My Favourite Covers
Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?
This cover instantly won me over. While it utilizes only four colours (red, yellow, blue, and black), it uses them to a greater effect then some artists can do with the whole spectrum at their disposal. What we see unfolding before our very eyes is actually two separate scenes. On top we have our hero gracefully swinging through the night sky. I absolutely love the colouring of the sky in particular with the reds and yellows swirling about to create a breathtaking vista. Then we take a gander at the lower portion which shows Nightwing trying to hide in the shadows, holding his shoulder which is dripping in blood. Our hero is hurt and vulnerable as an unknown figure enters the room, his gun drawn. Upon closer inspection of the silhouetted figure, we can make out the familiar hat of a police officer which only makes the entire scene even more intriguing. Who shot Nightwing? Was it this policeman? What is Nightwing doing sneaking around in this building? Where in fact is he? I don’t know why but I get a feeling that this could in fact actually be police headquarters. Will he manage to get by without any further confrontation? Those questions combined with the excellent use of shadows and lighting make this truly an exception cover but did we expect anything less from the simply amazing J.H. Williams III?
This action-packed, star-studded cover captures our imaginations as we try to visualize what will be taking place inside the issue. We are promised the “great conclusion of the epic battle between the Thing and the Hulk!” Arguably Marvel’s two biggest heavy hitters duking it out is something special indeed and our minds try to figure out who would truly win in such a titanic battle. The one thing we know for sure is that any showdown between the two would certainly cause lots of property damage and place countless citizens’ lives in danger. Recognizing this, the two teams that each character belongs to have entered the fray in order to not only end the fight but to mitigate the damage and danger. Speaking of dangerous situations, the Hulk stands at the top of a building which is being constructed, throwing giant steel beams at his opponent, beams that are missing the Thing and hurtling downwards to the street below. Seeing the Avengers and the rest of the Fantastic Four racing to the top ups our anticipation while Thor swinging his hammer and Captain America launching his shield to try to end the conflict crafts some real dynamic action and creates a real sense of urgency that this battle needs to end now. It gets us excited on so many levels while also compelling us to buy the issue due to it premise alone, the hallmark of a really great cover.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!