Thursday, July 26, 2018

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: July 25, 2018

Keeping Perspective

Hello again, comic book aficionados! This week, we've got a batch of DC Comics covers that use one-point perspective. I didn't plan it that way, it just happened! But it is a good way to make a cover pop: to have the titular character comin' atcha. Put on your 3-D glasses and see which covers made the grade this week!

 Mera Queen of Atlantis #6
Nicola Scott
Here's today's lessen in color and composition. The idea of Mera facing off against a horde of water-breathers is exciting enough, but the way that horde is expressed as an arc, seemingly pushed back by Mera's mind-force, is just terrific. It's no mistake that Mera's red hair is carried through that one colored aggressor, the logo, and even the cover copy.

 Batman Beyond #22 variant
Dave Johnson
I don't know what it is about Batman Beyond that brings out the best in cover designers, but here's another one that looks like it's bursting off the page. At a glance, the coloring evokes the opening titles to Saved By the Bell. But upon closer inspection, we see it's colorful, neon-splashed Tokyo. Come on out of that comic book and give us a hug!

 Silencer #7
Patrick Zircher
Here is today's lesson on perspective and foreshortening. Silencer's legs might be a little wonky, but you can't deny the excitement and action of this cover. You can almost feel the wind rushing past your face! I love the father and son sitting placidly in the plane cabin, seen in the window at the lower left. Offsets the crazy stuff going on outside.

Detective Comics #985
Eddy Barrows
You could have told me this cover was done by Kelley Jones, I'd have believed it. This is a little tighter than his work normally comes across, though. I love horror comics, I like vampire Batman, and I'm sold on this composition. The green background and foreground really adds to the eerie feel of this image. Of course, a slavering, befanged Batman doesn't hurt, either.

Action Comics #1001
Patrick Gleason
Folks, you don't need to draw someone getting their head popped off to have an effective comic book cover. This image just explodes off the page, and Clark's face implies that he means business. The yellowed background factories really help to make that Superman costume pop. Come on out of that comic book, Superman, and give us a hug!

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