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.
The Amazing Spider-Man #16, by Alex Ross. (Marvel Comics)
There are some major benefits to being a die-hard comic book lifer. You end up amassing a pretty impressive/utterly terrifying library of TBPs, HCs, GNs, but an almost laughably slim amount of BFFs. And while it would probably do me some good to step outside and enjoy the human condition with an actual human person, I know I can just dig up the first volume of Essential Amazing Spider-Man to get those warm and fuzzy feelings, delivered handily by the artwork of Steve Ditko. Or, I can just gaze lovingly at this cover to The Amazing Spider-Man #16 by Alex Ross, which elicits fond memories of Mr. Ditko’s legendary ASM run in a very profound way.
All-Star Batman #1, by Jock and John Romita, Jr. (DC Comics)
You have to hand it to DC Comics — they know how to get people hyped. All-Star Batman might be the biggest post-Rebirth book we’ve seen yet, what with it being the place Scott Snyder decided to head to next after his now-classic Batman run instead of, say, joining the Postal Service. And that John Romita Jr. is kicking out some of his best work in years working with the one character he was born to draw, all DC had to do was say, “hey, lookit this.” But then came the variants, two of which are either just really awesome covers, or two of the most iconic Bat-images of the 21st Century. Go ahead. Say I’m prone to hyperbole. Then look at these covers and try to tell me I’m wrong.
Daredevil #10, by Ron Garney. (Marvel Comics)
Ron Garney’s been making superheroes look good practically his entire adult life, while the rest of us spent our time stuffed in smelly subway trains just to go look at a crowded, polluted lake. (Oh, Chicago… don’t you ever change.) And while we watch the clock tick ever further towards oblivion, Garney’s been finessing his considerable talents into what’s become the most incredible work of his entire career. Daredevil has been one of Marvel’s top-tier titles through the virtue of Charles Soule’s deft character work (and his uncanny ability to generate perplexing legalese) and Garney’s refreshingly wild style. Look close: this composition only looks untamed on the surface.
Superwoman #1, by Phil Jimenez and Terry Dodson. (DC Comics)
You had me at “Phil Jimenez and Terry Dodson.” As we stated in this week’s Casual Wednesdays Podcast, Superwoman #1 is one of our most eagerly anticipated books of the week, primarily because it puts two essential characters in the Superman mythos — Lois Lane and Lana Lang — front and center, but without all that catty infighting over who get to press Superman’s cape. (The Fifties were a dark time for this country, and don’t you dare let your grandparents tell you any different.) Phil Jimenez and Terry Dodson’s covers to Superwoman #1 inspire in me the one thing I always want to feel when I read a book with ‘Super’ in the title: hope.
And that’s it! Don’t forget to share your favorite covers from this week’s releases in the comments section below!