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 PlaceAll-New X-Men #6
Stuart Immonen certainly delivered one powerful cover this week. First we have Kitty Pryde looking her most sophisticated while still possessing that playful edge with her crossing one of her legs. She must be situated in front of a fire as her shadow is emblazoned behind her…except it’s not her shadow. This is the real star of the cover as the shadow behind her belongs to the recently departed Professor X situated in his wheelchair from the olden days. Utilizing his iconic shadow is absolutely brilliant as it perfectly gets across the idea that Kitty has now taken on the role of the Professor for these time displaced X-Men trying to fill one of the voids in their lives: that of a mentor. That Immonen accomplishes this symbolism in such a clever way is a testament to his abilities as an artist.
Second PlaceBatgirl #16
Ed Benes is the runner-up this week with this creepy cover featuring a Jokerized Barbara Gordon. He utilizes the shadows perfectly and their implementation gives the image of the young women an even darker and more sinister vibe. Whereas All-New X-Men’s symbolism was more straightforward, this cover’s symbolism is deeper. First we have the background which is primarily composed of the colour purple, a colour that is usually associated with Batgirl. The purple transitions into red on the right-hand side which could symbolize the violent and bloody way her career as Batgirl ended the last time but I think more likely symbolizes the bloodlust that is overcoming her as she squares off against her hated foe. This fact is only cemented by Barbara’s Joker-like appearance which gets across the point that her thoughts have become obsessed with the Clown Prince of Crime. The Joker has gotten into her head yet again and this all-consuming rage has engulfed her personality causing her to lose who she truly is. Add all of this to that faint green glow highlighting her that is a trademark Joker colour, the battered and worn background that represents the trials our heroine has faced, and the sinister smile that is the centrepiece of the image, and you get one stellar cover
First PlaceBatman #16
And here is the Cover of the Week by Greg Capullo with an image that is absolutely chilling and completely haunting in its’ presentation. Here triumphantly stands the Joker, his surroundings mirroring his disposition: decaying, desolate, dilapidated, dark, and murky. What exactly is the background behind him is a mystery to me but it feels reminiscent of a cave, perhaps the Batcave even? Then we move onto the Joker himself who is proudly covered in the trophies of his potential victims from the Batman Family. On his face is Nightwing’s mask, his chest is adorned with a vest made from Robin’s costume, his left hand clad in Alfred’s glove ominously covered in blood, his right hand wearing one of Batman’s gauntlets, his left shoulder draped in the Dark Knight’s cape, and Batgirl’s yellow glove protruding from his trousers in a potentially lewd symbolic gesture considering their history. Has Joker finally achieved victory? Are they all dead? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover. With that said, Greg Capullo, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
So those are my favourites and it’s a three-to-two victory for DC over Marvel. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!