Every so often, I take the comics I read in a given week and sort them into two stacks. In one stack are those that have a cover decently expressive of the interior. In the other are those that say little to nothing or are misleading.

The Amazing Spider-Girl #20–In a clever bit of business, this cover has a few panels and throws in blurbs that reference other facets of comicdom. The bottom three panels include titles of older comics and the banner across the top “Brand New May” is, of course, a reference to Spider-Man’s current story in his own title. Amidst that cleverness, the cover manages to provide essential parts of the issue. May considering being a cheerleader, May’s current romantic relationship, and a little bit about a stalker are all included. Good job.

Batman #676–I almost want Batman to be a cape with chest, arms, and a head, as this cover indicates. That might be interesting for an issue. Really, though, it’s just an odd portrait shot. Moving on.

ClanDestine #4–A girl charges from a fiery blaze with swords drawn to attack mysterious onlookers! Well, yeah, that happens. However, this comic has much more going for it. Although I doubt a good cover could be made that touches on all the big points, and not that I would want such a thing, the scene depicted here really is not all that consequential. So, good effort, but not quite.

Green Lantern Corps #24–In this case, the cover indicates that a somewhat-mysterious alien being (actually Mongul, but an unfamiliar reader might not know that) has defeated a bunch of Green Lanterns and now he is just walking away, amidst a giant flower patch. In actuality, he only captures two Lanterns and is himself only in the comic for a few panels. The Black Mercy (the flower shown on the cover) does play an important role, but that’s not enough. The misdirection of the rest of the cover just moves this one into the second stack.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1–With the first issue comes a cover that depicts the main team. I can hardly fault them, as that’s probably a good way to market a first issue. It does need more, though, given that a fair amount happens within.

Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #2–Iron Man and Doctor Doom face off as a demon laughs in the background. Sorry, no. That just does not happen. The demon is important, and specifically important to this issue. Unfortunately, Doom and Iron Man do not fight. Ah well.

The Last Defenders #3–Given the somewhat rotating-door nature of the team membership in this mini series, I can understand a cover depicting the stars of this issue. In fact, the issue itself hold little other important information. One key detail is missing, I think. Namely, the identity of the villainous organization they’re up against. What? You didn’t know that they face a threat? Exactly my point.

New Exiles #6–So, Morph is flying high in the sky while being shot at by an airplane as a dragon nearby gets hit and starts falling away. Okay, the details of the events inside don’t exactly match up, but that essentially happens. And Morph and the dragon are, in a way, the main focus of the issue. The fight depicted is part of the climax. This gets a pass. Only barely, though.

Project Superpowers #3–Considering the limited role either character (Masquerade or The Mighty Samson) play in the events depicted within the comic, this cover just does not work. For this article’s purpose, anyway.

Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #1–Ah, yes. Secret Invasion. Flowing through Marvel’s line like blood. Now, it has struck the Fantastic Four. I suppose I should be grateful the cover sells the story better (not that I dislike Secret Invasion‘s covers). However, it does so by being misleading. A Skrull Invisible Woman does not defeat the Human Torch and Thing. There is a reality warp, so that’s a nice touch, but not enough.

Superman #676–Superman is getting drowned by a somewhat-mysterious angry attacker! At a casual glance, someone may or may not recognize that he’s being attacked by Solomon Grundy. That said, those two fighting is the focus of the issue, with the attempted drowning and Superman’s eyes glowing taking up about two panels. It’s an Alex Ross cover that does what it should do. Why couldn’t that have been the case for Batman or Project Superpowers?

Titans #2–On this cover there are a bunch of Teen Titans and the message “Trigon Returns!” Raven even gets separated from the pack, as if to imply she gets more focus. I guess that is true to a certain extent. Unfortunately, there really is more going on in this comic and Trigon pretty much returned last month.

With all that in mind, the count comes to 3:9, with honorable mentions to ClanDestine, The Last Defenders, and Titans. A bit rough, this week.

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