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. 3 #11. Facing off against some stiff competition, this cover manages to emerge victorious despite the fact that it tells us nothing about the issue’s contents. There are quite a few elements on this cover that ensures its victory. First up is the classic pose of Green Arrow, his bow drawn back, taking aim, ready to unleash his arrow with pinpoint precision at his intended target. The second element I love is the building that our Emerald Archer is perched on. Not only does it have an appropriately coloured green hue to it but the main title becomes one with the building, taking on a brick design to further sell the merger. Last but not least is the background from the absolutely beautiful blood-red sky to the various buildings in the background. Yes, this cover has it all indeed.
For the Punisher, the title goes to: The Punisher Vol. 4 #12. The last cover of the fourth volume stands out to me as being the best overall, a cover that is three panel masterpiece. In the middle section we have everyone’s favourite anti-hero, swathed in shadows, his guns drawn although it appears that he is releasing his grasp on one. Why is that? Is the Punisher outnumbered? No, that wouldn’t stop him. Perhaps an innocent is in jeopardy and the only way to ensure his or her safety is for the Punisher to surrender? Before we can dwell on that for too long we are once again taken by the image as we admire the two other panels that act like bookends. Each panel contains a lone skull though it is the bottom skull that really grabs me, a skull that is split down the middle, one side blackish-blue while the other is white. It is very reminiscent of a Ying-Yang symbol. Is it simply a creative choice or does it contain a deeper meaning? Does it signify the external struggle that is going to take place between good and evil in this issue’s pages or maybe does it signify the internal conflict inside Frank Castle himself, a desperate attempt to keep his light and dark emotions in balance, walking that fine line between hero and villain?________________________________________________________
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!