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 #57. If you are looking for a visually stunning and dynamic cover than you don’t have to look any further than this one right here. Green Arrow and fellow hero Black Lightning team-up to take on an unseen foe. Oliver leaps through the air, unleashing three arrows in quick succession as Black Lightning crackles with energy and actually commands bolts of lighting down from the heavens. I especially love how the artist represented the electricity and lighting bolts as pure white forces of nature, cutting through the cover itself and thusly standing out immensely as quite striking elements. Speaking of standing out, the two heroes pop off the page to a lesser extent due to the decision to render them in black and white to offset the coloured background. Continuing the mood that has been established is the dark and murky colours of said background with the blood-red sky in particular being a really exceptional sight to behold and the unique angle utilized creating an even greater visual interest. Add everything together with that fantastic promise of a “Shocking Conclusion” alongside the mystery of whom they are squaring off against and you get one splendid cover that is quite deserving of being called the best of the best.
For the Punisher, the title goes to: The Punisher Vol. 6 #17. This cover utilizes a terrific top down perspective to great effect. Standing in the centre, both of his weapons spent, is the victorious Punisher who is surveying the violence he has inflicted. Surrounding him are various dead bodies of the criminal lot whom he has just dispatched along with their guns and hundreds of spent shell casings littered about. The floor that this scene is taking place on has a white background with a giant red hammer and sickle which is an iconic imagery of Mother Russia. This floor not only clues us in on where in the world this violence is occurring but it also makes all the various elements stand out even more. Taking in this scene on full display really gets our anticipation levels rising as we can’t wait to tear open the issue and witness this epic gunfight for ourselves. In that regards this cover succeeds two-fold: it possesses an eye-catching visual and it succeeds in capturing our interest. That is why it is so deserving of the first place prize above all the others that came out this year.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!