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 Vol. 2 #139. Even the Fastest Man Alive can’t make it in time to save everyone. That is the concept of this shocking cover though the person the Flash is failing is not just anyone but rather the love of his life, Linda Park. In the foreground we see Linda being struck by a strange-coloured bolt of blue lightning, her entire body surging with energy. I love the artistic choice of rendering her in black and white which not only causes her to pop off the page next to the other colourful elements but also helps sell the fact that she has been struck down dead as all the colour drains from her. Running towards Linda is the Flash, his arms outstretched as he tries to reach her, tries to move faster to no avail. Above him we get a close up view of his shocked reaction as he watches the woman he loves perish before his eyes. The overall colouring utilized creates a real gritty and sombre tone while the surrounding scenery is detailed but not distracting either. It is an image that gets us excited about the issue as we wonder if this event is truly going to pass. Would they really kill Linda Park? Regardless of the answer, this dramatic yet beautiful image is the clearcut winner next to some real stiff competition.
For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men #465. This cover is wonderful due to a multitude of aspects. The use of lighting and shadows is brilliant with the glow from the neon Uncanny X-Men logo being the real standout element that instantly demands our attention. Surrounding the logo we have three characters ranging from a poised to strike Captain Britain, the alternate dimension heroine Nocturne, and the imposing Juggernaut. Juggernaut himself looks like he has been through a real battle, his outfit worn and his helmet appearing cracked. That something or someone could cause this much damage really gets our minds racing as we try to figure out what or who could possibly have inflicted it. The sight of Nocturne on the cover works on two levels: those who are familiar with her from the Exiles instantly get excited to see her featured so prominently on a mainstream X-title while those who have no clue about her are perplexed as to who this female Nigthcrawler truly is. The colours work harmoniously together, the kinetic energy is palpable, and the overall structure and placement of all the various characters and other features is spot-on. All of the above equates to one exceptional cover for sure and an image worthy of being called the best.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!