Once again the Comic Vine staff checked out the various covers for comics released this week and we've chosen what we feel to be the most impressive of the bunch. To our surprise, three of our four favorite comic book covers for this week are for Marvel titles. All three of which are "Avengers Art Appreciation" variant covers. So, why did we choose those? Well, aside from the fact that they are really, really pretty; these covers were also some of the most unique that we've seen.
Let's start off with the variant cover for INVINCIBLE IRON-MAN #515. Greg Horn must have been inspired by Polynesian history, because he used images of the famous Moai monoliths which were carved out from stone on Easter Island sometime between 1250 and 1500. These structures can still be found at the Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Island off the coast of Chile. Greg Horn used the image of the statues and added the likeness of members of the Avengers team for the IRON MAN cover, and it looked really, really, cool. If you were one of the few to get your hands on this beauty, then consider yourself lucky -- this is certainly a great piece of art and a very unique take on the Avengers team.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Artist Julian Totino must have studied the masters at some point, because he took inspiration from one very famous neo-impressionistic painting for the UNCANNY X-FORCE #24 variant cover. Totino gave his own spin to Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, depicting a similar artistic style and posing the Avengers in a very similar way for his cover. The result is really lovely, as you can see above.
Next up is the cover for INCREDIBLE HULK #7. How can we say no to this? If you walked by this issue at your local comic shop, how could you resist picking it up? Charles Paul Wilson draws the Hulk as the center of attention, while the rest of the Avengers team struggles to figure out how they'll help him get out of this mess. It's absolutely adorable, and Charles Paul Wilson gives these characters a sweet innocence. It's a beautiful cover and it too is part of Marvel's "Avengers Art Appreciation."
Finally we have Francesco Francavilla's cover for Dark Horse Presents #11. The star in this image is the Francavilla's latest creator owned property; The Black Beetle. The story promises "pulp action at it's finest," and based on Francavilla's cover; pulp style is bursting at the seams. It's an absolutely great image of Frankavilla's pulp hero battling a Nazi soldier, above a city skyscape. We loved it.
What did you think of this week's comic book covers? Which were some of your favorites? Let us know what covers we missed in the comments!