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 #326. You can tell how great a cover really is when you take away all the captions and still get a cover that not only looks awesome but manages to create question upon question without the sometimes unnecessary written teasers. With this image we get an extreme close-up of the Flash, his iconic logo resting behind the comic’s main title, a title that is uncharacteristically completely coloured in black which symbolizes that these are very dark times indeed for the Fastest Man Alive. We go from his symbol to his hands, cuffed together, a sight that not only starts out shocking but gets even more extreme as we sit and wonder. How on Earth could someone have been fast enough to handcuff the Flash? Why wouldn’t he just vibrate and free himself from these ineffective restraints? Upon closer examination we see the distinct letters C. P.D. which any devote Flash fan would recognize as the initials for the Central City Police Department. For those that hadn’t been following the events that were taking place in the series at the time, we wonder what could the Flash have possibly done to warrant his arrest? The one thing we do know is that it is not a false claim as he is not resisting. It is truly a conundrum for those of us unaware of what is transpiring and for those well-versed with the goings-on, it is simply the ramifications for the shocking act he committed against one of his legendary foes. How can the Flash hope to overcome this dire circumstance? And does he even feel he has the right to do so? This cover is true to the statement that a picture can be worth a thousand words.
For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men #275. It is the 275th issue and what better way to celebrate it then a Jim Lee gatefold masterpiece? In the middle section we have our team of X-Men with Wolverine and Psylocke front and centre, the other team members branching out to the left and right sides. All of the X-Men are fully coloured, all matched in their classic blue and gold costumes, looking as if they are going to leap off the page and into our homes. On the far left side we have the visages of the various characters that are currently in the Savage Land including Magneto and Rogue while on the far right side we have the more galactic characters from the Shi’ar Empire. These various characters which act as bookends to the central image are rendered in more muted tones so as not to pull focus from the main team and are coloured in such a way so that they appear uniform while still remaining visually pleasing. Overall this is simply a well executed and detailed piece of art that deserves to be called the best of the best and one that really doesn’t need any further explanation at all.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!