's own but when you get to take in all the little details, the veins, the sinew, the S.M.A.S.H. time -- it's perfect! I am not a Hulk fan in the least, but this cover has made me become a Mukesh Singh fan for life!
2. X-O Manowar #19 (Valiant): Clayton Crain has become synonymous with brilliant digital art, but this cover is truly bursting with energy. The exploding, the tearing down and eventual destruction of the central character is enthralling! Crain has not wasted a single inch of this cover, everywhere you look their is something going on, the eye has a virtual smorgasbord to take in -- Awesome!
3. Wolverine Max #13 (Marvel): Pop Art has been making it's way back to comic covers quite prevalently as of late and Jock is at the top of his game with this one! The bold black and white intersecting lines not only make every other book around it pale in comparison, it actually makes a vertigo effect, drawing you in with it's complex simplicity. Jock has been creating amazing, gallery worthy covers for a long time now, but this one is cut above the rest.
4. The Shadow #19 (Variant Edition) (Dynamite): One of the best crime noir artists out there today is Francesco Francavilla and this cover is another shinning example as to why. The whitewashed background mixed with the sketch style central character makes for great juxtaposition. The line work Francavilla shows is impeccable, deviating from subtlety to intense slashes of black shadow, it makes the foreground jump off the page as well as help convey that the character is in the middle of a snow storm -- something very difficult to pull off!
5. Fables #135 (DC): Greg Ruth has created my personal favorite cover of the week by painting a solemn image that is overwhelming with emotion. His use of subdued hues and subtle placement of the images on the page help to convey the feeling of loss and longing, and an overall feeling of despair. It is exquisite in it's composition and let's us know that sometimes you can't come home again.