My Favourite Covers
Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?
For Flash, the crown goes to: The Flash #303. The cover proclaims “the terrible Top–back from the dead to battle the Flash” and that is exactly what is taking place albeit with a twist. Our hero races onto the scene only to witness his father dressed in the former criminal’s iconic costume, the Golden Glider standing by his side. The spectral form of the deceased Top states: “You took my life Flash! Now I’ll take your father’s…it’s only fair!” as Barry’s father raises a loaded gun to his head, ready to commit the heinous deed. Besides the shocking visual this cover succeeds in creating quite a few questions. How did the Top learn the Flash’s secret identity? How did he possess Barry’s father’s body? And how can Flash hope to overcome this situation and bring his father back? We have to run out and plunk our heard earned 60 cents to discover the answers to those very questions for ourselves!
For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men #251. A moody, dramatic, and chilling image captures the first place crown for me. The central image features Wolverine affixed to a crucifix in the shape of a giant X while lying at his feet are numerous skulls implying that Wolverine’s fate may very well be the same as these poor unfortunate souls. This scene alone would be a worthy cover but it is the use of colouring, the implementation of the pouring rain, the bird circling overhead ready to eat the flesh off the soon to be deceased victim, and the billowing smoke that takes this cover over the top and really sells the situation we are seeing play out before our eyes. Obscuring our hero in shadows is the final cherry on top, causing us to be unable to read his emotions while also staying true to the statement that less is more as not seeing the details of how he is affixed to the X leads our imaginations to come up with something far more impactful than a simple visual could hope to accomplish. ________________________________________________________
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!