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 #7
Stuart Immonen certainly delivered one beautiful cover this week to take the third place spot. Mystique is shown at her most devious and seductive heights as she wraps herself around the younger Scott Summers. You immediately take away that she’s in his ear, manipulating him to her every whim or at least trying to as the look on Scott’s face reveals nothing. Is he buying into it? Is he leading her along? With no emotion and being unable to see his eyes due to the visor, the reader really can’t tell. Immonen’s use of shadows and light adds that extra dimension to the cover and placing the two in front of a black background not only makes them standout but also hints at Mystique trying to push Scott to the darker side of thinking. Will it work? Will she corrupt this young X-Man? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
Second PlaceGreen Arrow #17
Andrea Sorrentino is the runner-up this week with this dramatic cover featuring Green Arrow in this iconic shot, ready to strike with his bow drawn. Oliver is draped expertly is shadows, possibly signifying his darker state of mind and the brilliant choice to have his eyes cloaked in shadow as well shuts off the reader’s proverbial “windows into his soul” and adds a level of gravitas to the character. The water effects from the rain and the puddles are drawn to perfection and the way that the water just hangs on Oliver shows a truly professional ability. The fire that burns behind him just adds to the drama and the colour choices for the sky drives home that foreboding tone that has been established making you wonder what has truly happened in Star City, what has driven Green Arrow to the edge? With a caption splashed on the cover of “And Now…The Kill Machine!” it only serves as the cherry on top on this new creative team’s debut. This week Green Arrow was so, so close to capturing the first place title this week as I went back and forth constantly between my two selections. If Andrea keeps drawing images like this, it will only be a matter of time before the crown is his.
First PlaceSuperior Spider-Man #3
And here is the Cover of the Week by Ryan Stegman who earns this honor for the second consecutive week which is a first for this feature. On it, Spider-Man is doing his best Batman impersonation complete with the Spider-Signal lighting the night sky behind him. He’s cloaked almost completely in shadow getting across the darker nature the character has adapted since this new era kicked off and the reader is immediately drawn to the piercing whites of his eyes which would intimate any potential crook into second guessing their path in life. His pose is not a traditional “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” pose but one of intimidation, ready to strike down a foe at a moment’s notice. I also love the background sky itself which has a very artsy almost sketchbook design to it and really ties the who thing together. With that said, Ryan Stegman, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
So those are my favourites and it’s a victory for Marvel with a three-to-two showing against DC. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!