By 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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Batman: Arkham Knight Robin Special #1, by Francis Manapul. (DC Comics)
It’s already been made abundantly clear how I feel about Arkham Knight. Each successive DLC pack that comes our way doesn’t exactly endear me further to the game, but this monstrous cover by Francis Manapul is certainly giving me a sharp impulse to warm up my dusty ol’ PS3 for another romp through Arkham City. Robin versus Bane, Killer Croc, and Clayface? Holy smokes, sign me up.
Silk #1, by W. Scott Forbes. (Marvel Comics)
It was only a matter of time before W. Scott Forbes popped back up in UNDERCOVER. His stupendous cover to Arcadia #1 was the last time my eyes danced around his phosphorescent visuals, so this variant cover to Silk #1 feels like coming home. What’s Silk jumping into that has such brilliant lighting? My guess? A criminal-laden discotheque. In the middle of Times Square. With an artificial sun operating as its specular sphere. Yow.
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, by Andy Kubert. (DC Comics)
Yes, I know there are like forty different variants for this book, illustrated by some of the industry’s best talents. And you better believe that they’re all wonderful in their own ways. But every single one of them — as stupendous as they are — are but a jam session between creators to fondly recall how awesome it was to read comics back in the mid-Eighties. The sentiment has been felt. Loud and clear. But if Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s DK III is going to stand on its own merits, it’s going to take an iconic image of its very own to carve out its own unique place in history. Andy Kubert’s minimalistic cover does precisely this.
Silver Surfer #15, by Mike Allred. (Marvel Comics)
Mike Allred has been featured in UNDERCOVER so often, that I almost want to create a DoomRocket Hall of Fame just so I could induct him. But so long as Mike Allred continues to dazzle me with his cosmic-level creative sorcery, this is precisely where he belongs. Let’s all take a nice long stare at his cover to Silver Surfer #15, and reflect on the wonderful series he and writer Dan Slott have provided us. *sigh*
Wonder Woman #46, by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson. (DC Comics)
It’s not often that we get to feature something from the latest run of Wonder Woman, so when an awesome variant comes along, I jump all over it. Of course, it certainly helps that the variant in question is from couverture extraordinaires Terry and Rachel Dodson, features Diana in an outfit that doesn’t make me cringe, and hearkens back to what is arguably my absolute favorite Looney Tunes short in the whole wide world. Bravo.
Archie #4, by Joe Quinones. (Archie Comics)
Remember that thing I said about Mike Allred? The same applies to Joe Quinones. It’s a known fact that the artist’s work often leaves me in the dust with his brilliant characterization, his endearing attention to detail, and his loving care to capture a real moment. With his cover to Archie #4, Quinones gives us yet another indelible image to add to our fictionalized Hall of Fame, only this time it’s Veronica Lodge leaving Archie and Betty in the literal rearview. But if you look close enough, you’ll find we’re sitting there right next to them, just as dumbfounded.
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