A Fond Farewell, Bats In The Belfry, & The Golden Archer: Comic Book Covers of the Week 12/04/13

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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Honorable Mentiontmntvillainmicro8TMNT Villain Micro-Series #8
Cover Artist: Tyler Walpole
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Fifth Placeyoungavengers13Young Avengers #13
Cover Artist:
 Jamie McKelvie
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Fourth Place guardiansofthegalaxy9Guardians of the Galaxy #9
Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla
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Third Place greenarrow26Green Arrow #26
Andrea Sorrentino certainly delivered one epic cover this week to take the third place spot. This issue marks the first issue of this series’ latest arc “The Outsiders War” and what a debut cover it is. The cover uses golds, yellows, and whites to achieve an absolutely stunning effect. In the background we can make out various foliage and plant life which, together with the subtitle “return to the island”, clearly paints a picture of where we are headed. I love how the artist portrayed the various rays of light breaking through the canopy and bathing Green Arrow and his surroundings. Pictured in front of our hero is a relatively new character by the name of Golgotha who is the leader of the Spear Clan. He appears appropriately menacing and mysterious and I love how the overall character is formed by use of negative space which makes him visually pop off the cover even more. Directly below Golgotha is the finishing touch of the cover by presenting us with the Spear Clan’s logo and its principles of control, persuasion, and endurance. All these various elements equals to one hell of a cover that simply hits the bullseye with its execution.
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Second Place detectivecomics26Detective Comics #26
Jason Fabok 
is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring Batman…albeit a Batman who is not in the best of shape. What we have unfolding before our very eyes is the Dark Knight himself reduced to a skeleton, his flesh torn away, his jaw gaping wide as if he was screaming out in pain in response to the fate that has befallen him. Two of his attackers are still finishing off the last morsels from his corpse, two bats who look to have blended in with the shape of his cape. They are sinking their fangs into him, blood guzzling around their mouths, splashed on their wings, and speckling his costume. Framing this horrific scene are the silhouettes from a swarm of bats which succeeds in drawing our eyes to the central image. Finally, in the background, rays of light permeate through the darkness, expertly highlighting the fact that there are even more bats flying around, once again represented by silhouettes. Is Batman really going to be devoured by his namesakes? How is this even possible? Or does it merely represent the potential fate, the danger he will be facing? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.
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First Placefearlessdefenders12Fearless Defenders #12
And here is the Cover of the Week by Mark Brooks who wins this distinction for the seventh time. This Week also marks the final issue of this series and sadly the last cover that Mark Brooks will ever make for it. Since Fearless Defenders’ inception he has astounded us every month and routinely found himself a prominent fixture on my Covers of the Week feature due to his creative and outside-the-box covers. His final cover is an homage to romance novel covers as we get the helpless, lovesick damsel represented by Valkyrie who is being held in the arms of her “suitor”, Annabelle Riggs. Their postures, facial emotions, and the way Valkyrie’s strap on her dress is sliding down her shoulder while Annabelle’s shirt is coming unbuttoned hits all the classic and clichéd story beats that is associated with the genre. Even the title itself has gotten in on the action with a more dramatic and classic font. Besides the two characters, the rest of the background provides the appropriate ambience including the bed of flowers that they are kneeling in, the warm and pleasant rays of the sun breaking through, and the way the trees are portrayed as yellow and orange silhouettes. For those that have been following this series they get the added benefit of knowing these two characters and can’t help but be amused at the role reversal as in actuality the warrior Valkyrie is the more “male” figure of their complicated relationship while Annabelle was for the majority of the series the lovesick damsel. This twist is nothing short of brilliance as it clearly gets across how much they have grown and changed over the course of the series and I can think of no finer an image to end with. I look forward to which series that Mark Brooks lends his talents to next after completely dominating this category for so long. With that said, Mark Brooks, 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 Marvel with a three-to-two showing against DC. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!

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One thought on “A Fond Farewell, Bats In The Belfry, & The Golden Archer: Comic Book Covers of the Week 12/04/13

  1. Wow great choices for cover of the week, great top 3, The Fearless Defenders is a brilliant cover, also really like Detective #26 and Green Arrow #26. There has been some brilliant covers these last few weeks, must be tough choosing between them.

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