Cover Art That Impresses: February 2015

Curb_Stomp_001_coverA Tula Lotay
(artist website)

CURB STOMP #1
BOOM! Studios

The color palette here is striking in its eye-catching use of cyan blue, which contrasts nicely with the pink background. The splash of green keeps the foreground as the focus despite how much she is challenged by the blue-haired girl in roller skates. The characters obviously set a mood for the series, demanding attention in a way that displays youthful irreverence.

(Image Source: BOOM! Studios)


AT_Marceline_Gone_Adrift_002_coverCKat Leyh
(artist website)

ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #2
KABOOM!

There’s something about Adventure Time that gets great artists to do amazing artwork for the covers. Kat Leyh did an amazing rendition of two favorite characters from the TV series, Princess Bubblegum and Marceline that invokes the yin/yang nature of their relationship. This cover is beautiful and needs to be made available as a poster or print.

(Image Source: BOOM! Studios)


TT_Cv7_5468d3cc9b9644.07239541Bengal
(artist website)

TEEN TITANS #7
DC Comics

Sometimes it pays to be graphic, and by graphic, I don’t mean explicit, just simple in the design of a cover image. The artist did something here that is guaranteed to be eye catching, even if the solicitation makes it seem as if it has nothing in common with the actual story in the issue. It does illustrate that the team faces a threat that may end in the death of two of their most iconic members.

(Image Source: DC Comics)


BM_Cv39_5468ddc131ef75.41072665GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
(artist’s bio)

BATMAN #39
DC Comics

This is an iconic image of the Joker that depicts him not as completely insane, or as a brutal and murderous psychopath, although his makeshift chair certainly conveys that aspect to his character. Instead, the Joker is depicted here as a mastermind, which is a facet that has not been explored in some time. The Joker is a foil to Batman not because he is brutal and deadly, but because, despite his insanity, he is every bit Batman’s intellectual equal. They are flip sides of the same coin, and it’s about time that what took center stage was a version of the Joker that is Batman’s equal.

(Image Source: DC Comics)


CTW_Cv39_5468dd84d0b835.55133080JAE LEE

CATWOMAN #39
DC Comics

I have been loving Jae Lee’s covers for this latest storyline for Selina Kyle. She retains her catlike quality yet maintains the air of authority that her new position in Gotham’s criminal world. Here, her deadliness is highlighted in a very graphic use of the word “Gotham”literally spelling doom for Batman. It’s a method of disposal that only this Selina Kle would use, and not the Catwoman that preceded her. It’s also stark and uses a classic balance of light and dark to direct you exactly where your eye needs to go,

(Image Source: DC Comics)


SPIDERGWEN2015001cov-5cc27ROBBIE RODRIGUEZ
(Twitter)

SPIDER-GWEN #1
Marvel Comics

This is such a drastic departure from Robbie Rodriguez’s interior style, but it simply screams as one of the most perfect first issue covers that I’ve ever seen. The character of Spider-Gwen has such a unique color scheme, prrobably due to colorist Rico Renzi’s influence, but in this cover, she blends in perfectly to a stylized Manhattan skyline.

(Image Source: CBR)


noto-aaaPhil Noto
(Twitter)

ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN” #3
Marvel Comics

One of Phil Noto’s line of variant covers, this one has a glow that helps capture an element of the character that most people don’t seem to accurately capture. Despite the flesh-baring costume, she is first and foremost, an angel. That golden glow captures it perfectly, and shows Phil Noto as more than the “retro-artist” fans consider him. He has that aesthetic but can take a modern character like Angela, ripe with the elements of the 1990s and capture her essence perfectly.

(Image Source: CBR)


ladykillerredJoëlle Jones
(Artist’s website)

LADY KILLER #2
Dark Horse

The cover for the first issue was nice, but this one just adds a nice flair, reminiscent of period advertising, with the bright colors in the background. The character of Josie looks completely unlike the woman you’d expect to find stuffing a bloody body into the trunk. It’s also the type of image that serves the purpose of a cover, and that’s to grab a casual shopper’s eye. I also love the perspective on that car, and how it directs your attention throughout the artwork.

(Image Source: Dark Horse)