By 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.
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!
Silver Surfer #1, by Mike Allred. (Marvel Comics)
Y’know. You often hear critics say that Dan Slott and Mike Allred’s Silver Surfer has “something for everyone”. Well, this cover to Silver Surfer #1 literally has something for everybody. Literally literally. Allred’s “everything and the kitchen sink” approach to this dizzying cover isn’t wonderful just because of its disorienting attention to detail, it’s the little Allred Easter Eggs (a black knight piece… a Dark Horse?; Is that… a pair of Madman 3-D glasses?) that let us know that Allred hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Also, toys.
Clean Room #4, by Jenny Frison. (Vertigo)
Said it before, saying it again: Jenny Frison is one of the strongest cover artists in the business. How she can consistently make sensuality completely unsettling has to be worth at least a handful of Eisners. Her cover to Clean Room #4 is a testament to the artist making the reader feel oddly uncomfortable while enjoying a master-class piece of art. Also, that logo is stupendous.
The Legend of Luther Strode #4, by Tradd Moore. (Image Comics)
Tradd Moore’s artwork reminds me of the last time I dropped a tab of acid on my tongue and watched the whole world melt into a vivid nightmare of apocalyptic beauty. Take, for instance, this cover to Luther Strode #4: Moore’ sleek lines contort, sway, and wrap themselves around my eyeballs, lulling me into a tenuous complacency even though I know the entire plane of my existence isn’t actually red. *shudders* Excuse me. I need to drink some water and put on a King Crimson album. *pauses, looks at cover* Maybe in a minute.
Superman/Wonder Woman #25, by Aaron Lopresti. (DC Comics)
I’ll tell you; these Adult Coloring Book covers are pretty ding-dang great. But what makes Aaron Lopresti’s cover to Superman/Wonder Woman #25 heads and shoulders above the others is that it plays to my Modern Age sensibilities, where Superman could fly around looking like Superman and Wonder Woman could wear that one-piece and still beat your ass. Certainly helps that these icons are surrounded in a flurry of pop psychedelia. This makes me want to break out the Crayolas like you wouldn’t believe.
And that’s it! Don’t forget to share your favorite covers from this week’s releases in the comments section below!