12 Days of Best Covers of 2014: Day #2

The second book cover I pick for the 2014 edition of “12 Days of Best Covers of…” is for Michael J. Martinez’s The Enceladus Crisis which is the second novel in his Daedalus series. Michael debuted last year on a very strong note with The Daedalus Incident and he carries forward almost all of the same energy and excitement of the debut, telling a new story with characters I’ve come to really care about, in a setting that is wildly creative unlike any space opera I’ve read before.

And the second set of comic covers I pick this year are for Tomb Raider #1 by Gail Simone and Nicolás Daniel Selma, with the cover done by Dan Dos Santos, and the second one is for Harley Quinn #3 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Chad Hardin, with the cover done by Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson (corrected!). With Gail on Tomb Raider, it was an instant pick for me as part of my reading for the month and since I loved the direction that Amanda and Jimmy were going with on their brand-new top-selling title, that too was pretty automatic, especially given how they twist the concept of Valentine’s Day for their titular character.

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.


Daedalus #2: The Enceladus Crisis by Michael J. Martinez

Cover Illustration by Lauren Saint-Onge; Cover Art and Design by Victoria Maderna and Federico Piatti

Why: The cover for The Daedalus Incident was every bit as awesome as the cover for The Enceladus Crisis and what I find really amazing in this new one is that it is so different and unique from “typical” space opera where you have starships fighting it out in the void. Well, this is the same thing, but with sailing ships in space. That’s just too awesome for words really.

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Tomb Raider #1 by Gail Simone, Nicolás Daniel Selma, Juan Gedeon, Michael Atiyeh and Michael Heisler

Cover Art by Dan Dos Santos

Why: I’m well aware of how polarizing this cover has been in certain quarters of fandom, whether specifically for Tomb Raider or comics covers in general. I like this one because I’m struck more with how Lara (Croft) is posed, the kind of weapon she is holding (not a sword or gun, people!) and the flooded ruins in the background. This could well be a scene from last year’s Tomb Raiderg game itself, of which I’ve played a small amount, and I love it.

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Harley Quinn #3 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Alex Sinclair and John J. Hill

Cover Art by Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson

Why: Many of the covers for this series have beaten all expectations and this one is really no different at all. Valentine’s Day in modern times is a day of love of all kinds, whether familial or romantic, though its origins are rather violent and dangerous. Amanda and Paul make the best of both worlds and continue the new and quirky Harley Quinn tradition that Amanda and Jimmy kicked off in last year’s Harley Quinn #0, to great acclaim.

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  1. Credit where it’s due – the Harley cover is Amanda and Dave Johnson; one of the rare Amanda covers I didn’t work on ( scheduling conflict)!


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