Monday, April 6, 2015

Best/Worst Comic Book Covers of March 2015

See which DC movie poster variant made the list!
By: Nicole D'Andria

Another month has come and gone which means it’s time for another “Best/Worst Comic Book Covers” list. This week it was a struggle to come up with the “Best” portion of this list, unlike last month which had an abundance of great covers. Then I discovered Marvel and DC’s variant covers.

As usual I mean no disrespect when including covers under the worst list, nor do I think the artist of that particular cover doesn’t have worthwhile work. I just don’t think they did their best on that cover. I think it’s important to point out the best and the worst so we can admire and understand what doesn’t work and what does. Here’s the best and worst covers of March 2015.


5. The Punisher #16 (Mitch Gerads)

The Punisher symbol is incorporated well in the shadow on the iconic statue of Abraham Lincoln. It's impressive how the colors feel gloomy despite being bright.

4. Thor #6 (Stephanie Hans)

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Marvel had numerous variant covers made for their comics drawn by female artists. This cover features Stephanie Hans’ usual beautifully painted artwork. It was a difficult choice between this and Hans’ Storm #6 since I try to limit it to one pick per cover artist.
3. Ghosted #18 (Vladimir Krstic)

The color on this cover really make it pop. The title text shouldn’t even function with its yellow and pink border surrounded by the blue background but surprisingly it works. I also like how the bird’s shadow creates the impression of angel wings behind the shooter.

2. Flash #40 (Bill Sienkiewicz)

This was a tough choice since this month DC featured movie poster variant covers that were often spot on. I decided to keep it to one choice. This cover is spot on with the movie poster of North by Northwest. The Flash is incorporated perfectly on the cover. Even his shadow mimics the original cover. The attention to detail is great but there’s not too much detail so that it becomes a cramped cover. Instead, it feels like this cover has a lot of open space to enjoy.

Some honorable mentions of other DC Comics movie posters include Action Comics #40 (a Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure parody), Aquaman #40 (a Free Willy parody), Sinestro (a Westworld parody)… and Justice League #40 (a Magic Mike parody) because it makes me laugh so hard.

1. Elektra #11 (Michael Del Mundo)

This cover knows how to use the “less is more” principle to the fullest. I love how Elektra’s shadow is her scythe. It really reflects her as a character and is beautiful to boot! The use of the color red is also a great reference to not only Elektra’s costume but blood which is also spattered on her shadow.

Reader’s Picks

Elvis Dutan (@the_snickman): "Forever People #9—The long awaited return of the Source Wall… and that cover because it is just a pure unabashed representation of a Fourth World concept with no cynicism/irony."


5. Batman Eternal #48 (Cliff Chiang)

This cover lacks detail. The yellow jump suits are all jumbled together and I wouldn’t even be able to recognize Penguin was in the middle of it all without his customary top hat and monocle.

4. Phantom Squad #1 (Luke Stone)

The real phantom in this picture is what’s holding that sign up. The figures in the image are alright but the white background feels lazy.

3. Orbit: Ozzy Osbourne #1 (Stefano Caselli, Jayfri Hashim)

The disgust on Ozzy’s face and the odd mixture of colors makes this cover very unappealing.

2. Yani #3

The woman in the cover is pictured in what looks like a failed attempt at a yoga pose. The shadowing goes overboard and covers the entire left side of her body to the point where the woman's left eye is completely gone. The background is also very basic with muted and boring colors.

1.    Shades #1 (Fred Garber)

The figures in this cover look like claymation and look rather awkward. What’s really done poorly are their shadows. The woman’s shadow is apparently a quadriplegic and a joint in the man’s arm is missing.
You may have missed March, but if you comment below or send suggestions to then your pick for the best and/or worst comic book cover of April 2015 and your reasoning could be mentioned in next month’s list! Also let me know what you thought of this month's list. Agree with the best? Disagree with the worst? Let me know in the comments below.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi! This is Fred Garber. I just came across this, and I wanted to let you know you are fantastically correct with the cover to my book Shades! The art style is intended to look like Claymation figures, so great job spotting that. I don't imagine you READ the book, and it's several years spoilery at this point, but if you did, you would know the woman is related to an evil ghost, (which in the book DOES have disjointed limbs) and THAT's why her shadow looks like that. He holds her, but his shadow holds her ghost. Thanks for confirming that exactly what you thought was the WORST conveyed exactly what the book was about and the art style inside. Keep on reviewing, comic maven!