My Favourite Covers
Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?
There was a triple threat of covers to choose from but this one in particular stood out to me as the best. Here we have Nightwing leaping through the air, his weapons at the ready, an intense look across his face. What opponent is Nightwing squaring off against you ask? Situated behind him, swooping into view is a helicopter, numerous searchlights blazing about as it chases our masked hero. It is a perfect example of man versus machine and a seeming uphill battle for Nightwing. We look at the situation and realize that he’ll have to use more than brute force but rather a combination of athleticism and intelligence if he hopes to evade or even take down his pursuer. Finally, the choice to render the helicopter and the entire background works wonders in letting Nightwing really standout while keeping the spotlight focussed on him in this adrenaline-fueled image.
As soon as I saw this cover I knew instantly that this would claim the title of being the very best. Making it to 500 issues is quite an astounding feat and this cover is the perfect celebratory montage, a three page gatefold masterpiece. The images in the central section feature our hero through various phases of his life starting as a young boy, moving to his original yellow suit, and ending with both a shot of him in his current costume and a shot of Matt Murdock in his civilian identity gazing off to the left. What has grabbed his attention? Directly to the left are all the various women who have meant so much to our hero throughout his life including his mother, Dakota North, Milla Donovan, Black Widow, Karen Page, Echo, and Typhoid Mary. Not to be forgotten we have Elektra as well who is depicted in a seminal moment of the entire series when she is impaled by Bullseye with her own sai. Also managing to sneak an appearance on the left are the villainous Mr. Fear and on-again-off-again bad guy Gladiator. The left portion is rich with colours which is in stark contrast to the more monochromatic right side. On the right we have some allies of our hero including Iron Fist and Luke Cage while we also have a rather dramatic shot of Matthew’s father sitting in the corner of the ring, his death acting as a big turning point for the young boy. Rounding out the right are various villains that have plagued Daredevil’s career over the years including Bullseye who make his second appearance on the cover, Lady Bullseye, the Owl, Tombstone, some Hand ninjas, and the Kingpin. Both sides of the cover also possess complimentary backgrounds/objects including a tumultuous thunderstorm behind Typhoid Mary which speaks to her tumultuous inner battle, roses encircling some of Matt’s loves of his life, a graveyard to represent those he has lost over the time of his crusade, a shot of his home – the city of New York, and playing cards dripped in blood – a favourite weapon of his arch-nemesis. The way the artist has orchestrated all the various images to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts is nothing short of brilliant. The transitions, the colouring, the dynamic poses, it all equals the perfect way to mark this momentous occasion and dare I say one of the best Daredevil covers of all time.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!