Frankenstein And The Creatures Of The Unknown #3 by Doug Mahnke
I was not aware this was Doug Mahnke’s art at first. It looked like a mix between Quitely and Rocafort for a split second, but sure enough I can see Manhke’s style shine through. I love the sense of impeding doom on this cover, as the Creatures of the Unknown are surrounded by mechanical mayhem, with no hopes of escaping. The erratic lightning overhead adds a nice effect, and the cover as a whole does a good job of setting the tone for the title.
Baltimore: The Curse Bells #1 by Francesco Francavilla
Just a bell, you may ask? More like a CURSE BELL! Seriously, I would not want to ring this bell, nor hear it ring. Nothing good can come of it. I mean just look at it; it has tattoos like a badass! Bells shouldn’t have tattoos! With this Mignola title returning, it was only a natural fitting to have Francesco Francavilla doing a variant cover for this series, as he usually does for almost every title in the Mignolaverse. The man’s pulpish style is synonymous with the feeling of any Dark Horse book. I much rather prefer his variants to the original covers.
Batman And Robin #26 by Chris Burnham
One name came to mind when I first saw this cover; Seth Fisher. It’s really creepy how much it feels like him, so major props to Chris Burnham for creating an image so wacky, yet so familiar at the same time. While the Eiffel Tower poking Batman in the eye does make me cringe (only because pointy objects in eyes freaks me out), the crumbling of the Boy Wonder is very well executed. So many nods to famous gallery pieces, that this cover itself should be hung in the Louvre.
Batgirl #24 by Dustin Nguyen
A very fitting final farewell cover to such an epic and enjoyable run. Nguyen does a marvelous job incorporating every character that made an appearance in its twenty-four issue life, that it truly is a walk down memory lane. Farewell Stephanie Brown, and thanks for all the memories. You will truly be missed.