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COVER SHOOT: The Top 5 Comic Covers for November 20th, 2013


By: Chris “DOC” Bushley


This weekly feature will take a look at THE most visually compelling comic book covers on the market today. Whether they be rare variant editions or just your standard fare, these are the top 5 covers that stand out amidst the bevy of books released each week. They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words”  but these covers are worth more than that! No matter the storylines behind them, these covers compel you to at least check them out, which can be worth exponentially more than just words to the companies that publish them! Enjoy!



1. Indestructible Hulk #15 (Marvel):  Mukesh Singh creates one of the coolest Hulk covers I have seen in a very long time! This amazing, digitally enhanced image is outstanding on it’s own but when you get to take in all the little details, the veins, the sinew, the S.M.A.S.H. time —  it’s perfect! I am not a Hulk fan in the least, but this cover has made me become a Mukesh Singh fan for life!



2. X-O Manowar #19 (Valiant):  Clayton Crain has become synonymous with brilliant digital art, but this cover is truly bursting with energy. The exploding, the tearing down and eventual destruction of the central character is enthralling! Crain has not wasted a single inch of this cover, everywhere you look their is something going on, the eye has a virtual smorgasbord to take in — Awesome!



3. Wolverine Max #13 (Marvel):  Pop Art has been making it’s way back to comic covers quite prevalently as of late and Jock is at the top of his game with this one! The bold black and white intersecting lines not only make every other book around it pale in comparison, it actually makes a vertigo effect, drawing you in with it’s complex simplicity. Jock has been creating amazing, gallery worthy covers for a long time now, but this one is cut above the rest.



4. The Shadow #19 (Variant Edition) (Dynamite):  One of the best crime noir artists out there today is Francesco Francavilla and this cover is another shinning example as to why. The whitewashed background mixed with the sketch style central character makes for great juxtaposition. The line work Francavilla shows is impeccable, deviating from subtlety to intense slashes of black shadow, it makes the foreground jump off the page as well as help convey that the character is in the middle of a snow storm — something very difficult to pull off!



5. Fables #135 (DC):  Greg Ruth has created my personal favorite cover of the week by painting a solemn image that is overwhelming with emotion. His use of subdued hues and subtle placement of the images on the page help to convey the feeling of loss and longing, and an overall feeling of despair. It is exquisite in it’s composition and let’s us know that sometimes you can’t come home again.


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Iron Man 3 (2013): Iron Patriot Armor To Debut In Utimate Comics; Coincidence?!


December will see the debut of the Iron Patriot armor in the Ultimate Marvel Comics universe, which the movies are [more] mirrored after.

Marvel debuted the cover to Ultimate Comics Ultimates #19 through Newsarama along with the tag line, “Iron Patriot Wants You To Help Rebuild America.”

Set images from Iron Man 3 revealed the Iron Patriot armor as well.


Don’t bet on it.

As of late Marvel Comics and the Marvel Studios movies have seemingly been following the same script.

Off the top of my head I can think of the recent Guardians of the Galaxy and Thanos storyline in Avengers Assemble, in conjunction with The Avengers movie, Thanos appearance, and Guardians of the Galaxy movie announcement. 

Then there is the fact that Marvel was going to scrap Ed Brubaker’s Winter Soldier with the departure of the writer, but since Captain America 2 has been officially titled “The Winter Soldier,” Marvel is now keeping the book around.

The new Incredible Hulk comic book, Indestructible Hulk, sees the Hulk team up with Nick Fury (note: Nick Fury’s son who resembles Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D, which is also happening in a post-The Avengers movie mobile video game, Avengers Initiative.

One more I can think of is that in the Spider-Man books, Marvel is launching an all-new ongoing series, Morbius: The Living Vampire – an obscure character – which seems to be related to the post-credit scene in the Amazing Spider-Man movie as well as Amazing Spider-Man 2. Then there is the fact that Marvel hardly ever promotes obscure characters anymore, or at least ones that are not connected to the movies.

So do the math.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2993:]]Regarding Iron Man 3 and the Iron Patriot armor, what’s interesting is that in the Marvel Comics, the armor belonged to Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin. Obviously that isn’t going to happen in the movie, and while it is said the armor belongs to James Rhodes as a new War Machine armor — I’m betting against that.

Marvel also recently trademarked various toys and applications for Iron Patriot as well.

The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.

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