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Monday, July 6, 2015

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 81

Injection #1
by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire

These action-based covers to Injection are really fascinating; on this and the last cover, we get just a glimpse of some violent move happening, but the framing keeps the context hidden.

Archie #1
by Fiona Staples

There are several of these variants that are really quite good, but this is probably my favorite. Staples really captures the relaxed summer fun of Archie in a way that is sweet and nostalgic, but not saccharine and retro.

 Lando #1
by John Cassaday

This is a fun concept, and really nails Lando's smarmy personality. One complaint though: needs more Lobot.

Constantine: The Hellblazer #2
by Riley Rossmo

This is a beautifully rendered cover–it manages to make the central character very small compared to the action, which lends it an interesting perspective, and the use of light and shadow here is fantastic.

 Pisces #3
by Johnnie Christmas

I really love the cartooning work here; the characters have a lot of personality and expression, and the coloring is really wonderful to give it that underwater look.

 Civil War #1
by Skottie Young

I don't usually pick covers that primarily rely on the written word, but damn is this one right on the nose! In this case, the lack of visual action plays right into the gag.

 1872 #1
by Alex Maleev

There's a very nice concept here, and I tend to really like when characters are distilled to a single, iconic object in this way. Plus I dig the way the tombstone's cartoonish quality in its lean contrasts with the realistic vista in the background.
Archie #1
by Chip Zdarsky

Another one where the artist really perfectly captures the spirit of the character in every aspect: the posture, the expression, and the simple-yet-clever composition. 

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