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 Guardians of the Galaxy #8
Francesco Francavilla certainly delivered one dynamic cover this week to take the third place spot. The thing I love most about this cover is its use of angles, showcasing the team in a unique point-of-view almost as if the reader has been knocked to the ground and the Guardians are looking down upon us, guns drawn, ready to put a stop to us if anything gets out of hand. Even the main title is getting in on the action as it fights to get a look, positioned at a slant. The five of them are bathed in an unusual purple and pink light which not only looks cool but acts as a unifying element for the team as a whole. The decision to make the background just a solid blue colour is the final touch in helping sell this cover by causing the Guardians to really pop off the page. It is an image that hints at what type of awesome interior art we can look forward to seeing when we turn the page and begin our journey.
Second Place Nightwing Annual #1
Tony S. Daniel is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Nightwing and Batgirl. Situated in the foreground are our two heroes, albeit Batgirl is dressed in her civilian clothes while looking not very happy as Nightwing sullenly looks on, not knowing whether he should comfort her or give her some space. The two of them are perched on a classic piece of Gotham architecture but what is really intriguing is the unlit Bat-Signal to the left of them which could hint that perhaps Batman is not there to answer the call but rather the fate of Gotham rests on their shoulders. This image alone would be fantastic and worthy of being in my Top 3 but then there is the even grander background to make it downright amazing. Behind the two resides the images of them in their early years: Dick Grayson as Robin and Barbara Gordon in her original Batgirl costume. That this image is looming in the background tells us that this issue, besides featuring some kind of flashback, will delve into their complicated past. That scene is only exemplified by the beautifully rendered full moon, night sky, and billowing clouds that are coloured to perfection and give the cover an overall astounding look.
First PlaceSuperior Spider-Man #20
And here is the Cover of the Week by Giuseppe Camuncoli who wins this distinction for the very first time. Romance is in the air this week with a hint of intrigue and danger. All the classic tropes are there from the full moon in the background to the various romantic candles adorning the roof to the bottle of champagne complete with two poured glasses. Black Cat and Spider-Man have had a long and storied history with one another and it shows as Black Cat seductively brings herself closer to Spider-Man…but all is not as it appears to be. While Spider-Man seems to be lowering his guard that is not the case as this is not Peter Parker but Otto Octavius and thusly the ominous unsheathing of his robotic legs curling towards Felicia Hardy could spell out that this romantic interlude is not going to come to fruition. How will theses two get along? Will sparks fly with this new Spider-Man? Or is Black Cat in a whole heap of trouble? 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, Giuseppe Camuncoli, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
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. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!