My Favourite Covers
Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?
A simply amazing cover that despite the fact that it doesn’t feature any of the Ninja Turtles (the only cover this year with this distinction) still manages to impress. Front and centre we have a beautiful woman, calmly turning her head as if she is breaking the confines of the cover itself and trying to acknowledge us. Behind her is a drop-dead gorgeous and picturesque shot of the sun setting, the warm orange rippling over the water’s surface, intermingling with the blackness that is the coming night. While this may be cause enough for awarding the prize to this image, it is a Turtles cover after all so we know there is going to be some sort of mutant agenda. Sure enough we look back at that woman and notice that she is changing, her silky peach skin giving way to an aquatic green, gills and scales slowly overcoming her. Combined with the fact that the sun is setting, we can’t help but come to the conclusion that she is some form of were-sea creature. But is she friend or foe? Who is she? What is her story? We are intrigued by the stunning visuals and are compelled to learn more about her. The only way to do just that? Go out and buy the issue for ourselves. Now that is what I call a job well done!
This was an extremely difficult year for me. Each cover had their own merits, each one delivering a visual feast for the eyes. In the end this cover stood out to me as the very best due to its excellent use of shadows and lighting. In the foreground we have Liz Sherman and Kate Corrigan investigating a spooky mansion. Liz casually lights a candle showing a great comfort and skill while wielding her sometimes uncontrollable powers. Fear is non-existent with her while on the other hand Kate appears to be overwhelmed with the permeating tension, holding her cross up high and her gun primed and at the ready. Having their backs and pictured in the background is Hellboy himself, a stern look on his face, his giant gun raised in the air ready to blow a hole into any supernatural threat he encounters. For those that know nothing about the character, the uninitiated could be led to belief that Hellboy is a frightening monster approaching our heroines from behind but for the rest of us we know the truth but still marvel at his excellent depiction. Once again, I can’t stress enough the way the light from Liz’s finger and candle illuminates the characters and cuts through the black to create something truly sensational. The cover’s moody and haunting tone is done to perfection and should act as a template for future artists to come.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!