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 Animal Man #24
Rafael Albuquerque certainly delivered one chilling cover this week to take the third place spot. The cover’s background is stark white, making the reds leap off of the page with intense vibrancy. Animal Man lies on the floor, desperately struggling to get back on his feet, the primal force know as the Red running through his veins, a force he and his daughter have a connection with. Why is he suffering you ask? Well not all is in right in the Red as is evident by the looming force behind him, a shadowy figure made of blood vessels and crimson, a figure that belongs to the vile villain known as Brother Blood who has invaded the Red with the sole aim (as the caption says) to create “a world ruled by Blood!” It’s a powerful image that makes us think all might be lost if Buddy Baker cannot rise up to the challenge which makes it all the more intriguing as well.
Second Place Wonder Woman #24
Cliff Chiang is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring the title character. Giant billowing clouds serve as the backdrop to a pastel-coloured background. Wonder Woman looks resplendent, her hair and fleecy cape blowing in the wind, and a sword in one hand raised to the heavens which even obscures some of the title itself. The horse she is riding on is not of the cute variety but instead looks quite menacing with its blood-red eyes and sinister grin. This would be a great scene in itself but then we gaze downwards at the ground the duo are marching on, a ground consisting of skulls and other bones, traces of blood found throughout, a literal mountain of the departed. I love the contrast between the serene and peaceful background against the absolutely horrific pile of death on display here. What does this mean for Wonder Woman after the tragic event that transpired last issue? Why are her eyes closed? Is she savoring what comes next or is she not wanting to face it? And do these pile of bones signify a new job title for her of the more war-type variety? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
First PlaceBatwoman #24
And here is the Cover of the Week by J.H. Williams III who wins this distinction for the mind-blowing eighth time. What a ride it has been as J.H. has dominated this category for the past year but alas it all comes to an end as this is his final cover for the series. The cover itself is split into four sections, divided right down the centre with a jagged line which creates visual interest while also showcasing the tension that is on display here. The top third of the cover resembles a classic Wild West showdown complete with flames rolling on through instead of the traditional tumbleweeds. The red silhouette of Batwoman stands to the far left with a black and red smoky background colour while across from her is the smoky-grey silhouette of Batman complete with a stark white background. These silhouettes go the extra mile though as their colouring effortlessly transitions into the scenes below which have traded positioning as now Batman is featured on the left and Batwoman is on the right. Batwoman’s red silhouette blends into Batwoman’s cape as Batman delivers a powerful shot to her jaw while Batman’s smoky silhouette mixes in with the background of the scene where Batwoman delves out a brutal shot to Batman’s jaw which actually draws blood from the Dark Knight. The reader is at a loss of whom to root for here in a battle that looks to be utterly visceral and epic. The raw emotion and energy that a fight between these two would create is captured beautifully with this cover, a talent that J.H. should be admired for. To think this is the end. No more wavy hair, no more fabulous transitions, no more flowing capes. This cover is a testament to the work that he has put into this series, work that unfortunately had to come to an end by outside forces. You are truly a legend in your field and I eagerly await the next series where your art is highlighted on the inside and on the outside. With that said, J.H. Williams III, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
So those are my favourites and it’s a victory for DC with a four-to-one showing against Marvel. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!