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Best Comic Covers of the Week: 3/28/12

The Comic Vine staff chooses some of the week's best issue covers.

How many of us have head to the comic shop, pick up the books on our pull list, but then stop to look at a comic because we found the cover to be particularly striking? We've all been told "never [to] judge a book by it's cover," but in the case of comic books, sometimes it's okay to do that. The fact of the matter is, comic books can be beautiful, and sometimes the cover of a comic book will be what sells the book and gets us to pick it up and give it a shot. This is where our newest feature comes in handy. Each week the Comic Vine staff will look at the week's latest releases and choose some comic covers that really impressed us.

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We start the week off with cover #B of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #8 by artist Dan Duncan. Why did we like this cover? When you pick this up your eyes immediately go to the center of the cover; the four Ninja Turtles. It's great to see them trekking through sewage side by side as a team. It's something almost characteristic of them, too. The heavy inks give this cover an even more two-dimensional feel that also reflects the cartoon-y themes in the issue itself. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is a team book, and that's reflective of this cover which is what is so cool about it. The issue itself is written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman.

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This week's cover to MOON KNIGHT had an incredibly somber and eerie tone, which was definitely one of the reasons why we chose the issue. The cover to MOON KNIGHT #11 is drawn by Alex Maleev who also does the book's interiors. Maleev chose shades of grey and blue for the piece, not only to reflect the mood, but perhaps also Moon Knight's costume. The result is really, really striking. Here we see a kneeling Moon Knight; seemingly cowering before the heroes he imitated throughout the series. Do they look down on Moon Knight disappointed? It's an interesting cover and really leads the reader to ask a lot of questions about the series.

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Not only did Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera deliver a fantastic issue of DAREDEVIL this week, but the awesome story was complimented by an equally awesome cover. The style of the cover for issue #10 of DAREDEVIL resembles an engraving; this is also the way that Rivera illustrates what Daredevil is seeing from his perspective. Here we see Daredevil drowning under the staff of the Mole Man, as he is sucked into the abyss. The way that Rivera plays with light and dark really gives the image depth and helps depict emotion. The viewer's eye immediately focuses on Daredevil who brings the only bit of color to the piece. This is an absolutely gorgeous cover.

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Finally, this week's cover to THE AVENGERS #24.1 focused on The Vision. Sometimes, you don't need to tell a story with your cover; sometimes all it takes is a very stoic picture of a character to really draw you in and make you want to read the issue. Perhaps it is the striking colors of The Vision himself, or maybe it's that he appears to be reaching out beyond the cover to grip the reader, but it's gorgeous. Illustrated by Brandon Peterson, the cover to THE AVENGERS #24.1 definitely does it's job.

These are some of our favorite covers of the week, what are some of yours? Be sure to post a picture of the covers you thought were really cool below and let us know why!

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Posted by Loki2u

Great new weekly feature! I could stare at solicits all day!

I absolutely love the DareDevil cover, I bought an extra copy at my LCS just to have kicking around and passed around between my friends.

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Posted by cattlebattle

I thought I Vampire # 7 was pretty slick...

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Posted by KainScion

the one with daredevil looks like a drawing from a really old bible or some demonology book. or something. but it look AWESOME!!

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Posted by pikahyper

Might be a better idea to use a non-watermarked TMNT cover o.o

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Posted by Watcherg6

@KainScion: it does look awesome! like some old black and white comic tales from the crypt

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Posted by feargalr

Those are all real good, not reading any of those series though. I actually really really loved the AvX #0 cover

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Posted by The Impersonator

there are so many good covers out there.

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Posted by noj

Those are pretty good covers EXCEPT for the Vision one. That one doesnt really stand out at all compared to the others and looks like a fairly basic character shot. Nothing special. The cover to Flash #7 is10x better than that.

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Posted by Adnan

The DD one is amazing. The TMNT cover is pretty snazzy too

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Edited by pingclang

That TMNT cover is Kevin Eastman, not Dan Duncan, just look at the top left of the burning couch. That aside, yes all of these are AMAZING covers.

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Posted by CrashLanden

I agree with the others that love that Daredevil cover. It has the look of one of those Gustave Dorè illustrations. One of these covers doesn't belong in my opinion, though. I won't say which one (Moon Knight... Captain America's got a big ol' noggin'... And both he and Wolverine have got some shriveled spindly little arms. And isn't Wolverine supposed to be like 5'2" and Cap 6'3"? Logan's either standing on a box or that's pretty boy Hugh Jackman again... And if I was an editor, which I'm not, but if I were, I would have told the artist he needed to turn Moon Knight towards the reader, because you can't see who it is. And really, Moon Knight's a whole lot more interesting to look at than the artist tracing over a photo of some canvas draped over their model to make it look like a cape, which it doesn't really. It looks like canvas. I would chalk that up to 'LAS'... Lazy Artist Syndrome... That would also explain the two blank walls taking up two thirds of the image. I imagine he would explain it with the old "It's directing the eye" malarkey... I love that word 'malarkey'... And that's all it is: malarkey. Combine all of that with the monotone colors and you are REALLY insulting me as a buyer. "Hey look! I didn't even TRY! Now give us bucks!" My criticism isn't really with the artist, though. The editor is at fault here. He (or she) should have never allowed this to pass. There's nothing about that cover that would interest me in picking it up to even thumb through it. I guess maybe they figured if they put three of their flagship characters... small and in the background... It would make up for having a piece of canvas as you're point of interest. The cover is supposed to entice NEW readers, not the ones that already have the comic in their pull box. The TMNT cover... or is it NT now, Michael Bay?... It's a little cluttered, but at least that one has the central characters visible on the cover. With Moon Knight, I would be expecting three weirdly shaped superheroes standing over a piece of canvas in the comic. It IS a Bendis story, though, so I'm betting there IS an abundance of talking heads...).

And, yeah, that watermark is a little glaring.

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Posted by ArtisticNeedham

The DD cover took 70 hours I think I read:

Found this on Paolo Rivera's Blog:

http://paolorivera.blogspot.com/

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Posted by wmwadeii

@ArtisticNeedham said:

The DD cover took 70 hours I think I read:

Found this on Paolo Rivera's Blog:

http://paolorivera.blogspot.com/

And they say nobody hand draws comics anymore. nice to see.

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Posted by Icon

I'm quite impressed by the DD cover. That's the best cover of the week from what I've seen.
 
The other covers here are OK but I think there were better selections from this week.

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Posted by Or35ti

Great choices. I hope this will be weekly :)

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Posted by RedOwl_1

@ArtisticNeedham said:

The DD cover took 70 hours I think I read:

Found this on Paolo Rivera's Blog:

http://paolorivera.blogspot.com/

Dude that's awesome, he's just amazing, it's very understandable, awesome stuff takes time.

btw: TRADITIONAL ART FOREVER YEAH!!!!

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Posted by Meteorite

3/4 are Marvel, not too bad!

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Aww, no DC books this time? lol Ah well its okay, these are great titles no doubt about it.

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Posted by BoyWander

I thought the Vision was dead...

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Posted by ScoobyM

No, that TMNT cover is terrible.

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Posted by IrishX
@Babs:  The Daredevil and Moon Knight covers are two of my favorites and excellent choices. This cover of Carbon Grey: Origins #2 by Hoang Nguyen would be my third choice..... 
 
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Posted by pspin

I really liked Ghost Rider #9, it was angry

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Posted by JamDamage

@CrashLanden: I like the Moon Knight cover. Captain Americas head only looks big because he's kind of looking down a bit.

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Posted by Loki2u

@IrishX:

Beautiful cover! Just beautiful!

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Posted by Video_Martian

Daredevil and Flash covers!

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Posted by BatWatch

It appears I'm in the minority, but I didn't really care for any of those covers. Just browsing through recent reviews, I would go for Uncanny X-Force #23.

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Posted by CombatSpoon86

DD cover was sick. Best cover of the wk and definitely top 5 of the month.

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Posted by CrashLanden

@JamDamage: Nope. I'm an artist myself and I know when a noggin's too big. You could say that different people have different sized heads and that's true (just go to Wal-Mart and look around), but Captain America has had the traditional well proportioned superhero cranium. On this particular cover, his head's too big (made more noticeable by the un-Captain America-like skinny arms). I'm usually fine with 'poorly rendered' art, but there's no excuse if you work for one of the 'Big 2', though. The deadlines are really slack, too, if that '70 hours' comment is true. 70 HOURS? 70 HOURS?! I'm less impressed by it if that's true.

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Posted by Tyrisis

@CrashLanden said:

@JamDamage: Nope. I'm an artist myself and I know when a noggin's too big. You could say that different people have different sized heads and that's true (just go to Wal-Mart and look around), but Captain America has had the traditional well proportioned superhero cranium. On this particular cover, his head's too big (made more noticeable by the un-Captain America-like skinny arms). I'm usually fine with 'poorly rendered' art, but there's no excuse if you work for one of the 'Big 2', though. The deadlines are really slack, too, if that '70 hours' comment is true. 70 HOURS? 70 HOURS?! I'm less impressed by it if that's true.

I can't agree more! It is for this reason that I can't understand how Rob Liefeld still works in comics! His proportions are all jacked up!

As for this topic, I think the Avengers cover is awesome! Simple, yet powerful!

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Posted by VIN31

The Avengers 24.1 of course!!!Vision for ever!!!!!

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Posted by iaconpoint

@pikahyper said:

Might be a better idea to use a non-watermarked TMNT cover o.o

People and companies who do not own a cover should not be allowed to watermark them.

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Posted by pikahyper

@iaconpoint: Very true, I loathe watermarks of any sort, they are a blemish on the artwork and it makes the work unpreservable for future generations.

My comment was mainly because the site has rules against using watermarked images and MyComicShop could look upon CV unfavorably for using their images even if they don't really have the right too.

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Posted by Billy Batson

meh.

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Posted by Om1kron

@pingclang said:

That TMNT cover is Kevin Eastman, not Dan Duncan, just look at the top left of the burning couch. That aside, yes all of these are AMAZING covers.

Any turtle fan would've been able to tell that off the bat it was an Eastman cover, Sara has vocally mentioned she's not a huge turtles fan so we'll give her a pass =P

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Posted by Green ankh

I had forgotten just how cool the Vision reall is.

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Posted by mtrakos

Daredevil looks great, and I'll never dislike a cover with the vision.

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Posted by TheWitchingHour

@Billy Batson said:

meh.

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Ok, so what sort of covers get more than a meh?

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Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Love the new feature. I hope you do more of these features

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Posted by Nova`Prime`

Only one of these covers belongs and its the Dare Devil cover.

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Posted by BurningDoom1

I love that Avengers cover. I bought the book solely due to the way the cover looked. An awesome looking Vision.

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Posted by KidSupreme

Pretty cool!

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Posted by bumhoffer

I like how in the TMNT your eyes do focus in, and that gives you that step back from it feel when you look at the supporting art. Excellent.