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 Avengers Arena #6
Mike Del Mundo certainly delivered one fun cover this week to take the third place spot. Whereas the series has done many homages in the past, including Battle Royale and Hunger Games, this week they tip their hat to long-time reality TV show Survivor. The similarities between Survivor and Avengers Arena are quite lengthy ranging from the show’s tagline “Outwit, Outlast, Outplay”, that there can be only one sole survivor to win the game, and that the show is not scripted as it is a controlled reality program (in this instance with Arcade acting as the one sole viewer). Beyond the general similarities there are the specific shout outs that are featured on this image: the iconic tribal flag that is featured on the show, the tribal paint the contestants wear at times, and all the characters being dressed in swimwear (including Hazmat which if that really happened they’d all be dying right now because of their close proximity to her). Featured on the cover (signifying a possible alliance?) are Cammi (with a sea creature hiding on the top of her gun), Anachronism (his axe adorned with a starfish), Hazmat (complete with a fish swimming around in her fishbowl like helmet), Nico (positioned in the centre possibly conveying her leadership role), X-23 (skewering an angelfish on one of her claws), and Darkhawk (who is being almost hugged by an octopus). Overall, this cover is a joyous one despite the premise of this book and it is full of lots a tiny details that really helped it excel above the rest in a week that was my toughest one yet to nail down to just five.
Second Place Fearless Defenders #2
Mark Brooks is the runner-up this week with this inventive cover featuring Misty Knight, Valkyrie, and Dani Moonstar. The whole cover is drawn to resemble an action figure package that you would see sold on store shelves. The blister card features our three heroines in epic poses, adding in fine print that “Misty Knight, Valkyrie, and others sold separately”, while also having the cut-out at the top in order to hang it on display. The action figure sold in this set of Dani Moonstar “includes bow, quiver, and crown” as her accessories and the illustration of the figure itself, enclosed in plastic casing, is complete with joint breaks and whatnot to really give off the vibe that this “figure” truly exists. The only thing that prevents this cover from taking the top spot is the Marvel Now logo which covers the “Choking Hazard – Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years” blurb which really cemented the overall image’s intent. To see the image unaltered look HERE which also shows their other intention of having AGES 4+ at the top as well. A terrific cover that makes me wonder how come no one thought of this before, but one that is impeded by Marvel’s persistence to plaster that banner at the bottom.
First PlaceThunderbolts #6
And here is the Cover of the Week by Julian Totino Tedesco who wins this distinction for the second time. So far these covers are the best part of the entire series and this latest one does not disappoint. Another Thunderbolts cover featuring the now familiar choice of only utilizing the colours of red, black, and white with the prime focal point of the image being that of Mercy, a new mysterious woman that has debuted. I love how she is rendered with a sketchbook looking aesthetic and how that technique seems to blend into the black background around her. The only bits of colour adorning her come from her red sash around her neck and the top of her dress while the remaining parts of her outfit blends into the shadows, creating a haunting image as her hands come forth out of the ether toward the reader. And what are in her hands? Why it’s our team: Red Hulk, Deadpool, Punisher, Venom, and Elektra. They are all displayed in action poses, as per usual, and look ready to strike out at any oncoming opponent. That Mercy is depicted so much bigger than them, that she is holding them in the palms of her hand, suggests that she is possibly manipulating the team, pulling their strings, to accomplish her own personal goals. Is she friend or foe? Can she hope to control these willful anti-heroes? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover. With that said, Julian Totino Tedesco, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!________________________________________________________
So those are my favourites and it’s a victory for Marvel with a four-to-one showing against DC. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!