Covers of the Week 02/27/13

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 GUARDIANS-OF-THE-GALAXY-0.1Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1
Cover Artist:
 Steve McNiven
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Fourth Place uncannyxmen2Uncanny X-Men #2
Cover Artist:
Chris Bachalo
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Third Place masks4Masks #4
Alex Ross
certainly delivered one amazing cover this week to take the third place spot. In the forefront we have the entire cast of Masks, but instead of rendering them in all their costumed glory we are treated with them being in their civilian guises. The idea of bathing the entire cast in yellow is two-fold: it unifies the team in one colour scheme and it also acts almost like a spotlight projecting their shadows against the background which is absent of all detail. This lack of detail was an inspired choice as it accentuates the true stars of the cover, our group’s shadows. Whatever the light source may be, it has created a wonderful effect that causes each character’s shadow to be represented in their costumed identity. If we couldn’t name them before we can now callout the roster from the silhouettes of their alter egos: Green Hornet, Kato, Zorro, Black Terror, The Shadow, The Spider, Miss Fury, Black Bat, and Green Lama. It is an absolute brilliant creative decision that adds that epic flair to the cover while featuring a very impressive collection of heroes. Did you expect anything less from the master of covers himself, Alex Ross?________________________________________________________

Second Place batman-inc-issue-8Batman Incorporated #8
Chris Burnham is the runner-up this week with this haunting cover featuring Damian Wayne aka Robin. A cover that is a direct homage to Batman #676 which coincidentally enough was drawn by my Third Place artist this week, Alex Ross. That cover was part of the “Batman R.I.P.” storyline which eventually culminated in Batman’s “death” in the Final Crisis series, a fact that drives home some dire foreshadowing to Robin’s fate contained within. On to the cover itself which renders the Boy Wonder in a very macabre state. We can’t see his eyes, his windows to his soul, which leaves him devoid of emotion, his sorrowful attitude permeating off the page. The white background behind him gives off a very ethereal undertone and really causes Damian to stand-off the page, almost as if to say the moment that he dies the whole world fades away for his father as if nothing else matters. This thinking is only solidified with the black abyss created in his cape, a representation of the empty hole created in Batman’s heart over the loss of his child. I also love the added touch of having the “R” of R.I.P. represented as the iconic Robin logo which only adds to the foreboding tone. So, is this cover a blatant fake out or an outright spoiler? Will Damian meet his maker? If so, how will he die? Who will end his life? Will he go out in a blaze of glory? 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 Placehawkeye8Hawkeye #8
And here is the Cover of the Week by David Aja who wins this distinction for the first time with this absolutely beautiful cover. It’s hard to imagine that this is the first time I’ve bestowed him this honor in the short 6 months I’ve been doing this blog considering the consistent quality of work he puts out month after month with this cover being just the latest testament to everything that is brilliant about his art style. He never overcomplicates his covers usually only utilizing a limited colour scheme, in this case working only in red, white, and black. The overall cover simply screams of its grindhouse inspired influence from the sexy woman, Cherry, to the striation and weathered background which creates added interest while being reminiscent of that type of picture quality for those films. The choice of red is evocative of the implied bloody past of this young women while also being a superb artistic direction by having her hair and her dress blend into the surrounding background. Her dress has a motif that is very reminiscent of targets which is apropos considering she’s featured in a comic where the main character is an archer. At her feet lie several black bullet casings implying that some prolonged violence has occurred, violence that she has no qualms about. Then there’s the white smoke trailing from the recently discharged gun, a trail that weaves masterfully on the page before trailing off the cover entirely. You immediately get across the fact that this is one sexy, dangerous, deadly woman that would just as soon give you the time of your life as take your life entirely. With that said, David Aja, 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 Marvel with a three-to-one-to-one showing against DC and the Independents. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

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