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Best Comic Covers of the Week: 9/21/12

THE SHADOW, LOBSTER JOHNSON and more make our list for best covers of the week.

It's hard to believe it's been a week already! It's already Friday which means it's time once again to select some of our favorite covers from this week's new releases. Don't forget to let us know if we missed any good ones, and to post them in the forums!


First up is the beautiful cover to this month's X-FACTOR #244 by artist David Yardin. I love the expression on Banshee's face on this issue -- her glare is really powerful. The way that Yardin uses birds covered by a dark shadow, blending them into Banshee's figure is beautiful. You can't quite tell where their winged bodies end and where her figure begins.

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Next up is the cover to FABLES #121 of which there are two. We went with what appears to be the final version -- it's much lighter and more detailed than the first cover that can be seen here. Artist Joao Ruas manages to beautifully blend light and darkness in a single image. Although it's aesthetically beautiful, it's still a very creepy picture. The figure's blank stare that can barely be seen beneath the shadows, and the scarring at her lips tell a sort of a story. The graphics along the perimeter of the image also add a nice touch.


I don't know whether it was the fact that I love Lobster Johnson, or whether it's the colors that artist Tonci Zonjic chose for the image, but it's gorgeous. Front and center is the shadowy figure of Lobster Johnson, for the cover of LOBSTER JOHNSON: CAPUT MORTUUM. The character is seemingly transparent and through and behind him is a city scape, illustrated in a sort of abstract way; a simple combination of colored squares set just right. It's a gorgeous image that really stands out, and is reason enough to go out and pick up this issue. The combination of different shades of blues, yellows greys and black make this cover really aesthetically pleasing.


There were two really great covers for THE SHADOW #5 this week, one by Francesco Francavilla and the other by Alex Ross. Weighing them both, we decided to go with Ross' cover. Normally, Alex Ross' pictures are these great sort of landscape scenes that fill up the entire page, but not this time. That might be why this image sort of caught us by surprise. The picture features The Shadow standing upright, blending into the background of a shining red sun behind him. The background resembles the Japanese flag. It's impressive to see the way Ross blends realism and an abstract image with such ease, showcasing some of his versatility.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know by posting the image in the comments, below!

Posted by The Stegman
Posted by ThePRez

how about daredevil 18's cover?

Posted by RuinedGlory
Are you kidding me! DAREDEVIL #18 wins! The redness of his insides reflect the color of his costume! Such a travesty to not be included.
Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

DD's cover blows away the covers on this list

Posted by Twentyfive

Rivera did an amazing job (as usual) on that Daredevil cover. One of today's greatest artists. Daredevil's circulatory system extends to his horns, which I lol'd about.

Posted by Benzedrine17

Yeah, I've been recommending that issue to everyone at my store all week. Definitely one of the better covers this week. I also was a fan of the artwork on Ghost #0.

Posted by Inverno

@RuinedGlory said:

Are you kidding me! DAREDEVIL #18 wins! The redness of his insides reflect the color of his costume! Such a travesty to not be included.

This is so amazing. Why they never pick the cooler covers?!

Posted by ALittleTooRaph

The X-Factor #244 cover was my favorite this week!

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Usually I'm a bit bland by Fables' covers, but this week's is neat! Like a Dave McKean tribute.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh
@RuinedGlory said:
Are you kidding me! DAREDEVIL #18 wins! The redness of his insides reflect the color of his costume! Such a travesty to not be included.
This def should have been here! Cover and the book is 5/5
Posted by MatKrenz

The X-Factor covers should always be on these best covers features. David Yardin kicks ass.

Posted by kerosene


LOL, Comic Vine always overlooks the better comics of the week, I thought this was common knowledge XD

Posted by carnivalofsins00

I do hope you're reading X-Factor, and not JUST looking at the cover. X-Factor has been one of the most consistently great titles from either Marvel or DC, with little attention.

Posted by broo1232


Posted by guttridgeb

X-Factor and the Shadow are awesome

Posted by Decept-O

They're all very beautiful. That X-Factor cover is incredibly well done.

Posted by Cavemold

Could of added one more did you change the name back?

Posted by LordRequiem

@CaioTrubat: If you can see his circulatory system then why is his logo present?

Posted by wowylied

My best this week.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Alex Ross drew a awesome comic cover? Same old, same old. X^D

Posted by TDK_1997

The Daredevil one was pretty good,too.

Posted by feebadger

Got to say, from an artistic viewpoint, the Fables cover is a really brave choice by a cover artist. Really subtle, really tricky to get across the requisite intrigue and drama a cover needs with an image like that, but mission accomplished.

Posted by fables87

I love the Fables cover. Creepy yet beautiful. Daredevil should be on their too though.

Edited by Queso6p4

@RuinedGlory: While this is a good cover a reviewer pointed out that there's almost no blood flow to his brain. o_0

I'm definitely feeling all the cover choices this week. I was surprised to see like four or five for the Shadow.

Posted by JayMar89

the variant for justice league 0 should of made it

Posted by Space_Captain_Ulyverse

Did not know that Lobster Johnson had a comicbook out. YES.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

the X-factor cover is cool

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Shadow FTW....another shining example how Ross is the Dean of Comic Book artists IMHO.

Posted by JamDamage

That Daredevil cover is sick. So was the cover for The Ultimates with Thor on the cover.

Posted by TheSmallvillefan12

The Shadow cover is pretty awesome.

Posted by Wolverine0628
Posted by Grey56

I have a request - stop ignoring Elephantmen covers.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh
@wowylied said:

My best this week.

i love the art in this book. so detailed :)
Posted by jwalser3

@wowylied said:

My best this week.


Posted by Serberus08

Like that X-factor

Posted by Eyz

@MadeinBangladesh said:

@wowylied said:

My best this week.

i love the art in this book. so detailed :)


Posted by Blizaga101

that X-factor cover gives me chills, so eerie and stunning all at once

Posted by notarandomguy

I don't even like Daredevil as a Hero but the book is SO DAMN GOOD!!!

@RuinedGlory said:

Are you kidding me! DAREDEVIL #18 wins! The redness of his insides reflect the color of his costume! Such a travesty to not be included.