It is time for the best covers from the week that was. A quick reminder: only comics that I personally have purchased qualify for this piece. If a title contains more than one cover, only the one I own is taken into consideration. Now without further ado:
Third Place Black Widow #9
Phil Noto certainly delivered one stunning cover this week to take the third place spot. This image is the perfect mash-up between two franchises as the Punisher crosses over with Black Widow. This being her solo title, Black Widow takes prominence with the Punisher’s involvement being represented by his iconic logo which the artist has cleverly turned into a chair for Natasha to sit on. Our heroine sits confidently on her skull throne, a massive gun raised at her side. The background, while it may appear simple, is a rather lovely textured piece of painted work. It is a terrific image that gets fans of Black Widow and fans of the Punisher psyched to see these two meet once again.
Second Place Detective Comics #34
Francis Manapul is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring the Dark Knight himself. A gorgeous piece of art from Mr. Manapul is not a shocking revelation but this one takes a common pose and puts a twist on it. Batman perching on a gargoyle is a frequent sight but what this cover does is takes the gargoyle from off of a towering building and places this destroyed piece of art on the snow-covered ground. Various pieces of devastation can be seen strew about from pieces of the gargoyle to the battered and worn “You’re now leaving GOTHAM CITY, Safe Journey” sign. Residing in the background is a massive explosion going off, the force of its power radiating outwards and causing the various telephone poles to be showcased as lovely silhouetted structures. Taking a look at Batman’s cape we can see that it is worse for wear, completely in tatters and virtually all gone. We are used to seeing his cape breeze in the wind but by displaying his cape in such a sad state it gives a rather ominous tone to the cover. Batman being Batman though is unfazed by what is transpiring around him, looking rather stoic and defiant on a cover that also uses a limited colouring scheme to great effect.
First PlaceBatman Eternal #18
And here is the Cover of the Week by Alex Garner who wins this distinction for the third time. This image is a master class lesson in the use of shadows and colouring, a perfect example of establishing a mood and running with it. Here we have Batman and Jason Bard teaming up to presumably investigate the dead body lying in the water. Peering through the foggy mist that is enveloping the entire scene and combining it with the water leads us to the conclusion that this event is playing out underneath the streets of Gotham in the sewer system. This fact is solidified by who is behind the dynamic duo: the villainous Killer Croc. I love how the light from Bard’s flashlight shines on Croc and creates that horror movie vibe that this cover has achieved in spades. The appearance of this hulking beast leads us to the belief that this unknown gentleman may have been killed by him and that Batman and Bard are next on his hit list. Or is there more than meets the eye here? It compels you to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover. With that said, Alex Garner, I award you the first place crown this week. Congratulations!
So those are my favourites and it’s a four-to-one victory for DC over Marvel. What’s your personal favourite covers from the week that was? Comment below!