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Winter Soldier #19 cover by Declan Shalvey

Best Comic Covers of the Month: June 2013

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While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover it doesn’t mean that you can’t admire it. Each month I find what I believe are the best comic covers.

Batwing #21 cover by Ken Lashley. DC Comics

Batwing #21 by Ken Lashley

The scale used in this cover appeals to me the most with this cover, it makes the lion look extra fierce. The detail on the lion and the light coming out lion’s eyes make the lion that extra bit appealing.

Scooby Doo. Where are you? #34 cover by Scott Gross

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #34 by Scott Gross

This is a really fun cover. The idea of a Scooby crop circle is very inventive and suits the nature of Scooby-Doo. This is definitely the best Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? cover I have seen.

Superman Unchained #1 cover by Jim Lee

Superman Unchained #1 by Jim Lee

With lots of detail and shrapnel flying off in various directions this is a big Jim Lee cover. The pose of Superman ripping open the satellite hull just looks great. Jim Lee has a knack for super detailed covers that I wish I had a poster for.

Batwoman #21 cover by JH Willaims III

Batwoman #21 by J.H Williams III

J.H Williams always makes great covers. His painted style captures the light and shadow perfectly and that cape looks fantastic. The detail on Killer Croc is fantastic with the muscle tone and scales painted perfectly. J.H Williams goes into the process of creating this cover on his blog.

Wonder Woman #21 cover by Cliff Chiang

Wonder Woman #21 by Cliff Chiang

The colours in this comic cover are vibrant and pop off the cover. I like the how Wonder Woman’s hair and whip and flapping around in the suction. Wonder Woman’s tiara flying off her head is also a nice touch.

Mr X: Eviction #2 cover by Dean Motter

Mister X: Eviction #2 by Dean Motter

This cover is minimal, but great. It sets the tone of the series and gives it a sense of mystery.

Amala's Blade #3 cover by Michael Dialynas

Amala’s Blade #3 by Michael Dialynas

The design of the monster is very interesting. The protruding armour design is detailed and varied, especially around the head. The colour pallet is perfect for the scene and I really like the purple glow around his body and in its eyes.

Mind MGMT #12 cover by Matt Kindt

Mind MGMT #12 by Matt Kindt

The way the titles and publisher details have been incorporated into the artwork is fantastic. It shows that the titles don’t have to obstruct the art work but can work cohesively together.

Fearless Defenders #5 cover by Mark Brooks

Fearless Defenders #5 by Mark Brooks

Mark Brooks is not only a great artist but combines it with great ideas to create comic covers.   Using all female cast of the title and the heavily Street Fighter inspired idea works great. Can you name all the characters?

Hawkeye #11 cover by David Aja. Marvel Comics 2013

Hawkeye #11 David Aja

Another minimal cover from David Aja. The footprints of blood set the tone for the story and look great. Take a look at the preview of this issue if you want to see more.

Winter Soldier #19 cover by Declan Shalvey

Winter Soldier #19 by Declan Shalvey

An explosive cover for the final issue of Winter Soldier. The flying debris is detailed and the colour of the explosion make it look even more destructive. What is also enjoyable about this comic cover is that the titles have been played around with to compliment the explosion.

Deadpool #11 (Hastings Variant)

Deadpool #11 (Hastings Variant)

Obviously created as a way to promote the Deadpool game, this homage to Super Mario Bros. is great.

Daredevil #27 by Chris Samnee

Daredevil #27 by Chris Samnee

Another month , another fantastic Chris Samnee cover. Foggy Nelson pose and expression are great and the silhouette of Bullseye is surrounding reflects well with that has been going on in the series.

Secret Avengers #5 Variant cover by Francesco Francavilla

Secret Avengers #5 (Francavilla Variant) by Francesco Francavilla

This feels less like a comic cover and more like a movie poster. This is the kind of cover that would look great on a wall.

Thumbprint #1 cover by Vic Malhotra

Thumbprint #1 by Vic Malhotra

A simple but effective cover with the bloody thumbprint and the soldier’s silhouette. I also enjoy the logo and how it has the thumbprint marks incorporated into to the design.

Astro City #1 Heroes cover by Alex Ross. Vertigo Comics 2013
Astro City #1 Villain cover by Alex Ross. Vertigo Comics 2013

Astro City by Alex Ross

The glorious return of Astro City need two glorious covers by Alex Ross. These covers work as a set with the first being the heroes peering through the doorway in the sky, while the second is the villain bursting out of said doorway. All beautifully painted.

Take a look at the preview for Astro City #1.

Wild Blue Yonder #1 RI cover by Nick Runge. IDW.

Wild Blue Yonder #1 RI cover by Nick Runge

The retail incentive cover for Wild Blue Yonder is another cover that feel like a movie poster. The use of colours and the style of illustration gives the cover a nostalgic look that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. There is also a dog wearing goggles, how can you not love that?

Take a look at the preview for Wild Blue Yonder #1.

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