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 and Batgirl #21
Patrick Gleason certainly delivered one emotionally powerful cover this week to take the third place spot. The looming figure of Batgirl demands your attention as she metaphorically portrays the figure known as Lady Justice. Who is Lady Justice you ask? Lady Justice is the “allegorical personification of the moral force in judicial systems.” In her hands she balances the scales of truth and fairness while also being blindfolded which signifies her objectivity in rendering verdicts aka making impartial decisions. In this case, instead of balancing the scales of truth and fairness she is balancing the scales of life and death represented by small versions of Batman and Damian. Batman is desperately reaching out to grab his son, to bring him back from the dead but if he tips the scales too far one way he will join him in the afterlife because of his increasingly reckless decisions. I absolutely love the added effect on Damian where he has a soft glow around him which really gives off a ghostly appearance and another solid choice is the colouring on Batgirl which makes her have a stony appearance just like the aforementioned statue she is portraying. This cover tries to relate the fact the Batgirl will be the voice of reason, that she will help Batman get through his next stage of grief he will be going through in this issue, that being bargaining. Just like Lady Justice she will help render a verdict in an impartial manner and will try to stop the scales from dipping too far over. It’s a perfect cover that not only produces a great image but one that is ripe with symbolism.
Second Place Supergirl #21
Mahmud Asrar is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Supergirl. “Beware the wrath of the girl of steel” the cover warns us and it looks like they are dead on with that proclamation. Never before have I seen Supergirl depicted in such an angry and badass way. Something has royally pissed her off as evident by her confrontational pose and her red glowing eyes which show she’s primed to unleash some heat vision. Behind her resides a massive S-shield which is drawn in Supergirl’s trademark design but there is some cracking evident on it. Did Supergirl punch the wall in anger or was she thrown into it? Is she angry because of some sort of confrontation currently going on? Regardless of the answer, the cover just keeps getting better and better as we move down from the S-shield to the bottom half of the cover which is predominantly white. This lack of colour only makes the central image pop off the page even more. The various rocks strewn about the ground are rendered in red in a very stylized matter with one patch even blending into her cape and where the two elements meet they create a very visually interesting smoke-like effect. This has been the strongest cover of this entire series so far and as I look on the horizon this title may be featured on COTW many more times to come.
First PlaceWonder Woman #21
And here is the Cover of the Week by Cliff Chang who wins this distinction for the first time. That he hasn’t won this title before boggles my mind considering how much of a fan I am of his work but with his latest offering he finally emerges victorious. The caption on the cover reads “no escape!” and that is clearly the case for our trio of heroes. You can feel the struggle that Wonder Woman is going through trying to get away, encountering a force so powerful it is pulling her back so much so that her tiara is even flying off her head. In the top left corner is Orion who is spinning out of control backwards and in the bottom left corner is her mortal friend, Zola, who is absolutely freaked out at the danger behind them. What danger do I speak off? Well at the far back of the image is the terrifyingly powerful First Born, an evil look plastered on his face, surround by “Kirby Krackle” which is apropos considering Jack Kirby was the creator of the New Gods and these four find themselves in their favourite mode of transportation, the Boom Tube, a trans-dimensional portal. In fact, the use of the Boom Tube with its bright spiral circular design only adds to the drama and the visual grants us a sense of motion as if the cover is coming alive before our eyes. Will Wonder Woman emerge victorious after her first battle with this new foe? And where are they escaping to? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover. With that said, Cliff Chang, 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!