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 Wolverine and the X-Men #31
Nick Bradshaw certainly delivered one stellar cover this week to take the third place spot. It was a tightly fought battle for this spot but what put this cover over the edge was its history. You see this image is an homage to the series’ very first cover, albeit with a more villainous slant. Need a refresher? Check out Issue #1’s Cover HERE. Now that you’ve done that, you can see where I’m coming from. On the original, the background was a simple red colour which helped make the blue-colored Bamfs standout whereas on this one it’s the reverse for the two elements with the Bamfs being more mischievous/sinister as well. Just as Wolverine was positioned front and centre on the original as the founder, this one features this school’s founder, Kade Kilgore, who holds a burning mask of Wolverine’s proudly in the air. Standing next to Kade is Sauron, just as Beast was standing next to Wolverine on Issue #1. I love the added touch of Sauron trying to wear the same goggles that Beast wore on the original as well. Taking Kitty Pryde’s spot on the new cover is her female counterpart as Headmistress of the Hellfire Academy, the always dangerous Mystique. Finally, just like Issue #1, standing in between the leaders of the school is a group of students including one that appeared on both covers (Broo who is extremely more menacing), Quentin Quire, and Infestation. The callback to the original is apropos considering this issue focuses on the twisted version of the Jean Grey Academy, a quote unquote super villain school, and is merely a prelude to the excellent story held within.
Second Place Suicide Squad #21
Jason Trent Pearson is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring everyone’s favourite bad girl, Harley Quinn. “Meet the new warden of Belle Reve–Harley Quinn” reads the caption and with that tease setting us up we are off and running. The star of the cover is at her most sexiest with a maniacal grin plastered across her face, wearing what we only presume is the warden’s hat, playfully twirling the keys to the cells with joy, and positioned in such a laid back stance that you immediately get that she is in confidently in charge. But who are her prisoners of choice? Why it’s her (former?) boss Amanda Waller who has presumably lost all control and new addition to the Suicide Squad, James Gordon Jr. With the central hub of the Squad imprisoned it sure looks like the inmates, or at least Harley, are certainly running the asylum. From the grim and gritty colouring utilized to the splattering of blood on the walls and the cell door, together they succeed in creating one foreboding atmosphere for what already is a pretty foreboding location. The emotions depicted on the characters’ faces though are what really propel the cover over the top with Harley’s ecstatic visage, Waller’s furious piercing stare, and Gordon with his devilish smile who is simply loving what has transpired apparently. Why is that I wonder? And just how did Harley get to be in charge? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
First PlaceBatgirl #21
And here is the Cover of the Week by Alex Garner who wins this distinction for the first time. The use of shadows and lighting is expertly on display with this cover’s image as Batgirl is depicted in a rather precarious position at the mercy of new villainess the Ventriloquist and her dummy companion. The implementation of said shadows shrouding the Ventriloquist’s face really gives off a creepy vibe to the character and makes her all the more evil as she emerges from the dark, her scraggly hair obscuring her features as well. Not being able to see her eyes makes her seem even less human and is only compounded by having her covered in blood from an earlier kill or possibly kills. On the flip side, we can clearly see Batgirl’s eyes, bugged out in terror as she faces down a hopeless situation, a knife to her throat. I’d be remiss not to mention the dummy itself, floating in the air, drawing a heart made of blood on the cheek of our heroine in a rather disturbing scene. Is he in love with her or merely infatuated with the idea of ending her life? Finally, the colouring of the background, the lack of details, and the darkness creeping in really adds to the tense drama and sinister vibe this whole cover reaches in spades. With that said, Alex Garner, 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 Marvel. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!