Conan The Barbarian #1 by Massimo Carnevale
He may appear a little younger and less scarred from decades of battle, but it’s still definitely our Conan. With Carnevale’s instantly recognizable style from his wonderful Northlanders covers, it seems that this new gig on Conan is a perfect match for him. Highlighting the different attire (armor?) and setting (on a boat?) immediately conveys to us that this isn’t your grandfather’s Conan, but something a little bit more new and exciting. Anyone else craving that skull belt buckle?
Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #5 by Szymon Kudranski
What platform is that; Sega? It appears from this cover that the re-runs of Battlebots have finally hit Gotham airwaves, and Penguin is obviously a big fan. I just love how gigantic this Batman/Bane/Cyborg hybrid is in comparison to Oswald with his first generation XBOX controller (that’s an sick-burn if you’re a video gamer). I’m really a fan of the black and white motif, with threatening red lights abound in the armor and mask. I can almost hear the mechanical thumps and grinds come to life over the Penguins guttural squawks of delight when staring at this cover, and that’s a great compliment to the illustration.
Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #6 by J.G. Jones
While it’s great we get this image of the whole Commandos team together, what freaks me out is that there’s a being out there capable of scooping-up Franky with one hand (a giant red hand, no less)! The color fading from the rest of the team is a neat touch, focusing all color and attention on the center characters. I’m also digging Franky’s old school pistols blasting away at the beast, but something tells me the turnout may be more in his favor with the inclusion of his claymore. Great use of space nonetheless.
Thief of Thieves #1 by Shawn Martinbrough & Felix Serrano
While I do appreciate the entire cast of characters in the painting being stolen by presumably the main character, the real reason I love this cover so much is because of the great homage to graphic design legend Saul Bass with the logo. I know that reasoning sounds weird, but I’m a sucker for the classics. Do yourself a favor and Google The Man With The Golden Arm to see what I’m rambling about.