As much as I enjoy psychedelic, surreal covers, sometimes a realistic image can be just as powerful in its own way. With this in mind, this week I present to you a selection (although not any kind of close analysis) of impressive covers of Batman comics that effectively summarize what their issue’s story is about without resorting to overblown visuals.
Each of these ten examples outlines a clear high concept through simple symbols depicted in a straightforward, figurative style:
BATMAN VS DEADSHOT
BATMAN VS SCARECROW
BATMAN GOES TO JAIL
JLA GOES TO A DESTROYED GOTHAM CITY
WHO WILL STEP INTO ROBIN’S SHOES?
BATMAN’S WAR GAMES END UP IN DEATH
BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN ARE AN ITEM
BATMAN VS WONDER WOMAN
BATMAN VS GEARHEAD
BATMAN VS KEVIN SMITH
NEXT: Batman goes to court.