A mighty, mighty week of comics this week, readers. I was struck DUMB by the sheer number of possibilities for today’s Best Covers column. Not unlike the man who wanders aimlessly down the cereal aisle, unable to decide between the myriad possibilities of sugary goodness. Trix? Honey Grahams? Cinnamon Life? Cap’n Crunch? SO MANY CHOICES!
Incidentally, that man was also me.
Variant Cover by Mike Allred
You’ve surely seen the main cover image for Grant Morrison’s new Image Comics series by now, but have you seen this incredible variant cover by the Allred’s? If there is one cover on the racks today that makes you do a literal double take, then this is it.
I almost don’t even know what to say about it, it’s so funny and bizarre! Is that… a unicorn Pegasus donkey? With buck teeth?? Why yes, yes it is. If the rest of the comic is a QUARTER as good as the cover, then it will be the Best Book of the Week.
Cover by John McCrea
Sometimes I suspect that I am the only one in the store reading this title. But what can I say? It’s awesome! If left to my own devices I would probably pick it as Best Cover every time. But my stupid editor has “standards” and “principles” and “a dislike of all things inherently stupid” whatever that means.
Anyway, this one got through the filter, and rightly so. Look at that little Martian’s face! So much hate! I would totally hang out with one of these dudes if I didn’t think he would melt my brain at the first opportunity. Maybe we could go to the dog park together, me with my Shepherd-mix, him with his… insect.
Cover by Mark Texeira
Speaking of Mars Attacks, this cover beat the odds to make the cut today because it totaly looks like a card you might find in a Mars Attacks-type series of trading cards! So weird… so over-the-top… and it’s got this fuzzy, almost out-of-focus look to it that all those Mars Attacks cards also have.
Plus, whenever I look at it I can’t help but think of this amazing scene in my favorite movie of all-time: UHF, starring Weird Al Yankovic. Uncontrolled shooting and screaming!! AHHHHH!!
Cover by Ryan Sook
I really haven’t given these Zero Month issues any play in this column, except of course for last week’s issue of Catwoman, which I only picked for what it WASN’T. But I do have my reasons for giving them the short shrift and the reason is this: THEY STINK. I mean, hey, I like a good cover event as much as the next man but overall these are totally bland. So it’s with great pleasure that I join John Constantine in spirit… the spirit of setting these suckers on fire! Hey-O-O-O-O-O-O!
I kid, I kid. But it is true, even though this one is almost exactly like all the other #0 issues, I dig the fourth wall breach.
- Andy B.