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An image is everything. It can capture an emotion, an excitement, an unexplainable exhilaration. Comic book covers are crafted specifically to capture these feelings, these larger than life concepts and distill them into a single moment. Whether it be a feeling of solitude and quiet remembrance or the boundless joy of possibility, these moments stick with us and linger. We here at Midtown Comics like to celebrate these moments and the spectacular artists who work to bring them to life. Gathered here today are some of our favorite covers of the week, as well as some honorable mentions we have to give a shout out to!
In the midst of Civil War II, as mega-powered superbeings battle over the principle of crimes yet to be committed, Sam Wilson has been tackling street level social issues. Daniel Acuña shows readers the cold, unforgiving face of the Americops in his cover to the newest issue of Captain America. With a pistol pointed at the reader and handcuffs dangling, Acuña shows the horror of policing at its most extreme. By having the sirens backlighting the dark image with smoke in the foreground, Acuña turns the Americops into a true terror and shows that sometimes the most important battles are those that hit close to home. Great concept, flawless execution.
Doctor Fate is one of the least traditional superhero comics produced in the last five years. As it nears its end, Inaki Miranda steps in to give the series one of its most memorable covers, by being more traditional. Khalid Nassour emulates Superman as he flies towards the reader, bursting onto the scene. With the Brooklyn Bridge behind him, Khalid looks bold and heroic, drawn with less detail to highlight his motion. The background is incredibly detailed, with the cables of the bridge overlapping one another and the complicated layering of the bricks looking their best. The contrast really highlights the piece and makes a simple cover incredibly effective.
In the pages of Civil War II, Hawkeye did the unthinkable when he killed the Hulk. As last week’s special issue The Accused spotlighted what this means for Hawkeye, The Fallen focuses on the Hulk. Mike Del Mundo’s incentive variant is loaded with emotion by focusing on Bruce Banner. The Hulk fades into the background as Del Mundo paints the scene with a green hue, giving the image an ethereal quality. Using white lines to shape the body of the Hulk instead of heavy blacks allows the focus to be drawn to Banner, the man behind the beast. In a world filled with explosions and chaos, the characters can often be lost in event comics. Mike Del Mundo’s variant cover makes the moment quiet and sad, adding very real emotion to this important moment in Marvel history.
This is a real treat. Lee Bermejo is an absurdly talented artist, having done masterful work on the graphic novels Luthor, Joker, and Batman: Noël. His work brings a true beauty to the ugly nature of the Suicide Squad. Showcasing five of the different members of the Squad, Bermejo wonderfully renders what makes them so unique. The scales of Killer Croc each reflect the light in their own way. Katana’s hair whirls in the wind. Deadshot disappears behind the cold glimmer of his scope. Captain Boomerang’s mischievous grin challenges readers. And of course, Harley Quinn’s playful posture invites them to join the Squad on their way to a dead-end destination. It’s going to be quite an adventure.
The Wicked + The Divine is such a unique series in the modern market. It directly deals with its robust cast as Gods, treating them with intensity and making their every move shake the Earth. Olly Moss hammers that point home in the variant cover to issue 22, which ends the fourth arc of the title. Depicting the shattered image of a stone bust, it speaks to multiple levels of the series. A stone bust is instantly classic, reminding readers that the Gods have been around for ages. The bust is shattered, a not-too-subtle callback to the sad fate of Lucifer. It brings the series back to its early days, when the Gods were worshipped more than they were scrutinized. And beyond all else, it makes readers curious. Why now, why bring up the shattered form of Lucifer? What does that mean for the title as it ends this latest story? Who will join Lucifer? All of these questions are brought up just by the cover, which is a truly remarkable feat.
Coming fresh off of a red-hot run on Action Comics, Tyler Kirkham presents the Suicide Squad exclusively for Midtown Comics! Kirkham shows the Squad down, but not out, as Harley Quinn is the last member standing from some unseen force! Kirkham shows great detail on the battered bodies of the team, particularly on the extremely complex character design of Deadshot. The multiple layers of his armor stand out as one of the highlights of this great cover. The details really come to life in the black and white edition, which shows off the damage that Kirkham carefully applies throughout the piece. It’s top notch work from one of the coolest artists in comics today!
Thanks for checking out the hottest covers of the week and come back next week for more from your friends at Midtown Comics!
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