Covers, man. Covers.
Aw, he’s blushing. To be honest, not my favorite Criminal cover, but less than stellar Sean Phillips is still better than 95% of that new release wall.
Meanwhile over at Vertigo, super-adaptioid Yuko Shimizu beats ‘em at their own game. Classic pulp composition, with a mirror employed for dramatic effect. Love that dress. Love the tattered comics pages in the place of strewn money. Even the text blurbs and price listing are great, lending the book a crime magazine aesthetic. Add this to the shortlist for best of the year.
Good cripes, these colors. It’s like getting punched in the neck by the Kool Aid man. In a great way.
If there’s anything off about this splendid image, it’s the illusion-breaker that Kate Kane is actually just holding her nose to keep back the rotten fish smell. Which is less sexy and mysterious than you want this alluring composition to be.