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 PlaceGhostbusters #1
Dan Schoening certainly delivered one fun and detailed cover this week to take the third place spot. My LCS managed to snag me a Subscription Edition Variant so this will be the cover I am reviewing. Front and centre we have the Ghostbusters’ secretary, Janine, holding a newspaper which clearly illustrates the current predicament she is in. The paper proclaims that the original team has vanished due to unknown circumstances which piques the reader’s interest level and elsewhere on the cover it states to “get ready for an exciting new line-up” which apparently Janine is going to be assembling. Her uttering a modified version of the classic Ghostbusters’ slogan “Who you gonna call?” with “Now who am I gonna call?” is great and the perfect set-up for what is situated around her: she’s surrounded by photos of every major and some minor characters that have appeared in this series’ previous volume. It’s a wonderful easter egg hunt that challenges the most avid of fans to try to name them all, something that not only adds that extra level to an already lovely cover but also displays the potential new members that she’ll be selecting from. Where have the Ghostbusters gone? How did they disappear? Will we ever see them again? Who will be on the new team? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
Second PlaceUncanny X-Men #1
Chris Bachalo is the runner-up this week with this “uncanny” cover featuring Cyclops’ team showing off their new costumes. Besides personally loving everything that Bachalo draws, I especially love his decision to drain the colour off of the other team members rendering them in black and white. This choice makes Cyclops really stand-out as he is dripping in reds, the light from his new look visor radiating outwards and something that would have been lost if the others where in colour or if Bachalo had decided to do an overly complex background instead of a stark white one. The logo is also fantastic with the “X” looking like it was made by spray-paint giving off that vibe of rebelliousness and a revolutionary stance which is the focal point of the book’s mission statement. Also, adding the “Join The” to the Uncanny X-Men logo clearly gets across the fact that they are actively looking for new members to join their crusade. As if all this wasn’t attention grabbing enough, then we have the brilliant decision of having
the team and the logo slanted on an angle which not only creates a more stunning visual because they’re not depicted in a straight horizontal line but it also speaks volumes as well about their stance of anti-establishmentarianism by bucking the normal shot and paving the way for their line of thinking. Uncanny, indeed…uncannily awesome!
First PlaceBatman #17
And here is the Cover of the Week by Greg Capullo who wins this distinction for the third time. Was there any doubt? Sure, Uncanny X-Men gave it a run for its’ money but in the end the grand finale of this superb storyarc took top honors. Why is that you ask? Well how about the overall creepy and foreboding tone of the cover itself, an air of gravitas to it that turns the dial past eleven in sheer epicness? How about the main title of “Batman”, this time rendered in white so the blood spatters really stand-out which succeeds in keeping you guessing of how accurate the tagline “Death of the Family” will be? How about the dark nature of Joker dancing with the empty costume of Batman, blood on the chest section and blood on the cape which leaves behind a trail of red as the “pair” dance on a white floor that was wisely chosen to accentuate the crimson plasma? How about the lack of Bruce Wayne in the suit making you concerned about his safety? How about the choice of black for the background which not only symbolizes the grim contents of the issue but with Capullo’s added choice of white streaks contained within creates an image that could harken to an older, grainier time in the past or creates an image that is reminiscent of rain falling? How about the look on the Joker, mouth drawn wide in a creepy grin, absolutely ecstatic of what is happening? How about all of the above? With that said, Greg Capullo, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
So those are my favourites and it’s a tie for DC and Marvel with two a piece though DC takes the Top honor. Not to be forgotten, the Independents manage to sneak onto the chart thanks to a cover from IDW. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!