Dark Horse is known for its endless series of mini-series spun out of movie franchises, and over the years, Star Wars certainly proved to be one of their best cash cows. Of course, this means ever longer series titles as you keep having to reach for a new one after every three or four books!
Issue 2 of Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – Redemption carried the chapter entitled The Search for Peace, written by writer Kevin J. Anderson. The synopsis (per solicitation) reads as follows:
Guilt-ridden, Ulic Qel-Droma hides from his past on the frozen world of Rhen Var. Meanwhile, on Exis station, Nomi Sunrider calls together the Jedi Knights to discuss the future of the Republic. After hearing so much about Ulic and remembering him from her childhood, Vima Sunrider decides to go in search of him. When Hoggon discovers Vima on his ship, he is astounded to learn that the mysterious stranger he took to Rhen Var is in fact Ulic himself.
While the pencils and inks for the interior work was handled both by artist Chris Gossett, painter Igor Kordey was approached to come up with the covers for the series.
And as you can see for yourself, he very much delivered with this stunning piece of art for issue 2!
Justice League Dark was a fantastic new addition to the Justice League franchise, thrown into the mix as DC went fist first into their big 2011 “The New 52” relaunch shake-up.
Officially, the Justice League Dark is a branch of the Justice League dedicated to dealing with mystical and supernatural threats. Its founding members include Deadman, John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Shade the Changing Man and Zatanna – in other words featuring a lot of characters who previously only appeared in the sister DC/Vertigo Universe!
2012 saw the release of Justice League Dark Annual #1, which continued the story being told in #13 of the main series, basically seeing the the Leaguers finish their quest for the Books of Magic. Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Mikel Janin, artist Ryan Sook was approached to produce this fantastic piece of cover art to wrap it all up in.
Private detective Sara Pezzini’s recent exploits have had an unintended, but not all together negative side effect – she’s now actually getting paid to investigate paid supernatural cases! However she may make an enemy of another one of Chicago’s supernatural agents in the process. Meanwhile, all around her forces move in a much larger, sinister symphony…
Written by Tim Seeley and with art from the team of Diego Bernard and Fred Benes, it was left up to artist John Tyler Christopher to come up with this fantastic, negative space inspired and detailed piece of comic book cover art:
Mysterious forces are testing Damian, Batman’s son. But what figure stands behind these mind-altering trials – and to what end?
Writer Keith Champagne churns out two great stories for 2007’s Robin Annual, the first titled “The Great Pumpkin”, illustrated by Derec Donovan, and the second “The Festival of the Hungry Ghosts”, a 16 page prelude to the big “The Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul” crossover storyline that was about to hit the Bat books at the time.
Fan-favourite artist Jason Pearson provided the art for this second story, as well as this particularly dynamic piece of cover art!
Issue one of the new Checkmate series that launched back in 2006 sees Sasha Bordeaux, Fire, and Jonah McCarthy infiltrate a Kobra base to find the source of a biotoxin, while Alan Scott and Amanda Waller attend a meeting of Checkmate’s UN oversight committee reviewing the organization’s mandate – needless to say the latter is most definitely the least exciting of the two.
Anyway, with Greg Rucka handling the script and artist Jesus Saiz the interior, it was left up to the talented Lee Bermejo to come up with this pretty striking first issue cover:
The League takes on a villain destined to be one of the greatest threats to the DC Universe: the mysterious Cheetah! But who is she? What is her connection to Wonder Woman? And how will this fundamentally change relationships within the team?
Written by Geoff Johns, the interior art team of Tony S. Daniel and Richard Friend were also tasked with coming up with this brilliantly detailed cover of carnage, featuring a rather angry Cheetah taking on pretty much the entire Justice League!
The explosive conclusion to the Avengers’ cosmic odyssey! Will the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy be able to stop Thanos from making Earth the throne world of his new empire? The fallout of this story will change one Avenger’s life forever!
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and with interior art from the team of Mark Bagley on pencils and Danny Miki on inks, issue 8 of Avengers Assemble came wrapped in an awesome pulse-pounding action-packed cover featuring Thor and Hulk taking on Thanos, courtesy again of Mr. Bagley and Mr. Miki.
This piece of cover art is being put up here because I fondly remember owning the comic book back in my late teens and early twenties when my 7th floor apartment’s one corner was pretty much overrun by my comic book collection.
If you have never heard of it, Continuity Publishing, also known as Continuity Comics, was an American independent comic book company formed by Neal Adams in 1984, publishing comics until 1994. Samuree: Mistress of the Martial Arts was one of the titles published by Continuity, created by Neal Adams and then continued by writers Elliot S. Maggin and Peter Stone for its initial nine issue run. Although over the course of the nine issues a number of artists were used for the interior art, Mark Beachum is probably the primary artist associated with Samuree, in part to all his interior work, but most definitely for his eye-catching (rather 80’s styled if you look at them now) covers.
As for who Mark Beachum is, well he is an American comic book and multi-media artist known for his highly eroticized renditions of female super heroines such as Flare and Samuree. Right.
In any event, here is the pretty cool cover art featured on issue four of the original Samuree: Mistress of the Martial Arts comic book:
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuity_Comics
Eve has an imagination that’s more than active – it can be downright dangerous! Working late at the costume super-store Halloween Land, she gets lost in her own thoughts until something goes bump in the night. The rubber masks and plastic novelties are coming to life, and Eve must face ghosts, goblins, and gorilla suits made real.
High fantasy and heartbreak in an oversized 2012 holiday one-shot from Image Comics, written by Brandon Montclare with interior art by Eisner Award nominee Amy Reeder.
Amy’s fantastic work, which has also been on display in Batwoman and Madame Xanadu, was also roped in to provide this cover for Halloween Eve, a cover which for some reason makes me smile and think that it’s particularly clever. Not entirely sure why, but I do like it! :)