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. Now without further ado:
Third PlaceSuperior Spider-Man #1
Ryan Stegman delivered one “superior” cover this week with this title’s debut issue. I love how the cover utilizes the webbing to great effect including the shadows that they create producing a moody atmosphere. Also, the way that Spider-Man is depicted here is almost like he is challenging the reader and the added detail of his hand not simply sticking to the surface but by him pressing down with such great force that the surface cracks from the pressure exerted really gets across that this isn’t your “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” anymore. Despite what side of the fence you are in regards to the story, you have to admit that this cover is a surefire winner.
Second PlaceEarth 2 #8
Yildiray Cinar is the runner-up this week with this attention grabbing cover featuring Steppenwolf and…well I won’t spoil it here. The background is beautiful with the two characters being framed in the archway. The use of shadows works well and really adds to the sinister nature of the villain and the way his axe glows really pops off the page. And how about that mystery character? We know it’s not Wonder Woman because Steppenwolf murdered her 5 years earlier but she is definitely Amazonian even holding a knock-off of Wonder Woman’s lasso. In fact, I love how she is using the lasso like a whip complete with sparks flying off of it while the other end resembles a dreaded noose to hang her potential victims. The cover gets across well that she obviously works for Steppenwolf as is evident by him placing his hand on her shoulder and her expression is downright deadly. Does she do so willingly or is she mind-controlled/manipulated? Still the central mystery remains: who is this character really? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
First PlaceMind The Gap #7
And here is the Cover of the Week by Rodin Esquejo in a cover that is both simplistic but nuanced. The background has a nice texture to it and I appreciate that the artist simply didn’t do one solid colour. The background didn’t need to be overly detailed as it would have taken away from the real stars of the cover: Elle and Dane. Both characters have sorrowful looks on their faces with Elle expertly drawn with a spectral/transparent effect. Both characters hold a heart in their hands reflecting on their past relationship together. But what is the artist getting across? Are they metaphorically giving their hearts to one another or has Elle ripped Dane’s heart out just as he has done to her? I can see it either way, and I’m sure others will too, but that is what makes it an awesome cover. I love their positioning on the cover, I love how Elle’s expression as she turns away from Dane and towards the reader, and I love how Dane’s hand passes right through Elle. With that said, Rodin Esquejo, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
So those are my favourites and it’s a tie for DC and the Independents with two a piece, though the Independents did capture the Top spot, while Marvel chalks up one lone entry. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!