Batwoman #12 by J.H. Williams III
Favorite cover of the week, hands-down. I don’t know where to even begin with this piece! It’s a frantic array of something you’d see in the Funhouse while high on mushrooms, combined with iconic superheroes darting about and somehow keeping you safe. I love the 2D stars of Wonder Woman on top of the beautiful image of Batwoman sinking into the mirror, not entirely sure what to make of the situation. Is Alice back? Will Wonder Woman be helping? And where’d all these snakes come from?! She hates snakes! This belongs in a museum! Dammit Marion! Anyways, fantastic cover, it certainly is the type of quality every artists should strive for.
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1 by Jim Steranko
Holy shit, a Steranko sighting! It’s very rare nowadays to see a new piece by him out in the wild, so at the same time it makes me giddy and excited that my Favorite Covers Pokéball was able to capture this. Either DC paid him a lot of money for this cover, or he approached them as a fan of the original material and wanted to contribute any way he could. Or perhaps both. Either way, everyone wins (except Alan Moore) and we get quite the bitchin’ cover here. The illustration alone should be on display in an art museum, because I think it does a great job of capturing the essence of Rorschach in this single cover; the dogs, the blood, the asymmetric design, it all flows together beautifully, and DC really needs to make a poster of this so I can hang it with pride on my wall. I can instantly see the poster beating up the other posters in my room while bellowing; “None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with ME!“
Captain Marvel #2 by Ed McGuinness
What can I say? I just love a gal in uniform. And this cover took me slightly aback when I discovered McGuinness was the artist, only because it seems rather tame for him. When I think of McGuinness, bulging muscles and an almost cartoony style come to mind, but here with see a nice homage to the classic Rosie the Riveter posters that commands your respect. Now I’ve heard a few people complain about her new costume, but I for one really like it. I especially like her hair, for it doesn’t come across as too tomboyish or lesbianish to me, but then again I’ve always been a fan of shorter hairstyles on women to begin with. The color scheme is fantastic, the look is badass, this cover wins all around.
The Shade #11 by Tony Harris
“What the hell is going on here?!” I ask with the biggest smile on my face. The amount of action happening on this cover is almost too much to try and contain, as I can just imagine the lighting bolts and shadows continuing past the gutters. We have the Shade giving it his absolute all trying to go toe-to-toe with this gigantic Celestial Pharaoh. Who thinks this stuff up?! It’s an awesome concept, but an even more amazing execution by Harris. Surely the illustration of this image took him quite a long time, but the images, colors, and shading just clash beautifully. This is the cover you use for the eventual hardcover collection. Bravo for all the eyegasms, Mr. Harris!