The Best Comic Book Covers of 2014 – Week #35
David Nakayama‘s cover for All New Ultimates #7 makes the shortlist this week. Featuring Kitty Pryde hiding in the New York sewers from Crock and Vermin, it’s the large scale of Kitty’s semi-submerged head in the foreground that really catches the eye.
Stéphane Roux‘s ‘selfie’ variant for Catwoman #34 is one of our favourites in the series. Not because it features an incredible selection of amazing heroes pulling unpredictable faces, or for occurring in a fantastical location never seen in a selfie before. No. We love because it’s like 99% of real selfies – Catwoman taking a photo of herself in the mirror, in the bathroom. Job done.
A classic cover device (this time, the ‘wanted’ poster) is used to great effect by Ken Lashley on the front of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #16. He-Man and She-Ra are the targets and through three ripped holes we can clearly see the (three) artificial eyes of their pursuer, Tri-Klops!
We love Ryan Sook‘s latest New 52: Future’s End cover. With Lois Lane and the mysterious masked Superman embracing in the far left of the scene, the rest of the cover is filled by the rooftop location with the distant city behind and the relentless rain. It’s an emotive piece and the fact that Superman isn’t actually standing on top of the building, rather floating next to it, is a nice touch.
The incredibly talented Alice X. Zhang paints some wonderful stuff (check out her run of Doctor Who prints!) and this week, that list includes her gallery-worthy take on Emma Peel for Steed And Mrs Peel: We’re Needed‘s second issue cover.
New Image series Wayward kicks off with four covers no-less, and we’ve opted for Steven Cummings low-angle Cover A as our preferred front this week. It features the mysterious, Kappa basher, Ayane, clubs-in-hand, at the top of a set of concrete steps. She’s surrounded by her clowder of ethereal (?) cats, all of whom look directly out at the reader. The evening blue/purple hues contrast beautifully with the streetlight’s buzzy glow and the sharp stabs of the staring eyes. Unnerving? Yep. Intriguing? Definitely. Our favourite cover? Definitely.
Congrats to Steven and Image, they get the paper crown this week!