Batwoman #19 by Trevor McCarthy
These gatefold covers have been pretty disappointing for the most part, but every week I’m able to find a gem that shines through the muck. This week, it goes to Trevor McCarthy for this hauntingly beautiful decomposition of Batwoman. She is no longer a hero, no longer a woman; she is now the Director of S.H.A.D.E., the very organization she hates. Kidding! Sorry if that was racist, but all skeletons look alike to me. Her skeleton is very upset in that last panel, because she no longer has the guts to be with somebody. Wonderful use of the different shades of red, too.
Now Conan knows how the Prince of Persia has to go through every time his lady is taken away. Dungeon level, start! Armed with a magnificently crude weapon, our young barbarian shows no signs of slowing down, despite the hordes of prisoners and guards wanting a chance to ‘butter his bread’ when he drops the soap in the shower. I love the use of grit and color amongst the action, for it calms-yet-excites the reader simultaneously. Just wait until Conan makes it to the boss level in Oz; Adebisi.
In the plethora of weekly action covers, it’s sometimes the calmer covers that display true beauty. I can’t tell if he’s getting ready to go out on patrol or if he just got back, but I’d like to think it’s the latter of the two possibilities because it makes him appear human. We all have tough days, the Shadow just happens to have tougher ones. I’m also loving the tidy headquarters he keeps, with encyclopedias and the latest crime fighting technology. Alex Ross did a marvelous job with this cover, showing a different side of the Shadow that we’re not used to.
Ain’t no rest for the wicked, it seems. The albino palm trees are what immediately caught my eye, and with the Miami Vice/Drive colors and tone it tells me Logan is somewhere tropical. I’m sure Logan doesn’t even care where he’s at, as long as he gets what he came for; beer, babes, or bad guys. Jock excels with both perspective and colors with this cover, reminding us once more why he’s the best in the business.
Carnage, and Venom, and Anti-Venom, oh my! It’s a symbiote square-dance on this cover, and everyone wants in on the action. The radical detail Shalvey gives to Carnage’s arms and back excite and thrill me the most, for that character is definitely illustrated as a force to be reckoned with. Carnage is such a badass, that he’s even taking over Venom’s own logo! Ravishing in red, Carnage is definitely the prettiest belle at the ball on this cover.
This is my favorite cover of the week, hands down. First things first, I love how the argyle design of the logo blends into the outfit of the mystery man in white. Secondly, the wolf is absolutely terrifying with its piercing red eyes and snarling demeanor. I’d be crapping my pants if I came across such a creature, for look no further of who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, for it is I in this instance. The greys of the wolf pop on the red background, highlighting its tussled fur and monstrous physique. Ruas makes me sometimes forget that there was another talented cover artist on Fables before he came around, for he’s that excellent with the overall execution.