Covers of the Week 01/23/13

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. Now without further ado:

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Fifth PlaceMasks_3Masks #3
Cover Artist:
 Alex Ross
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Fourth Placered-hood-and-the-outlaws-16-coverRed Hood and the Outlaws #16
Cover Artist:
Tyler Kirkham
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Third Placebatwoman_16Batwoman #16
 J.H. Williams III certainly delivered one captivating cover this week to take third place. In my Retroactive feature I’ve made the comment that the earlier Detective Comics covers utilized a technique where the villain of the story was depicted much larger than the heroes for dramatic effect. This issue adapts that philosophy in its’ execution as our two heroines are entangled in the hair made of snakes that is trademark Medusa. I’ve mentioned it once and I’ll mention it again: I love how J.H. draws Batwoman’s cape as it adds so much life to the cover and now even her hair is getting into the action. The two women pop off the page against the much lighter background and the skulls being reflected in Medusa’s black eyes adds a real sinister and
foreboding vibe to the cover. Overall, another solid entry from Batwoman but what were you expecting from the great J.H. Williams
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Second Placeuxforce2012001covcolUncanny X-Force #1
Olivier Coipel
 is the runner-up this week with this stunning cover featuring the new-look X-Force. The colouring technique on it is a sight to behold. We have the majority of the background comprised of red possibly signifying the previous bloody history of the team and then it transitions into a yellow-green which still maintains the warm colour scheme that the cover employs. Having the background using the warm spectrum of colours makes the characters, which are being bathed in a cooler blue, really standout. That this blue highlight carries into the logo itself with the word “Uncanny” and the border around the “X” is clever as well. The menacing figurehead of Bishop looming over the team gets across the point that he has returned and him looking back almost in contempt at our heroes showcases that he is still a villain in the X-Verse. Speaking of X-Force, what an assemblage is on display here. We’ve got newcomers Spiral and Puck, Lady Fantomex, Psylocke, and…is that Storm with a Mohawk? Why would Storm be on a kill-squad such as X-Force? I thought Psylocke was done with that part of her life? What brings this new team together? How is Bishop back in the present? 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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First Placeyoung-avengers-1-variant-omalleyYoung Avengers #1
And here is the Cover of the Week by Bryan Lee O’Malley with his variant cover for this newly launched series. First off, I can’t believe I actually was able to snag this cover as my LCS somehow still had one copy left and if it weren’t for that bit of luck Uncanny X-Force would have captured the crown this week. Ever since this cover was released on the net I fell in love with it but I never imagined that I’d actually be able to get it. Now, let’s move onto the cover itself. Using his defining Scott Pilgrim style of art, Bryan beautifully illustrates the Young Avengers team consisting of Miss America, Kate Bishop, Noh-Varr, Hulkling, Wiccan, and Kid Loki. Hulkling and Wiccan dancing together is no surprise but Kate and Noh-Varr together could signify a potential romantic pairing contained within. I love Kid Loki’s celebratory expression as he’s absolutely giddy that he has assembled this group of young heroes together for whatever reason he secretly has. Finally we have Miss America, front and centre, taking a rest and staring out at the reader. I love her pose and how her one boot interacts with the Young Avengers logo while her prominent placement on the cover represents her possible leadership role. I also quite enjoy the added touch of the dance lights matching our heroes’ preferred colour schemes: you’ve got green over Hulkling, purple over Kate Bishop, and blue over Miss America. It is such a wonderful cover that’s just screaming to be made into a poster. This cover is both fun and hip and it’s a shame that this wasn’t the regular one so more people could enjoy it. With that said, Bryan Lee O’Malley, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
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So those are my favourites and it’s a two-to-two tie for DC and Marvel, though Marvel takes top honors with the Cover of the Week, and the Independents manage to capture one spot as well. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

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