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My Top Ten (DC September) Covers

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

10.

I think Phil Noto treads the line between “striking cover image” and “sexualization of a teenage girl” wonderfully on this Batgirl cover.

Well done, Phil!

9. I am a bit unsure exactly what KAKO is showing us on this Greek Street cover, but damned if it isn’t interesting looking as all heck!

8. I love Joshua Middleton’s facial expressions – you add in the neat target motif and the end result is a fine Supergirl cover.

7. John Paul Leon does two really impressive things with this DMZ cover.

One, he makes the center image “pop” nicely – but two, he then takes advantage of that “popped” image to place upon it something to make the image more interesting – the whole “PRESS” thing mixed with the machine gun.

That’s the hook of the cover and he manages to call as much attention to it as possible – it’s really a strong piece of artwork.

6. Very striking cover by Jock for Scalped.

It reminds me of some of Marcelo Frusin’s great Loveless covers.

MID-WAY POINT, SO I CAN MAKE FUN OF A COUPLE OF COVERS!!!

Okay, less making fun and more a serious question here – the baby on this Blackest Night: Titans cover by Ed Benes – is the fact that the baby’s head placement does not match the reflection a mistake or is it intentional?

You gotta love the fact that Guillem March added a few lines on this Gotham City Sirens cover to make it look like Poison Ivy was wearing clothes.

You know, because otherwise, that cover wouldn’t look classy.

5. Very funny Jack of Fables cover by Brian Bolland.

It is particularly cool because it ties in directly with the story inside. Bolland is really good at taking ideas from the book’s plot and doing the best with them.

4. This Walt Simonson Vigilante cover is incredibly eye-popping.

What a way to work in a guest star!!!

I imagine the logo for this issue will be lower on the book.

I remember someone criticizing the cover for The Unwritten #1 because the logo would obscure the best part of the cover, but when the book came out, the logo was lower in the cover so as to not obscure the cool stuff. So, typically, I think we should give the production department at these companies a little credit for some common sense.

3. I love the dynamic nature of this Scott Gross cover for Looney Tunes.

The lava pops really nicely.

I am sure that we’ll see some post-production addition of a pithy statement on Daffy’s sign.

Really good cover that truly captures the feel of Looney Tunes cartoons.

2. If this Jock Batman Confidential cover was just a cool Batman pose, it would likely still be on my Top Ten.

But the way he has an awesome Batman posed cover while working in the plot of the story (Batman goes to Russia!) makes it that much more impressive.

1. J.H. Williams has just been absolutely nuts on these Detective Comics covers since he started doing them.

This one is no exception – a beautiful cover design, an interesting cover idea and an impeccable execution of the design and cover idea.

Williams is a freakin’ national treasure.

Okay, so that’s my top ten! What’s yours?

28 Comments

I agree with just about everyone of these except for the Walt Simonson Vigilante cover… The lines on Batman are a bit too thick for my taste and I’ve never been a fan when artists make the “ears” on the batsuit overly large.
I do like the layout though.

The more I looked at the Benes cover, the more I think I figured it out – the figures are at an angle – maybe 45 degrees from the mirror. Not looking straight on. That would easily explain the opened up look on the baby’s face. And why look at the baby, when Ed draws so many other things so nicely??

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The “Scalped” one is boring

so is the DMZ one

I like Walt Simonson Vigilante Cover, especially his dynamic style of inking.

So, are they trying to come up with a worse cover idea for each subsequent issue of Blackest Night: Titans, or is it just happy coincidence?

“is the fact that the baby’s head placement does not match the reflection a mistake or is it intentional?”

Intentional – the baby itself is in the pose in the real frame, but its true nature is reflected in the mirror.

I presume that’s Donna’s dead son who died in the car accident with Terry, although if memory serves he was older.

Did we really need to see the battered face and bloodied knuckles on that Supergirl cover? Does the story justify it?

“The more I looked at the Benes cover, the more I think I figured it out – the figures are at an angle – maybe 45 degrees from the mirror. Not looking straight on.”

I don’t think that’s the problem. Namely, look at Donna’s and the baby’s left ears.

Also a potential problem with the cover: if this is some kind of Black Lantern baby, shouldn’t he, y’know, be wearing a Black Lantern ring?

David Hackett

June 16, 2009 at 8:35 am

I thought the Secret Six cover by Daniel Lu Visi was pretty fab.

David Hackett

June 16, 2009 at 8:46 am

Also, anyone else find that the reprint covers by Wrightson (House of Secrets) and Bissette/Totleben (Saga of the Swamp Thing) blow all of the current stuff out of the water by a wide, wide margin?

Yeah, I agree with Stephen’s interpretation of the Blackest Night: Titans cover, as it’s a common horror trope.

Also, the Adventure Comics cover (with the picnic in the stars) was also very good.

Are you kidding me? That Vigilante cover is absolutely horrible. Batman has almost no torso–his legs appear to begin right below his pecs. The perspective is completely messed up on the buildings closest to the viewer, and there was no attempt whatsoever to draw the other guy in perspective. Bad choice, very bad choice. This deserves to be on a “ten worst” list, not ten best.

Two big disagreements here, though I am with you on the rest.

The Blackest Night: Titans cover is positively creepy! I think it is a very well done cover!

And that Vigilante Batman cover is a mess. I lvoe me some Simonson… but not THAT cover!

“And why look at the baby, when Ed draws so many other things so nicely??”

I think you’re on the wrong blog.

Yeah, that Vigilante cover is pretty ugly. Also, that looks like Bruce Wayne as Batman. Did no one tell him it’s a different guy in a different costume?

Hey guys.

Ed Benes fucking sucks.

David Hackett

June 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

I’m just surprised he didn’t find a way to extend the mirror further down the page so he could work in a “Benes Trademark Ass Shot”.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

June 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Josh Middleton drawing characters looking older than twelve and not showing their undies?

What the heck is going on?

The perspective is a little off on the Benes cover, but it isn’t a bad image.

The Supergirl cover was the winner for me. The facial expression is great.

“You gotta love the fact that Guillem March added a few lines on this Gotham City Sirens cover to make it look like Poison Ivy was wearing clothes.”

There are a few ads for that series in last week’s books, which have PI facing front and the lines on her rear in that picture pretty much reflect what she’s wearing in the ads.

The Supergirl cover is just fabulous. It captures a sexy sense of humour and with the gun sight – a story yet to be told.

Am I the only one who hates the green-skinned look for Poison Ivy?

The only one I could disagree with is the “Gotham City Sirens” (A stupid name for a book in the first place). What is it trying to show me? That Harley is what? Trying to tie up Catwoman? Iin love with her? While Poison Ivy is aloof while standing over a street vent while a train is bearing down on them? It’s more like four random elements thrown together.

Gotham City Sirens is not one of the top books, it’s the book I took a break from the Top Ten to make fun of.

I can’t believe they cancelled the awesome “Catwoman” ongoing so they could give us the cheesy “Gotham City Sirens.” (Yes, I know, it isn’t even out yet. But given the T&A level of every cover, along with the dopey series title, I won’t be buying.)

And yes, Williams is a national treasure. A side note about this particular cover: What’s up with the dagger dangling down Alice’s crotch? Phallic symbols don’t get much more blatant.

“So they could give us the cheesy “Gotham City Sirens.””
How is Gotham City Sirens cheesy?

Those ridiculous covers, not to mention the very title of the series, reduces the characters to their sex appeal. That contradicts all the stellar work done in the past several years by Ed Brubaker, Darwyn Cooke and Will Pfeifer to make Catwoman a three-dimensional character in her own right.

@ Rebis:

I am not that Gotham: Sirens has a great cover (or concept), but why does it have to be an either/or choice between sex appeal and three-dimensional characters?

On a personal level, I am more comfortable with cheesecake-y images when they are in the context of a sexual situation, or an attempt to attract male attention by the character, within the story. The character is shown to be making a deliberate choice in that regard. A stated motivation, even a thin one, gives the prospect of both a sexy image and furthering the development of the character.

I admit that is a difficult middle ground to achieve on a cover, which is why I thought the J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man cover from a couple months back was unjustly pilloried.

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