Thursday, July 27, 2017

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 7/26/17

I Call Sienkiewicz For My Team

Hello again! Another swell week of DC Comics, all of which were wrapped in a bunch of swell covers. But there can be only five, unless I choose to mention a couple more. But this week I did not! Read on to find out which images made the cut.

Blue Beetle #11
Scott Kolins
This is primarily a study in hot and cold colors--or hot colors with a flash of cold--but Blue Beetle careening upside down lends a dynamic silliness to this cover that I like. Beetle's wide-open eyes add to this effect. 

Detective Comics #961 variant
Rafael Albuquerque
This is really Albuquerque? It doesn't look like his usual style, but I definitely dig it. There's a painterly quality to the coloring that sells the whole thing, looks like a classic pulp novel or something. Also, Batman looks sexier than Zatanna here, and that's not a terrible thing.

Wonder Woman #27 variant
Jenny Frison
You can always count on Jenny Frison to draw an image of Wonder Woman that you immediately want to frame. Diana With Bluebirds may defy all normal comic book cover conventions, but it really shows Wonder Woman's playfulness and sensitivity. Not every cover has to have a hero squatting and gritting his teeth like he's taking a shit!

All-Star Batman #12 variant
Rafael Albuquerque
It's not a simple thing to make a picture look underwater, it often involves Photoshop filters and obvious schools of fish and other things to say "this is happening in water." Rafael Albuquerque achieves it with a minimum of signifiers. The yellow blast behind Batman makes it seem like he's propelling through the water like a torpedo, which he may be.

 The Kamandi Challenge #7
Bill Sienkiewicz
 The regular, Jurgens-drawn cover of this issue was nice too, but you've got to give it up for Bill Sienkiewicz. He's the guy you want on your team when playing Artist Ball. Most art contests fold as soon as he enters, so sure are they that he will win. He's got this scratchy style that was mastered during the Reagan administration that no one else can faithfully duplicate. And they shouldn't try, because thank goodness Bill Sienkiewicz is still around, cranking out gorgeous covers like this.

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