The X-Files X-Mas Special #1
by Vic Malhotra
Merry X-Mas, everyone! I like how this one turns the green of Christmas into creepy creatures. Nice design and concept, and great character work too!
Grayson Annual #1
by Mikel Janin
Excellent spy-style design that has a lot of depth and feels almost 3D. Janin's shading is always top notch as well!
Batman '66 #18
by Mike Allred
One of Allred's best covers for this series, it's got a ton of fun elements and a cool layout. Not to mention the crazy awesome colors by Laura Allred!
Secret Avengers #11
by Tradd Moore
Really nice perspective here, and the wrinkles on the blanket are really impressive. I like the unique color work on this one as well.
Colder: The Bad Seed #3
by Juan Ferreyra
I'm a bit biased here, since this is based on my favorite painting of all time, but I like how it amps up the uneasiness in the original. Creepy!
They're Not Like Us #1
by Simon Gane
I think it's bold to use only a sliver of the cover for art, and only works if that art, the typography, and the overall design all work together–which is what they do here perfectly.
Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #2
by R.M. Guera
There is so much to grab onto here, from the bloody text to the picture within the shawl to the skeletal pattern. Really wonderful!
Batman Eternal #38
by Tommy Lee Edwards
Great depth on this one, and I like how it effortlessly incorporates so many characters without making it feel crowded. It doesn't hurt that Edwards draws a mean Batman!
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1
by Darwyn Cooke
I know I've been drowning this article in Cooke covers, but come on! There were a few good ones this week, but this one really takes the cake. Super fun and action packed!
That's it for this week. What did I miss? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook!
...Actually, that's it for this year! It's been a great year for covers, so we'll be counting down the top ten best comic covers of the year as well as breaking down all our picks for covers by the numbers, so look out for those during your holiday!