The best comic book covers of the week – 13 August 2018

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Censorship! Nothing makes you want to know something than being told that you can’t know something. Or see it, in a visual form at least. That’s an idea which struck comic books hard back in the 1950s when massive killjoy Frederic Wertham wrote a book that blamed comic books for delinquent behaviour.

Called “The Seduction of the Innocent”, Wertham’s claims where the predecessor to the wild accusations that [INSERT POPULAR MEDIA HERE] would ruin the minds of children if they were exposed to even a single panel of illustrated violence. His was a legacy that lived on beyond his death, and while comic books aren’t anywhere near as censored today as they were in the aftermath of Wertham’s incendiary book, that doesn’t mean that the fight is over just yet.

That’s why I’m kicking off this post with a look at an upcoming initiative from Image Comics to keep the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund topped up. The campaign of comic books with alternate covers will donate all of its profits to the industry’s voice for free speech advocacy.””Freedom of expression is a core value at Image Comics,” publisher Eric Stephenson said in a press release.

Image has been a proud corporate member of the Fund for more than a decade. Their work ensures that the comics we make can reach their audiences through retailers, libraries, and online without local authorities interfering. CBLDF is constantly fighting book bans, helping creators and librarians behind the scenes in big and small ways, as well as keeping an eye out to challenge unconstitutional laws that would affect free expression. We’re grateful for their work and proud to support it.

Here’s a look at the covers then, that’ll be rolling out in early September:

 

With that said, here’s a look at the fine comic books, which will be out this week on physical and digital store shelves:

Batman #53 by Kaare Andrews

Batman #53

The Wicked + The Divine #38 by Cliff Chiang

The Wicked The Divine #38

Batgirl #25 by Rafael Albuquerque

Batgirl #25

Batwoman #18 by Michael Cho

Batwoman #18

Infinity Wars #2 by Yasmine Putri

Infinity Wars #2

The Wild Storm #16 by Jon Davis Hunt

The Wild Storm #16

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #30 by Jamal Campbell

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #30

Multiple Man #3 by Marcos Martin

Multiple Man #3

Edge of Spider-Geddon #1 by Gerardo Sandoval

Edge of Spider-Geddon #1

Pearl #1 by Alex Maleev

Pearl #1

Injustice 2 #32 by Bruno Redondo

Injustice 2 #32

Ice Cream Man #6 by Christian Ward

Ice Cream Man #6

Skyward #5 by Lee Garbett

Skyward #5

The Weatherman #3 by Nathan Fox

The Weatherman #3

Ninja-K #10 by Darick Robertson

Ninja-K #10

Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #2 by Freddie Williams II

Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #2

Volition #1 by Omar Francia

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Archie Meets Batman ’66 #2 by Robert Hack

Archie Meets Batman '66 #2

Steven Universe #19 by Missy Pena

Steven Universe #19

Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #4 by John Cassaday

Sherlock Holmes The Vanishing Man #4

Last Updated: August 13, 2018

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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