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Best Comic Book Covers of the Week: 5/18/12

This week Spidey, FABLES, and CONAN THE BARBARIAN make our list; what's on yours?

Each week we scour the list of latest releases and choose what we believe to be the best looking comic book covers of the week; and the results are below. Here are some of our favorites and a list of reasons why. What are some of yours?


The latest Mark Buckingham cover to the new edition of the FABLES trade which was released this week really stood out above the rest of the new releases. Buckingham's cover is great not only because it's gorgeous, but because it marries simplicity with complexity; showcasing the personalities and unique traits of the various characters in Buckingham's FABLES series. It captures the sheer essence of Buckingham's imaginary, fairy-tale world and combines it with the city-scape setting of his stories. It's a beautiful image to a gorgeous series.


Although we love Jim Cheung's A VS X #4 cover this week, we have to say that Jerome Opena and Dean White really blew us away. During the A VS X series, the awesome power of the Phoenix has sometimes been overshadowed. On the variant cover to this week's issue we thought that Opena and White did a phenomenal job capturing the awesome power that is the Phoenix by relating to the force's strength in sheer size. We also get a glimpse at just how brave Marvel's "God of Thunder" really is. It's a fantastic image, and probably the best thing about the issue.


Dark Horse's CONAN THE BARBARIAN #4 makes the list not only because of the beauty of the cover's pencils and colors, but because of the portrayal of the heralded hero. We're all used to seeing our heroes grace comic covers in all their glory; rarely do we ever see the hero of his own seld-titled series look downtrodden and defeated; and when we do, it's rarely seen as believable. Except in the case of CONAN THE BARBARIAN #4 by Massimo Carnevale. Here is Conan clutching his stomach, looking up at his aggressors with an expression of exhaustion on his face. It's kind of brilliant because Conan is rarely portrayed in this manner, making this scene captured by Carnevale seem all that much more powerful.


We thought the cover to the first issue of this Marvel series was cool for several reasons; first, it's really, really pretty. Artist Sebastian Fiumara executes Spidey, Union Jack and the Big Hero 6 really beautifully, capturing expression and personality of these characters on a single page. Expression can be kind of hard to capture in a character like Spider-Man -- particularly when he's wearing his mask, but Fiumara really does a stellar job here. Not only is this cover a pretty picture, it also manages to incorporate a lot of different elements (and characters) that appear in the issue without making it look cramped or muddled. Fiumara executes the characters' individual characteristics and personalities well without making things look messy. It can't be easy fitting so many characters on a single page.

Did we miss a cover this week? If so, post it below!

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Posted by darkrider
Posted by Billy Batson

Clearly forgot Hellblazer #291 and Scalped #28 and Wonder Woman #9 mmhmm

Posted by longbowhunter

I'm in love with that Fables cover. This month's GLC cover was pretty awesome as was the Shade.

Posted by ragdollpurps

@Billy Batson: #291 was meh. xP

Posted by Billy Batson


better than ends of earth >.>

Posted by ragdollpurps

@Billy Batson: I guess so. But compared to all the other HB covers...

Posted by Billy Batson

meh, it's not like they ever pick a HB cover >___>

Posted by ragdollpurps

@Billy Batson: They should. >:/

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

so Thor fights Ra from Yu-gi-oh ? :P

Posted by TheHeat

Yes! That AvX Variant cover is beautiful.

Posted by No_Name_

@Billy Batson said:

Clearly forgot Hellblazer #291 and Scalped #28 and Wonder Woman #9 mmhmm

Clearly that's because the "Staff doesn't know anything" ;)

Posted by Cavemold

I would go with catwoman and nightwing but catwoman story was horrible

Posted by NyxEquitis

The AvX Variant cover is just....Amazing.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

My favorite cover from the list was Fables

Posted by zackattack529

Other than Spider-man: Ends of the Earth pretty weak covers...

i actually liked Daredevils this week with him fighting Megacrime and the omega drive in the middle.

also the Justice League 9 variant with Graves holding the JLA was cool, as well as a good issue.

oh and don't forget Supergirls..awesome cover :)

Posted by ZZoMBiE13

Those are all great.

Conan covers have always been fantastic. I can remember picking up "Savage Sword of Conan" books 25 years ago and those were amazing even then.

Good collection this week.

Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

Best covers for me were Justice League variant cover and AvX variant

Posted by primepower53

I like the AvX cover the best

despite the actual event being utter horse crap.

Posted by revbucky

I like Ends of the Earth.

Posted by pspin

Winter Soldier was pretty awesome

Posted by Funrush

I also liked the JL variant,

and the Fantastic Four cover:

Posted by Innate0912

Winter Soldier #5 was awesome!

Posted by fables87

FABLES FTFW! Even though I already own the original edition, this is a really good cover. Congrats Fables for making it to the 10th year!

Posted by ThexX

The Winter Soldier Cover was badass this week

Winter Soldier #5
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Awesome AvX cover but for me the win should go to Incredible Hulk #7.1. Gorgeous artwork!

Posted by htb106

I'm predicting that they're going to put nightwing 10 on the page when it comes out.

Posted by Om1kron
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Awesome AvX cover but for me the win should go to Incredible Hulk #7.1. Gorgeous artwork!

Posted by tomchu

Ive always said the best part about AvX is the covers. And this proves my point.

Posted by RoboShark

The Shadow covers were great..I thought.

Posted by The Black Hood

The AVX cover is nice. Too bad it is wasted on a crap book.

Posted by Crimsonlord53

The AvX cover speaks volumes.

Posted by Billy Batson

Also, you gotta love the Fury MAX covers.

Posted by broo1232

These covers were seriously epic

Posted by broo1232

And so was this one.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Dancer #1 I LOVED IT !!!

Posted by G-Man

@RoboShark said:

The Shadow covers were great..I thought.

I did too. Neither cover I really liked this week made it here. :(

Posted by carnivalofsins00


Posted by Hatutzeraze

Nice list.

I'll back up the calls for the Shadow and Wonder Woman.

Posted by feargalr

That AvX variant is awesome actually.. good choice

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Scalped 58 and Red Hood were great too

Posted by salmy

@carnivalofsins00: Yup, Saga 3 is my choice.

Posted by Ganthetsward20

Not psyched about the spiderman cover. The hulk cover was my replacement for that. Even though the art in the book wasnt close to the word "good"

Posted by StarKiller809

Some good covers but I too think that there was some slightly better covers though. 
I'm not going to really say anything more because it's all opinions. 
Great list and I think that the cover you chose were great. :)

Posted by ScoobyM

not sure about the spidey one, but that phoenix/thor is pretty incredible.

Posted by Ijan092

The Incredible Hulk #7.1 cover was pretty cool.

Posted by abombb

That Avengers vs. X-men cover is awesome.

Posted by knighthood

Outta this week's covers Fables is the best. Last week's covers were much better.

Posted by knighthood

@salmy said:

@carnivalofsins00: Yup, Saga 3 is my choice.

So why didn't this make the "best of" list?

Posted by KidSupreme

not for me

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