Thursday, May 10, 2018

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: May 9, 2018

Luxurious Variant

Okay, I am sold on the new dressing DC Comics is using for variant covers. It allows these images to breathe and let craft speak for itself. What's funny is that the current crop are clearly designed with that logo in the sky; I can't wait to see these covers when they're made with the variant cover look in mind!

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #22 variant
Kamome Shirahama
Well, well, well, we meet again, Kamome Shirahama. I assure you, the pleasure is all mine. Here's a great example of a cover designed to include the book's logo, but makes a much bigger impression without it. The composition is pretty sweet too, with all that brilliant yellow up front.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #22 variant
Guillem March
There really nothing more "comic book cover" than to have the characters within flying while crouching. This one was also clearly created before the current variant cover layout, but the image fills the space better than the previous cover. And it's got lots of motion happening. And lots of crouch-flying.

Wonder Woman #46 variant
Jenny Frisson
Oh Jenny, what can I say about your Wonder Woman variant covers that I haven't said already! Beautiful work. This one comes in a red hue that makes it extra creepy. Also, clearly created with the expectation of a series logo, the lack of which makes this even eerier.

Suicide Squad #41 variant
Francesco Mattina
Here's an interesting photograph of Deadshot and Batman. What's that you say? It's not a photograph but a realistic painting? It's terrific, whatever it is. Frankly, I would have gone even darker on Batman, but that's just one squinting man's opinion.

Detective Comics #980 variant
Rafael Albuquerque
Oof. Rafael Albuquerque does more with two colors than others do with four. This one is like one-third Dark Knight Returns, one-third The Cult, and the rest is all Albuquerque. Weirdly, the minor text at the bottom conflicts with this cover more than the series logo would have.

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