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.
ODY-C #6, by Christian Ward. (Image Comics)
MJ: Expressive and abstractly beautiful, as Christian Ward’s art can often be, this ODY-C cover is just as dreamy and kaleidoscopic as you’d expect. Centered on a mouth amidst a geometric tangle, you can almost feel the pull as it sucks you in.
Howard the Duck #5, by Joe Quinones. (Marvel Comics)
JJ: It’s pandemonium on the hardscrabble streets of New York City, just as it should be. The Avengers are here, and look! The Fantastic Four are gonna to save the day too. (That’s so unlike them!) But not our plucky duck, Howard, no… he’s too busy running his coward tailfeathers the hell out of Dodge. But that’s just the way things go in the 616, folks. Same as it ever was.
The Beauty #1, by Kevin Wada. (Image Comics)
MJ: Kevin Wada is one of those people who can’t seem to help but draw beautiful people. So when you’re writing a comic about an STI that causes, well, beauty (and also death) Wada is a more than an obvious choice. With both an idealized male and female figure, an empty-eyed stare, a little lingerie, and a creepy-as-hell reflection, this cover has just the right combo of sexy and scary.
The Beauty #1, by Jenny Frison. (Image Comics)
JJ: Image Comics is rolling out the red carpet for The Beauty. With absolutely stunning artwork gracing all of the covers to its premiere issue — like this horrifyingly serene image conjured by Jenny Frison — picking up the book and curiously leafing through it is only natural.
A-Force #3, by Kevin Wada. (Marvel Comics)
MJ: My preferences are showing this week, but with two exquisite Kevin Wada fronts this week I can’t help but choose both of them. All the A-Force ladies are having a chill hang out (Jen obviously heading home from work with her dry-cleaning—can Wada draw She-Hulk forever please?). This feels like a quintessential summer afternoon with the girls. That is, if your girls are gorgeous, snazzily-dressed superheroes, obvs.
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!