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 #316. It may be a cover that doesn’t really tell us anything about the contents of this issue but sometimes a cover can be great nonetheless. On this one we have our hero racing back and forth at super speed, a blur, a man in motion, a man who is clearly enjoying himself as is evident by the big smile across his face. It could be considered a pretty generic image but what makes it unique is the fact that the Flash is running so fast that he is actually interacting with the other elements of the cover. The DC logo has slid over, the Comics Code Authority and the box containing the issue number and price are hurtling and spinning about, and the very title of this book has merged with the blazing trial that follows the Flash in his wake. All in all, it sells the fact that he is indeed the Fastest Man Alive as he breaks the fourth wall and interacts with these objects much to our surprise while creating quite a kinetic cover indeed.
For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men #257. Now this is a woman who means business…and her business is deadly serious. Here we have in all her glory the woman formerly known as Psylocke but now brainwashed to be the villainous Lady Mandarin. Grasped in her arms is the victim of her latest attack, her former ally, Wolverine. We are not used to seeing Wolverine so helpless, so out of it, as he lays motionless on the floor, his eyes consisting of nothing more than a blank stare. Protruding from one of Lady Mandarin’s hands is a psychic blade which could hint at why Wolverine is how he is: if you can’t beat this man physically then attacking him mentally seems to be the method best used to defeat this seemingly undefeatable foe. I also love how her long cape flows off the page, how this central scene is highlighted by a spotlight, and the look on her face, so sinister, so intense, looking almost as if she is going to leap off the page and into our homes to dispatch her next target: us. It is a strong visual and one that not only hints at what is going to unfold but makes us wonder if the X-Men can bring Psylocke’s true identity back to the surface and rescue their old friend from the fate that has befallen her before she inflicts any more damage on our heroes. ________________________________________________________
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!