Thursday, December 6, 2018

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: December 5, 2018

Always Struggling to Populate

DC Comics puts out roughly six thousand titles per week, and yet I often find myself struggling to populate a "best of" list containing five. Is it because my standards are too high? Or is it because a lot of these covers would rate as pin-ups when I was a lad? Mind you, we had to use pennies instead of eyes back then, so everything looked a little blurry. On to the list, fully populated!

 Harley Quinn #55
Guillem March
This is a cool take on those classic Christmas cards from the 30s and 40s, though those would normally have a cherubic young kid on Santa's lap, and not a partially-armored sex clown. Not a whole lot to say about this picture, it's just expertly-drawn and nicely covered. And the gag is good enough, too.

 Deathstroke #38 variant
Francesco Mattina
Here's a cool cover where you don't know what the hell is going on. It's Deathstroke with Two-Face drawn inside the pink scribble that's been laid over the picture. It's all well-executed, but I like the fact that it requires you to do a double-take. If you look at the comic twice, you might buy it once. Clever plan, Harvey Dent!

 Martian Manhunter #1 variant
Joshua Middleton
This image reminds me of some early 1960s sci-fi pulp paperback cover, the haunting, big-eyed image of Martian Manhunter is somehow both calming and chilling. Could this be the legendary Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia??? The colors, the media, the circles circumscribing the planet Mars in the background––very well done.

 Green Arrow #47 variant
Kaare Andrews
I am not positive that this cover might get a new reader to buy this comic off the racks. But I am positive that anyone with a passing familiarity with these characters will find this image cool. Floating Ollie head in the background looks suitably proud and smug at the bow-wielding Dinah in the foreground. The chirping "lady bird" is nice icing on the cake. A seemingly superfluous arrow ties the image together. You can just throw this on a t-shirt and start collecting your green backs.

Nightwing #54 variant
Yasmine Putri
Another from the "what the hell is happening here" case files, this abstracted image of Nightwing unraveling is pretty riveting. If you saw this up on a canvas at the Museum of Modern Art, you wouldn't blink an eye. Great use of form, negative space and color. If I was Yasmine's art teacher, I'd give this an A+!


  1. Mattina has been killing with those Deathstroke covers. At the same time, the main covers are almost as good.

    1. I did consider that one, too! On sheer "make you wanna grab a comic" qualities, that might have been the better one. Hmm