By Molly Jane Kremer and Jarrod Jones. Undercover is our opportunity to lovingly gaze upon gorgeous works from magnificent artists. Each week, we single out the most striking covers that grace comic book stands and gush all over them.
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Prez #5, by Ben Caldwell. (DC Comics)
JJ: I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Prez for as long as DC’s been publishing it, and so long as Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell remain on this book, I will continue to enjoy it. (And if you don’t believe that “the Corndog Girl” speaks for us all, then you need to recalibrate your humanity, pal.) Beth Ross is my favorite hero in the DCU right now, and Ben Caldwell’s indelible image of our Commander in Chief quizzically looking to the sky is definitely inspiring (me to buy a print of this, asap).
Sinestro #16, by Brad Walker and Drew Hennessy. (DC Comics)
MJ: Two of my favorite DC anti-heroes squaring off on one cover? Say it ain’t so. (And with their matching color schemes and everything.) This is an incredibly eye-catching cover: the image’s layout is clever and perfectly executed, and the colors in the center are desaturated just so, nailing that hard-to-capture “reflected in a chestplate lightning bolt” look.
Batgirl, by Joe Quinones. (DC Comics)
JJ: If boogieing the night away is how they fight crime over in Burnside, then I’m a bonafide Justice Leaguer. (Or, at least, I used to be. Damn this website.) Anyhow, Joe Quinones could draw water dripping from a tap and I’d probably think it was the greatest thing ever, but this vibrant, sassy, and powerful image of Babs doing the Batusi on the dance floor is iconic enough that it oughta be the background to a Ladytron show poster. (Maybe I’m too old? What’s the popular music these days, group?)
The Tomorrows #4, by Andrew MacLean. (Dark Horse Comics)
JJ: Andrew MacLean’s mighty Head Lopper is easily one of the best comics you’ll read this year, and paired with Curt Pires, MacLean’s heady, manic energy has truly been untethered. Consider this cover to The Tomorrows #4, where man stands alone, infinite in his nature, as the abyss envelops him with a thundering potency. Listen! You can almost hear the lightning crack as your mind expands into an accelerating endlessness. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, check out our preview from Dark Horse, and be damn sure to catch this book!
Batgirl #45, by Babs Tarr. (DC Comics)
MJ: If you’ve been to a wedding within the past few years, you’re more than familiar with the pervasiveness of photo booths at receptions. Babs Tarr has captured this, sweetly and adorably, with both friendships and romances colored in soft pastels. We also see our first glimpse of *gasp* Babs and Dick… about to smooch?? Consider me all a-flutter.
What are the covers that float your boat this week? We want to know! Tell us about them in the comments below, and the best response gets a DoomRocket sticker/button combo sent to their door. Get to it!