Covers of the Week 04/17/13

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 ghostbusters3Ghostbusters #3
Cover Artist:
 Dan Schoening
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Fourth Place Cyber-Force_4Cyber Force #4
Cover Artist:
Marc Silvestri
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Third Place nightwing19Nightwing #19
Brett Booth
certainly delivered one surprising cover this week to take the third place spot. As everyone that is a DC fan is aware, this is “WTF” month where each comic has a gatefold cover that unveils a surprising revelation on the second half. The use of that concept works extremely well with Nightwing this month. The first half of the cover shows our hero being bombarded with a plethora of “HA!’s, the majority of which are coloured that oh so familiar purple and green which is a trademark Joker colour. Then we have the quote “Why so serious, Nightwing?”, a line that is so intrinsically linked with the Joker from his appearance in the movie The Dark Knight. Maniacal laughter, purple and green, famous quote, the mystery man’s identity must be that of the Joker…right? Then you unfold the rest of the cover for the startling revelation: it’s not the Joker but rather a reinvented Prankster who goes so far as saying “Were you expecting someone else?” in a brilliant fourth wall breaking utterance. I love how these “HA!”s are emanating around the Prankster as he acts as the epicentre for this lethal looking sea of worded laughter. The Prankster, a villain usually associated with the Superman universe and not the Bat Universe, is depicted in a completely new design, a design that includes a full face mask making us wonder why are they hiding his identity? Is he someone other than Oswald Loomis? Why is he showing up in a Nightwing series? 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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Second Place TMNT_Krang-1TMNT Villain Micro-Series #1: Krang
Tyler Walpole
is the runner-up this week with this menacing cover featuring Krang who has never looked so deliciously evil. Standing in the bottom half of the cover is Krang in his exo-suit, flames and devastation surrounding him. Did he cause this utter destruction? The answer: most likely, he is a villain after all. The top half of the cover is the real star though as we zoom in on the opening of the exo-suit to show a close-up view of Krang himself, a looming mass of pink that demands the reader’s attention. His teeth is ground tight, his mouth curled in a sinister smear, his eyes are pure white, and his tentacles flail about as if they want to reach out and grab the reader. Last but not least, let’s talk about the eerie green glow that surrounds our featured villain, a colour so intrinsically linked to the turtles, a colour that is reminiscent of the very ooze that gave them their new lives, an ooze that in this comic was brought into our world by the very villain featured here. This image certainly equates to one creepy and evil sight to behold and really gets across to even a non-TMNT fan that this is not someone you want to trifle with.
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First PlaceBatwoman_19Batwoman #19
And here is the Cover of the Week by Trevor McCarthy who wins this distinction for the very first time. You can always count on regular artist J.H. Williams III to deliver an absolutely lovely cover but this month he passes the task onto Trevor who delivers a drop-dead gorgeous cover. Whereas Nightwing utilized the WTF cover to reveal a surprise, Batwoman instead creates one dramatic and visually stunning scene. We start with Batwoman standing in a sea of blood in an utterly dramatic pose but something is amiss: the left side of her costume is torn and her cowl is damaged. The next image of her has her skin melted away only leaving a half covered skeleton while the final image has the costume completely gone revealing a skeleton crying out in pain over top of a startled Kate Kane in bed waking from a horrible nightmare, the red wave of blood transitioning into the bed sheets. Now this transformation into a skeleton could be hinting at the fact that a significant death may cross her path but I think it’s a nod to the fact that SPOILER-SPOILER-Director Bones is in fact her brother-END SPOILER-END SPOILER. This thinking is only solidified by the “Family Secrets” tagline emblazoned on the cover itself and the sea of blood that could be referring to familial bloodlines. I love the way Batwoman’s cape flows on the cover and how the inverse colouring of her logo is reflected in the cape itself. The background colours work well and the shot of Gotham City behind her is a lovely sight to behold. Overall, this terrifying and moody spectacle is a sight to behold and a masterpiece of transitional technique. With that said, Trevor McCarthy, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!________________________________________________________

So those are my favourites and it’s a victory for the Independents (for the first time ever) with a three-to-two showing against DC, though DC did manage to capture the first place crown. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

4 thoughts on “Covers of the Week 04/17/13

      • 2 other storylines by Loeb & Sale would deserve a spot, in my opinion: Daredevil Yellow and Superman for All Seasons. Loeb & Sale are so good that they managed to make me enjoy a Superman comic book – and I hate Superman as much as xmenxpert hates Batman. Thank you for your replies! : )

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