Womanthology: Space #1 by Renae DeLiz
You can’t see it from this image, but on the back cover it’s the sun; and this little astronaut is walking away from it, with the sunlight still attached to her every step. With the return of the ground-breaking Womanthology series, it’s a great feeling to go simple, yet complex with this cover. With the theme being space, you have to prepare for stories that are out of this world (literally), and what better way to illustrate that than with a cowboy-boot-wearing-cosmonaut-artist? Intriguing and effective, this cover does a great job selling this second series to both new and old readers.
I can’t tell you how long and hard I struggled to choose between this cover, and another for my favorite cover of the week. This almost won the honor, but lost by a hair. Seriously, look how stunning this illustration is. A busy city at night, office lights still on all over town, everything being seen through the ghost of a man known as Lobster Johnson. His colors of blue and orange being reflected in this cover is what floored me, for it’s truly such a work of art that I would proudly display on my bedroom wall (or a museum) if given the opportunity. This cover deserves your full attention and respect, and I proclaim no other artist outside of Zonjic is allowed to work on this character!
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of extremely detailed art styles, so with this magnificent Stokoe cover depicting Godzilla getting bombarded by every explosive in the book; one can spend a nice long time absorbing it all. The use of colors plays a major part as well, with a napalm of sherbet engulfing each layer of the illustration. First there’s the monster, then the ineffective explosions, the small village that’s about to be crushed, and finally the Japanese army unable to pierce Godzilla’s hide. How could one possibly walk past this cover in the store and not pick it up?! Stokoe’s style is one that should be feverishly studied by artists wanting to make it into the industry.
My favorite cover of the week, hands down. I remember first seeing it in Previews a while ago and being in absolute awe of it, and several months later it still maintains that same effect on me. It’s a completely brilliant idea to use just the circulatory system of Daredevil to illustrate what makes him tick on the inside. All the veins and arteries are so incredibly detailed, that I find myself comparing this illustration to a few of James Jean’s covers on The Umbrella Academy featuring the White Violin. The red-on-black (with a little white also included) really makes it pop, and like most of the covers this week, I definitely would love this framed as a poster. Let’s just make sure the villains of the 616 Universe don’t get their hands on this cover, because it would make good target practice. Paolo, you continue to astonish me.
I think I just have a thing for the Baroness. Perchance it’s the black leather, maybe it’s the glasses, or perhaps it’s because she seems to be quoting Hamlet in this cover. Bottom-line, she’s a bad girl that can’t be trusted, and when it comes to illustrating sweet & sexy looking women, Campbell is one of those artists who always comes to mind. The ink spray as a final touch is great, because you can’t tell if it’s actually supposed to be ink, or maybe blood. All too often have I been seduced by eyes, only to then notice they were also packing heat.