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. This month, we’re looking at the best of June 2018.
WWE #18 by Dan Mora
Listen, I make the rules here and there is absolutely no way ever that I’m not including a Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn cover. That’s just not who I am. Look at them, they’re perfect.
Isola #3 by Karl Kerschl and Msassyk
I haven’t had the chance to read “Isola” yet but Karl Kerschl’s work is always so beautiful so it’ll happen at some point. This cover is a wonderful shot of something already happening and I really want to know what.
Dazzler: X-Song #1 by Bill Sienkiewicz
This looks like a poster of whoever your favorite pop star is. It’s great and feels like it has a bit more movement and light compared to some of Sienkiewicz’s more recent covers.
The Immortal Hulk #1 by Alex Ross
This cover for “The Immortal Hulk” feels like an old Hulk cover and that’s why I love it. Ross is often times, extremely good but his latest work hasn’t been as great for me. This is that. I love this. It’s monster Hulk which is something we haven’t seen so much in recent years.
Wonder Woman #48 by Jenny Frison
The Wicked + The Divine #37 by Erica Henderson
I only know Henderson’s work from “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” so color me shocked when I saw this cover and how different it is for her. It’s a great look at the different sides of The Morrigan and it’s full of this amazing dark energy and anger that makes sense for the character. Now that she’s left “Squirrel Girl,” I’m incredibly excited to see what else she has to show us.
Nancy Drew #1 by Annie Wu
This new Nancy Drew series at Dynamite is very different from anything else at the publisher and that’s a very good thing. Even the creative team is a change of pace and it’s time they caught up. I love this cover cause it’s very cute and clever with Nancy herself peeking out. It’s modern and fun.
Mister Miracle #9 by Nick Derington
It’s weird that a series that has been at times, very dark, would give us such a cute cover but here we are and it’s adorable. Derington is so good and the expression on Scott’s face is just absolutely perfect.