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 #40. Now this year was truly a difficult choice with me wrestling back and forth between a trio of covers. In the end this one emerged victorious, a cover starring Black Canary in what some may call a simple cover but one that is quite impactful. The caption is “Bye Bye Birdy” which is the perfect setup for what is transpiring within as the Black Canary-Green Arrow relationship comes to an end. On the cover we have the woman whom Green Arrow affectionately calls “Pretty Bird” and the way the artist has drawn her is simply beautiful with the way her hair is blowing in the wind being a personal highlight. Looking at the expression on her face you can tell she is mad and her symbolically snapping an arrow viciously in front of her only helps sell Black Canary’s anger. Things are obviously ending badly, a fact that even if you didn’t know what was going on in the issue you can instantly recognize with a glance. Looking at it we wonder what has caused this breakup, what could drive them apart, and will they ever get back together? Along with those questions, this visual masterpiece stands out as nothing short of brilliant as Black Canary walks out on Green Arrow with style.
For the Punisher, the title goes to: The Punisher Vol. 5 #22. From the moment I saw this cover I knew without a shadow of a doubt that it would claim my first place prize. It is a prototypical shot of everyone’s favourite anti-hero, his eyes covered in shadows, one gun hanging at his side, another being pulled from underneath his jacket. The Punisher is ready to leap into action, ready to gun down his intended target or targets in the pursuit of justice. Behind him is a massive drawing of his iconic logo, the entire background drenched in red which signifies danger and violence. The real standout element of the cover though is the numerous words that are splashed all about, words that are shown using different fonts and at varying sizes. We become absorbed by the cover as we try to take in everything on it, wondering if they hint at the issue’s contents while also recognizing that they are pitch perfect descriptions of Frank Castle himself. “War, Gun, Revenge, Murder, Death, Punishment, Injustice, Martyr, Driven, Kill.” These are but a sampling of the words on display. This cover is not only gorgeous but demands your undivided attention in order to discover all its nooks and crannies, a cover that you can get lost in, and a cover that is simply the best of the best.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!