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Best Comic Book Covers of the Week 8/30/13

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Welcome to best comic book covers of the week! Every week, the Comic Vine staff picks out their favorite covers of the week and presents them to you in a delightful package filled with joy and a tiny bit of fear. This week, we got quite a few covers to talk about, so let's get right to the super-duper action, already in progress.

To start things off, this week, we have WOLVERINE MAX #10 which has this stunning cover by Jock. He normally has a very distinctive style, but this is a bit different than what fans are used to. The yellow tones really make this cover stand out, and it's really cool to see the shadow go all the way across the page. This cover is really an eye-catcher, and it's always really cool to see an artist work the title of the book into the coverart.

Next up we have the startling piece from artist Simon Davis. It's the cover for KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE TIDE OF BLOOD #5. It's hard to ignore a cover that predominantly features a screaming head made of blood front and center on the cover. There's a great use of negative space here as well, and instead of keeping everything just plain white, Davis splatters some blood here and there to give this cover some movement as well.

I don't know if we've ever mentioned UNWRITTEN on this list, but it's a shame if we haven't. This month's issue, UNWRITTEN #52 a FABLES/UNWRITTEN cross-over has some fantastic art from long-time cover artist Yuko Shimizu. Her art on these covers is utterly fantastic. The way she places things within a cover is really cool, and we loved the borders displaying the names of the creators and title of the book. It has a very early-20th century feel to it.

How long has it been since we've had a super-classy cover on this list? A really long time. This week, AMERICAN VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY #1 came our drawn by the extremely talented Rafael Albuquerque. This reminds me of a very mysterious and classy dramatic movie or the classiest invitation of all time. I like that the character on the cover is a little off-center and that he fades into the background.

AVENGERS ARENA #14 is next on our list and X-23 really wants you, the reader, to "bring it." This very close and personal cover was drawn by Mike Deodato. While X-23 looks great, one thing we really like is the color transition in the background, and how the hair, on the back of X-23's head, fades out into it. Cool concept and great colors here.

For G.I. JOE #7, Jamal Igle put together this very eye-catching cover with a really cool perspective. While the reader will direct their focus right away to the mask on Cobra Commander and the reflection over the city, which is super cool, make sure to check out the color work and line work on Cobra Commander's suit. We're loving the detail here and the color.

One person that pops up a lot on this list is artist Phil Noto, for good reason: he's pretty dang awesome. This week, he drew up a really cool looking cover for UNCANNY X-MEN #11, from the perspective of the Blockbuster Sentinel! There's a lot to look at on this cover from the characters in the Sentinel's site to the words on the cover. It's a pretty striking cover with some very great color work.

Well, that wraps up another best comic covers of the week! What are your favorite covers of the week? Let us know in the comment section, and we'll see you next week!

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Posted by Wolverine08

DAMN! Jock killed it on Wolverine Max #10. Best cover of the week for me.

Edited by Wolverine08

This cover was awesome too.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Wolverine and TMNT are the only ones I like

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

I really don't like that X-23 cover

Posted by Overlander

Kinda disappointed with this list.

I love the X-Men, but Uncanny X-Men was just okay and the cover was decent. But I found Gambit #6 to be one of the best this week.

It blew away the Kill Shakespeare and The Unwritten cover. It has better perspective, superior composition, and outstanding lettering with that forced perspective that gives the sense of peril.

...and this is coming from a reader who caaaaan't stand the ragin' Cajun.

Edited by spinningbirdcake
Jae Lee draws a badass Darkseid

Posted by Dark_Guyver

TMNT 25 and Batman/Superman had the best covers this week!

Posted by Overlander

I love this.

Jae Lee draws a badass Darkseid

...I loved the other version too:

Posted by spinningbirdcake

@overlander: Yeah. Best thing to come out of the New 52 is t-shirt and jeans Superman.

Posted by Hawkguy

My top 3 of the week.

Posted by Xwraith
Edited by murderpool

Deadpool fifteen cover. Declan ftw

Posted by Shallbecomeabattoo

I just read the first trade of Wolverine MAX and wow... is that a mediocre book that nobody ever needed. Nothing in it warrants the exictence of a Wolvie MAX book... its just more Wolverine, like always, just without adamantium bones and slightly altered backstory. That was a big let down.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

If Wolverine MAX wasn't on the list I'd be upset. but luckily it's the first thing I see

Posted by fallbrigade

Really loved the American Vampire cover.

Edited by Hanson724

@wolverine08: Is Wolverine Max any good though? I've been on the fence for awhile and have heard both good and bad.

Posted by RoTheKid

Oh cool! It's nice to see this featured article on here again!

Posted by Wolverine08


I really like it! Second best Wolverine book after Savage Wolverine IMO.

Posted by Wolverine08


That cover was sick too. Eastmans still got it!

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Wolverine Max cover is awesome. Also liked the Gambit and All-Star Western covers.

Posted by theTimeStreamer

@hanson724: not really. it's boring. wolverine vs normal old people. no intrigue no nothing.

Posted by Crimsonlord53

That A.A cover is awesome.

Uncanny X men is cool as well.

Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse

No Batman/Superman?

Posted by IrishX

@inferiorego: That's awesome that you guys had G.I. Joe #7 this week. I didn't think it would be there. But let's give credit to the new Cobra Commander who's looking so bad@ss on the cover.... Krake.

Posted by krexxxx4

I kinda see the Avenger's Arena cover as a tribute to Claremont and Miller's Wolverine #1's cover

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

So many great covers! Especially love the TMNT City Fall "Dark Leo" cover myself :)

Posted by CoffeeWithBagels

Definitely The Flash #23 for me this week.

Edited by DonFelipe

I like that Wolverine Max cover! Then AV and Shakespeare.

Here's a few more...

kaboom! It's about time for next season!
NOTO in black and white and pink!
I will follow!
The Massive Love!
To the MAX!
Le fini!

Posted by victorcheenoanleu

@overlander: did you notice the letter V on his left boot? I couldn't help but stare at it.

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

FBP Federal Bureau of Physics

Edited by pikahyper

Posted by Billy Batson

Bloodlines having a white background is lame and does the Fables one count since it's an old cover and has been used before? :p


Posted by pikahyper

@billy_batson: That depiction of John by Rafael Albuquerque is awesome and while the Fables has been used before the branding is completely different and much better, the original trade cover looked terrible because of the placement and colors of the branding, this one looks a thousands times better.

Edited by henrik

Deadpool, and New avengers cover was great.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I like that Wolverine Max cover! Then AV and Shakespeare.

Here's a few more...

kaboom! It's about time for next season!
NOTO in black and white and pink!
I will follow!
The Massive Love!
To the MAX!
Le fini!

Great one!

Posted by FrankenKong

@spinningbirdcake: Truly. I love how he not only captures the badass look of Darkseid but also a creepy side we rarely see.

Edited by spinningbirdcake

@frankenkong: Yeah. He definitely nails that rocky texture to his face more so than other artists.

Edited by GrenadeFlow

I loved the Uncanny X-Men cover

Posted by DadaHyena

The Last Zombie one being posted in the thread is really well done!