Annihilators #1 by Mike Mignola
While it’s always lovely to see Mignola illustrating the covers of his own properties, it’s a delicious treat when he does the occasional covers for the bigger publishers. Take this one for the Annihilators; featuring two of the best characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, looking completely badass. It makes me want to battle Thanos while bellowing “I AM GROOT!”
5 Ronin #1 by David Aja
While the design layout of this cover slightly reminds me of the Immortal Weapons covers, it’s David Aja at his finest. Logan looks quite comfortable in his ronin attire, and it’s a look we’re familiar with back in the 616 universe. Just as Marv would have fit in well with the gladiators during Roman times, Wolverine would have fit in perfectly during Feudal Japan. Aja captures the feeling of a lone disciplined warrior with the use of warm earth tones, and the end result is just stunning to look at.
Batman: Streets of Gotham #20 by Dustin Nguyen
At first glance, this cover creeps me out. Gas mask plus syringes filled with red poison equals bad memories at the doctors office, but that’s just me. Seeing the players of this issue highlighted in the eye-sockets is a nice touch, followed by the remains of the Batman floating in the sea of red. Great execution, wonderful concept, just a homerun through and through.
Darkwing Duck Annual #1 by James Silvani
Bravo to James Silvani for the brilliant homage to Bolland’s The Killing Joke! It’s equally fitting that Crackerjack is to Darkwing as the Joker is to Batman. While Darkwing Duck is suppose to be on the lighter side of things, this cover immediately informs you to hold on to your butts. No, Gosalyn doesn’t get shot and paralyzed by Crackjack, but I’m not going to lie when I say I was almost expecting it when first seeing this cover!
Thunderbolts #154 by Arthur Adams
While it says the cover was done by Greg Land, that’s a boldfaced lie. It’s done by the magnificent Arthur Adams, and even says so in the lower left-hand corner. Look at all the beautiful details given to such a hideous creature. It certainly conveys the mystery surrounding such a strange and fascinating beast, that you almost forget it’s a violent and gruesome killer (at times). This would make a cool glow in the dark poster if done right.