Thursday, December 22, 2016

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 12/21/16

Christmas, Christmas Time is Here, Time for Fun and Time for Variant Covers

It's that time of the week again, folks, when we nurse our New Comic Book Day hangovers by lazily plucking through the covers that came out the day before and rate them arbitrarily based on preference. And boy, do I have a batch for you this week! Normally, I pick only five covers to get the esteemed honor of Best of the Week, but this time I've picked seven in total--one Honorable Mention (below) and two covers tied for #1! And they're from the same book! Curious? Read on and see what malarkey I've wrought.

But first, last time Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye came out, I didn't pick the variant cover that looked like a mock-up of a classic Silver Age cover, and Repairman Jack rightfully called me out on it. While I don't think this is a uniquely great cover, I do love satire and parody so I have to give this a nod. The allusion to this non-existent war comic tickles me to no end, and I would certainly like to see more stuff like this from the Young Animal camp!

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #3 variant
Paul Rentler

Nightwing #11 variant
Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert & Sula Moon
Definitely a pretty dark cover, I like how it tells the beginning or ending of a story, depending on your vantage point. I also think Nightwing's costume coloring works well both with the Nightwing logo and the Rebirth logo, balancing the overall image quite well. But I think this is a matter of coincidence rather than by design.

Batman #13
Mikel Janin
There's something about the texture and density of this cover I like a lot. Looks like an old pulp paperback or a promotional movie poster from the 1940s. The composition is also quite good here, Bane looking almost like Batman's outline in contrast to his size.

Green Arrow #13 variant
Neal Adams
When Neal adams wants to make a great cover, you're darn tootin' he can. This has all the action of a very intense video game, collpased into one rectangular space. I didn't read this issue yet this week, but looking at this cover I'm sure interested to!

Aquaman #13 variant
Joshua Middleton
Are all these Joshua Middleton Aquaman variants going to be collected in a coffee table book? They should be. I have really liked about half of them, and the rest of the covers were pretty sweet themselves. This one reminds me of that one underwater horror movie...what's the one with LL Cool J? That one.

Trinity #4 regular and variant
Clay Mann & Brad Anderson
Brandon Peterson
Aw, I just can't pick! Both of these images are masterful, in terms of showing off DC Comics' Trinity. The top is more engaging, while the bottom is more demonstrative. If I had to pick, I would probably choose the regular edition cover. But I don't have to pick, so I'm saying both of them won Best Cover of the Week! Nyeah!


  1. That Trinity #4 regular cover, though! Best one this week

  2. I preferred the Batman variant. I think by far my favorite Tim Sale Cover.