HEY, KIDS! COMICS! UNDERCOVER
By Molly Jane Kremer and Jarrod Jones. Undercover is our opportunity to lovingly gaze upon gorgeous works from magnificent artists. Each week, we single out the most striking covers that grace comic book stands and gush all over them.
Weirdworld #2, by Mike Del Mundo. (Marvel Comics)
MJ: Mike Del Mundo’s art is always gorgeous, but his fantastical cover to this week’s Weirdworld #2 is exceptional. The colors are rich and painterly, and the layout is a knot of strange creatures and skull-adorned branches, entwined around the barbarian lead. And what makes this cover even better is that Del Mundo himself does the comic’s interiors too.
Grayson #10, by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway. (DC Comics)
MJ: This month of Teen Titans Go! themed covers at DC has been chock full of adorable, and this Grayson variant by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway continues that trend. Dick Grayson, decked out in his superspy gear, seems to be all tangled up in a Mission Impossible-type assignment gone awry, while Batman and Batgirl glibly go about their business behind him. (Also, I’d totally read that comic.)
Vampirella/Army of Darkness #1, by Jae Lee. (Dynamite Entertainment)
JJ: It’s a crossover that makes perfect sense when you think about it. Ash bumps into Vampirella, and the sparks and quips doth fly: “Honey, you got real fascinatin’.” And if this Jae Lee cover to Dynamite’s latest cultural smash-up doesn’t whet your appetite, you might wanna check your pulse; this was made to bewitch and bedevil us, and it succeeds.
Archie vs. Predator #4, by Joe Quinones. (Dark Horse Comics)
MJ: While there are a good few artists who can draw real purty, there aren’t nearly as many who can also master a good visual gag. Joe Quinones has a lock on both, and shows it in his variant cover of Archie vs. Predator #4. Predator is dragging away Archie and Veronica, while a mud-covered Betty grumps about Veronica getting picked over her. The expressions, as is typical in Quinones’ work, are pristine; the only way it could have been better is if Betty had called the Predator “one ugly motherf***er” too.
Wonder Woman #42, by Ben Caldwell (DC Comics)
MJ: Wonder Woman should fly her invisible jet more often. Ben Caldwell seems to agree with me, as his Teen Titans Go! variant to Wonder Woman #42 features precisely that. Diana, Artemis, and a mischievous-looking Cheetah are taking the cutest dive-bomb joyride ever, in a wildly detailed but tiny plane. Here’s hoping the interiors of the Wonder Woman comic will also one day contain the same amount of joy and panache.
What are the covers that float your boat this week? We want to know! Tell us about them in the comments below, and the best response gets a DoomRocket sticker/button combo sent to their door. Get to it!