Thursday, July 13, 2017

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 7/12/17

Four Variants and a Wonder Woman

Boy, there were a lot of covers to choose from this week! But only five ever make the cut, for some arbitrary reason I haven't made up yet. But there is a sixth cover, in a special "honorable mention" style category. What the heck am I going on about? You'll have to read on to find out!

Supergirl #11
Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, and Michael Atiyeh
Normally, I select covers for this list based on composition, color, and artwork. Sometimes I select a cover as an Honorable Mention because I find it funny or it's a good homage to a classic comic book image. But this time, I don't really like this style of composition (that seems to be more and more popular on DC covers these days), and the art isn't anything too noteworthy, but I must say...I am intrigued. Batgirl kicking some mummy's face in, while Supergirl busts out of mummy wraps? I don't think mummies get enough play in general. I may have to give this issue a look.

New Super-Man #13 variant
Bernard Chang
Bernard Chang is using a unique style here, and I like it. This whole image is so fun, and it sort of reveals itself to you in stages. The perspective looks a little wonky, but I think that's owing to the blocky style of the thing. It almost looks like a collage.

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12 variant
Kamome Shirahama
Whoa...I have never heard of Kamome Shirahama before, but I'm going to pay more attention from here on out. The perspective is perfect, and Catwoman's leash/whip thing encircling the Birds of Prey while also evoking the look of a tail is absolutely gorg. This would probably make a better wall poster than comic book cover, though.

Action Comics #983 variant
Mikel Janin
Something about Mikel Janin's coloring makes everything look so tangible and chunky. It's a terrific image, but I think I was grabbed mainly by Krypto in the foreground. The very implication of these three losing control and tumbling helplessly makes me want to know why.

Detective Comics #960 variant
Rafael Albuquerque
This image reminds me of that scene in Batman: Year One where he busts in on the mafia party, and then puts the lid on some flaming dish while telling them their reign is over. The scene Kevin Smith made it so he'd piddled when he wrote Batman: Cacophony. Here's the unmistakable style of Rafael Albuquerque so it's probably going to catch my eye. Batman baring his teeth makes this look at once friendly and menacing.

Wonder Woman #26
Jesus Merino & Alex Sinclair
Hey, how about a little Wonder Woman with your explosive Wonder Woman cover? She's almost obscured by this blast, but the cover looks terrific anyway. It almost looks like it's on fire. The detail of the explosion goes a long way in selling this picture. This is how you make an entrance!

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