Covers of the Week

Thor God of Thunder #1

(Esad Ribic)

Just look at how pretty this cover is!

You may recall that Thor God of Thunder was on of the Marvel NOW! books I was on the fence about. Yesterday afternoon (because they are finally releasing digital comics at a reasonable time stateside so I no longer have to wait until 7pm each Wednesday!) I was fingering through Marvel’s digital offerings. I grabbed the comics I buy regularly and then took a second look for anything I might have missed or for anything else took my fancy. I was immediately drawn to Esad Ribic’s striking cover for Thor God of Thunder. I tapped on it to find out more info on the book and ended up flicking through the preview pages and I was very impressed. This is the first time I have personally encountered Ribic’s painted style but, man it just fits Thor perfectly! This cover paints Thor in true godly style with Odin being ever-present in the background. The colours are muted but give it a dramatically epic feel. This is cover did its job. It got me to look further at the book and as a result, buy it and I am very glad I did.

Saga Chapter 7

(Fiona Staples)

Saga is back! Did you hear? SAGA IS BACK!

If you have not guessed it yet, I love Saga! It is one of my favourite books and even though it is still only just getting started it keeps blowing the competition out of the water. One of the main reasons for this is Fiona Staples simply amazing art. The covers for Saga are put together so brilliantly too. They are minimalistic; a simple character shot or focus on a particular scene and as a result they stand apart from every other cover as and when the next chapter of the book comes out. This cover focuses on the more violent side of Marko (hence all the blood!) and is an interesting juxtaposition to what we know of the character, so far.

Bonus Cover: All-New X-Men #1

(Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia)

I am a sucker for wrap around covers and this is rather good looking one. What I love most about it, apart from the stylings of Stuart Immonen, is the contrast between the essentially happy original X-Men of old to the newer and darker revolutionary style X-Men of today. You could argue that this cover shows how much things have changed not only for the X-Men over the years but for comics as a whole. On the right everyone has matching costumes with only their body shape (and in some cases wings) separating them from each other. On the left everyone is clearly defined and is very much presented as an individual. Simple but effective and it really helps sell you on the book.

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