Marked By Blood, Two Worlds Clash, & Dancing Fever: Comic Book Covers of the Week 10/09/13

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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Fifth Placearkhamwar1Forever Evil: Arkham War #1
Cover Artist:
 Jason Fabok
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Fourth Place avengersarena16Avengers Arena #16
Cover Artist:
Francesco Francavilla
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Third Place fearlessdefenders10Fearless Defenders #10
Mark Brooks certainly delivered one fun cover this week to take the third place spot. This month, despite not capturing the first place crown that has been his for countless month, Brooks has produced another solid cover with this dance-themed movie poster tribute. Valkyrie, Misty Knight, and Dani Moonstar are dressed in their finest hip-hop attire as new character Ren Kimura twirls her steel ribbons around the trio, adding visual interest while showcasing some of her dancing talents that is the basis for this whole cover’s concept. The logo itself gets in on the action complete with glitter and neon glow while the entire book’s creative team is represented at the bottom similar to how it is down for the movie posters even going so far as using the same titles to describe each person’s job such as Director (Artist), Producer (Editor), Promotions (Cover Artist), Videographer (Colourist), and Best Boy (Letterer). Even the Rated T logo is similar in style to the movie rating system complete with the fabulous line “Some material may be too awesome for kids.” Overall, it is a fun, vibrant homage that during any other week would capture the top prize but it faced some real stiff competition…
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Second Place supermanwonderwoman1Superman/Wonder Woman #1
Tony S. Daniel 
is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, and all the notable allies and villains in their lives currently. Our two heroes are in the centre of the cover, rushing to meet head-on whatever action is in store for them as the Fortress of Solitude resides behind them. Off of the centre, residing on the cover’s left side are all the various Superman-centric characters (Bizarro, Brainiac, Darkseid, Metallo, Zod, Faora, H’El, Cat Grant, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Lex Luthor) while the right side belongs to the Wonder Woman-centric characters (Orion, Ares, the First Born, Hephaestus, Hera, Cheetah, Apollo, Lennox, Strife, Hippolyta, Hermes, and Zola). I could stare at this image for quite a while, taking in all the details, all the varied emotions, all the beauty, and truly get lost in it. This is certainly an epic first issue cover and one that is demanding to be made into a poster if I ever saw one. And I’d be the first in line to buy it as well!
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First Placebatgirl24Batgirl #24
And here is the Cover of the Week by Alex Garner who wins this distinction for the second time. The majority of the cover is drenched in reds, an ominous cover if there ever was one. Barbara Gordon kneels in the centre, cradling the deceased body of her brother in her arms, her eyes piercing into our very souls as a tear runs down her cheek. Instead of showing her in her Batgirl suit she is in plain street clothes due to her haven given up the identity because she feels she is not worthy of the mantle of the Bat. On her hoodie is blood which symbolizes the fact that her brother’s death is her fault. This blood emanates from the lifeless body until it puddles to form a bat symbol which pops off the page due to the white floor. Situated above her, blending in with the black and red background is the looming presence of her father, Commissioner James Gordon, gun drawn, letting loose a round as he pursues his son’s killer not knowing it is his very daughter. I love the aforementioned black and red background as they play off one another spectacularly and I love how as you get closer to Barbara you can make out blood droplets contained within. It is a tragic and haunting masterpiece that is ripe with emotion. If you saw this issue on the stands and did not know what was going on your mind would be racing with all sorts of questions. 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, Alex Garner, 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 DC with a three-to-two showing against Marvel. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

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