Astonishing X-Men #62 by Phil Noto
You’re as cold as ice, willing to sacrifice your…looks? With all these younger versions of themselves bouncing around, it was only a matter of time before we started getting covers like this one. However this being Noto, it’s going to make for a damn good compare/contrast. Spiky hair (err, ‘icicles’) are all the rage for Bobby now, not the chrome-dome look he was sporting back then. Even the ice on older Bobby looks a little dirtier, and it makes sense if you consider how much time he’s been spending with Kitty Pride recently (the implication being she’s a dirty little girl). I love the textures Noto plays with, for it helps make this cover another homerun in his arsenal (mixed metaphors, I know).
I’m so happy Marvel and DC are doing crossovers again! Amazo has been on the shelf for far too long and—what’s that? It’s the Chameleon?! He got me again! I swear, he’s the Gene Parmesan of the Marvel Universe! I really like how Rivera used each part of the cell to highlight Chameleon’s camouflage abilities. It makes it fun to test your knowledge of which character is which, even though almost all of them are pretty straightforward. I gotta admit though, I’m still not a fan of Nick Fury’s son/Ultimate Nick Fury, because it’s just uncreative and pandering the Marvel movie crowd. Other than that, fantastic cover!
I used to always associate Mignola’s art with Dark Horse, but nowadays I find myself associating anything with Corben to Dark Horse even more. With a classic title like Creepy, it’s only appropriate to include a cover from a classic horror artist like Corben. With a style that makes a decaying zombie walking through an old graveyard look perfect, Corben is a modern day master when it comes to goblins, ghouls, and the undead. Corben goes with Creepy like a rotting corpse goes with a necrophiliac.
Ah yes, the perfect cut-out cover for the 13-40 male demographic! All the fanboy cheesecake aside, Valkyrie’s outfits don’t stray much from ‘work’ for I don’t see a ‘casual’ outfit from the two provided. All work and no play makes Valkyrie a dull…I’ve got nothing, for she’s the sexiest Norseman since Alexander Skarsgård. The cutouts and bendy flaps send a punch right to the nostalgias, for I fondly remember the Aladdin version of this cover way back when. I always found it weird that Aladdin had a diaper-looking pair of underwear when completely ‘naked.’
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. Immediately the cracking lava-esque background that engulfs Apex draws the eye, followed by Apex’s marionette work of Juston’s pet Sentinel. To contrast all the hot colors, Apex herself is as cool as a cucumber, looking to be fully in control of the situation. Johnson never fails to deliver, as this cover is another scratch on his ‘AWESOME COVERS’ bedpost.