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 Fearless Defenders #3
Mark Brooks certainly delivered one gorgeous cover this week to take the third place spot. Dani Moonstar is apprehensive, Misty Knight looks pissed, and Valkyrie is completely floored by what she is witnessing. What’s the cause of these mixed emotions? None other than the dominating force on the cover, the person who is smack-dab in the centre, none other than Warrior Woman aka Hippolyta. But what would bring on these reactions? It could be that she’s just been brought back from the Underworld to be forced onto the team, It could be that she isn’t exactly a hero as she’s done battle with the Fantastic Four and X-Men in the past. Regardless, I love Hippolyta’s confidence which just oozes off the page, I love the intricate detail of her hair, and I also love the incorporation of the title’s logo on her back as if it was a tattoo on her flesh. She may be depicted as completely fearless, unafraid of death, but will she be accepted onto this quasi team? Can they trust her? What will be the fallout? By her pointing to the logo, is she saying she is the Fearless Defenders’ new leader, its centre of attention? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
Second Place Hawkeye #9
David Aja is the runner-up this week with this stunning cover featuring Kate Bishop. She is rendered in a cool and causal pose, her arrows slung behind her, a shot that just exudes awesomeness. Once again, Aja limits himself to his now trademark three colour palette of red, black, and white to great effect. This month, the majority of the cover consists of the blacks and whites with only a spattering of red on her lips and her shades, which really make them pop off the page, along with the red on her t-shirt which is just begging to be solicited in an upcoming edition of Previews. I love the little arrow that’s been shot through the heart and how the main title of this series is incorporated into the slogan itself. “I Love Hawkeye” is appropriate considering the contents of this issue which features the various women in Clint Barton’s life while also echoing the fans sentimentality towards this series as a whole. Another stellar cover added to the pile of already stellar work. What more can I say that I haven’t said before?
First PlaceBatman: Li’l Gotham #1
And here is the Cover of the Week by Dustin Nguyen who wins this distinction for the very first time. What a cover it is! Taking the grim and gritty world of the Dark Knight and flipping the tone into a cover that is just radiating cuteness was a nice change of pace in the debut for a series that is all about fun and levity. This cover is a treasure trove of characters, characters that seamlessly flow into one another, characters that literally pop off the page while also containing fun little winks to those adept in the Batman mythos. The central theme of the image is the calendar year, as our various villains and heroes interact with an oversized calendar with traces of the various holiday seasons contained throughout. Let’s take a look at the little nuisances, Easter eggs, and featured characters. We’ve got Batman (with a little robin on his shoulder), Batwoman, Cassandra Cain, the classic version of the Birds of Prey grouped together (Huntress, Oracle, and Black Canary), Nightwing, Commissioner Gordon, Klarion the Witch Boy (complete with his cat trapped in a Christmas ornament), Stephanie Brown (as Batgirl!) standing side by side with Tim Drake (what a cute couple they make), Damian Wayne (still alive in this series!), Jason Todd, Colin Wilkes aka Abuse (I had to look that one up, he was so obscure), the Carpenter, Bane peeking out over top (Halloween Jack-O’-Lanterns to the left of him), Mad Hatter with Easter Bunnies coming out his hat caused by the neighbouring magic of Zatanna as he takes a cup of tea off of Alfred’s tray (complete with a Thanksgiving turkey resting on the butler’s head and Easter basket in the other hand), the Ventriloquist (with a nutcracker replacing Scarface), Zsasz marking off the days of the week (instead of marking his victims off on his skin) as a Christmas tree lies beside him, the Joker and Harley Quinn (depicted in Fourth of July regalia complete with Uncle Sam outfit, stars on her pants, and a giant firework rocket), Mr. Freeze (peeking around the corner, his helmet serving as the snowman’s head), Penguin holding a giant candy cane instead of his trademark umbrella as Man-Bat tries to get a taste, Two-Face (the calendar splitting his face down the middle), Scarecrow, Clayface (taking up three panels), the Riddler (dragging a St. Patrick’s Day pot of gold), Poison Ivy being serenaded by the only individual on the cover I cannot identify as little hearts float around, the also enamored Killer Croc, and said Valentine’s Day hearts being stolen by Hush (a nod to the Heart of Hush storyline that Nguyen was involved in) with Catwoman appropriately in close proximity as she tries to catch a little chick. To top things off: more little chicks reside at the bottom of the cover with some being dressed up as various member of the Bat-Family. It is simply a wonderful cover that I can get lost in and one that has produced my longest Covers of the Week entry ever. Such detail, such artistic flair, such downright adorableness! With that said, Dustin Nguyen, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
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, though DC did manage to capture the first place crown. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!