Yesterday Adam Gorham discussed the challenges of working from an Ales Kot script. Kot gave Gorham a lot of leeway with the visuals for the series. For example a two, three page section of #1 simply read: X-O Manowar goes from from A to B doing C along the way. Such freedom could be intimidating but as readers know, Gorham rose to the occasion with a thrilling, dynamic flair.
Dead Drop #1 by Ales Kot & Adam Gorham
Valiant’s new four issue limited series Dead Drop opens with a bang, immediately plunging the reader into the action. Artist Adam Gorham renders a stunning image of X-O Manowar diving towards the island of Manhattan. Soon, Aric is on the ground, only to discover that a false tip has turned the NYPD against him. However, there is precious little time to sort out the matter. Or at least that is what Neville, the British government’s liaison with Aric’s Unity team, keeps insisting over the comm. A band of black market ne’er-do-wells have gotten their hands on an alien virus which, if unleashed, could cause catastrophic causalities. To make matters more complicated for Aric, there is the suggestion that it may be connected to the Vine. Problem is Neville is rather tightlipped on that last point, preferring to continually iterate how vital it is that Aric keep moving. Still there remains the lingering doubt that Neville does not have all his cards on the table. (Of course, does he ever?)
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Comics, like film, are in their essence a visual medium, and one of the purest examples of this are the covers which grace each issue. They announce to us what expect from a given title, evoking the tone and mood of the story within. They sometimes form our first impression of a series, inspiring us to pick up something from the shelves that we wouldn’t have considered otherwise. In other words, they play a vital part in our experience of comics.
So, for my post today, I have compiled a list of the covers which stood out for me as the best of 2013. I have separated them into two groups: a top tier of ten, followed by a second set of runners-up. Within each grouping the titles are arranged alphabetically. I’ll admit that narrowing down this list was not as easy I thought it would be. Even with 20 entries, it could have easily run longer. At the end of the day, however, having too much outstanding art to pick from is never a problem, but something to be savored.