Although I really enjoyed Marcos Martin's cover work for Batgirl: Year One
, Green Arrow
, his current stint on Marvel's Runaways
hasn't impressed me that much (except, possibly, for Issue 13
). In fairness, that may because I'm such a fan of Jo Chen
's covers for the series, and the two artists are polar opposites, stylistically.
, Marvel teased some of its July solicitations, including Martin's cover for Runaways
#18. And you know what? I like it -- a lot
The off-kilter composition makes the image seem like a snapshot taken during a summer day at the park. It's definitely candid, with the characters swept up in the moment and each other instead of striking iconic poses. Here, they're not superheroes; they're just kids
But more importantly, they're vulnerable
, something underscored by the cover blurb, "One of these Runaways is about to die."
The bright, flat colors work well, too, I think, contrasting with the dark times that loom ahead (and
a problem with the cover, though it's not the art: I'd never paid much attention to the logo before, but here, against a clear blue sky, it's obvious that it's, well, not very good. At all