Covers of the Week 06/26/13

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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Honorable MentionAvengers-Arena_11Avengers Arena #11
Cover Artist:
 Mike Del Mundo
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Fifth PlaceHawkeye_11Hawkeye #11
Cover Artist:
 David Aja
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Fourth Place Masks08Masks #8
Cover Artist: Paul Pope
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Third Place X-Men_2X-Men #2
Olivier Coipel 
certainly delivered one beautiful cover this week to take the third place spot. Jubilee stands front and centre, her eyes glancing to the side as if she is unsure of what she is doing, holding in her hands an “innocent” baby who is quietly sleeping away, not disturbed in the least by the action going on behind the two of them. And what of this action you say? Psylocke, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Storm, and Rachel Grey are doing battle with a giant tower of electronics, desperately trying to escape its clutches while looking for a solution of how to stop this “foe.” I also have to mention that I love the way that Storm’s electricity, Psylocke’s psi-blades, and the various monitors just pop off the page with the fantastic glow effect used here. For those that didn’t pick up the first issue, seeing this cover would immediately drag to the surface quite a few questions. Why is Jubilee holding a baby? Is it hers? Why are the various X-Women battling various forms of technology? What villain could command such an “army”? 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 Daredevil_27Daredevil #27
Chris Samnee is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Daredevil’s best friend, Foggy Nelson, who stands there timidly, looking extremely fragile and vulnerable. By looking at his posture you can immediately tell this is a man with a really
emotionally heavy burden weighing him down even without any prior knowledge of what he is going through currently in the series. Below his feet is a literal bullseye which symbolizes the fact that he is a target for the recently revealed mastermind behind all of Daredevil’s problems since issue #1, the master assassin Bullseye. The symbol cleverly makes up the upper portion of his mask and blends brilliantly into the long shadow of this iconic villain, the only thing breaking up the darkness being his cold white eye slits. This bullseye pattern also radiates away from the figure almost being reminiscent of Daredevil’s radar sense which is fitting since his archenemy has recently been trying to replicate that ability in others. The stylized depiction of the cover and the overall amazing design aesthetic mixed with the red, black, and white motif taken right from the series main title combine to create one memorable image indeed. You could even say…it hits the “bullseye” in its execution.  
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First PlaceBatman_Superman_1Batman/Superman #1
And here is the Cover of the Week by Jae Lee who wins this distinction for the third time. The hallmark of this series whenever we team up these two main characters is witnessing just how different they are. From their thought processes to their actions,
they are polar opposites whose common ground is the pursuit of justice. This discrepancy is brought to life on the cover in a week where any of my Top 3 could have taken the top prize but where this one has the slight edge. It starts off dark at the bottom, Batman covered in shadows, shadows that obscure his face and other features. His cape is drawn in a visually interesting way as he stands perched on top of some various creepy robotic heads with their arms stretching upwards almost as if they are trying to grab him and drag Batman further into the darkness. This vibe is something Batman strives to create in every encounter with the various criminals he faces so it’s apropos that it is on full display here. Whereas the bottom half of the cover belongs to Batman, the top half is reserved for the other star of this book, the Man of Steel himself. I love how the background colours lighten up as we drift towards Superman in a perfect example of transitioning done right. While Batman’s head is low embracing the gloominess of the here and now, Superman is lifting his head to the sky, looking optimistically to the future as he shreds through the grasps of some of the previously mentioned robots. From our heroes’ positioning, to the colouring, to the atmosphere itself, this cover is truly worthy of being called the best of the best as it balances the yin and yang elements here. With that said, Jae Lee, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
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So those are my favourites and it’s a victory for Marvel with a three-to-one-to-one showing against DC and the Independents, though DC did manage to snag the first place spot. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

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4 thoughts on “Covers of the Week 06/26/13

  1. http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/03/22/75-greatest-batman-covers-of-all-time-master-list/

    As chance would have it, both of us chose Detective Comics # 577 as the best cover of 1987. : )
    It didn’t happen the same thing for:
    – Detective Comics # 168 (that year you picked issue # 167 and I picked issue # 178);
    – Detective Comics # 359 and 367 (that year you picked issue # 366 and I picked issue # 360);
    – Detective Comics # (you picked issue # 403 and I picked issue # 400).
    That makes me think that these covers have been overrated.
    What do you think about the other choices?

  2. http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/03/22/75-greatest-batman-covers-of-all-time-master-list/

    As chance would have it, both of us chose Detective Comics # 577 as the best cover of 1987. : )
    It didn’t happen the same thing for:
    – Detective Comics # 168 (that year you picked issue # 167 and I picked issue # 178);
    – Detective Comics # 359 and 367 (that year you picked issue # 366 and I picked issue # 360);
    – Detective Comics # 398 (you picked issue # 403 and I picked issue # 400).
    That makes me think that these covers have been overrated.
    What do you think about the other choices?

    • “What do you think about the other choices?”
      I’m not a big fan of Swamp Thing #7 or The Untold Legend of Batman #3 but otherwise its an alright start. These types of lists are always going to cause debate. Would I have listed the majority of them as the Top 75 ever? No. I’ll wait and see how we fair when the rest of the list is released. Thanks for sharing!

      • “Would I have listed the majority of them as the Top 75 ever? No.” I agree. I think that only two of them would have been chosen by at least 51 fans out of 100: Detective Comics # 400 and Detective Comics # 577.

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