Thursday, July 12, 2018

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: July 11, 2018

why am I not reading this?
Variants, Variants Everywhere

There were quite a few good DC Comics this week, and somehow a bunch of really good covers on 'em too! For the first time in as long as I can remember, I had to pare this list down from about seven or eight covers! I even stuck one here, just for fun. Our cup of covers runneth over!

 Titans #23 variant
Stjepan Sejic
Now we're really seeing artists stretch out in the logo-less variant dress that DC has been using for about two months. This pillar of titans looks terrific, composed perfectly in respects to color (or as well as can be would be better if Beast Boy and Mary Martian weren't the same color) but the real champions here are Stjepan Sejic's faces. He really gives every character their own personalities.

 Plastic Man #2
Bilquis Evely
Leave it to Bilquis Evely to come up with the best visual expression of Plastic Man in like, ever. This captures both the power set and the rakish goofball attitude that makes up ol' Plas O'Brien. Is it O'Brian or O'Brien? Anyway I bet I would like something Bilquis Evely blew into a tissue, and this is a far sight better than that, so just have it silk-screened to a canvas, charge me $900 for the privilege, and we'll call it a day, yeah?

 Superman #1 variant
David Mack
This is one of two variant covers for Superman #1 on this list, and this one is definitely more masterly. This watercolor work is kind of breathtaking. Somehow, this picture looks super patriotic, despite the absence of a flag or any other jingoistic accoutrements. You can throw this on a canvas for $1100, thanks.

 Hawkman #2 variant
Stjepan Sejic
Uh, did I just pick two Stjepan Sejic variants for my Best Covers list in the same week? Looks like I did! I don't pay attention to any artist credits when I choose the covers without regard to their artists, though often I spot the likely culprits. In this case, I wasn't's like something you'd see on the cover of a fantasy novel. Which Sejic could easily paint. And probably does. In conclusion, Hawkman's wings inside a monster circle is gonna be a sure shot every time.

Superman #1 variant
Adam Hughes
Adam Hughes did about half of Man of Steel #5 recently, and that looked super cool, but here he obviously gets a chance to...break out. Hee hee hee! I almost wish this were the regular cover, then Superman could be cracking through his own logo. DC would never do that for a first issue though, I don't think. This is basically a perfect cover, that is equal parts loud and quiet, and it makes you want to read the contents. So go ahead already, pick it up and read it!

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