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!
Howard The Duck #5, by Joe Quinones. (Marvel Comics)
I realize that artists grow as the years progress, and there’s no doubt in my mind that every once in awhile they get a bit fidgety behind their drafting boards drawing the same thing over and over again. But if I had to choose just one artist doomed to spend the rest of their days rendering Howard the Duck, it would be Joe Quinones. Of course, it would be on Mr. The Duck’s writer — in this case, the inimitable Chip Zdarsky — to keep things interesting for Joe by including an array of killer cameos from across the Marvel U. And wouldn’tcha know it? Ol’ Chip did precisely that, and the results are, in a word, quacktastic.
Action Comics #50, by Aaron Kuder. (DC Comics)
It’s a sad thing indeed to realize that Aaron Kuder’s stupendous run on Action Comics is coming to an end. Of all the artists that have come and gone in the last four years of DC Comics’ New 52 initiative, Kuder was hands-down my absolute favorite: his Man of Steel wasn’t some grizzled bruiser looking for a fist-fight, he was a man of nobility, poised to do battle for the people he loved and the things he believed in. But what’s more, Kuder’s Superman was an elemental force of nature, a being who could plow through an army of monsters or fly right into the Sun itself. Here, with his cover to Action Comics #50, Kuder depicts Superman accomplishing something in between. I think I speak for every Superman fan out there when I say we’re gonna miss you, Mr. Kuder. Godspeed.
The Amazing Spider-Man #9, by Alex Ross. (Marvel Comics)
Peter Parker: Spider-Spy. There’s something undeniably sophisticated about Alex Ross’ cover to The Amazing Spider-Man #9, and it’s not just because the Eiffel Tower or Parliament are thrown up there, neither. It’s the slick, savvy ninja pose Ross gives Ol’ Webhead, who finds himself surrounded by Scorpio, Mockingbird, Nick Fury, Dr. Octopus, and even the Spider-Buggy itself. If there was an image of Spider-Man that faithfully paid homage to Jim Steranko and Robert E. McGinnis and didn’t look completely ridiculous, this was it. Now. Let’s turn this sucker into a print, stat.
And that’s it! Don’t forget to share your favorite covers from this week’s releases in the comments section below!