Welcome again to Poyo’s spec and drek. This looks like an exciting week with a bunch of great looking DC covers.
Honestly this should just be the DC cover week but I try to make my top picks from the big two out of DC and Marvel, then spotlight a small publisher and then an independent book.
So without further ado, here they are for this week.
I love close up Joke artwork and when it’s cover art, it’s a must pick up.
This weeks pick goes to Justice League #8 Jim Lee & Scott Williams Cover.
Probably a candidate for cover of the year. I’m willing to bet Mel has this down as one of his variants as well. Anthony will pick it as well. It’s just a given.
This is the type of cover that reminds me of The Killing Joke, at least the same potential as becoming one of those classic Joker covers.
It’s just a shame that this issue James Tynion IV is writing the issue. This could go down as one of those long term epic covers every Joker fan must have in their personal collection. I guess this is one way to get people to buy your comics, great cover art.
There’s also awesome covers for Batman Damned #1 (both covers in fact are great), Middleton has a new Aquaman Cover B out as well and Mattina has a sweet Batman #55 cover. All of these are almost must haves but this Joker cover is still the overall winner this week for DC.
Venom #6. Not because it’s Donny Cates writing it. Okay, you got me, it’s mostly because Donny Cates is writing this new Venom title but this cover is pretty sweet if you ask me.
And with it having a mostly black cover, it’s going to be hard to come by in NM+ condition.
Donny is already known now to possibly introduce surprise characters or a great story.
So if you’re not reading this title or picking up these books, you should. The potential that Donny’s stories and characters shaking up the Marvel Universe not just now but in the future is in these books he’s putting out for Marvel.
True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Punisher First Appearance #1 is the dollar pick of the week. Who doesn’t like the classic Amazing Spider-Man #129 with Punisher’s first appearance. This is the book you grab when the original is out of your budget and these $1 books can result in easy flips, sometimes selling for $2 or more.
There’s a new Edge Of Spider-Geddon #3 with a Cover B Cully Hamner that’s already selling out online that everyone needs to keep an eye on and out for.
And be on the lookout for a possible Venom tie-in in the Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. It’s definitely one to keep a watchful eye on if the story within starts rewriting some Marvel history on the origins of the symbiote and Venom’s first appearance. Plus there’s a pretty cool looking Dell Otto variant available.
After Shock is slowly becoming one of my favorite publishers. They put out great books. Not all are necessarily spec winners but overall, they do put out some quality comics with stories and artwork.
This week my pick goes to their new book Patience Conviction Revenge #1.
You read the description and be the judge for yourself if it peaks any interest:
NEW SERIES! Disregarded, disrespected and dismissed, Renny has a chip on his shoulder. Once an equal partner in a criminal syndicate that rules Las Vegas, he now finds himself living in a shack in the desert. But the shack has a workshop, and Renny’s been busy. It’s time to march his robot army into the neon hell of a cyberpunk Vegas and retake his seat at the table. Or take the wood from the table and build enough caskets for the whole syndicate. Old friends better run, because Operation PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! is underway. Like an Elmore Leonard novel set in the world of Blade Runner, PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! is offbeat and often funny, but all about the dark corners of cities and minds. A violent criminal genius with a bad case of monomania makes for the most fun you’ll have with a comic this year. Written by Patrick Kindlon (There’s Nothing There, We Can Never Go Home) and drawn by Marco Ferrari (Famous Monsters Presents) PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! continues Kindlon’s exploration of difficult characters and irreverent themes. Having broken the chains of good taste, Kindlon goes all-in and writes a vengeance-obsessed lunatic as if he’s riding beside him-all wrapped in a gangster tale like no other, and that HAD to be told at AfterShock!
Small Publisher Pick
Black Badge #2 hits stands this week and it’s my small publisher pick.
Black Badge #1 was a great read. Matt Kindt is one of my favorite writers currently and it’s rare he disappoints. Matt Kindt teamed up with Tyler Jenkins takes it up another notch.
Grass Kings is a great series that shouldn’t be overlooked and honestly has media deal all over it, surprised it hasn’t happened yet.
I think Black Badge has the same potential.
Now on with the dreaded “avoid” pick, every writer and artist worst nightmare when it comes to selling their hard work.
This weeks pick is an easy one. Return of Wolverine and it’s gazillion covers. Buy cover A and don’t even bother with any others. This amount of covers for relaunches of the same characters is just getting ridiculous.