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: Li’l Gotham #2
Dustin Nguyen certainly delivered one fun cover this week to take the third place spot. While last month this series had a virtual who’s who of Gothamites, this issue went with a reduced roster of three. These three characters however have history together as they once had their own comic book entitled Gotham City Sirens prior to the New 52 reboot and one of the two stories within pays homage to that fact. Onto the cover itself, which has a lot going on. We’ve got Catwoman riding a motorcycle accompanied by a cute little black cat, Harley Quinn is jumping on a pogo stick that resembles the Joker while wearing a silly helmet, and Poison Ivy is hanging out on a tree while holding a very valuable (presumably stolen) golden egg. In fact, every image accompanying our three stars is a mere hint at the adventures they are going to get into within the story presented here. We’ve got sweets and a chef, an elephant and other animals, and lets not forget to mention one fast car. The cover as a whole is like one big smorgasbord of visual delight, an image that wows you the minute you lay eyes on it, and a scene that is just downright adorable.
Second Place The Flash #20
Francis Manapul is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring the Flash receiving the beat down of his life. Just who pray tell is delivering said beat down? Why if the flurry of yellow streaks wasn’t enough of a hint then the tagline “powerless against Reverse-Flash” should be a dead giveaway. Seeing the Flash at the mercy of an individual faster than him is quite a sight to behold and Francis rendered the one-sided fight in brilliant fashion. From the aforementioned streaks of yellow to the bolts of red lightning, this cover is full of motion, motion that makes the scene really come to life before our eyes. I’d be remiss not to say that the choice to have the background be black was an inspired choice as it just makes the reds and the yellows pop off the page even more. Looking at the Flash’s reaction to this seemingly hopeless situation really gets the reader wondering how will our hero make it out alive from this encounter? And just who exactly is this new Reverse-Flash? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
First PlaceDaredevil #26
And here is the Cover of the Week by Chris Samnee who wins this distinction for the very first time. This is one stunning image, an image that I’ve been wanting to review since I first laid eyes on it when it was solicited all those months ago. Here we have our hero running across a clothesline, a sense of purpose evident, but still moving with the grace and the skill that he possess. But what about this clothesline? When loyal reader wwayne brought this to my attention back in February he blew my mind with something I had overlooked: the clothes themselves collectively spell out the word Daredevil. Take a look for yourself: the shirt (which reminds me of something from Captain Planet and the Planeteers) has the symbol folded in just the right way so that it forms a D, the pants are blowing in the wind to form an A, the next pair of pants form an R, the shirt’s vertical stripes form an E, the sheet is creased to form a D, the next shirt’s stripes form another E, the upside-down jeans form a V, the socks form an I, and finally the purple pants are hung to form an L. It’s a really creative choice that a lot of people (myself included) would miss the first time through. That little Easter Egg alone would make the cover but then you have the excellent use of colours, the great perspective, the city in the background draped in shadows, and finally the title’s logo itself which is rendered in the same colour and placement as if it was the setting sun going down at the end of the day. It’s a wonderful effect that adds something special to an already special cover. With that said, Chris Samnee, 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-two showing against DC. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!