May doesn’t lack for daring cover designs, especially in regards to borders, negative space and color fills. Jillian Tamaki shows how those elements inform storytelling for the cover of Boundless, her odds-and-ends collection. The art defies its titles, lined in thick, invasive black save the top, where an image of a woman scrunching her hair bleeds off the page. Tamaki’s approach could well be interpreted as her thesis: is boundlessness an illusion or only present in rare circumstances?
Speaking of captivity, Christian Ward conveys imprisonment through an obsidian black fill that occupies the majority of Black Bolt #1’s cover. The atmosphere is indisputably oppressive. The issue’s plot involves the jailing of the titular Inhuman king from Marvel Comics, and Ward teases that cosmic bleakness beautifully, showing that sometimes simplicity communicates the most complex feelings. Also this month: Noah Van Sciver resurrects his failed poet, Fante Bukowski, with ‘70s design, Doug Wheatley unleashes a mandible-d interstellar stalker in Predator: Hunters and Geof Darrow shames anyone who’s ever attempted to hold a pencil in The Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign.