Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 1/11/17


Not only does this week bring us a literal metric butt-ton of comic books (and therefore a similar number of comic book covers), but there seems to have been a rash of "DC Comics Dialogue Covers" that's been increasing as late. I wanted to highlight them because there's something about seeing a word balloon on a comic book cover that just makes me giddy, so I encourage more shenanigans like this in the future! Perhaps a bit more shenanigannish than what's on Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6. Anyhow, enjoy this definitive list of the best comic book covers this week!

DC Comics "Dialogue Covers"
I'd actually marry this entire cover, full stop
The Flash #14 variant
Dave Johnson

Supergirl #5
Ching & Atiyeh

Red Hood and the Outlaws #6
Giuseppe Camuncoli with Cam Smith and Dean White

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6
Yanick Panquettte and Nathan Fairbairn

Detective Comics #948
Ben Oliver 
I like this painted, two-color style, and I also like that this shot is sort of arranged like something you'd get from Class Picture Day. Perhaps featuring the school's only fraternal twins or something. Twenty years later, they murder the entire town.

Deathstroke #10
Cary Nord
 I sort of waffled on this cover, because I couldn't really point out what's so great about it. But I couldn't get it out of my mind so I decided to include it. I think it's the sound composition and expert inking, not to mention it being a two-color cover which always tracks with me.

The Flash #14
Carmine Di Giandomenico
The variant cover almost took this spot, but I had to give the "real" listing to this expertly composed, dynamic cover. The coloring does a lot of heavy lifting here, the Flash's strong red costume plays nicely against the white and blue...uh, everything else.

Wonder Woman #14 variant
Jenny Frisson
The variant covers for Wonder Woman don't always make it to this list, but almost all of them could. Since Frank Cho left, Jenny Frisson has taken on the variant post, and every cover is suitable for framing. If some came out of cryogenic freeze and asked me to show them a definitive picture of Wonder Woman, I'd show them this cover.

All-Star Batman #6 variant
 This is just an augmented version of the regular cover, with Batman in his Mr. Freeze-styled Bat-suit rather than just bracing against the cold. But somehow this is 70% more bad-ass than the other cover. Jock scratchy, heavily-inked style is like no other, and works perfectly in a snowy setting. So we know who to call for DC Comics Presents Batman and Santa Claus in "Saving Private Christmas."

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