Back once again (Minus the ill behaviour - I thought we could avoid that, this week...).
A few weeks ago I posted up those Pino Rinaldi pieces from Wild Angels, showing Shevaun Haldane in her later, Salvador Larocca period costume. This week I'm posting up an Overkill cover of her in her original costume Geoff Senior period costume, courtesy of an oil painting treatment from ICFD favourite Mark Harrison.
This is the cover from Overkill #10, from August 1992.
This is the exact kind of cover for which I started this feature. The original Overkill covers HAD to grab people's attention. They were competing in the UK newsagent market directly alongside 2000 AD and a host of Fleetway's spin-off titles, and it was through eye-catching covers like this that war was waged.
That's Killpower in the issue box (In the days before Death's Head was allowed on an Overkill cover) in full 'Turkey shoot!' pose, but the rest of the cover is all Hell's (Dark) Angel. What I love about this cover is that it totally captures the gravitas of the character. Here we have a woman who doesn't really wear a costume, per se - that black body suit is effectively bonded to her skin. It's part of her, and it's formed from a fibre of the universe itself.
I've heard a fair bit of forum discussion in recent months on the lack of female cosmic powered characters, aside from a couple of exceptions, in Marvel's recent cosmic character revival (Annihilation: Conquest, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy). Well, here's one! It wouldn't take a lot to take her out of mothballs.
I love the way hat Harrison literally shows her casually blasting out energy like a star, in total sync with her surroundings. The way that her hair is like a flowing mist is also a really nice touch. I would love to see her turning up in Guardians of the Galaxy, or on Captain Britain & MI:13. She's really been absent from Marvel Comics for far too long.