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 Red Lanterns #25
Alessandro Vitti certainly delivered one ominous cover this week to take the third place spot. For those that are unaware, Guy Gardner was made into a Red Lantern a few months back and this series is now his starring vehicle. It’s appropriate then that he is front and centre, looking filled with rage as blood oozes out of his eyes and mouth in a rather terrifying scene. The terrific backdrop behind him with energy whipping around in outer space just adds that something special to the overall image. Instead of showcasing the regular old Red Lantern symbol though, the artist made the creative design of having the dripping blood form the symbol on a glowing white and red globe of the Earth that Guy is holding in his hands. Besides looking cool, Guy holding the Earth actually has meaning for those that have been following this series as the Green Lanterns have ceded the sector of 2814 (which Earth resides in) to the Red Lanterns as reward for helping them during the “Lights Out” crossover. This fact is reinforced by the tagline: “We are your new protectors…so no Green Lanterns allowed!” For those that haven’t been following the series, it makes for a really compelling cover that raises a whole lot of questions and for those that have they have just as many. How will the Red Lanterns interact with Earth? And how will they get along with the planet’s heroes? 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 Hawkeye #14
David Aja is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Kate Bishop. This cover is the companion piece to the previous issue which featured Clint Barton. It keeps the white background and red and yellow hexagon shapes while staring this incomparable female archer. Also co-starring on the cover is everyone’s’ favourite animal, Lucky aka Pizza Dog. He can be seen twice: contained in one of the yellow panels and in silhouette form with Kate and a cat in the upper left corner as they walk towards their proverbial new life. Where are they making this new life you ask? Well the cover spells it out for us with the caption “L.A. Woman” and the various palm trees add some local flavor. Of course a Hawkeye cover would not be complete without some bullseyes and those are found in abundance with one even standing in for the sun in the aforementioned silhouette scene. While the image limits itself with its colour choices, the one thing that is not lacking is its visually interesting and downright beautiful arrangement. Aja does it again. Did we really ever have any doubt?
First PlaceSuperior Spider-Man #22
And here is the Cover of the Week by Humberto Ramos who wins this distinction for the very first time. “Darkest Hours” has descended on this series and the first chapter of the event provides us with one hell of a cover. The Superior Spider-Man is positioned similar to how you would find a dead body in a chalk outline which doesn’t bode well for what is about to transpire, about who is coming into his life. This individual’s identity is emblazoned on the cover as behind our hero is the trademark symbol of Venom who has basically taken over the cover and consumed the entire background. This black and white cover crackles with energetic lines which succeeds in grabbing our attention, grants us the illusion of motion which adds life to the image, and also causes the prone figure of the Superior Spider-Man to pop off the page. This is truly the way to kick something off: produce a quality cover that captures our imaginations and looks just plain cool while hinting at what is about to unfold. With that said, Humberto Ramos, 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!