Thursday, May 31, 2018

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: May 30, 2018

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe

It's a "fifth week," folks, and you know what that means: slim pickings on the DC Comics publishing front! This week, we actually did get a fair number of titles, thanks to the Looney Tunes crossovers, but it was still pretty sparse. And though there were four Looney Tunes titles, all with variant covers, most of them were pretty underwhelming! So I did the best I could to produce a list of the five best, and here it is!

 Super Sons/Dynomutt Special #1 variant
Doug Mahnke
So uh, here it is! The fifth best cover that came out from DC Comics this week. Nice composition, huh? And, um, the character models look correct. Whee.

Green Arrow Annual #1
Jamal Campbell
This is a nice piece of artwork, but it probably wouldn't rate in a normal week. Really tells a whole story by itself, with the JLA lying prone in the foreground while a shimmering, green Amanda Waller looms in the background. Of course, the blatant "JLA D.O.A.?" copy on the front helps the narrative along.

Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1
Denys Cowan, Bill Sinekiewicz
Here's a cover that looks like it came out of the 1970s, which is also when the kung-fu craze was happening and a character like Hong Kong Phooey was relevant. It's a little busy, but pretty action-packed in this limited space. What else can I say? I like the Bill Sienkiewicz speckles in the background.

 Raven, Daughter of Darkness #5
Yanick Paquette
Here's a nicely composed cover using a great color palette. It's organized similarly to the Green Arrow Annual #1 cover, with bodies in the foreground and a spectral presence in the background. The details are different, of course, and this one is much more menacing. The soldiers in the foreground also blend in with the Raven shadow in the background, which frames the titular character nicely.

Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1 variant
Joshua Middleton
This is the only cover that made the list full stop, before I had to go back through the list and comb for four additional contenders. That's why it's at the #1 position. It's not even Joshua Middleton's best work, I just like it because it's a parody of the JAWS movie poster. Though really, it would have been more hilarious if Aquaman were streaking up through the water at a languidly swimming shark on the surface. This thing doesn't even look like Jabberjaw, though. Oh well, good enough for government work.

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