Daredevil: End of Days #2 (Variant) by David Mack
This is, without a doubt, an absolutely beautiful variant cover. This is art, and as I’ve said of Mack’s work multiple times before, “it belongs in a museum!” The devil of dare slowly emerging from the murky darkness, with an almost glowing aura about him sends slight shivers down my spine. More variant covers need to be like this; illustrated with paints instead of inks. Perhaps for the variant of this variant, Mack uses glow-in-the-dark paints to make things even more interesting.
In the wise words of George Takei, “Oh my!” Honestly, this has to be one of the more titillating covers of this series from Mr. Hughes. I think it might be the foxy lady’s look of pure ecstasy that really revs my engine, followed by the traditional Japanese kimono and nothing but Rapunzel’s long flowing hair. This cover embodies the word ‘sexy,’ and probably is the sexiest cover of the year so far. My pants are haunted!
With a creator like Cooke, I always have fun imagining how the conversation goes down between him and whatever company he’s doing a cover for;
“Hey Darwyn? It’s Dynamite.”
“Hey Dynamite, what’s shakin’?”
“Well, we know you’re probably extremely busy with Before Watchmen and Parker, but we were wondering, if you had just a few hours, if you could do us a favor and produce a variant cover for The Shadow?”
“I don’t know, I have a little free time, but the cover would probably just be inks and water colors.”
“We’ll give you a crap-ton of money.”
And the result is what you see before you. He makes it seem so easy while keeping it relatively simple. There’s a reason he’s considered a modern day master in this industry.
This cover made me sad. It’s the final issue of this wonderful series (that originally started as Avengers: The Initiative), and to come to grips that all good things must come to an end, this is the most appropriate of coves to go out with. They’re no more. They have ceased to be. They’re pining for the fjords. Maybe someday Christos Gage will come back with Avengers Community College and once again steal my heart.
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. Hickman’s instantly recognizable circles work wonderfully with this cover, since the subject matter in this case is space (the final frontier). Trajectories have never looked so beautiful, and everything from the starry night to the color wheel-esque center screams “Sci-Fi magnificence” to me. I can definitely see this as the cover to the second volume.