Float Like A Hummingbird, A Mystery Wrapped In An Enigma, and Shattering The Future: Comic Book Covers of the Week 10/15/14

Second Place
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Batwoman #35

Rafael Albuquerque is the runner-up this week with this cover featuring DC’s hottest new team. “Who are the Unknowns?” The cover asks us this very question, challenging us to decipher the clues and determine the identities of Batwoman’s new teammates. The lineup of the Unknowns is displayed on a perpendicular angle from the main title and caption which not only allows us to take in the entire team side by side but also symbolizes that this team is a little off kilter as well. Having the background completely white and devoid of details also helps us to be unencumbered by clutter and focus solely on the image of the team while making them pop off the page as well. Each mystery member is coloured differently in silhouette form, a little phrase hinting at each one’s identity while a censor bar is found over their eyes to further sell the secret nature. Starting top to bottom we piece together the team using said silhouettes and phrases: “Hell breaks loose” is Etrigan the Demon, “The clothes make the man” is Ragman, “We’re all mad here” is Batwoman’s sister Alice, and finally “Feet of clay” is Clayface. It is such a varied and unusual roster and really makes us wonder what has possibly brought all of them together? How will they interact with one another? Can the Unknowns succeed in their mission? It compels us to open the book up for answers and like I always say…that is what truly makes a great cover.

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5 thoughts on “Float Like A Hummingbird, A Mystery Wrapped In An Enigma, and Shattering The Future: Comic Book Covers of the Week 10/15/14

  1. I really like TMNT # 39.
    First of all, it’s a classic action packed cover, showing some characters that fight against each other while falling down. In this case there isn’t a broken window, though.
    Secondly, there are a lot of details that are highly eye – pleasing for me: raging faces, a lot of weapons, a smashed building…
    Thirdly, the background has been drawn very meticulously. I also love the different colours used for the windows: some of them have a blue neon light, some others have a classic yellow light, and some others are in the dark.
    Silver medal for Batwoman # 35: the main reason why this cover got the 2nd prize is Clayface’s presence, but I also love its mysterious vibe.
    Bronze medal for Superior Foes of Spider – Man # 16, because even in this case we have a classic action packed detail: burning buildings.

    • “I really like TMNT # 39.”
      Anytime Bebop and Rocksteady are on a cover it earns high-praise in my books. This image’s kinetic action as their battle hurtles them off the building speaks volumes. Here we have a two-on-one which is not only very cool looking but further sells the character they are facing off against (Slash) as someone extremely powerful, so powerful in fact that they are throwing caution to the wind to beat him.

      Thanks for sharing your Rankings!

  2. Great choice of cover, Uncanny X-Men #27 is brilliant, I like how it shows Cyclops’ powers going on the fritz and the humming bird floating right in front o f him. Lovely colors as well, a beautiful cover!

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