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 #121. This was a very difficult year for me to select just one Green Arrow cover though in the end this one emerged with the title. It is a cover that is both horrifying and creepy at the same time, a cover that uses shadows to great effect, and a cover that truly challenges us to unlock more about its mysteries. Here we have Connor Hawke descending some steps down into a pool of blood, skeletal remains bobbing to the surface, hot steam emanating from it almost like it is a twisted version of a hot tub. In the background, the Green Arrow title, bends and twists to conform to the circular steps, all the while ominous blood spatters are splashed across it, leading down to the horrific whirlpool of death. The colouring is exemplary as the reds and the shadows play off of our hero creating a truly terrific and haunting shot as he makes his way though the liquid carnage. What is this place? Who do those skeletons belong to? And why in the world is Connor deciding to go into that bloody pool to begin with? Questions, questions, questions, and the only way we can discover the answers is run out and purchase the book, the hallmark of a truly griping cover indeed.
For the Punisher, the title goes to: The Punisher Vol. 3 #6. The Punisher stands at the ready, gun held high, arm outstretched to establish he is protecting this young women who is gripping it with both hands, scared at the oncoming threat. To the right we see this individual that evokes such terror, clouded in shadows, huge, muscular, wires popping out his head, and giant gun in his other hand. That caption sums this encounter up perfectly: “One man with a gun–VS. Firefox — Living Arsenal — Guess who wins.” Regardless of Frank Castle’s obvious underdog status, this does not deter him from going face-to-face with this foe, to put his life on the line to protect this woman all while showcasing not an air of trepidation but an aura of intensity and defiance. Getting one look at this cover and we are guaranteed that its contents are going to contain one hell of a fight which only makes us want to pick up the issue for ourselves even more.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!