They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. While that might be true for prose, it’s not entirely true for comic books. Comic books are a visual medium and more times than not, it’s the art that draws you in. With so many comic books coming out these days, a cover that stands out from everything else on a wall of new releases can determine how well it sells. I know that I’ve picked up new titles solely based on the cover.
It is with that in mind that we bring you Face Value, a column where we will be looking at the best covers in comics, both new and old, every two weeks. In this edition, I’m looking at the very best of February 2019.
“Wonder Twins” #1 by Stephen Byrne
The new Wonder Twins comic was a blast and this cover was a perfect place to start things with a new look, a new tone but that same charm that’s kind of made them super lovable. Byrne captures the old school charm of the duo and their alien nature in a really aesthetically pleasing way and that’s why it’s a favorite of mine this month.
“Batman” #65 by Jeffrey Alan Love
I’m super into images that play with shape and abstraction like this and while this doesn’t go all the way there, it’s still really good. I’m very into it.
“Red Sonja” #1 by Christian Ward
My god, let Christian Ward draw a Red Sonja series. WOW
“Fantastic Four” #7 by Bill Sienkiewicz
Sienkiewicz has never drawn anything bad in his entire life but lately, I feel like he’s been on a tear. This cover is absolutely fantastic and the use of blue is perfect.
“Love Romances” #1 by Russell Dauterman
I’m a big ball of love lately so I definitely melted a little bit when I saw this cover. It’s so cute and sweet. I want a poster of it.
“The Forgotten Queen” #1 by Veronica Fish
I really like this Fish cover because it’s a little different from what we’re used to seeing from her. The color work here is amazing and it captures fire in a really unique way that feels very new.
“Ice Cream Man” #10 by Juan Ferreyra
I love Juan Ferreyra and I fell in love with his work thanks to “Colder”, his straight up horror series with Paul Tobin. This cover feels like a slight homage to that series and I am in love with this. It was probably inevitable he would do a cover for this series and I am not disappointed.
“Bloom” OGN by Savanna Ganucheau
Light, airy and so clearly a romance cover. I’m crying just thinking about how romantic this story is about to me.