First day of October, I can hardly believe it! Not just in terms of how quickly the time flies by, but by the fact that it’s October in the UK (and everywhere else, I know, but relevant to my point) and I’m still wearing shorts in the evening. Anyway, more importantly than the fact that it’s the first day of October is the fact that it’s Wednesday, more frequently known by it’s official title of “New comic book day”. That can mean only one thing here, and that’s my weekly cover of the week feature. This week is an Image double hitter, one for a very strong series that has been running for a little while and one from a brand new #1.
So the runner up this week is the new entry into the market, Wytches, from the creative team of Scott Snyder and Jock, who also takes cover credit here too.
This is set up as a pure, out-and-out horror book which I think is conveyed perfectly by the extremely empty, creepy cover. It”s simple, both in terms of the image itself and the colour palette and tells you all you need to know going into this book. The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is thrown around a lot but I think in this case it’s ok to, I’m not judging it badly by any means, but I can see what I’ll be getting from a book by a cover like this right away and to me that’s a job well done.
And the winner today comes from the cover art team up of Tyler Jenkins and Michael Avon Oeming, on a book brought to us by the incredible creative team of Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch. That’s right, this week’s winner is Rat Queens #8 for a beautful cover depicting the mercenary team to end all mercenary teams. Check it out.
This book has some serious talent working on it, both in terms of covers and interiors. Story and dialogue wise it’s a wonderful, witty book which appeals directly to my sense of humour but it’s a book I can spend a good half an hour per issue on, just staring at the art. It’s good that they’ve achieved a level of unity between the cover artists and Upchurch, sometimes it can be quite jarring having two wildly different styles on the covers and interiors of comics. At the same time the differences are enough to know that you’re not looking at Upchurches art, they’ve got their own styles and there should always be some license for an artist to play around a bit. Never stifle creativity. Anyway, two great covers from Image for what will be two all round great issues I’m sure.
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