The POP Cover Of The Week is a gothic creeping beauty: "Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy #2"

HarleyQuinn/Poison Ivy #2, DC Comics, Cover by Jay Anacleto.

"Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy #2" variant cover art by Jay Anacleto.

The POP Cover Of The Week continues its examination and celebration of comics cover excellence from the week’s new releases, with a variant cover of Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy #2 that features a gothic scene perfect in the lead-up to Halloween.

Cover artist Jay Anacleto, well-known for his beautifully detailed and realistic depictions of women comics characters, gives us a portrait of a pretty buff and steely eyed Ivy, isolated on all sides by a pure white background.

As usual, Ivy is surrounded by her namesake plant as it weaves through her hair, and around her arms and waist. The unconventional cropping of Ivy’s portrait is hidden by the bare skull of Batman, still in his cowl, cradled by gracefully curling ivy. At first glance, the mass of plants behind Ivy’s head seems to be merely a bridge and backdrop for the comic title logo, but under all that foliage hides another, larger skull, a Venus Flytrap-type flower with a creepy eye in its center serving as a visual clue.

The trade dress is about as unobtrusive as it gets, with the publisher’s logo, issue number, and creative credits appearing in black and white, and in perfect symmetrical balance.

The comic title logo itself is a work of art, the fonts designed to perfectly capture the chaos of Harley and the thorny poison of Ivy. The additions of diamonds, spades, and hearts adds further symbolism to the characters and their relationship.

HarleyQuinn/Poison Ivy #2, from DC Comics, is on sale October 9, 2019.

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