With another week over and a slew of gorgeous comic book covers from this Wednesday's releases, we've once again chosen some of our favorites and have highlighted them here for you to see. And of course, if we miss any of your favorites, be sure to let us know and to post it in the comments below!
MYSTERY IN SPACE One Shot
The cover to Vertigo's one shot that was released earlier this week makes our list for the week's best covers. Mike Allred delivers a fantastic cover as well as a story that will take you "to strange and mysterious places" like the "edge of the abyss." Who better to illustrate the deep space adventures found in this anthology than Allred himself? The cover is classic Allred in a style uniquely his own and he gets some help from none other than Laura Allred. The pair deliver a beautiful cover. The character at the center of the image has perfect anatomy, and is drawn from an interesting perspective; he appears almost to be falling backwards into space.== TEASER ==
Another Vertigo title makes this week's list, and one look at the cover you'll know why. Gracing the cover of the latest issue of FAIREST is Lumi, also known as the Snow Queen in the Fables universe. The cover is drawn and colored by none other than Adam Hughes who captures Lumi's playfulness and sex appeal effortlessly. The image not only makes the list because it's a pretty picture (which is obvious), but also because of its perspective. Here is Lumi, blowing on what appears to be a window. She fogs up the glass and writes the name of the series with her index finger. In this image the reader is looking at her reflection, which would give anyone a chill. Framing Lumi's face are tiny snow flakes that have fogged up the window; and it's detail like that that make Adam Hughes stand out from other artists in the industry. Hughes is constantly thinking about perspective; about how the image will appear to the viewer; and this picture is a perfect example of that.
You may have heard about that other crossover at Marvel titled 'Exiled' that launched May 1st with EXILED #1 and continued this week in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #637. We chose the cover to JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #637 because it's beautiful, but also because we wanted to show off all of the covers that will span all five issues that take up the 'Exiled' crossover by artist Stephanie Hans. The picture is breathtaking, taking elements of characters and worlds that we see in the NEW MUTANTS as well as JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY and mixing them together. What you get is a gorgeous five-cover spread of Hans' work which can be displayed consecutively once it's been collected. Hans captures everything from the fear on the faces of these characters, the ferocity of Asgard and Thor, and Loki's mischievous grin. The result is truly beautiful group of covers.
Finally we have the cover to Chris Roberson and Rich Ellis' MEMORIAL #5, a series being published by IDW that focuses on the incredible adventure of Em, a talking cat as she traverses through an incredible world of "walking shadows, living statues, blind kung fu librarians and forgotten heroes." While Ellis does the interiors of this series, the breathtaking covers are being illustrated by famed comics artist Michael WM Kaluta, known for his STARSTRUCK comic book series which was recently reprinted by IDW in 2009.
The cover focuses on Em, but references the age old story of Adam and Eve. Behind Em is an image of an apple tree, and wrapped around its branches is a serpent. Em stands before a fallen apple and appears to be taken aback by fear. Everything about this cover is beautiful. The image has incredible depth, with the serpent and the tree behind the young girl. It's also very symmetrical, and the viewer must look through a frame in order to see the temptation behind Em. It's a really beautiful image.