My Favourite Covers
Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?
This sombre cover, which doesn’t even feature our title hero, stands out as more than worthy of taking the top prize. Here we have all the various members of the Rogues over the years paying respect to their fallen colleague, Captain Boomerang. While they may have had their disagreements over the years, the fact that they are all here to pay tribute to the man who made boomerangs cool again speaks volumes to this villainous group’s code. Surrounded by some of the more prominent members of the Rogues is Captain Boomerang’s son, Owen Mercer, who is kneeling on the ground, overcome with grief. Front and centre is the tombstone itself, a lone boomerang placed in front of it as a memento. Finally, we have the brilliant choice of showcasing the entire scene on an angle, a decision that mirrors the uneasiness that the characters are feeling. It is an emotionally powerful image that tugs at the heartstrings, something that a villain-centric cover is not known for, while also compelling us to buy the issue itself to see the scene play out inside which is the hallmark of a truly great cover.
For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 2 #14.
Much like my selection for Flash, this cover forgoes showing our heroic team and instead places the focus on the villainous Mister Sinister. Sinister is dressed rather opulently, an air of supreme confidence permeating off the page. The reason for said confidence can be found residing in his left hand: the skull of Cyclops, complete with visor. Sayeth what? They couldn’t have possibly killed Scott Summers…could they? It is a question that beats at the forefront of our brains as we take in the rest of the image. At the feet of Sinister grows lush plant life, adding to the beauty of the image as a whole while further in the background we can make out an almost steampunk-like castle which we can only presume is Sinister’s base of operations. Almost as if it doesn’t want to intrude in this gorgeous scene, the main title itself hangs further in the background, not wanting to take the spotlight away. All in all, it equates to a cover that stands out from its fellow compatriots of the second volume of Uncanny X-Men due to strong visuals and superb colouring. A real x-ceptional cover if I ever saw one!
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!