The eleventh book cover I pick for the 2014 edition of “12 Days of Best Covers of…” is for James Lovegrove’s Age of Shiva, the latest novel in his Pantheon series. The new novel is a major departure from the previous novels since it covers Hindu Mythology this time, and presents the most compelling “origin” yet of the superhero-ish characters to be found within. With a subtle story that also deals with issues of cultural misappropriation and religious satire, Age of Shiva stands as one of the best novels I’ve read this year.
The first of the eleventh set of comic covers I pick this year is for John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 by Ron Marz, Abhishek Malsuni, Nanjan Jamberi and Rob Steen, with the cover by Bart Sears (another variant this time). The second is for Justice League #36 by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson and Carlos M. Mangual with the cover by Jason and Brad. The third and final cover is for Velvet #8 by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Elizabeth Breitweiser and Chris Eliopoulos, with the cover by Steve and Elizabeth. The first of these is obviously the first in a new series, one that has been pretty damn good in its first issues, with its soft reboot of John Carter’s mythology as developed by Dynamite and going in a very different to before. The second is for a series that I’ve recently come back to, only to find that two of my favourite artists are now on the title, which pleases me immensely, and the AMAZO virus story has been pretty fun I’ll admit. The third one is for a title that I think is one of the best ongoing titles of this year, by a good margin, with its focus on an awesome female protagonist and some great noir spy-action.
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.
Age of Shiva by James Lovegrove
Cover Art by Jake Murray
Why: Lord Shiva on the cover of a Western urban fantasy novel? With the “modern” Ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu before him, arrayed for battle? How is that not a great cover? I mean, I fell in love with the cover the moment I saw it, and the book didn’t disappoint me either, so I’m pretty happy with this one, which is Jake’s second entry into the series this year.
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 by Ron Marz, Abhishek Malsuni, Nanjan Jamberi and Rob Steen
Cover Art by Bart Sears
Why: Once again, I’ve chosen a variant cover here, this being the “B” cover for the issue. I love this one by Bart Sears because it presents the main characters of the series in the best light possible. While I would have liked to have seen Dejah Thoris standing side-by-side with John Carter rather than behind him, it is not such a big issue since John is the titular hero, and that’s all there is to it.
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1
- Review of John Carter: Warlord of Mars #2
Justice League #36 by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Art by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson
Why: Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson are pretty damn good cover artists and this cover for Justice League #36 is another feather in their cap, a cap already overstuffed with feathers. I love the composition of the toxic virus symbo l overlaid on a somber gathering of the core Justice League and Lex Luthor, with all the black that surrounds the image. Sharp, strong contrast there.
- Publisher’s Link
- Review of Justice League #1-6
- Review of Justice League #7-12
- Review of Justice League #13-15
- Review of Justice League #22-23
- Review of Justice League #23.1
- Review of Justice League #23.2
- Review of Justice League #23.4
- Review of Justice League #24
- Review of Justice League #25
- Review of Justice League #26
- Review of Justice League #27
- Review of Justice League #28
- Review of Justice League #29
- Review of Justice League #37
Velvet #8 by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Elizabeth Breitweiser and Chris Eliopoulos
Why: Steve and Elizabeth’s covers for the series have all been in much the same style as this one, being very characterful, and I like this one the best from all that we saw this year. Can’t really put a finger on the why, but it is more that I see the cover and Velvet Templeton’s pose as being very… spy-ish. No flash, just a straight-up characterful moment. Those are the best, right?