The third book cover I pick for the 2014 edition of “12 Days of Best Covers of…” is for Christie Golden’s World of WarCraft tie-in novel The Shattering: Prelude To The Cataclysm. This novel marked a resurgence of my interest in reading tie-in fiction outside of Warhammer, Star Wars or Star Trek, and took me back to the days when I first read The Last Guardian and Rise of The Horde, two of the best WoW novels I’ve read to date. And since I never got to play the Cataclysm expansion properly at level, this prequel novel did much to soothe that longing.
The third set of comic covers I pick this year are for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 by Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs, with the cover done by Steve Morris, and the second one is for Superior Spider-Man Annual #2, also by Christos Gage, though he worked with pencillers Javier Rodriguez and Philippe Briones on this one, with the cover done by Michael Del Mundo. The former marked my first foray into reading Buffy comics, though I had read some of the Angel & Faith comics before that and the latter was another dip into the Superior Spider-Man territory, the premise of which I find rather intriguing, to say the least and love it as well.
So without further ado, hit the break to see both the covers in all their glory! The full list of all these covers is available here.
World of WarCraft: The Shattering: Prelude To The Cataclysm by Christie Golden
Cover Art by Unknown
Why: Somewhat of a relic artifact, the Doomhammer has long been a symbol of strength and pride for the Orcs, and has marked two of the greatest Warchiefs of the Horde, Orgrim Doomhammer and his successor Thrall. In this illustration, the Doomhammer is used to literally shatter something and the obvious nature makes its own play in making one of the best covers I’ve seen all year.
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of The Shattering: Prelude To The Cataclysm
- Reviews of World of WarCraft novels
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs, Dan Jackson, Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover Art by Steve Morris
Why: As far as I can tell, this is the first cover from Steve Morris that I’ve seen ever, and it made me a fan of his work. The painted nature of the artwork really spoke out to me, and to see Buffy fighting a bunch of Zompires with a flashy-new kind of Vampire, it kind of causes a lot of excitement and mystery to a Buffy comics novice like me.
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1
- Review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2
- Review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #3
- Review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4
- Review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5
- Review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #6
- Review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #7
Superior Spider-Man Annual #2 by Christos Gage, Javier Rodriguez, Philippe Briones, Alvaro Lopez, Veronica Gandini and VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Michael Del Mundo
Why: Michael Del Mundo turned out something really wonderful here, showing the Green Goblin eating a spider, a rather obvious play on the internal story in which the supervillain plans to bring down everything to do with the Superior Spider-Man. It was my first taste of the Green Goblin in comics, and both the cover and the story were just superb. The cover also makes you really wonder just what the hell is going to happen, given that the supervillain is built up to be an ultimate threat to Doc Ock’s Superior Spider-Man.