Supergirl #61 comes out tomorrow and the solicited cover is seen above.
I think this is a fresh composition for a comic. The title name is in the middle of the cover rather than at the top, bisecting it. The top portion shows Supergirl using her heat vision on Clayface. The bottom panel shows Damien punching Mr. Freeze. It has the flavor of a Silver Age team-up book, especially with the oversized sound effects.
But this wasn't the originally solicited cover.
Back when the February solicits were first released in November, this was the solicited cover. This has a completely different feel to it. I like how the heroes here seem to be streaking towards a threat. And, of course, this cover has Batgirl in it. Boy, Reeder does a great Steph!
So why the change? Could it be that the story has changed now that James Peaty is acting solo? Maybe Nick Spencer's initial plot had Batgirl in it and Peaty's doesn't? I can't think of anything else. Certainly this is a beautiful cover too. I'll be honest, I was hoping to see Batgirl in this issue/storyline. The prior Supergirl/Batgirl stories have all been great.
I have loved Reeder's covers so far. I would love to see her process in cover creation, from thumbnail to pencils, to finished work. I loved when Josh Middleton would do that on his blog.
Edit- I tweeted Amy Reeder about this yesterday. Just checked and got this response from her.
@dranj70Yeah, basically the story was tweaked and didn't have Batgirl in it any longer! So I made a new cover.
So question answered. Thanks to Amy Reeder for the response!
I still would love to know what happened to the original art of the other cover.