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 Detective Comics #23
Jason Fabok certainly delivered one dramatic cover this week to take the third place spot. “The Dark Knight dethroned…by the Wrath.” That caption is all the set-up we need for the visual delight that is about to unfold before our very eyes. Batman lies defeated at the feet of his new foe the Wrath but what could have been an image that was rather run-of-the-mill is avoided brilliantly by the creative choice of depicting the two characters as giants, their battle taking place amongst the buildings of Gotham City in a fight scene that is very reminiscent of something you’d see out of a Godzilla movie. It’s apropos considering the winner of this conflict will figuratively rule all of Gotham and it appears that the winner may in fact be the Wrath who is exuding confidence as he takes his seat on his “throne” which is actually made up of the very buildings of Gotham itself, the tops of two structures being used as his arm rests. Surrounding the two of them is a city erupting in fire and smoke, the warm colours lighting up the cityscape and providing for a very haunting and ominous background with the sky itself rendered beautifully as well. The smoke billowing upwards, the flow of the colours, and the use of shadows to perfection provides us with yet another stunning image to go along with a few questions. How did the Wrath defeat Batman? Can Batman hope to overcome his mirror image? And just how much destruction will the Wrath leave in his quest for control? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
Second Place Deadpool Kills Deadpool #2
Mike Del Mundo is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring not one but two Deadpools. As if the title wasn’t a big enough clue, the whole point of this series is seeing Deadpool take on Deadpool and that is exactly what we are getting with this cover. Chef Deadpool has erected a chimichanga stand, Deadpool’s food of choice, and as added bait has made everything absolutely FREE. Unsuspecting Deadpool #2 has taken Chef Deadpool up on his offer and is chowing down on a chimichanga, not realizing that there is a secret added ingredient: a lit stick of dynamite. At least Chef Deadpool was upfront about his chimichangas’ contents for if you take a glance at the lower portion of the chimichanga stand the listed ingredients include dynamite and the drawing on the stand of Chef Deadpool winking while holding a plate of chimichangas has one already lit as well. Deadpool #2 is oblivious to this fact as all his eyes see are the words chimichanga and FREE, something that is stressed not once, not twice, but three times on the stand. Besides the humorous and well-drawn scene taking place, what I really appreciate is the added details. We have a Pac-Man inspired Deadpool gobbling up chimichangas instead of power pellets, the ketchup bottle resembles Deadpool’s mask, and the little caricature of Chef Deadpool on his shoulder is complete with a mustache because you apparently can’t call yourself a great chimichanga cook unless you have a mustache, at least that is what Deadpool thinks. With that said, it is a simply a stunning image that sells the concept and makes me think I’ll never get to do another review with the word chimichanga used so much times ever again…CHIMICHANGA!
First PlaceEarth 2 #15
And here is the Cover of the Week by Juan Doe who wins this distinction for the second time. This cover is a thematic continuation from last month’s offering with the main difference being that while the first one highlighted our three heroes this one showcases three of our vile villains: Brutaal, Bedlam, and Beguiler. These characters are shown in the form of a propaganda poster, like the previous cover, but instead of encouraging us to join the “war” this one is demanding that we “submit.” The repetition of this poster over and over again works brilliantly as constantly demanding for our submission actually weakness our resolve emotionally and intimidates all those that see this with its overwhelming display of a totalitarian regime. What is even more intimidating though is the sight of blood on the main poster which clearly gets across the point that this is a trio you definitely don’t want to mess with. This cover, like the one before, takes place within a prison complete with barbwire on top but unlike issue #14 it poses an added barbwire motif front and centre in white which does well to frame the image. The greyish color of the sky from issue #14 is replaced by a darker, blood-red sky lit by searchlights which helps add to the overall tone they are looking to create. Juan Doe is two for two with his propaganda posters and if he continues with this route, slighting tweaking the visuals and the themes, he could potentially walk away with this award each and every week an issue sees release. With that said, Juan Doe, 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!