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. American Vampire Anthology #1 - Variant Edition - (Vertigo/DC): This homage to the Godfather is a striking image that is sleek and beautiful in it's simplicity. Rafael Albuquerque uses an ink wash to create this ode to the past but still manages to convey a high level of detail with such a fickle medium. His level of skill is unmatched and this cover proves it!
2. The Green Hornet #5 - Variant Edition - (Dynamite): Paolo Rivera gives us a "behind the scenes look" with this sketch cover which will surely draw your eye at the local comic shop! I always appreciate these kinds of covers, ones where we get to see the bare bones of the art in it's pure, unaltered form. There is something awe-inspiring about seeing the artist concept formulated in high pencil detail prior to color and ink that makes you want to pick up a pencil yourself and give it a whirl!
3. Batman/Superman #3 - Variant Edition - (DC): Yes, Jae Lee appears on this list again, but give me one good reason why he shouldn't! With the stark contrast in color between the background and the central characters -- everything pops on this cover! There is so much detail and such a visually appealing layout, that the eye doesn't know what to take in first. Plus, his rendition of Darkseid is PERFECT!
4. The Wake - Director's Cut #1 (Vertigo/DC): Sean Cassidy did an amazing cover when this book was originally released, but this one far surpasses that! The bleached white background offsets the minimal color palette used and helps to accentuate the bold lines of the central image. It is truly enthralling and definitely creepy!
5. Uncanny Avengers #11 (Marvel): John Cassady creates a cover reminiscent of one of my favorite X-Men covers, Uncanny X-Men #249. Although his layout is completely different, his lack of color and placement of Wolverine as the central sacrifice, brings about the same feeling of dread that I felt all those years ago. The cover is rich in it's simplicity but even more so it the feeling it conveys to the reader. Very nice work!