Darwyn Cooke Illustrates 23 Variant Covers For The DC Universe You Wish Really Existed
If you are a jaded, bitter superhero reader like we are here at ComicsAlliance, America’s Grumpiest Comic Book News Site™, then you probably respond with announcements of variant covers with an eyeroll and a noncommittal grunt, and may even go as far as to say “Variants! Bah!” out loud to an empty room full of action figures. That’s what we usually do, but not today, friends and neighbors. Not today.
Because today, DC Comics announced that most of the cape (and one He-Man) comic they publish in December is going to have a “widescreen” variant by Darwyn Cooke, and holy cats, they are some of the most beautiful DC superhero pictures we have ever seen. The fold-out covers find Cooke’s clean-line, retro superhero style in full effect, depicting variously action packed, funny and tender scenes from a DC Universe that, sadly, doesn’t really exist. It’s a look and vision for which Cooke’s become famous, and which was demonstrated most popularly in DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit, and later, considerably less popularly, in Before Watchmen: Minutemen. More recently, Cooke’s been employing a grittier and more authentically vintage approach in his hugely acclaimed Parker graphic novels, adapted from the crime books of Richard Stark, but he continued to work with the DC icons with covers for Batwing, Justice League and All-Star Western — the finale of which he illustrated from cover to cover.
Collected here are all 23 covers Cooke has created for DC’s December variant scheme. Click below to launch the gallery viewer — just kidding, we don’t hate you! (most of you)