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My Top Ten (DC August) Covers

Here are the DC solicits for August, and here are my Top Ten covers for the month!

10. I may just be so surprised by such a neat cover from Andy Kubert (who I usually am not too impressed with, cover-wise) that I am overrating this Blackest Night: Batman #1 cover, but I still think that it is well designed cover that maximizes its dynamism in an eye-catching fashion.

9. Dave Johnson pulls off an interesting twist on the classic “I knew him, Horatio” cover motif that gets used so much.

On this The Mighty cover here, Johnson takes it up a notch.

8. Love the design of this Looney Tunes cover by Scott Gross, and I especially dig how he occasionally works the hieroglyphics into the action!

7. Haven’t seen a Bill Sienkiewicz cover with this much detail in awhile.

I really like it. And you have to love the old school word balloon on the cover!

This is for a new Kevin Smith/Walt Flanagan mini-series called Batman: Widening Gyre.

6. Yet another fantastic Super Friends cover by J. Bone.

Only slight demerits (and by slight, I mean not Top Five – that’s really not much of a demerit) for the fact that the idea behind the cover, while extremely clever, might be lost on some young readers.

Of course, I imagine that the cover copy (not shown here) might very well address that, which is why it is only a slight demerit!

Great cover idea!

MID-WAY POINT, SO I CAN MAKE FUN OF ONE COVER!!

Breaking the one cover rule SLIGHTLY, because I really wanted to make a note of Daniel Lu Visi’s Secret Six cover.

I get that when you want to have the iconic “popping” aspect of a character, for Wonder Woman, all you have to work with is the logo on her chest. So I get that this is difficult to depict. And the cover IS certainly striking!

STILL, the end result of this cover looks like it is “And guest starring – Wonder Woman’s breasts!”

Now, as to the cover I’m REALLY making fun of, you gotta love this Blackest Night: Titans cover…

Ed Benes is so committed to ass shots that he’ll even do them for zombies.

Awesome.

5. Really interesting approach for a cover design by Frank Quitely for Batman and Robin.

I’m surprised, though, at the looseness of the pencils on the figures closest to the reader.

4. I’m slightly less impressed with JH Williams III’s latest Detective Comics cover, as it seems to be a bit more conventional of a cover approach than last month’s cover.

Still, that’s only a difference of “the” best versus “almost the best,” as Williams’ cover is still excellent, especially the way he uses negative space.

3. This Spirit cover by Gene Ha is an amazingly well done drawing. The way he reveals that The Spirit is not just being attacked by people on the docks, he is also surrounded by feisty critters is sublime.

My only tiny concern is whether it is TOO sublime, in that he is trying something here that perhaps a casual rack viewer won’t catch on a quick glance.

Still, an amazing drawing.

2. This Simon Bisley Hellblazer cover, on the other hand, has a LOT of things going on on it, but it is also extremely striking, so a casual reader can’t help but be struck by the harsh imagery Bisley uses – a man grasping the beautiful woman out of a coffin – sharp stuff right there.

Once you see that, though, you also appreciate all the other impressive details Bisley put into the work. Bisley has been great since he’s taken over cover duties on Hellblazer.

1. I’m probably putting this a little high just because it is so darn perfect, but if so, who cares – this is about as perfect of a send-off to Young Liars by David Lapham that I could imagine.

It captures the very essence of the absurdity of the book while also managing, somehow, to convey plot points from the book (the Mars aspect of the comic).

How awesome is that?!?

Lapham, you rule! I can’t wait to see (and read, of course) what you do next!

That’s my top ten! What’s yours?

24 Comments

Andrew Collins

May 19, 2009 at 2:54 am

Does anybody else, in looking at Wonder Woman on that Secret Six cover, think that something just looks kind of…off? Her waist, underoos, and thigh all seem to be at a different perspective than the rest of her body and it just doesn’t look natural to me…

And that BN: Titans cover really bugs me because it does the exact opposite of what a cover is supposed to do. It doesn’t make me think, “Oh, how is Gar going to deal with a returned Terra?” It makes me go “Ewww. Necrophilia” and put the comic back on the rack. Why is DC still giving Benes work??? Just awful…

Well, DC already got flak about that Justice League ad with Supergirl standing the same way WW is now in this cover.

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 19, 2009 at 5:23 am

I think # 7 cover by Bill Sienkiewicz should have been # 1, but that’s just me.

Gene Ha Ha Ha!

(He is awesome.)

I know I am in the minority here, but that Frank Quietly cover blows. I would rather see the Ed Benes cover any day over a Quietly cover. I also agree that the Sinkewicz cover blows them all away.

A friend of mine described the Teen Titans cover as “DC continues to kiss the rotting corpse of Wolfman and Perez”. Actually, he didn’t use ‘kiss’ but you get the general idea…

“Does anybody else, in looking at Wonder Woman on that Secret Six cover, think that something just looks kind of…off? Her waist, underoos, and thigh all seem to be at a different perspective than the rest of her body and it just doesn’t look natural to me…”

Andrew is absolutely spot-on. The anatomy is HORRIBLE in this cover. WW’s body is all akimbo. Look at how her thigh and knee point one way, and then her tits are twisted toward the opposite direction, saluting the heavens. Just preposterous figure-drawing, to say nothing of the fetishizing aspect. (Note to Brian: Given that her star-spangled underoo bottoms are completely identifiable — not to mention that the semi-recent tweak to her costume repeats the “WW” logo on her gold belt — it was really unnecessary to stick her chest in there like that.) The artist should’ve either included her head, or cropped it tighter (mid-belly or so). But his poor choice is only compounded by the fact that it seems like she’s got no shoulder above her breasts.

Benes is a horrible artist, but I’m impressed (given his usual stylings) that Gar isn’t drawn with hulked-out muscles.

I would’ve ranked Kubert’s “Blackest Night: Batman” cover higher. (Yeah, he’s surprising me too.) Just a really dynamic, eye-catching cover. Great colors, too. I also love “The Mighty” cover (in fact all them have looked good, though that hasn’t gotten me to pick up the book) and the “Looney Tunes.”

Where’s the love for Brian Bolland’s latest “Animal Man” cover? It rocks. Top 10, easy. I also would rank Brian Stelfreeze’s “Ink” cover somewhere. Perhaps in contention: Bernard Chang’s “Jimmy Olson” cover.

Finally (and I’m biased here because this cover features two of my favorite characters): Props to Lopresit’s “Wonder Woman” cover, also featuring Black Canary. Both figures really pop. Also, Lopresti resists the urge to draw the bottom half of Wonder Woman’s costume like a thong. (If I recall correctly, Cliff Chiang was also good about then when he was on “GA/BC.”) It bugs me when artists draw either of these characters with half their ass hanging out — which happens all the time, like on the current “GA/BC” cover.

Totally agree on both the Secret Six and Titans. I’m willing to give this one a pass because you’re right, you can’t have that iconic moment focusing on the symbol on her chest without focusing on the symbol ON HER CHEST. There’s really no way around that, that I know of. The only cover that conveys that iconicism without focusing on her chest is the cover to the Hiketia (sp), and even there you can make allegations of fetishism.

The Titans cover, on the other hand, just made me go “Ick.” I understand that the cover may convey plot elements, but who approved the concept? Plus, look at where their lips meet. Is it just me, or does that seem off somehow?

I’m just glad the Titans cover features Terra with Gar and not with Deathstroke.

Is the Hellblazer cover is an homage to Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’?

I’m just glad the Titans cover features Terra with Gar and not with Deathstroke.

Indeed. Although, is it still pedophilia when she’s been dead for 25 years?

Citizen Scribbler

May 19, 2009 at 11:08 am

The only way that Titans cover could be more gross would be to replace Gar with Terry Long.

-Citizen Scribbler

Andrew Collins

May 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

Where’s the love for Brian Bolland’s latest “Animal Man” cover?

Good call! I forgot about that one. How about it, Brian? No love for Bolland? That is a very good cover, even by his high standards.

Indeed. Although, is it still pedophilia when she’s been dead for 25 years?

Ew…Necro-pedo-philia. I feel like I need a shower now. I was going to make an additional comment about the Terry Long reference, but that cover has already dirty enough already…

The only way that Titans cover could be more gross would be to replace Gar with Terry Long.

Well, they could replace Terra with Terry Long.

“Well, they could replace Terra with Terry Long.”

You’d have to be the most bat-shit-crazy kind of right-wing religious nut to think that gay sex is worse than necrophilia.

Rebis: Terry Long is also dead. And the idea of him having sex with anyone, gay or straight, is inherently more creepy than anything involving Terra.

Citizen Scribbler

May 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Yeah Terry-Longophilia is FAR more aberrant than necrophilia.

I love that picture that’s been pointed out from the Who’s Who cover where Max Lord is like, “Whoa, creep! Don’t touch me.” with Terry.

-Citizen Scribbler

I’d put Quitely Bats at the top with Looney Tunes right behind… Good stuff using interesting visual ideas. The Looney Tunes cover is a story in itself, which is superb.

“Terry Long is also dead.”

Ah. I stand corrected. (I knew it was a Terry Long joke all along, not really a gay joke. It’s funnier now that I know he’s dead though.)

Has anyone ever asked Marv Wolfman in an interview how he feels about all the Terry Long hate? I’d love to find out if he laughs at Terry too.

Terry Long appears to be Marv Wolfman’s “Marty Stu”. I doubt he laughs at the character…

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

FunkyGreenJerusalem

May 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I would rather see the Ed Benes cover any day over a Quietly cover.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Your taste tastes like arse.

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 20, 2009 at 5:19 am

@FunkyGreenJerusalem:

“Your taste tastes like arse.”

Soooo, in other words, you know what “arse” tastes like ….?

Gross.

;-)

“All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Just because you like it doesn’t mean you should resort to ad hominem attacks.

“We must make a personal attack when there is no argumentative basis for our speech” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Friedrich Nietzsche

May 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Oh, yawn, C. Adams. This internet thing is not for you. Please seek out snarkless environs.

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