Comic Review: Cover #1 (DC Comics)

DC Comics brings us a thriller spy comic book about… comic books! Cover, issue #1, from DC, pairs writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Mack in this story about […]

DC Comics brings us a thriller spy comic book about… comic books!

Cover, issue #1, from DC, pairs writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Mack in this story about comics intersecting with the American intelligence community. It’s really quite interesting!

The basic premise of this story is that we are following along with Max Field, comic artist. At a comic convention, a fan approaches and purchases several of his original art pages, for quite a sum of money. From there, things get a bit puzzling and mysterious. Who is this fan, and why is she fascinated with his work? And why does he have a funny feeling something else is going on?

I really liked this book, from the story concept to the illustrations. The story is told so smoothly, but in such an extended fashion that the beginning pages could be considered superfluous, but wait. The entry into the comic by bringing the reader to the comic convention could be designed either to lull us into a false sense of security or to educate the average reader about the world of comics. Either way, the pale colouring on the simple line drawings is a unique intro. Mack plays with several visual styles in Cover, intermingling them flawlessly.

The story of Cover does unfold gradually, but it does unfold. Without revealing any more about it, I want to recommend the issue. I am looking forward to issue 2; this one has piqued my interest. Bring on the spies, and bring on the comic tie-ins!

Consists of 26 pages of story plus several variant cover drawings by Mack

DC Comics, Cover #1, $3.99 for 30 pages of content, assume Teen rating.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!