Cover Girl: Prism Stalker #5

A woman coloured all black has bits and pieces floating from/into the back of her head

Welcome to Cover Girl. Each month, we gather a team of WWAC contributors to analyze a new and notable comic book cover featuring one or more women. This month, Louis, Nola, and Laura discuss the cover of Prism Stalker #5 from Image Comics.

A woman coloured all black has bits and pieces floating from/into the back of her head

What is your initial reaction to these covers as pieces of comics art?

Nola Pfau: This is what it feels like is going on inside my head at all times. I really feel this one.

Laura Stump: At first glance, the image struck me as very “shotgun to the face,” which gave me a shudder. But on a closer look, I caught that bared-teeth snarl she has going on. That, my friends, is not the expression of a woman who’s been shot in the face; that’s a woman who is determined as hell.

Louis Skye: Oh no, I don’t like it. That was literally my first thought. But on closer inspection, it’s so detailed. I like all the little pieces and pipes that meld into her hair. But I want to know what it means and I can’t figure it out. That’s frustrating for me. I need to be able to decode the symbolism.

What do you think the artist is trying to achieve?

Nola: I have a little bit of an advantage because I’ve been pulling Prism Stalker since it started, and I know that this character has a lot of things going on right now. I think this is symbolic of that, the different ways she finds herself pulled, and I think it’s also symbolic of the way she interacts with her abilities.

Laura: I think the artist is trying to show us that this character is going to spend this issue fighting to pull herself together.

Louis: That this is a fantasy story, but with science. And maybe that this character is broken? Or perhaps they’re piecing themselves together. Okay, I have no clue what they’re trying to achieve here apart from confusion.

What do you think the bits and pieces represent?

Nola: She’s overwhelmed! Poor thing, I don’t blame her. She’s had a real bad time.

Laura: Everything she’s struggling to bring together and make sense of.

Louis: I want them to be puzzle pieces so bad! I love-hate puzzles. How cool would it be if this is a character who literally has to put pieces of herself together? Or maybe they’re parts, like robot parts, and she’s putting herself together that way? I am so confused about this cover, I feel I have to read this book now to find out what it all means! Mission accomplished, artist.

With issue 5 out this month, it’s a good time to catch up on Prism Stalker. Check out our review of the first issue here.

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Nola Pfau

Nola Pfau

Nola is a bad influence. She can be found on twitter at @nolapfau, where she's usually making bad (really, absolutely terrible) jokes and occasionally sharing adorable pictures of her dog.