My Favourite Covers
Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?
For Green Arrow, the crown goes to: Green Arrow Vol. 2 #93. A dynamic cover featuring our three heroes engaging in battle. Oliver Queen is front and centre, ready to unleash an arrow straight off the cover and into our living rooms. He is dressed in more street-level clothes, something that he has chosen to do recently and will continue to do until his ultimate departure from his own title. Behind him to the right is Connor Hawke who is dressed in the more traditional Green Arrow outfit, leaping in the air while remaining steady with his shot. Finally there is Eddie Fyers, a man whose weapons of choice are firearms instead of bow and arrows. He’s unleashing a hailstorm of bullets while being highlighted by not only the muzzle fire from his guns but by a column of light that is breaking through the darkness in a shot that is very reminiscent of something you would find in the Punisher series. Terrific poses plus an excellent use of shadows and lighting equate to this cover being at the top of the heap this year, a year that would also mark the end of Oliver Queen and the spotlight being placed on his successor.
For the Punisher, the title goes to: The Punisher Vol. 2 #87. A terrifically coloured and stylized image that grabs our attention immediately and won’t let go. The Punisher is caught on live television as he discharges his weapons in public. The sheer force of violence on display is so powerful that the television set itself is exploding, marred by countless bullet holes as if it was the intended target. As the screen gives way, we glimpse the scene at an unusual angle, an angle that is off kilter and brings to light something off kilter in its own right: why is the Punisher wearing a mask? Sure it makes for a terrific visual but is there a deeper reason? And why is Frank Castle being so careless as to be caught on national television? Unless…he’s being framed by another? Regardless of the answer, we are treated to one kinetic cover that is all the better by limiting its colour palette while gifting us a truly marvelous image to gawk at.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!