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Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month): February 2014

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Redheads versus reptiles, long-legged ladies, and demons in both human and inhuman form grace the best comic book covers of February 2014. Check out great works of art from Jenny Frison and Kevin Wada – and double bills from Matteo Scalera and Andrew Robinson.

Red Sonja #7





Cover by Jenny Frison
Published by Dynamite
Available: Comics shops (print) / Dark Horse Digital (Apple + Android + Web)

A stunning use of Red Sonja’s famous flame-red hair is the centerpiece of the gorgeous color work for this cover, which also makes tremendous use of the weightlessness of water to create a striking composition. But weirdly this wasn’t the only cover this month to feature a famous redhead imperilled by crocodiles, so we get a rare chance to play “Who Wore It Best”; Red Sonja or…

Black Widow #3





Cover by Phil Noto
Published by Marvel
Available: Comics shops (print) / Marvel (Apple + Android + Web)

There must be something in the water. Widow’s scaly friends look a little more engaged than Sonja’s, and yet when it comes to conveying a sense of menace I think I’d just give the edge to Frison’s Red Sonja cover. They’re both great images, though — and red and green make for such striking contrast that I can understand why both women ended up fighting lizards, even if it’s strange that it should happen the same month.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1





Published by Dynamite
Cover by Jae Lee
Available: Comics shops (print) / Dark Horse Digital (Apple + Android + Web)

Turok always fights lizards, but he’s not going to be out-done by a few crocodiles in his big relaunch month. I love the storytelling in this variant cover. Calling yourself “Dinosaur Hunter” doesn’t mean that hunting dinosaurs is suddenly easy.

Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1





Cover by Andrew Robinson
Published by Marvel
Available: Comics shops (print) / Marvel (Apple + Android + Web)

A pitch-perfect combination of Cold War pulp paperback design with Eisnerian comic art flourishes.

She-Hulk #1





Cover by Kevin Wada
Published by Marvel
Available: Comics shops (print) / Marvel (Apple + Android +Web)

It’s been a great pleasure to watch Kevin Wada transition from an illustrator whose fan-work I followed avidly on Tumblr to a guy who actually gets paid to bring that same stunning aesthetic to his heroes on comic covers. His high fashion approach makes She-Hulk as much supermodel as superhero.

The Wake #6





Cover by Andrew Robinson
Published by Vertigo
Available:  Comics shops (print) / DC Entertainment (Apple + Android + Web)

The cropped composition creates a very different sense of the space and time than a centered figure would achieve. I think it also creates a more interesting shape and power for the figure, which draws the eye down to the bloodied mask.

Ghosted #7





Cover by Matteo Scalera
Published by Image
Available: Comics shops (print) / Image (DRM-free download)

Another great figure-based cover, and again, it comes down to the shape of the figure, the choices of where to add detail, what to abstract, what to say. I haven’t read Ghosted, and I don’t know who this woman is, but now I want to know, because damn, she looks cool.

Dead Body Road #3





Cover by Matteo Scalera
Published by Image
Available: Comics shops (print) / Image (DRM-free download)

I didn’t realize I’d picked two Scalera covers this month until I went through to add the credits. This one is strikingly different to the Ghosted cover, and while I did find a version without the logo (and generally prefer to showcase the “naked” versions of a cover), the logo treatment on Dead Body Road is what makes it distinctive. There’s a wonderful menace to that monolithic logo hanging in the air behind the butcher and the hook. (And the rubber duckie.)

Samurai Jack #5





Cover by Genndy Tartakovsky
Published by IDW
Available: Comics shops (print) / IDW (Apple + Android + Digital)

IDW’s continuation of Cartoon Network star Samurai Jack’s adventures couldn’t ask for a better endorsement than the variant covers provided by the series’ creator, Genndy Tartakovsky. Each one of his covers has been better than the last, and this one is a perfect presentation of the character.

Punisher #2





Cover by Jerome Opeña
Published by Marvel
Available: Comics shops (print) / Marvel (Apple + Android + Web)

This Punisher variant cover feels like Opeña’s tribute to Tim Bradstreet, who provided many of the covers for Garth Ennis’s Punisher MAX run. Bradstreet always placed his shady-faced Frank against sombre backgrounds – graves, skulls, wanted posters — but Opeña subverts expectations by placing Frank in sunnier climes — with the stain of the city behind him and the sun still never falling on his face.

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