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 Batman Incorporated #9
Chris Burnham certainly delivered one dramatic cover this week to take the third place spot. The Dark Knight stands before a darkened grave consumed completely in shadows in a clever choice by the artist to obscure his emotional state. In this case showing less creates an even greater sense of the sullen mood he is in then simply showing his face would have accomplished. The shadows carry over to the grave itself which, along with the perspective utilized, really makes it seem quite ominous indeed. The grave is depicted much larger and deeper than it really is in order to heighten the severity of what is going on and I love how it frames Batman on the cover. The sky is cloaked in grey which mirrors the internal dreary and sombre emotional state that has overcome Batman. The “Requiem” tagline and main title are the only colourful objects on what is generally a monochromatic cover and they really pop off the page because of this fact. Overall, this cover really pulls at the heartstrings as no father should ever have to bury his son.
Second Place Angel & Faith #20
Rebekah Ann Isaacs is the runner-up this week with this homage cover featuring Faith, Angel, and Spike which takes its inspiration from Archie comics. The title is a nice play on the Archie series “Archie’s Gals Betty and Veronica” in this instance being modified to read as “Buffy’s Friends Angel and Faith”. They even replicated the same colour scheme and font. The main scene is a familiar play on a typical Archie one where Archie is usually caught in the middle between Betty and Veronica, usually completely enamored with them or confused about who he should date. Archie is represented by Faith but with a twist as she is not enamored or confused but rather she is simply rolling her eyes at the whole situation. The roles of Betty and Veronica are represented by Angel and Spike with the two of them asking who she thinks is more attractive which pushes this cover that extra mile. I also love the little touches they applied such as having the various character heads on the left hand side which is another iconic Archie trait and that the Dark Horse logo is reminiscent of the “Approved By The Comics Code Authority” logo even replicating the stamp-like border design. This was simply a brilliant and fun cover for a series that has succeeded in doing these types of homages before.
First PlaceAquaman #18
And here is the Cover of the Week by Paul Pelletier who wins this distinction for the first time. He knocked it out of the park with this epic shot of Aquaman on his throne in a scene that feels very reminiscent of something out of the television series Game of Thrones. I love how his eyes are consumed in shadow which works brilliantly in tandem with his posture to really get across the emotion burden he is experiencing from assuming the throne of Atlantis. The throne itself is gorgeous to look at and is so detailed and appropriately ocean-themed in appearance while the octopus tentacles also add some interest. The colour tones are appropriately blue and almost has this ethereal appearance to it. The subtitle “Return of the King?” really gets my mind racing. What does it mean? Arthur having second thoughts? Orm is coming back as king? Someone else is coming to seize the throne? 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, Paul
Pelletier, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
So those are my favourites and it’s a victory for DC with a three-to-two showing against the Independents. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!