My Favourite Covers
Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?
“Man vs machines” is a classic sci-fi cliché. It’s not that frequent to find it in Bat-issue, but in 2007 there were two Bat-covers showing this situation: Batman Confidential #2 and #6. Both of them are very enticing, but there are many reasons why Batman Confidential #2 won me over. First of all, the scene depicted is very exciting: Batman trying to dismantle the robot with the tool he usually employs to hang on skyscrapers, the robot dangerously drawing his giant claws nearer and nearer to him, some smoke exhaling all over them… We haven’t read a single interior page yet, but the cover artist has already seized us and thrown us in the middle of the fight. Secondly, I love the tagline: “Dark Knight vs Waynetech!” It makes you understand that this time you won’t get the same old “superhero vs villain” story: in this case Bruce has to face a much more unusual and insidious problem, that is to say a hitch concerning his machines. Thirdly, that tagline also raises a lot of questions: what could have gone wrong? Who’s going to solve this problem and how? Did this happen by chance, or is there a criminal mastermind behind it? You must open the book to find it out…and when a cover compels you to do that, you know you’ve got a gold medal deserving image in front of you.
One of the innumerous things that made Generation X special was the fact that the reader could easily identify with its characters. They weren’t just a team of super-powered mutants, they were also a group of “normal” boys and girls, going through all the various experiences and situations young adults usually deal with. Among these experiences, perhaps the most painful one is the end of your first love affair. When you love someone for the first time, you always think it’s going to last forever. You love the other person so deeply that you can’t even imagine the breakup of your affair. That’s why your heart is broken when it happens, even if you’re the one who decided to put an end to it. Generation X #44 perfectly conveys all these emotions. Chamber and Husk are about to split up: he still loves her, so he tries to hug her, but she blocks him with her left hand, because she knows it wouldn’t be the same thing now that they aren’t lovers anymore. When something like this happens, you know there’s nothing you can do to save your affair. It’s a saddening image, but it’s so realistic and so well executed that, instead of looking away, you can’t help staring at it. I also love the artistic choice of filling the background with lots of Polaroids. Some of them recall a mission of the team (like the one showing Bianca LaNeige), some other ones contain a slice-of- life scene, like the ones behind Husk. These Polaroids confirm what I wrote before: even if the members of Generation X were super-powered mutants, their life was full of normal little things that make everyone’s life special, like having a nice chat on the steps of a country house. I don’t know why the colourist decided to colour the background that way, but the various tones of purple he employed are all gorgeous, so they definitely are the icing on the cake.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!