How many of us have head to the comic shop, pick up the books on our pull list, but then stop to look at a comic because we found the cover to be particularly striking? We've all been told "never [to] judge a book by it's cover," but in the case of comic books, sometimes it's okay to do that. The fact of the matter is, comic books can be beautiful, and sometimes the cover of a comic book will be what sells the book and gets us to pick it up and give it a shot. This is where our newest feature comes in handy. Each week the Comic Vine staff will look at the week's latest releases and choose some comic covers that really impressed us.
We start the week off with cover #B of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #8 by artist Dan Duncan. Why did we like this cover? When you pick this up your eyes immediately go to the center of the cover; the four Ninja Turtles. It's great to see them trekking through sewage side by side as a team. It's something almost characteristic of them, too. The heavy inks give this cover an even more two-dimensional feel that also reflects the cartoon-y themes in the issue itself. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is a team book, and that's reflective of this cover which is what is so cool about it. The issue itself is written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman.
This week's cover to MOON KNIGHT had an incredibly somber and eerie tone, which was definitely one of the reasons why we chose the issue. The cover to MOON KNIGHT #11 is drawn by Alex Maleev who also does the book's interiors. Maleev chose shades of grey and blue for the piece, not only to reflect the mood, but perhaps also Moon Knight's costume. The result is really, really striking. Here we see a kneeling Moon Knight; seemingly cowering before the heroes he imitated throughout the series. Do they look down on Moon Knight disappointed? It's an interesting cover and really leads the reader to ask a lot of questions about the series.
Not only did Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera deliver a fantastic issue of DAREDEVIL this week, but the awesome story was complimented by an equally awesome cover. The style of the cover for issue #10 of DAREDEVIL resembles an engraving; this is also the way that Rivera illustrates what Daredevil is seeing from his perspective. Here we see Daredevil drowning under the staff of the Mole Man, as he is sucked into the abyss. The way that Rivera plays with light and dark really gives the image depth and helps depict emotion. The viewer's eye immediately focuses on Daredevil who brings the only bit of color to the piece. This is an absolutely gorgeous cover.
Finally, this week's cover to THE AVENGERS #24.1 focused on The Vision. Sometimes, you don't need to tell a story with your cover; sometimes all it takes is a very stoic picture of a character to really draw you in and make you want to read the issue. Perhaps it is the striking colors of The Vision himself, or maybe it's that he appears to be reaching out beyond the cover to grip the reader, but it's gorgeous. Illustrated by Brandon Peterson, the cover to THE AVENGERS #24.1 definitely does it's job.
These are some of our favorite covers of the week, what are some of yours? Be sure to post a picture of the covers you thought were really cool below and let us know why!