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 Green Lantern #21
Billy Tan certainly delivered one stunning cover this week to take the third place spot. Hal Jordan stands before his fellow members of the Green Lantern Corps, taking a position of leadership before them. He’s obviously just given a resounding speech/rallying cry as his fellow Corpsmen are all raising their fists in agreement with a display of unity and respect. It’s also a great shot as the reader gets a small sampling of all the various races that make up the Corps by show of the various hands, tentacles, and claws being raised. With the others backing him up, Hal has a very stoic and reflective look on his face as he stares at his ring, his lantern in his other hand, almost as if he is processing the added emotional burden of what being a leader truly brings. Last but not least, is the giant power battery behind him which not only frames his figure but gives off a superbly coloured green glow in a shot that makes Hal look all the more grandiose. Beware their power, indeed!
Second Place Iron Man #11
Greg Land is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Tony Stark who is at an extremely young age. In fact, he’s not even born yet. The cover clearly depicts the baby’s sonogram with its black and white colouring and its grainy look. Now seeing a baby’s sonogram would be nothing too spectacular, save for the look of joy on the parents’ faces, but this is not any ordinary sonogram. The picture is labeled Stark001 as if to say that this is their first attempt at creating life, that perhaps if this experiment fails there will be more. But what about the other info on the photo? Genetic clock: primed? Temporal units? And what about the various technological devices and cables hooked up to baby Stark? All these elements prove that his birth is anything but normal, that this truly is “the secret origin of Tony Stark”, an origin we could never have guessed. I’d be remiss not to mention the spectral image of Iron Man’s helmet in the background, a mere hint at the heroic legacy that this baby will forge much later on in his life. This cover, let alone this entire story arc rests on creating new questions that we never even dreamed to ask. It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
First PlaceFearless Defenders #5
And here is the Cover of the Week by Mark Brooks who wins this distinction for the second time. Month after month he creates imaginative cover after imaginative cover and this one is perhaps his best one yet on this young series. The whole cover pays homage to the fighting genre of video games, in particular the series known as Street Fighter. From the beautifully drawn background image being reminiscent of a stage featured in the game to the font and colouring of the word “Fight” being identical to Street Fighter to the fighter select grid, this cover is a love letter to the franchise. And what about our fighters? From left to right we’ve got: Misty Knight, Hippolyta, Thundra, Tigra, Storm, Black Cat, Valkyrie, Colleen Wing, Black Widow, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman, Elektra, Carol Danvers, Tarantula, Hellcat, and Dani Moonstar. What is more impressive is that all of the women featured on the character select screen are actually in this issue and the whole concept of choosing your fighters is apropos considering that is what Valkyrie’s mission is in the series: to select a team of Shield Maidens to combat the forces of evil. In this instance, Player 1 has selected Valkyrie and Player 2 has selected She-Hulk, both heroic ladies posed in iconic fighting stances, ready to do battle in a classic video game matchup. It’s a perfect translation of a video game to the comic page and a visually stunning, highly detailed effort from a man that continues to astound. With that said, Mark Brooks, 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!