I took a look at the new DC Comics solicitations and, while I try to avoid reading the spoiler-filled capsule summaries, it's hard to resist checking out the cover art. Since this IS the "Comic Coverage" blog, I thought I'd post a few of the better ones I came across (click on the thumbnails for larger images).
1. Batman #660: This is probably one of the more striking shots of Batman I've seen in awhile. I think what I like the most about the image is that it removes Batman from his typical night time environment and places him in (I presume) a brilliant daylight setting, with the wind-whipped cape lending him a very primal, "elemental" majesty. I have no idea what's going on with the storyline, but with Grant Morrison writing it, and a great cover like this, I may just have to pick it up.
2. Justice Society of America #1: The much-anticipated relaunch of the Justice Society franchise features a cover illustration by one of my favorites, Alex Ross (who's slated to be the title's ongoing cover artist). The element I love the most about the modern JSA is writer Geoff Johns' obvious appreciation for the grand traditions of DC Comics. The respect given to the "elder statesmen" of the original JSA, as well as the new incarnations of "dearly departed" members carrying on their legacies, provide a real sense of history that DC fans of all eras can appreciate. In fact, the cover itself is a nod to the very first JSA story back in All-Star Comics #3 (1940). How cool is that?
3. Justice #9: Speaking of Alex Ross, check out this magnificent shot of the Marvel family and their arch-enemy Black Adam (with the faint image of what appears to be Dr. Sivana in the clouds). Obviously, things are topsy-turvy since Cap Jr. and Mary Marvel appear to be restraining Captain Marvel, which adds to the great twists and turns this series has taken since it started a year and a half ago (it's published bi-monthly). Over the years, Alex Ross has made it clear how much he enjoys the Captain Marvel mythos in both interviews and through his artwork, to which we can add this striking cover art (no pun intended). Part of what I enjoy so much about Ross' take on the Marvels is his depiction of their costumes' gold accents. The shiny, almost satiny texture of the gold accents (along with the "ancient world" capes and waistbands) give the characters a regality and nobility that the plain old yellow (from their older stories) didn't quite convey. I'm interested to see how Ross, Doug Braithwaite and Jim Krueger (his co-creators) handle the Black Adam character, since the "in-continuity" version of the character has been transformed into more of an anti-hero figure than a straight-up bad guy...which is where I suspect the guys on Justice will take him. Can't wait for this one.
4. The DC Infinite Christmas Special: Not an especially great (or even good) cover, but the reason I chose to highlight this one was the simple fact that the controversial word "Christmas" appears in the solicitation (and presumably on the printed version of the cover). As a big Christmas supporter (and someone dismayed by all of the PC banishment of the word from the public vocabulary), I'm glad to see it back on at least one comic book cover....even if it is just a play on DC's "Infinite Crisis" brand.