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 Green Arrow #25
Andrea Sorrentino certainly delivered one epic cover this week to take the third place spot. The Batman event known as Zero Year has invaded the pages of this very series which explains the mash-up of images we are witnessing unfold before our eyes. For those that are unaware, Zero Year is a flashback tale harkening back to six years earlier, when Batman was just getting his start in Gotham. At the same time, Oliver Queen had just secretly made his triumphant return to civilization. Due to the nature of the event, Green Arrow is depicted in his weathered and worn island look complete with bandages, wounds, tattered costume, and a full beard that his New 52 look has been lacking. He stands on a piece of natural grassy plains which is in direct contrast to the industrial buildings of Gotham springing up around him. It’s trying to get across the fact that Oliver is figuratively bringing his experiences from the island with him wherever he goes. The red-coloured sky above our hero is ominous as is the lack of life and light from the surrounding structures while the flock of bats flying overhead is the cherry on top of a simply excellent visual image.
Second Place Superman Unchained #4
Jim Lee is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Lex Luthor. Our eyes are instantly drawn onto the central figure, confident, looking smug, and calculating as if he knows something we don’t. He holds in his hands a paper figure of Superman, his hated rival, that he is positioning in the famous “up, up, and away” pose. Is this symbolic? Is Lex Luthor manipulating Superman behind the scenes whether it be directly or indirectly? It compels you to open the book up for the answer and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover. Not to be ignored however is the fantastic background behind him. Emblazoned on screen after screen are images of Superman and Wraith rendered in a truly unique glowing white style on blue which makes for some stunning imagery that just pops off the page. That the screens are on an interesting angle only makes them all the more captivating. A true masterpiece of a cover from a living legend himself.
First PlaceAction Comics #25
And here is the Cover of the Week by Aaron Kuder who wins this distinction for the very first time albeit if he keeps churning out covers like this it most certainly won’t be the last. The artistic skills on display here is the perfect example of transitioning and blending, combining the image of Superman with an oncoming storm that is about to hit Gotham City. Superman’s upper section including his head is positioned in the air, lightning highlighting him, billowing clouds forming in the night sky which is giving off the iconic blue that is associated with him. More clouds and a massive wave make up Superman’s shirt while also creating a horizontal visual line that sees the top of his S-Shield form off from. Eventually, the blues of the water give way to a foreboding red as we move towards the city, completing the visual impact and granting us the last of Superman’s trademark colours. The entire piece forms a breathtaking image overall, an image that instantly grabs your attention, and one that portrays Superman in a new light. With that said, Aaron Kuder, 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 the Independents. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!