This week on David’s Got You Covered, there’s a tense battle at the top for cover of the week, as two top artists face off with stellar efforts even for their prodigious skills. Plus, a couple of other nice entries from other top artists as well as a rare feat: no winner for the infamous worst cover award! Great work this week comic artists!
Find out which books made the cut after the jump.
There are very few things in comics that could bring more pure joy than a book about Hellboy teaming up with the Beasts of Burden, and when I found out that Evan Dorkin, Mike Mignola and Jill Thompson were teaming up to make this happen…well, let’s just say I was pleased. It was a book I was very excited for, and it didn’t disappoint.
Not only that but we even had two great covers to choose from, with one coming from Mignola and the one I eventually chose for this slot coming from Thompson.
This cover is a beautifully painted gem from Thompson, as she depicts the Beasts and Hellboy confronting an off-camera threat. One of my favorite things about this cover is that it, in a lot of ways, shares exactly what each characters role and relationship is within the book itself – namely, how Pugs and Hellboy kind of bond, oddly. It’s a fantastic work, although do we ever expect anything less from Thompson?
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #15 was a personal favorite book this week for me, as Peter Parker was faced with the fall out of the Chameleon siblings running amok with his life both as Peter Parker and as Spider-Man. It left him with upset friends, family and a particularly chilly girlfriend.
When you boil it down, life is tough for Peter, and David LaFuente beautifully shares this idea with readers when you look at this cover. He’s surrounded by happy couples, people enjoying life, and basically, everything he doesn’t have. Placing the woeful Spidey front and center amidst this cavalcade of happy people juxtaposes his situation wonderfully, and I just love me some David LaFuente.
I’m starting to feel a little bad for Jock. He is flat out my favorite cover artist in the game today, and I think his covers for Scalped are the best covers in the industry consistently. Yet the last two times he was up for potentially winning this, he’s lost to a surprising competitor.
It’s no fault of his own, however, as this cover is completely, absurdly beautiful. It shows an image of the family that could have been, with Dash, Carol and their potential child living together in happiness. It speaks volumes of what happens inside of the book, as this family is destroyed in a remarkably painful way, and the way Jock creates the image may be a mystery to me (is that real fire or digital fire? probably the latter, but the fact that the question is raised says a lot), I can say it creates a provocative image that draws a visceral reaction out of me. It’s an exquisitely crafted image that I hope will one day end up in a collection of covers, ala James Jean’s Fables collection.
For a cover to hold Jock back from the top spot once again, it had to be a pretty damn amazing cover. With the return of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Incognito this week, we knew they’d bring out a damn good product, but this variant from Phillips is nothing short of astounding.Continued below
Everything about this design is freaking spectacular. The cover, for all intents and purposes, looks like an old pulp paperback you could find for ten cents at a local pawn shop. The frayed edges, the torn cover at the bottom, the crease marks, the typeset choices, the 350 cents taking the spot of $3.50…everything. This design is just outstanding.
Throw in the fact that you have another exceptional illustration from Phillips, showing Zack Overkill’s DNA donor Lazarus in an action pose, and you have what I knew from the very beginning was the best cover of the week.