OH COME ON!
Going down the page, I thought to myself, "Okay, okay, boring, boring, kinda grabby, good one, bleah..."
And then "OH COME ON!"
"I have an idea!" says the artist for this issue of Ms. Marvel. "Womens is pretty, but when they look at me looking at them, I get all icky feeling. Howsabout I cut off the top part of her head, so she can't stare at me as I look at her body! It's like she's just there for me to stare at! The good parts are all in the middle anyhow! I'm a genius!"
Ah, sweet objectification.
This cover is like something out of a women's studies textbook.
I can feel my hands wanting to reach through the screen to grip the lapels of the artist, David Mack, and slap the stupid right out of him. Why, David? What's the point of this cover, beyond "huh huh huh, BOOBIES!" Why reduce the title character to a sexualized object? Isn't she supposed to be a character? One about whom the reader is supposed to care? Or is the book simply wank fuel for the saddest of my fanboy brothers?
I love comics. But man, sometimes I hate 'em too.
Postscript: Below is a cover lovingly created on Like Scratches in the Sand, making the same point by using photoshop. Lo, and it was hilarious.
EDITED TO ADD:
David Mack himself has commented on this post, explaining his approach to the cover. I responded with a longer explanation of my reaction to the piece.
Check out the comments section below for a more detailed and rational debate on the cover design.