Cameron Hatheway writes for Bleeding Cool;
Fables #120 by Joao Ruas
Artist Joao Ruas really outdid himself this week with this glorious stained glass cover. Darien being the subject of inspiration, we see him surrounded by several enticing images. Things yet to come, or things from his past? We'll have to read-on to find out, but the image itself is beautifully illustrated and makes good use of the vibrant colors that one would see when actually viewing stained glass. I find it spooky to see his own head at his feet, as if it's a bad omen of sorts. Forget making this a poster, make this a Comic-Con Exclusive next year and have actual stained glass! The Fables fans would gobble it up in a heartbeat!
Astonishing X-Men #53 by Dustin Weaver & Rachelle Rosenberg
My favorite cover of the week, hands down. My first reaction looking at this cover was "Man, Logan needs to watch what he eats!" but upon closer inspection, it's probably symbolic that he's a bomb just waiting to go off. Better yet, he strapped a bomb to his chest and walked through airport security. Wouldn't you just love to hear "Don't touch my junk, bub!"? Both bomb and Adamantium skeleton are intricately detailed, and we can't really tell which object has more screws loose. Furthermore, the background is a bomb as well, with the fuse about to run out. It's like Weaver & Rosenberg watched that one scene in Meet The Parents, and decided "You know what this cover needs? More BOMB, BOMB, BOMB, B-BOMB B-BOMB BOMBS!" Good use of hot and cool colors, good use of space, this cover is a home run.
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1 by Paul Pope & Lovern Kindzierski
While I do find the Adam Hughes cover amazing, I just can't see past that shocked look on Laurie's face ever since I heard the comment "Surprise Buttsex" and it kills me because it's such a beautiful cover regardless. Anyway, this variant by Pope is equally amazing, because we get all the great little details of Dr. Manhattan tinkering with the insides of machinery (an engine, perhaps?) with a somewhat complacent look on his face. You what? I just realized what he's putting together; the bomb that's strapped to Wolverine's chest in the last cover! You guys! It's a company-wide crossover event with Dr. Manhattan vs Wolverine! Avengers vs Watchmen does have a nice ring to it.
Lobster Johnson: The Prayer of Neferu by Tonci Zonjic
I was a big fan of Zonjic's art on the recent Lobster Johnson miniseries, so it brings me great joy seeing his wonderful style put to use on this cover. Not only is Lobster Johnson shooting the guy in the torso at point blank range, but to add insult to injury, he's about give him a taste of the burning claw! Zonjic's pulpy noir style works well for a character like Lobster Johnson, and the black and white tones with the fluorescent orange really make the cover pop. I especially like the orange spackle on the lower portion of the claw logo. I need that on a shirt ASAP, Dark Horse! Also, I need more Zonjic in my Lobster Johnson comics, capisce?
Spaceman #9 by Dave Johnson
"Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn." –Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight