12 Days of Best Covers of 2014: Day #6

The sixth book cover I pick for the 2014 edition of “12 Days of Best Covers of…” is for Bloodsounder’s Arc #2: Veil of The Deserters by Jeff Salyards, published by Night Shade Books under the auspices of Skyhorse Publishing/Start Publishing. As with Jeff’s debut from 2012, Scourge of the Betrayer, the story wasn’t all that much to my tastes. There are some good moments in Veil of The Deserters sure, but at times it was just too dragged out for me to really appreciate the story.

The sixth set of comic covers I pick this year are for Black Canary/Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini, Joe Quinones, Dave McCaig and Sal Cipriano with the cover by Joe himself, and Green Arrow #32 by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo and Dezi Sienty, with the cover by Andrea and Marcelo. The new graphic novel by Paul and Joe was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and thankfully, it delivered quite well, being one of the best graphic novels I’ve read all year, more so since it features a great relationship between the titular characters. Green Arrow #32 on the other hand was one in a long line of awesome issues by the creative team, which really changed the landscape of the title last year and which continued with incredible consistency for more than a year. The creators are now off on other titles, but with Green Arrow #32 they took things to a new level and delivered one of my favourite issues of the year.

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.

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Bloodsounder’s Arc #2: Veil of The Deserters by Jeff Salyards

Cover Art by Michael C. Hayes

Why: The great thing about this cover is the character featured in the foreground, Soffjian, sister to one of the primary characters of the series, Captain Braylar, and also a warrior in her own right, leading a squad of others like her. Fantasy book covers usually tend not to feature female characters, especially in such prominent roles when there are male characters in the same shot, so this cover is totally a win-win. Jeff and Michael have done a pretty incredible job here, I have to admit.

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Black Canary/Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini, Joe Quinones, Dave McCaig and Sal Cipriano

Cover Art by Joe Quinones

Why: The thing about this cover is that it stars two of the most famous of DC’s fishnet-wearing crime-fighters. Black Canary and Zatanna are also two of my favourite female characters in comics, and in recent years from all the stuff I’ve read from before the New 52 launched, I’ve become an even bigger fan. Joe Quinones also does a great composition here, showing off the best of both ladies.

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Green Arrow #32 by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo and Dezi Sienty

Cover Art by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo

Why: This is a pretty minimal cover by all standards, but the awesomeness comes from how Andrea and Marcelo use it to show off all the major characters who star in this issue, good and bad alike. And really, it also has the traditional Andrea Sorrentino-stylishness that I’ve come to expect from him during his continued tenure with Jeff and Marcelo on the title, so that’s an even bigger plus. As it has been every single month, month after month.

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Posted on December 20, 2014, in 12 Days of Best Covers of 2014, Book Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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