FAVORITE COVERS: 10/06/2008

Today feels like a Favorite Cover kind of day.  Not a whole lot going.  Nothing really coming to me muse wise. 

Yeah, it’s definitely a Favorite Cover sort of day.

Today I present my absolute favorite cover from Crisis on Infinite Earths.

A lot of people would probably say that the cover to issue seven is their favorite.  Or maybe even issue twelve and those covers do have a whole lot of characters on them and are wonderful pieces of art.  To me, though, issue five’s cover is tops.

There are a couple of reasons for this, the first being that issue five was the very first issue of Crisis that I read. 

Yeah, I know.  That’s kind of messed up but it’s just how everything worked out.  When I was in the seventh grade one of the guys from the neighborhood I lived in1 was also into comics.  I would go over to his house every once in a while after school and we would trade books to read.  It was kind of cool2.  I was still so new to the whole comics thing and to have someone to talk comics with was helpful.  He was kind of my sponsor for lack of a better term.

I don’t know if I traded a comic or two for this issue of Crisis or what but somehow this book found it’s way into my hands and I loved the heck out of it.  Hard as it may be to believe this was an excellent introduction to DC Comics.  Well, for me at any rate.  Others may disagree and it being the fifth issue of a major crossover that was designed to forever reshape the history of the fictional DC Universe I can see why some people would look at me and throw a big, ol’ WTF my way.  Doesn’t matter.  This issue was written in such a way that it let you know just enough of what was going on without feeling like you were lost3 and it had a boatload of cool looking characters that I wanted to know more about. 

And isn’t that how getting into super-hero comics should be?

I’m serious.  Shouldn’t there be some level of, “I want to know more about these characters?” when you read super-hero comics for the first time?

I think there should and since this is my blog I get to “say” what I want.

The second reason this cover is my favorite is a combination of the level of detail George Perez put into the faces of the characters and that ineffable feeling of, “Whoa…” that I get when I see it.  One of the many reasons I like Perez’s artwork so much is that unlike some artists he makes his characters look distinctive.  Hawkeye, when drawn by Perez, does not look like Captain America in a Hawkeye suit.  Everyone on this cover looks different and you can see a lot of character on their faces.

Well, except for Widfire.  But he’s wearing a helmet.

And then there’s Obsidian, who has the whole shadow mask thing going on.

Other than that, lots and lots of character. 

If I could own one piece of Perez artwork this would be it.

No fooling.

Well, that’s it for this time.  I am kind of curious, though.  What is your favorite cover from Crisis4?

More to follow…

Footnotes

  1. Cross Timbers in Wescosville, PA.
  2. The guy’s name was Wang Chung.  I’m not kidding either.  That was his name.  Nice guy, though.  Wang was the guy that told me about Beachead Comics in Allentown, so he shares a lot of the blame for all of this.
  3. Which is why it bugs the crap out of me when fans and writers and editors, etc. say that stories should be designed to allow new readers to come on board without feeling like they have to read a thousand other issues just to understand what is going on.  There is a nugget of truth in that, but at the same time if you frame the story in the right way and give just enough exopositional dialogue you can have a story steeped in continuity and still not repel newer, less experienced readers.  I could go into this more, but frankly I don’t have the time today and this is a footnote.
  4. If you have one that is.
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