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 Daredevil #33
Chris Samnee certainly delivered one stunning cover this week to take the third place spot. This issue is the continuation of the latest arc where Daredevil interacts with the Legion of Monsters. Just like the previous issue, the main title gets in on the horror-themed action by having the letters bleed and granting the “R” and the “D” with a devil horn each. This time the title is even more noticeable thanks to the black background which makes the entire image pop off page as well while helping with the foreboding tone that it is trying to achieve. Daredevil is shown uncharacteristically crying out for help as watches on helplessly as the various Monsters wrap him up like a mummy and thanks to the previous cover we can ascertain that the various hands belong to Zombie, Satana, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Living Mummy, and Werewolf By Night. That fact is clear but what isn’t is why they have turned on him. Why are they “mummifying” Daredevil? And how can he escape this seemingly impossible situation? 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 Batman and Two-Face #25
Patrick Gleason is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring the Dark Knight. It is a cover that predominantly limits itself to only two colours (red and black) but this limited colour scheme with a hint of white only makes the cover that much grander. Batman is masterfully clad in shadows which helps sells his larger-than-life persona, a persona that aims to strike terror into the hearts of criminals. Because of said darkness, we are unable to see any emotion from him with only his two piercing white eyes staring into our very souls. In his hand he thrusts onto the reader a coin…a coin that instead of featuring the familiar visage of Lady Liberty is adorned with the scarred side of Two-Face. The coin itself is splashed in blood along with nicks and the familiar scratches that are found on Two-Face’s trademark coin that he carries on his person to make his decisions with. That this coin is in such bad shape could signify that something really bad is going to happen either to Harvey Dent or Two-Face is going to inflict some serious violence onto someone in his life. It is a dark and haunting image that succeeds in creating a truly brilliant atmosphere thanks to its choice of colours and the shadows which play their parts to perfection.
First PlaceUncanny X-Men #14
And here is the Cover of the Week by Chris Bachalo who wins this distinction for the very first time. This month we do not get one central image but rather 25 mini-panels. On the cover is the relatively new character known as Morph who (if you can’t tell) can change his shape similar to Mystique and his star positioning on the cover is a big hint that something significant will occur with the character in this issue. Because of his shape changing powers we are treated to a brilliant display of transitions as he “morphs” from one character to another. The wide range of emotions on all his various impersonations and transitions are fantastic and combine to make a truly engaging cover, a cover that encourages you to focus in on every panel. I love that in the final two panels we see Cyclops come into view and shove him off the cover as if to say enough is enough for this glory hog. This moment combined with the simply fun concept make it stand out from the rest and I have to admit that it is an absolute shocker that Bachalo has not claimed first prize before this. With that said, Chris Bachalo, 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-two showing against DC. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!