The fifth book cover I pick for the 2014 edition of “12 Days of Best Covers of…” is for Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising by Sarah Cawkwell. Published by Abaddon Books, this was Sarah’s first full-length non-Black Library work, and it proved to be even better than some of her Black Library work, which is saying something since I’ve always held her BL fiction in high regard. She was one of the first authors I started reading back when I was returning to BL fiction some years back, and she has never disappointed. An historical fiction novel about an alternate English history, mixed in with some great fantastical concepts, Uprising was one of my top books for the first half of the year.
The fifth set of comic covers I pick this year are for Batgirl #31 by Gail Simone, Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion, Blond and Dezi Sienty, with cover by Alex Garner, and Robyn Hood: Legend #1 by Pat Shand, Larry Watts, Slamet Mujiono and Jim Campbell, with the cover by Nei Ruffino. Alex Garner’s work on Batgirl has always been impresive since he stepped on to the title last year, and the one for Batgirl #31 is among my favourites, especially since it has one of my favourite Secret Six characters, Ragdoll. With Robyn Hood: Legend, I have less of a history since I only got into the whole Robyn Hood thing this year, but writer Pat Shand certainly made it a grand experience and Nei Ruffino’s cover, while a variant, is the best of all the covers commissioned for the first issue of the third Robyn Hood mini-series.
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.
Heirs of The Demon King: Uprising by Sarah Cawkwell
Cover Art by Andrew Evans
Why: At a first glance, the cover doesn’t really stand out, but when you take in the name of the novel, and then consider the simplicity of the connections, that’s when it becomes one of the best covers of the years in my estimation. While keeping things simple and straightforward, Andrew has packed in a lot of details for any fan to pore over, and in the end, that’s what matters more than anything else.
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of Heirs of The Demon King: Uprising
- Review of The Gildar Rift
- Review of Accursed Eternity
- Review of Valkia the Bloody
- Review of Portents
Batgirl #31 by Gail Simone, Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion, Blond and Dezi Sienty
Cover Art by Alex Garner
Why: As I said above, this cover has Ragdoll fighting Batgirl and the art matches up to all the excellence of the story inside. This was one of the absolute best issues of Batgirl all year, but that’s to be expected since under Gail Simone the title has been incredibly consistent and high-quality from the start. And, Ragdoll. Ragdoll is just too awesome of a character and with Gail’s new Secret Six series, I’m expecting some great things from her and the character.
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of Batgirl #31
- Review of Batgirl #32
- Review of Batgirl #33
- Review of Batgirl #34
- Review of Batgirl: Future’s End #1
Robyn Hood: Legend #1 by Pat Shand, Larry Watts, Slamet Mujiono and Jim Campbell
Cover Art by Nei Ruffino
Why: I don’t think I’ve ever picked a variant cover for this series before, but that’s fine by me and not an issue at all. The main cover for the comic is pretty decent actually, and would likely have made the cut, but then, Nei Ruffino’s cover exudes all the badassery of the character, Robyn Locksley, that I’ve come to expect in Pat Shand’s work with her, and this cover also has the feel of “calm before the storm” kind of thing, which I like. Really like!