Covers of the Week 01/02/13

It is time for the best covers from the week that was. A quick reminder: only comics that I personally have purchased qualify for this piece. If a title contains more than one cover, only the one I own is taken into consideration. Starting this week, Covers of the Week is now expanding to five selections, though I’ll still only be commenting on the Top 3. Now without further ado:

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Fifth Placebatman_the_dark_knight_15Batman: The Dark Knight #15
Cover Artist:
David Finch
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Fourth PlaceBatmanBeyondUnlimited-11_CoverBatman Beyond Unlimited #11
Cover Artist:
Dustin Nguyen
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Third Placesuperman 15Superman #15
Kenneth Rocafort delivered one brilliant cover this week in his depiction of Luthor and Superman. Lex Luthor is drawn with a completely different attitude than is normally associated with him. Usually he is seen as a slick, smug businessman with an evil grin always curled on his lips. Here he is more deranged, verging on being creepy, and stands defiant despite his hopeless situation. He comes across like the DC equivalent of Hannibal Lector which I’m sure was the intention. I also love how we can see Superman’s figure reflected in the glass as he delivers a browbeating to his arch-nemesis to no effect. A reader takes a look at this image and wonders why a man known for his smarts is being held in such excessive physical restraints? Why are there scars on the side of Luthor’s face? What would drive Superman to confront his incarcerated foe? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
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Second PlaceAllNewXMen_5_Cover-1All-New X-Men #5
Stuart Immonen is the runner-up this week with this beautiful cover featuring Jean Grey’s eventful history. Immonen produces a terrific montage of scenes, the comic book equivalent of a visual “This Is Your Life” segment. We have Jean Grey in her green and yellow Marvel Girl outfit, we have her confronting an Aztec-looking villain from her early days whose name escapes me, we have her dressed in her Black Queen Hellfire Club phase, we are shown the happy day of her wedding to Scott Summers, and we have the iconic shot of her nobly sacrificing her life in order to stop the Phoenix Force as Scott watches on. At the same time, the image of the Phoenix looms over the entire cover, a dreadful and defining period in her life. To complete the cover an extreme close-up of Marvel Girl’s face in her original outfit rests near the bottom as if to say that the time-displaced  X-Woman is being shown all these images somehow. Overall, the images are iconic, they blend into each other seamlessly, and they produce one dynamic cover.
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First PlaceNEWAVN2013001New Avengers #1
And here is the Cover of the Week by Jock for this series’ grand re-debut. Where to start on this phenomenal cover? How about the logo which sits in the background, weathered and worn, yet making its’ presence known especially with the issue number etched into it? How about the smart choice of having the various characters in black silhouette form, only adding enough lighter accents to aid the reader in instantly recognizing each one’s identity? How about their poses creating a foreboding and yet epic scene at the same time? How about the wise choice of limiting the colours used to create cohesion amongst this team from the different corners of the Marvel Universe? It’s an image that has gravitas to it and sets the tone for the journey you are about to go on with this series. With that said, Jock, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
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So those are my favourites and it’s a victory for DC with a three-to-two showing against Marvel, though Marvel did manage to capture the Top 2 spots. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

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5 thoughts on “Covers of the Week 01/02/13

  1. Batman: The Dark Knight # 15 and Superman # 15 are the best covers you’ve ever posted on your blog, along with Angel & Faith # 16 (https://thegothamrogue.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/covers-of-the-week-112812-2/). Let’s say that Angel & Faith # 16 is by far the best cover you’ve ever posted, the 2nd prize goes to Superman # 15 and Batman: The Dark Knight # 15 gets the bronze medal.
    Notice that that Angel & Faith cover is so wonderful that I still remember it MONTHS after you published it, and despite the fact that I know NOTHING about that series. Actually, I wouldn’t even know that this series exists, if it wasn’t for your blog. Am i missing a worthy series?

    • “Notice that that Angel & Faith cover is so wonderful that I still remember it MONTHS after you published it, and despite the fact that I know NOTHING about that series.”
      I’m glad you liked it that much. It was one gorgeous cover. Also, good thing I expanded the COTW to 5 entries so BTDK #15 got on your radar.

      “Actually, I wouldn’t even know that this series exists, if it wasn’t for your blog. Am i missing a worthy series?”
      I’m here to spread the word…and the word is that series is consistently great. Rebekah Ann Isaacs is nailing it on art and Christos Gage is crafting an entertaining story for everyone familiar with the characters.

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