The ninth book cover I pick for the 2014 edition of “12 Days of Best Covers of…” is for a Warhammer Fantasy novel, The End Times: The Return of Nagash by Josh Reynolds, the cover for which was done by Paul Dainton. The End Times is a new series in Warhammer Fantasy that is positioned as one to move forward the “stuck” timeline of the setting. There are major upheavals happening in the Old World, and no race is untouched by these events. And among these, one of the most dire change is that the greatest necromancer of all time, Nagash, has returned to life, and Josh’s utterly fantastic novel charts how the greatest villain of Warhammer Fantasy returns to life.
The first of the ninth set of comic covers I pick this year is for Edge of Spider-Verse #2 by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Rico Renzi and VC’s Clayton Cowles, with the cover by Robbi. The second is for Batman: Eternal #24 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley, Andy Clarke, Blond and Steve Wands with the cover by the cool team of Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson. Edge of Spider-Verse #2 is itself such a notable comic because it features Gwen Stacy as a Spider-Women. Part of the larger Spider-Verse crossover event where we find out that there are innumerable realities out there, each home to an Earth with its own version of Spider-Man or Spider-Woman, or what have you, this comic was incredibly good, in both the story and art, being an utter wowzer. Batman: Eternal #24 on the other hand is notable because so much of it deals with Stephanie Brown, even as the larger events of the series unfold. Stephanie finally steps into her identity as Spoiler in this issue, and it is damn good fun to see her take on her villain father.
So without further ado, hit the break to see all the covers in their full glory! The full list of all these covers is available here.
The End Times: The Return of Nagash by Josh Reynolds
Cover Art by Paul Dainton
Why: As I’ve said, Nagash is one of the biggest villains of Warhammer Fantasy, possibly the biggest villain. And as such, he deserves a cover that reflects that kind of epicness. Which is what Paul Dainton does in this cover. The painted/watercolour effect to the illustration serves only to enhance Nagash’s evil, and it presents him in a very different way than other covers in the past, which have always shown him as a mortal. But this one, he is definitely a necromancer reborn, and he isn’t back for tea parties or anything.
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of End Times: The Return of Nagash
- Review of Gotrek & Felix: Kinslayer (End Times)
Edge of Spider-Verse #2 by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Rico Renzi and VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Robbi Rodriguez
Why: Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman, with a cover that shows her at three different stages of her transformation? Sign me up! As great as the issue itself was, the cover was similarly great. Robbi has a very distinctive design to her work, and that shows through in this fantastic cover. Plus, the limited colour palette works really well her and only sharpens the contrast.
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of Spider-Verse #1
- Review of Edge of Spider-Verse #1
- Review of Edge of Spider-Verse #2
Batman: Eternal #24 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley, Andy Clarke, Blond and Steve Wands
Cover Art by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson
Why: This cover needs only two words to explain why I picked it for this list: Stephanie Brown. Once known as Spoiler and then as Batgirl in pre-New 52 continuity, Stephanie has been a staple of the Batverse for a long time, though she went MIA in the reboot and only came out recently in the Batman: Eternal weekly series. Now, she has been on a kickass ride and I can’t wait to see more of this character.