iZombie #21 by Michael Allred
Why communist ghouls want our purple-skinned protagonist to drink-up the brain coffee, I haven’t a clue. What I do know is that this unique cover intrigues me enough to keep on reading, and question if Starbucks has such a flavor of coffee. Would brain coffee be a bold, or a medium blend? Would you get smarter after consuming a pot, or would you gag after the first sip because you aren’t undead? Now I’m thinking of what you would name the brand; Exotic Einstein? Abby Normal Noche? Quick, someone get me Mr. Starbucks on the phone! Oh, and the cover looks great.
FATALE #1 by Sean Phillips
The latest pulp noir series from Brubaker and Phillips, and OH MY RAPTOR JESUS WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?! Did Al Capone have his way with a Beholder one night, skip town, and not pay child support? I’ve seen nudibrachs that were cuter than that…thing. Back to the cover, Phillips does an extraordinary job with this variant, really giving the viewer a better idea of what to expect inside. You thought you saw the crazier side of Brubaker and Phillips with Incognito, but this cover alone ensures you that you’re sailing into uncharted (yet exciting) waters. If the bullets in that gun don’t kill you, that face certainly will!
Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #4 by Szymon Kudranski
“He’s more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil.” – Ben ‘Obi-Wan’ Kenobi
Graveyard of Empires #3 by Paul Azaceta
Why anyone would want to try and grow human skulls as a viable crop is beyond me, but crops are crops, and you must constantly spray them with pesticides to keep the locusts away. What I really like about this cover is the striking use of white on the black and red background. The nice little touch is the glowing red eyes of the skulls, which seem to follow me no matter where I walk around the room. As soon as I heard issue three was coming out this week, I instantly knew I’d be in store for treat; a Paul Azaceta cover (plus interior art!).
Rachel Rising #4 by Terry Moore
It’s the simplicity of this cover that really makes me smile; red background, and charcoal pencils (I’m assuming). While red eyes usually symbolize evil, green eyes can have the same effect…if you’re a GINGER! If those jade eyes aren’t selling you on the whole ‘sinister’ vibe, then perhaps the cattle skull mask she’s wearing will seal the deal. Comic book cover, or metal album cover; this image can work both ways.