Covers of the Week 01/30/13

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 Placebatman incorporated 7Batman Incoporated #7
Cover Artist:
 Chris Burnham
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Fourth PlaceTheFlash16The Flash #16
Cover Artist:
Francis Manapul
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Third PlaceTeen-Titans-16Teen Titans #16
Brett Booth certainly delivered one chilling cover this week. Right in the forefront stands the Jokerized Red Robin who has absolutely lost it. In his hand he holds a bloodied knife making you worry about who he could possibly have stabbed. I like the added touch that the whole cover is bathed in a green glow (a classic Joker colour) and that the background has a spattering of purple and green “Ha!”s milling about Red Robin to get across the idea that he has been consumed by the maniacal trademark laughter. Speaking of the background, there hangs the various members of the Teen Titans and the Outlaws who are hanging helplessly like flies caught in the web of villainy awaiting their fate to be decided by a man many once considered an ally. The ominous caption “Red Robin’s Last Laugh!” is just the cherry on top. Things don’t look good for all of our heroes involved and it makes you wonder how they can possibly escape from such dire circumstances and if they have enough time to cure their friend. 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 PlaceHawkeye_7Hawkeye #7
David Aja
is the runner-up this week with this visually stunning cover featuring not a character but a city, New York City to be more precise. This entire issue deals with Clint Barton and Kate Bishop and how they deal with the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. Since Sandy is the main plot point of the whole issue it’s apropos that the red hurricane on the cover is the focal point, the object that your eye immediately goes to. The devastating hurricane has even affected the title of “Hawkeye” itself as the words have broken formation and chaotically begin to circle towards the looming threat. While the black and white split background and the black and white split NYC in the forefront create a captivating and contrasting image, this technique also helps get across what is
contained in the book itself. You see the entire issue is split in two just like the cover: two separate stories (one starring Clint and one starring Kate) illustrated by two separate artists. I love when a cover informs you about the story within with a hint so subtle you don’t even realize it until after you were done reading the issue. A powerful cover and a great issue made by a talented man, Matt Fraction, who donated all of his royalties from this issue towards the relief efforts for Sandy’s victims. What a guy!
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First PlaceSuperiorSpiderMan_2Superior Spider-Man #2
And here is the Cover of the Week by Ryan Stegman with his second offering on this young Marvel series, the successor to The Amazing Spider-Man. Anyone that’s been following the events going on with Spider-Man recently take a look at this cover and gets the chills. What would usually be considered a happy moment has morphed into one that creates controversy and as we all know controversy creates cash…or spurns fans to swear the franchise off forever. It’s poetic that the background is simply black reinforcing the idea that this occurrence is not something to be joyous about but something to be concerned of. The black background also succeeds in making the two characters pop off the page. I love the expression on MJ’s face, a look of surprise at the kiss instead of being overwhelmed by the passion. Does she sense something is up or is she simply caught off guard by this sudden romantic gesture? Mary-Jane’s hair creates dramatic interest and limiting the overall cover to just mainly blacks, reds,
and whites ties everything together and even makes the Marvel NOW banner attractive instead of an eyesore. An image that got fans talking well before Parker’s fate was discovered and now creates a whole nother topic of discussion punctuates this cover that is a strange blend of sexiness with darker undertones. With that said, Ryan Stegman, 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 take the Top 2 spots. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

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