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, we’re looking at some of the best covers by the reigning king of thirst, Kris Anka. Anka is an amazing artist who does draw some very beautiful people but he’s a fantastic technical artist who knows how to tell a story.
“Star-Lord” #1 by Kris Anka
I was never a big Star-Lord fan but this cover does a great job at definitely attempting to pull in a new audience. That audience is full of very big fans of all the various Chrises in Hollywood.
“Rogue and Gambit” #5 by Kris Anka
This is a cover I always come back to. I love it and I think it’s a perfect little snapshot of this couple that has become a fan favorite for decades.
“Runaways” #13 by Kris Anka
Karolina, you sweet angel of light. Anka not only knows how to make her powers actually magical but he knows how to style. This is such a beautiful cover that’s brought to life by this excellent color work.
“Runaways” #8 by Kris Anka
Yet again, another beautiful Karolina centric cover but this one is a lot more romantic. I don’t want to spoil so much of this series but this very sweet and another reason you should pick up the series.
“The Wicked + The Divine” #19 by Kris Anka
Did you honestly think I would do a Kris Anka spotlight and not include this?? Enjoy the abs.
“The Unworthy Thor” #2 by Kris Anka
The second half of this list is basically the abs section and you’re welcome. Here’s Thor, being big, hairy and ready to toss you around.
A-Force” #5 by Kris Anka
And now here are lady abs. I’m kidding but I do love this cover. Female superheroes are often drawn for the male gaze and really, if you had super powers and were out there doing all this physical activity, you would be ripped. Anka gets this and that’s how he draws women and I appreciate it and love it.
“Dream Daddy” #1 by Kris Anka
I never actually played this game but I know enough that putting Anka on a cover is a genius move and we are all better for it.