The fourth book cover I pick for the 2014 edition of “12 Days of Best Covers of…” is for Josh Reynolds’ Gotrek & Felix: The Serpent Queen, which was published in late March this year and is one of the best books I’ve read all year, indisputably. Josh’ take on Warhammer Fantasy’s most famous heroic duo is very different from that of his counterpart David Guymer, being much more quirky and fun for starters, and that approach is exactly why I love his work so much, in general. And The Serpent Queen stands tall among all the other work he has done for Black Library, which is saying something since pretty much all of it is top-notch, all of that I’ve read that is.
The fourth set of comic covers I pick this year are for Transformers: Windblade #1 by Mairghread Scott, Sarah Stone and Chris Mowry, with the cover done by Casey W. Coller, and the second one is for King Conan: The Conqueror #3 by Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello, José Villarrubia and Richard Starkings of Comicraft, with the cover done by Tomás and José. The former was the first of a new mini-series from IDW that has since led to the upcoming release of an ongoing featuring the titular character, and since the mini-series was top-notch, I’m really looking forward to that one. The latter was the latest in a series of comics adaptations of novels from Robert E. Howard, carrying on the story of The Hour of The Dragon, and proved to be immensely good.
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.
Gotrek & Felix: The Serpent Queen by Josh Reynolds
Cover Art by Dave Greco
Why: The Gotrek & Felix has always had strong iconic covers, and that has never been truer than in the last couple years, starting with Winona Nelson’s awesome new covers for the various omnibuses, or the covers for some of the newer stories that got released last year. And this one, by Dave Greco, is no different to any of that. It has an ephemeral quality to it, which serves it well since it features the Tomb Kings, and Dave captures the titular heroes rather well too.
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of Gotrek & Felix: The Serpent Queen
- Review of Gotrek & Felix: The Road of Skulls
- Review of Gotrek & Felix: The City of The Damned
- Review of Gotrek & Felix: Kinslayer
- Review of Gotrek & Felix: The Anthology
- Guest Post by Josh Reynolds
Transformers: Windblade #1 by Mairghread Scott, Sarah Stone and Chris Mowry
Cover Art by Casey W. Coller
Why: A cover featuring the first female Transformer ever? Well, she isn’t technically the first female Transformer ever, so that’s a bit of a hyperbole on my part, but this cover was definitely for the first female Transforemer ever to get her own mainline comic, so that counts for the same thing. Plus Casey’s composition is just too good, showing off Windblade in a great buttkick-preparatory mode. Which is always a good thing right?
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of Transformers: Windblade #1
- Review of Transformers: Windblade #2
- Review of Transformers: Windblade #3
King Conan: The Conqueror #3 by Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello, José Villarrubia and Richard Starkings of Comicraft
Why: The reason I picked this cover over many others is because of the primalcy of it, the hearkening back to the old traditions of swords and sorcery as pioneered by writers like Robert E. Howard. Plus, the cover also reminds me quite a bit of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan the Barbarian movie, in which the hero fought off a giant snake at one point. Nostalgia +10!!!