Thursday, October 11, 2018

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: October 10, 2018

Red and Black and Red and Black

Hey! A little bit late this week, but I've got a list of covers this week so robust that you'll crap your pants. It's worth mentioning that the regular covers this month are foiled--pretty tastefully, I might add--which explains some of the similarity between them. Let's quit with this cagey intro and get right to the list!

 Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1
Doug Mahnke
I am a simple man, of simple tastes. Sure, EC Comics horror covers have been parodies countless times before. And I've liked nearly every time. This one evokes the cover to the comics adaptation of Creepshow, which itself was a parody of EC Comics covers. Putting characters in circles to the left is essential to pull such a thing off, and it's nicely done here.

 Detective Comics #980 - Raúl Fernandez, Alvaro Martinez
The Flash #56 - Dan Panosian
Red Hood: Outlaw #27 - Pete Woods
I am lumping these together in the "Red and Black" section because they are, in many ways, basically the same cover. These were designed so that the red areas would be stamped with a red foil, and I must say it looks alright. Not totally necessary, but considering it came with no boost to the cover price, not much to complain over. Juxtaposing red and black in nearly equal amounts isn't an artistic feat, but it almost always works. The 'Tec cover is perhaps the most interesting because of the overwhelming amount of red.

 Detective Comics #980 variant
Rafael Albuquerque
Alright, honestly? You can just have Rafael put out covers instead of full Batman comic books. No disrespect to the creative teams on them, but this image captures Batman more succinctly than some year-long story arcs. He looks terrifying and vulnerable, which is a great way to depict Batman. The fact that this cover is also a master class in one-point perspective is somewhat besides the point.

 Catwoman #4 variant
Stanley "Artgerm" Lau
I can't be the first one to say that this looks just like that actor...what's her name...the one from the Twilight movies, that slept around on the star of the movie? Kristen Stewart. Frankly, it looks more like her than like Selina to me, but this is still an incredible picture. You'd think it was all airbrushed, but no I see some paint strokes on the neck there. Great use of a single hue, as well.

Superman #4 variant
Adam Hughes
Damn, Adam Hughes. Leave some art for the rest of the folks, huh? He's been killing it on these variant covers for Superman, and this is another triumph. The negative space is everything, showing how high Superman can actually leap. But it also renders him small against the Metropolis skyline, bringing him down more to our scale. Just a terrific picture, a high-quality print can be sent directly to my attention.

1 comment:

  1. Those October textured foil "stunt" covers are SO SWEET! I don't even LIKE The Flash, but I bought that one just for the cover. Mission accomplished, making me buy a comic I normally wouldn't DC! Between those and the textless variants, DC has been knocking it out of the park lately with the covers. It's a good time to be a fan of great comic covers.