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 Place Justice League #17
Ivan Reis certainly delivered one dramatic cover this week to take the third place spot. Situated in the background is the villainous Ocean Master, looking to be standing triumphant at what has occurred within the issue’s pages all the while oozing a sinister vibe. The whole cover is bathed in blue which is apropos considering the scene is taking place underwater but the real star of the cover, what grabs the reader’s attention, is what is in the forefront, what is clutched in the villain’s hand: Aquaman’s trident, Batman’s Batarang, Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth, and Superman’s torn cape along with various pieces of Cyborg floating about. Each piece of equipment is instantly identifiable with his or her hero and makes us wonder if the villain has truly achieved victory over the Justice League itself? With the ominous caption “A Watery Grave” coupled with the trophies in his grasp, it sure appears that is the answer. That we actually believe this is possible with a villain such as Ocean Master is truly a testament to the writer and the artist involved. They erased the memory of Aquaman being a joke and they elevated one of his arch-enemies with him as well.
Second Place Red Hood and the Outlaws #17
Mico Suayan is the runner-up this week with this powerful cover featuring Red Hood and Batman. Before there was “Death of the Family” there was “Death in the Family” and this cover is a wonderful homage to that classic storyline. On the upper half we have Batman cradling Jason Todd’s (as Red Hood) lifeless body depicted in present days and this iconic image is cleverly reflected in the blood on the floor below with Batman cradling Jason Todd’s (as Robin) lifeless body from that arc 25 years ago. It was a defining moment in the Dark Knight’s life, an event that has had a significant impact on him, and one that is still referenced all these years later. I especially like how blood is coming from Red Hood’s mask to mirror the blood coming from Robin’s face as well. The rest of the cover’s floor and background is a dark red which really helps the pair stand out and being unable to see Batman’s eyes, his windows to his soul, just adds to the overall foreboding and dark atmosphere that is on display. As Batman delves into a moment he never thought would happen again, the reader wonders if Jason Todd has truly met his maker once again. If so, is the Joker responsible for the demise of this former Boy Wonder? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
First Place Batwoman #17
And here is the Cover of the Week by J.H. Williams III who wins this distinction for the fourth time with this absolutely beautiful cover. Batwoman stands defiant in the face of evil as she is depicted in such a powerful and heroic shot. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, and I’ll probably say it even more times after but I love how J.H. draws Batwoman’s flowing cape and hair. It adds so much and really makes her feel more alive. The shot of her standing in the flames could symbolize the fact that she is rising above the horrors and the destruction that Medusa’s forces are imposing on Gotham City like a literal Phoenix rising from the ashes. This fact is only solidified by the various snakes that are representative of Medusa who have turned to skeletons signifying the villain’s possible defeat at the hands of the caped crusader while also succeeding in creating visual interest. Finally, the blue on top really works well as it makes Batwoman’s face stand out while also giving a glimpse of the calm night that is in direct opposition to the chaos going on below. Worthy of a poster, worthy of the praise, this is a mighty cover indeed. With that said, J.H. Williams III, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
So those are my favourites and it’s a clean sweep for DC with a five-to-zero showing against Marvel. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!