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Monday, December 8, 2014

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 51

Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1
by Amanda Conner

It's Christmas Season! Conner has put out some great covers for this series, and her enviable cartooning skills have only improved with time–cartoony, but with beautiful linework and shading! 

 Batgirl #37
by Darwyn Cooke

Let's get this out of the way, shall we? One of his best of the December widescreen covers, I love the action and movement felt here.

 Klarion #3
by Felipe Smith

Killer color here, and a great design that blends easily with the concept. Excellent facial acting here too, about as fun as it gets!

 Constantine #20
by Juan Ferreyra

I like the concept here a lot to begin with, but the dichotomy in the color schemes, the text that is also reflected, and the implications regarding the 'versions' of Constantine make this one a winner.

 The Valiant #1
by Matt Kindt // Jeff Lemire

Holy hell, why don't these two work together more often? A really gorgeous mixture of their styles, blended to classic, pulpy perfection.

Batman Eternal #36
by Tommy Lee Edwards

A simple concept made really interesting through complex design and minimalist color and shading. Batman is creepier than ever, hidden in plain sight.

Eternal #1
by Frazer Irving

Uncomplicated and extremely impactful, this one is unnerving while also getting across the idea behind the series without a word. 

 Coffin Hill #14
by Dave Johnson

Johnson is a ridiculously good designer, and this one has a lot of visual depth despite its lack of shading and pulp poster look.

 Deep State #2
by Matt Taylor

I dig the design elements–the distorted text, the spiral motif, but I really like the color palette and the implication of a dangerous mystery hidden in the safety of a suburban home.

That's it for this week. What did I miss? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook!   

Hey! Loyal readers! I'm working on something special for the end of the year for us comic cover enthusiasts, so keep an eye out! If you have any suggestions for best covers of the year, send them our way!
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