And when I say “the year” I mean since last year’s comic-con in San Diego. That’s right, in honor of SDCC 2011, which I am, again, not able to attend I thought I’d do a list of my 52 favorite covers* since last year’s comic-con, so essentially July 2010 – July 2011.**
I’m not going bore you with lengthy descriptions about what I respond to in each image, but if you frequent this blog with any regularity, the choices will not surprise you. My tastes skew to specific things like anyone, and I reward covers that cater to those personal tastes. For example, as a woman, I tend to be interested in covers with female characters and at the same time you’re unlikely to see many covers with a lot of objectification and hyper sexualization. As an artist (but only sorta, and a crappy one at that) I tend to be a bit of a snob about what I think is a good or bad cover – good often involves highly graphic images, lots of great negative space, interesting/solid composition, single figures, white space, and good integration of text into the image.
Whenever possible I’ve included the full cover, with text etc., as I feel that’s part of the whole. I made a few exceptions if the covers were saddled with particularly horrible “event banners” or some such, or if I didn’t have access to a high enough resolution image including the text.
I’m sure I missed a bunch of great covers anyway and, as always, I never feel great about the order, but I tried my best! I hope you’ll enjoy, even if they’re not the covers you would pick, it’s a beautiful line up of cover gorgeousness.
Next year SDCC, next year!***
* This includes only monthly saddle stapled North American comics since that is what I have access to and did not include graphic novels, trades, etc.
**Because comics are generally dated a month or two after they are actually released, there’s a bit of a fudging of the numbers/eligibility. It makes for a bit of grey area around the eligibility dates, but I did the best I could.
***Be advised, I say this every year.
052. BIRDS OF PREY #12. Jesus Saiz
50. ZATANNA #14. Adam Hughes
50. STREETS OF GOTHAM #15. Dustin Nguyen
49. SUPERBOY #2. Phil Noto
48. DEADPOOL PULP 4. Jae Lee
47. THE LAST UNICORN 3. Renae De Liz
46. THE NEW YORK FIVE #1. Ryan Kelly
45. UNKNOWN SOLDIER 25. Dave Johnson
44. HELLBOY/BEASTS OF BURDEN ONE-SHOT. Jill Thompson
43. BLACK WIDOW 4. Daniel Acuna.
42. SCALPED #39. Jock
41. DETECTIVE COMICS #872. Jock
40. UNCANNY X-FORCE #5. Esad Ribic
39. JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #625. Stephanie Hans
38. FF #1. Daniel Acuna
37. DEMO VOLUME II #5. Becky Cloonan
36. SCARLET #1. Alex Maleev
35. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #657. Marcos Martin
34. SCALPED 49. Jock
33. SECRET AVENGERS #6. Chris Bachalo
32. GREEN WAKE #4. Riley Rossmo
31. BATWOMAN #0 (VARIANT). Amy Reeder
30. STRANGE TALES II #3. Ivan Brunetti
29. BATMAN INC #4. J.H. Williams III
28. NORTHLANDERS #35. Massimo Carnevale
27. STRANGE TALES II #1. Rafael Grampa
26. UNWRITTEN #16. Yuko Shimizu
25. DAREDEVIL REBORN #3. Jock
24. STRANGE TALES II #2. Jaime Hernadez
23. UNCANNY X-FORCE #4. Esad Ribic
22. WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE #1. Oliver Coipel
21. DAREDEVIL REBORN #4. Jock
20. BLACK WIDOW #7. Travel Foreman
19. SUPERBOY #1. Rafael Albuquerque
18. FABLES #97. Joao Ruaz
17. HELLBOY: THE FURY #1. Mike Mignola
16. DAYTRIPPER #10. Gabriel Ba
15. DMZ #66. John Paul Leon
14. OZMA OF OZ #6. Skottie Young
13. DMZ #61. John Paul Leon
12. MORNING GLORIES #2. Rodin Esquejo
11. SUPERGIRL #58. Amy Reeder
10. I,ZOMBIE #10. Mike Allred
09. DAREDEVIL #1. Paolo Rivera
08. DAYTRIPPER #8. Gabriel Ba
07. OZMA OF OZ #2. Skottie Young
06. I,ZOMBIE #5. Mike Allred
05. MAGUS #1. Fiona Staples
04. DAREDEVIL REBORN #1. Jock
03. UNKNOWN SOLDIER #22. Dave Johnson
02. MADAME XANADU #28. Mark Buckingham
01. BATWOMAN #0. J.H. Williams III
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