Covers of the Week 02/20/13

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 Place greenlantern17Green Lantern #17
Cover Artist:
 Doug Mahnke
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Fourth Place wonderwoman17Wonder Woman #17
Cover Artist:
Cliff Chiang
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Third Place JUSTICE-LEAGUE-17Justice 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.
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Second Place redhood17Red 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.
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First Place Batwoman_17Batwoman #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!
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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!

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7 thoughts on “Covers of the Week 02/20/13

  1. 2 brand new DC series starting in June are yet to be announced. This article (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/08/dc-solicitations-for-june-2013-except-for-batman-and-beyond/) shows the solicitations for all the New 52 sections excepted Batman’s one: I counted 50 titles, and this means that probably the 2 mysterious titles will both be Batman spin-offs.
    If my prediction will be proved right, I will be very peeved. Not only because I was strongly hoping for a WildC.A.T.S. title, but also because, despite being a huge fan of Batman, I think that DC should stop exploiting his popularity so much. We already have innumerous Bat – titles to read each month, so I think that many of us DC readers would like to see something different than the same old Batman spin-off.
    I was also wondering which members of the Bat – family could get a solo series. Red Robin surely is the most probable one (and this would mitigate my disappointment for WildC.A.T.S.); as for the other one… I’m drawing a blank. What do you predict?

    • “What do you predict?”
      More Batman related books are exactly what we don’t need but unfortunately that looks like what we’re going to get.
      My Predictions for the Bat Solicts:
      1. Batman & _____ gets renamed to Batman: The Brave and the Bold
      2. New Title #1: The long rumorred Robins series. Dick, Jason, Tim, Damian, and who knows who else. Flashback tales?
      3. New Title #2: Maybe a series focusing on the villains of Gotham called Arkham Asylum? I don’t know…

      They really need to shore up their “Young Justice” line however as it only contains 2 titles!

      • “2. New Title #1: The long rumorred Robins series. Dick, Jason, Tim, Damian, and who knows who else. Flashback tales?” That would be great! Damian’s fan could get their fix, and the ones who miss Tim Drake’s solo series would be satisfied too. I’m not 100 % sure, but I think that in the New 52 universe Dick, Jason and Tim have never worn Robin’s cowl, so DC couldn’t name the title “Robins.” Something like “The Family of Batman” is a more probable title.
        “3. New Title #2: Maybe a series focusing on the villains of Gotham called Arkham Asylum?” Another great suggestion! A lot of villains appear far less frequently than their due, so the series you suggested would give them the space they deserve.
        Thank you for your replies! : )

        • So the solicitations came out today and the final two issues of the new 52 were…nothing. So it looks like it might not be Batman related after all. Weird though, I thought it was always going to be 52. Here’s to next month and my hope that one of them will be Shazam!

          • I just looked the solicitations of Batman’s line for June 2013.
            First of all, the cover for Red Hood and the Outlaws (http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=4918&page=12) reminded me of the cover you uploaded in your first Retroactive posts: the villain (his name is Dr. Arkham, if my memory does not fail me) in a giant size, and the “heroes” (even if “antiheroes” is a better definition for Jason and his friends) in a lilliputian size.
            Secondly, I found out that Brett Booth is the new Nightwing’s penciller, and honestly I don’t think this is good. His style is too cartoonish for an “adult”, “mature” series like Nightwing, in my opinion.
            As for the 2 mysterious titles, there is a good news and a bad one. The bad news is that probably we’ll have to wait another entire month to see them announced; the good news is, we were already 100 % sure that both of them would have been Batman spin – offs, and now we can hope for WildC.A.T.S. and Shazam again.
            Yesterday an italian channel FINALLY broadcasted the first 2 episodes of Arrow, dubbed in italian. Honestly, I was so tired that I fell asleep before the end of the second episode, but generally speaking I liked what I saw.
            The most negative thing I can say about that series is, too many “casual meetings.” For example, when Oliver is walking on the dancefloor during his welcome party, he suddenly bumps into an unknown lady, and, guess what, that lady is Dinah! What a coincidence! I counted about 10 improbable meetings like that only in the first 2 episodes, so I think they definitely were too many.
            Anyway, there are also a lot of other things that satisfied me: a dark atmosphere, a lot of action, a clever plot… I think I’ll see the next episodes.
            Thank you for your reply! : )

            • “First of all, the cover for Red Hood and the Outlaws reminded me of the cover you uploaded in your first Retroactive posts: the villain (his name is Dr. Arkham, if my memory does not fail me) in a giant size, and the “heroes” (even if “antiheroes” is a better definition for Jason and his friends) in a lilliputian size.”
              Nice seeing them use some old techniques in the present. The villain on the cover is actually Hugo Strange though.

              “His style is too cartoonish for an “adult”, “mature” series like Nightwing, in my opinion.”
              I’ll give him a chance but I see where you are coming from.

              “The bad news is that probably we’ll have to wait another entire month to see them announced; the good news is, we were already 100 % sure that both of them would have been Batman spin – offs, and now we can hope for WildC.A.T.S. and Shazam again.”
              🙂

              “I counted about 10 improbable meetings like that only in the first 2 episodes, so I think they definitely were too many. Anyway, there are also a lot of other things that satisfied me: a dark atmosphere, a lot of action, a clever plot… I think I’ll see the next episodes.”
              It only gets better with only one or two disappointing episodes so far. Firefly’s episode being the one that comes to mind right away. Glad you’re finally getting to enjoy it! And you’ll love Deathstroke!

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