Camron Hatheway writes for Bleeding Cool;
Besides Darwyn Cooke, do you know who else does a good job of capturing the feeling of a bygone era? Cliff Chiang. His style is so fluid, that you can place it in almost any setting he applies it to, and it’s still recognizable as his own. Remember those bitchin’ Star Wars propaganda posters? Same deal, as nerds swooned collectively. Now he’s at it again with this moment in time shot with the Minutemen, and just scanning the image you can tell who wants to be in the shot, and who doesn’t. Chiang displays them as the heroes the city deserves (and loves), so it’s absolutely heartbreaking to think that it all goes downhill from here. That’s what sometimes sucks with prequels; you know what’s going to eventually happen. Looking at this cover, I can take solace in the fact that these characters are enjoying life for at least a few years more. Beautiful stuff.
Steed and Mrs. Peel #0 (Cover H) by Joseph Michael Linsner
Hubba Hubba, party of one! I never watched the old Avengers television show, but I did see the movie starring Uma Thurman, so that counts right? Trolling aside, I found myself very drawn to this variant, for the lady depicted is quite the specimen. As silly as it sounds, I think I really enjoy the faint outline of the muscles that can be seen underneath the suit, almost teasing that the fabric is able to pick-up every detail if presented in the right light. And if certain chesticles were on display, who knows what the fabric would reveal? I can see this as a pin-up in every English boy’s locker at the academy (or whatever the hell you call it), for it’s very sexy, and very visually stimulating. The ripples blossoming behind her are the cherries on top.
Prophet #28 by Simon Roy
“Tis but a scratch!” –Black Knight, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation² #4 (Cover B) by Francesco Francavilla
My favorite cover of the week, hands down. Not going to lie, I was extremely tempted to choose JK Woodward’s ‘Cover A’ for a fourth consecutive time in a row (because he’s been delivering nothing but the best), but the intensity Francavilla put into this cover left me breathless. It was like I was being pulled in by a tractor beam, and my heart was set from “KILL” to “LOVE”. The placement of the Federation insignia, the big baddies looming ominously to the sides of said insignia, and the kick-ass shot of both The Doctor and Geordi La Forge brought the biggest smile to my face. I want this as a poster ASAP, IDW! Don’t make me hurt you!
Higher Earth #4 (Cover C) by Garry Brown
I’ve always been a fan of that Rising Sun Flag type of design, and I’ve always been a fan of Garry Brown. Blend those too things together and add some radical coloring here and there, and you have yourself one hell of a pretty radical cover. The lack of text was a good choice, aesthetically speaking, for it really gives the viewer a chance to take the illustration in and enjoy the hidden face in the red-white color scheme. Earth always seems to be the focus, along with big guys with swords and guns. You get a perfect combination of all things awesome with this cover in particular, and let’s add this onto the POSTER, ASAP PLEASE list.
Aquaman #12 (Variant) by Robot Chicken
I had a nice big laugh when I first saw this cover. At first I thought it was just an image conjured up for the upcoming special, but when I found out it was an actual variant, I was giddy! You just know Aquaman has been dreaming of this day for the longest time. After being considered ‘useless’ for years, he finally snaps, and goes on a killing spree and takes down the Justice League in the process. Just observe that look of triumph on his face! Who wouldn’t read that comic?! Aquaman Kills The DC Universe does sound rather catchy, especially if it’s written by Geoff Johns and art by Ivan Reis (out in 2013).