Below you’ll find the covers for January week three and four, followed by each week’s variant covers. Check them out. Study them. Try your best not to let your opinion of the story affect your thoughts on the cover, then vote for your favorite. If you’re like me, and can’t decide on just one, then you can select multiple covers if you would like. The top cover for each poll will advance to its respective Quarterly Cover Poll. Any cover within 5% of the winning cover will also advance to the Quarterly Cover Poll. Remember, the key is to determine the Top 25 Covers of 2018 by the end of the year! If you think a cover is worthy, then vote for it! But before you do that, let’s take a look at the previous polls’ advancing covers!
The best cover of January 3, 2018 is: Batman: White Knight #4 by Matt Hollingsworth and Sean Murphy
Is there anything that Sean Murphy can’t do? His writing is top notch. His art is top notch. His “Twitter game” is top notch… I’m not going to lie, I’ve got a bit of a man-crush! Anyway, this cover is in desperate need of a poster-sized printing so people can proudly display it on their walls. I love the imagery of how Napier’s rise coincides with a brutally beaten Batman. It’s a perfect tease of what you’ll get in the issue, and Hollingsworth’s colors/ filter wash adds a nice depth and timelessness to the cover. The real win here is the life that Murphy breathes into the city itself. From the citizens to the cityscape, you get a clear sense of identity with a style that pulls heavily from Batman’s history – especially Batman (1989) to Batman: The Animated Series.
The best variant cover of January 3, 2018 is: The Shadow/ Batman #4 by Philip Tan
I’m going to be honest, I expected a The Shadow/ Batman cover to advance, but I didn’t think it was going to be Philip Tan’s. Not to knock this cover, I just assumed that Brandon Peterson’s cover would be the standout. There are two qualities that I love about this cover, and that’s the split-screen look and the color choices. Yes, there’s the surface-level idea that the Shadow and Batman are both titular characters, so they’ll share the cover. Yeah, we all get that, but I feel like there’s more to the cover than that. We know that the Shadow actually trained Batman, so when I look at this I get the sense that Shadow is very much a part of Batman because Batman is a product of the Shadow. There are still glaring differences though, and that’s displayed by the bright fissure dividing the characters. Then there’s the colors – or the lack thereof. The color story here is simple: black and blue with incredible, dramatic red accents. Plus, Batman looks intense “AF”…
And Batman #38 by Olivier Coipel & Dave Stewart
There’s something about Olivier Coipel’s covers that are striking. He manages to draw Batman with this, “I’m a badass” awareness to him, and I love it! Look at his face in this cover. At first glance, you’d think Batman has his usual scowl, but if you look closely, it’s the (very) slightest bit of a smirk. I bet it’s the Bat Pod. I’d be grinning from ear to ear like an idiot if I were on the Bat Pod, but Batman has to keep his composure… Because he’s Batman!
Along with Justice League #36 by J.G. Jones advancing as a Wild Card.
I love this cover! JG Jones captures such a striking and shocking image here that really nods toward the current political climate. It’s drawn beautifully and can be interpreted many ways. In fact, when I first saw this cover, I let out an audible, “Whoa.” and took a few minutes to really examine the piece… That’s art, people!
The best cover of January 10, 2018 is: Suicide Squad #33 by Eddy Barrows, Tony Salvador Daniel, Adriano Lucas, Danny Miki, and Tomeu Morey
Eddy Barrows won major points by recreating the classic cover from Suicide Squad. The story was awful, but the nostalgic vibes coming from this book, and a nod to Ostrander’s run defintely helps make-up for the lack of quality inside!
The best variant cover of January 10, 2018 is: Titans #19 by Dan Mora
Dan Mora’s covers always look stellar. The sharpness of his pencils and overall design is top-notch, and when he crafts a scene like he does above, it’s golden! When I look at this cover, all I see are iconic characters! When I look at this cover, I want to buy this book!
Along with Detective Comics #972 by Rafael Albuquerque advancing as a Wild Card.
Rafael Albuquerque is one of the best cover artists in the industry! There’s always a certain moodiness to his art, and when tied to the appropriate project, that quality works perfectly. His depiction of Clayface looks terrifying, and it kind of makes me wish we could get a horror themed Clayface story with Albuquerque doing internal art.
Did your favorite covers advance? Let us know in the comments! And now, without further ado, here’s this week’s covers to vote on!
January 17th Covers
Batman #39 by Jordie Bellaire, Mikel Janin, and Joelle Jones
Injustice 2 #18 by Dale Keown
Nightwing #37 by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez
Batman/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3 by Jeremy Colwell and Freddie E. Williams II
Harley Quinn #35 by Hi-Fi and Amanda Conner
Justice League #37 by Pete Woods
Super Sons #12 by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jorge Jimenez, Adriano Lucas, and Alejandro Sanchez
Batwoman #11 by Bill Sienkiewicz
Trinity #17 by Gabe Eltaeb and Patch Zircher
January 17th Variant Covers
Batman #39by Olivier Coipel & Dave Stewart
Nightwing #37by Yasmine Putri
Batman/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3by Kevin Eastman & Tomi Varga
Harley Quinn #35by Frank Cho & Sabine Rich
Justice League #37by J.G. Jones
Super Sons #12by Dustin Nguyen
Batwoman #11by Michael Cho
Trinity #17by Bill Sienkiewicz
January 24th Covers
Doomsday Clock #3 by Brad Anderson and Gary Frank
Teen Titans #16 by Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne
Detective Comics #973 by Guillem March
Justice League of America #23 by Rachel Dodson and Terry Dodson
Batgirl #19 by Dan Mora
Batman Beyond #16 by Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo
Nightwing: The New Order #6 by Trevor McCarthy
Suicide Squad #34 by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas
January 24th Variant Covers
Doomsday Clock #3by Gary Frank & Brad Anderson
Teen Titans #16by Chad Hardin & Alex Sinclair
Detective Comics #973by Rafael Albuquerque
Justice League of America #23by Doug Mahnke & Wil Quintana
Batgirl #19by Joshua Middleton
Batman Beyond #16by Dave Johnson
Suicide Squad #34by Whilce Portacio & Alex Sinclair