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 #137. The final issue of this series proper captures the top prize for me with an image that showcases the present while looking back at the past. On it we have Connor Hawke, crouched and ready to strike in a classic Green Arrow pose, pulling an arrow from his quiver, getting ready to launch a projectile in the name of justice. He is perched on the skylight of a building, the night sky taking on an appropriately enough wonderful greenish-blue hue as smoke rises from a nearby chimney. This is no ordinary smoke though as it twists and turns to form the visage of Oliver Queen in a rather nice moment. Is Oliver’s appearance signifying that he is always watching over his successor with pride, that this comic will feature a flashback involving him, or perhaps something more? Regardless, it is an excellent cover that also helps me bid adieu to Volume 2 of Green Arrow and look forward to Volume 3 in the process.
For the Punisher, the title goes to: The Punisher Vol. 3 #17. One look at this cover and we immediately recognize that it is a tribute to the Death of Superman cover (Superman #75). Like that cover we have a torn portion of our main character’s outfit blowing in the wind, acting like the proverbial white flag and a quasi tombstone. In the background we have various characters ranging from the more well-known (Spider-Man and Daredevil) to those more closely associated with this title, emotions on their faces ranging from shock to sadness. With the caption “War’s End” along with the homage and reactionary shots we are led to believe that our anti-hero meets his maker, that the Punisher has died in this issue. Is it telling us the truth or is it all one big swerve? The only way to discover the answer is to run out and buy the issue for ourselves, the hallmark of a truly excellent cover.________________________________________________________
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!