Great covers would not be improved with nougat.
By Paolo Rivera
Little golf clap for JMS upon closing a deal. Bigger round of applause to Paolo Rivera for making these last few covers look so incredibly good. This one’s a bit of a victory lap, featuring a few of the characters showcased independently in previous compositions. A little sad to see this one wrap up, as it’s been a wonderful venue for the artist’s classical paintings, just one of his many abilities.
By Bruce Ozella
The production on this issue is monumental. It transports you to another time and a happier place. That all starts with the matte finish cover, another loving homage to Action Comics #1. Not that one. The other one. It’s not so outlandish a connection either. Popeye and Superman are Fleischer cousins after all.
By Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Here’s another Flash cover where we really appreciate the design choice to make Barry’s eyes wholly visible. There’s palpable panic in his expression and it doesn’t require the kind of exaggeration needed for fully masked characters like Spider-Man or even the recent Wally West iteration of The Flash. Add that to a volatile depiction of the Speed Force as a kind of fringe science sandstorm, and you’ve got a powerful scene.
By Marcos Martin, Adi Granov, & Steffi Schuetze
I can’t help bit see this in motion, one frame in a very active animated title sequence. The camera pulls in an out of those little frames even as the composition itself revolves like clockwork, each panel sliding into position as the characters move from one tableau to the next.