Back already! There's not much time to rest if I'm throwing in on all 52 Villains Month issues. That's thirteen a week! Apologies, because I could have got this up earlier, but I scored NHL 14 this week so I disappeared into that for a while, and since GTA V is out in three days... well look, I'll do my best.
With so many of these out I've decided to award a Villain Of The Week title to the comic I liked best from each week's releases for DC Villains Month. As I didn't do this last post, I'll award last week's one to Cyborg Superman. Braniac ran a close second, but this issue's Villain Of The Week is....
HARLEY QUINN !!!!
Read what I thought of Harley Quinn below!
Lenticular cover rating: 5/5. It’s awesome. The ribbons of blood jump off the cover and contrast beautifully with the light blue whirlpool of water in the background, the depth of Manta’s arm, then head, then backpack is perfect. The whole thing exemplifies the savagery of the character.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. Almost top marks, because the 3D effect here is excellent. Riddler’s staff is pencilled at the perfect angle to make the effect work. One point off though for the unimaginative background, as I can easily picture it being a psychedelic pattern of question marks, nodding to the TV series.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. A sepia portrait of a family all in those creepy masks is cool, backed by more masked portraits. Nice and freaky, but nothing reaches out. This would be a cool cover without the 3D effect. The wallpaper, however…. what a delightful nightmare.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. Great depth here as Freeze points his gun right at you. Batman encased in ice is pretty blurry but this seems to add to the illusion. Freeze’s right shoulder appears a bit further back than it should, and the skinny head is an odd artistic choice.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. Harley is strong in the foreground, but the hammer loses focus, and I had to look closely to see that’s the Batcave in the background. The floating card symbols might have looked better in front of all of it.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. The cover artwork is good but perhaps too detailed to get the effect across well. With too little contrast the image can’t jump like it should.
Lenticular cover rating: 5/5. How can anyone ignore this? Layers all work really well. An excellent image of the character running towards the reader and the shards do a much better job than Deadshot’s bullets did. Almost lost a point for The Flash looking too big back there, but I don’t care. This one’s ace.
Lenticular cover rating: 2/5. Kinda cool, with the bloody boot stomp pose, but his chest looks like it’s floating about twenty centimetres further forward than it should be. Not into it.
Lenticular cover rating: 2/5. Look, I want to like it, but the disjointed hair and the chain that is almost completely out of frame isn’t doing it for me. The necklace works nicely though.
Lenticular cover rating: 4/5. Really nice, with some of the ice shards deliberately out of focus to convey distance. Is it something about light blue that makes the effect look more convincing?
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. I’m leaning more towards the covers that have creative backgrounds over the standard backdrops, like the lab in this one, which looks pretty slapped together. I wish Braniac didn’t just look like a green Lex Luthor considering how great he’s drawn in the book. Still, the 3D effect is great here, with nice believable depth on the character and the sharp robotic arms creeping in to the foreground.
Lenticular cover rating: 3/5. Almost on the money, except Trigon’s head is a little too detached. The glowing hands look great though.
Lenticular cover rating: 2/5. Not much lending itself to the effect here, and Zod’s right bicep armour pokes out strangely. My cover seems to have a couple of speckled dots across the front, and I’m not even sure if it’s intentional or an error in the printing process, but it just looks like someone spilt something on it, and I literally attempted to wipe it off before realising it was under the lenticular coating.
Thanks kids, more next week.