12 Days of Best Covers of 2014: Day #10

The tenth book cover I pick for the 2014 edition of “12 Days of Best Covers of…” is for Gareth Powell’s second Ack-Ack Macaque novel, Hive Monkey, which was an absolute joy to read this year. It follows on from last year’s Ack-Ack Macaque and is pretty much just as good a novel, if not better. Gareth expanded on the world he’d created for this series, and he did it magnificently, with a twist that you could never have seen coming from a mile off. That’s the fun thing about his work, his twists are always awesome.

The first of the tenth set of comic covers I pick this year is for Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1 by Ales Kot, Marco Rudy and VC’s Clayton Cowles with the cover by Marco only. The second is for Catwoman #35 by Genevieve Valentine, Garry Brown, Lee Loughridge, Sal Cipriano and Taylor Esposito, with the cover by Jae Lee and June Chung. The third is for Predator: Fire and Stone #1 by Joshua Williamson, Christopher Mooneyham, Dan Brown and Nate Piekos of Blambot with the cover by Lucas Graciano. The first cover is for the first issue of a new Bucky Barnes series set in the aftermath of the recent Original Sin
event wherein Bucky undertook a thankless but vital task on behalf of all of humanity, inheriting one of Nick Fury’s oldest burdens. The second comic is a soft reboot on the title and follows on from events in Batman: Eternal that see Selina Kyle leave behind her life as Catwoman to become Selina Calabrese-Kyle, one of the most powerful of all the mob bosses in Gotham, and the switch has been darn amazing. The third one is yet another new comic that is a part of Dark Horse’s wider Fire and Stone event and is definitely among the best of the four new mini-series launched by the publisher.

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.

*****

Ack-Ack Macaque: Hive Monkey by Gareth Powell

Cover Art by Jake Murray

Why: That cover threw me for a loop when I first saw it, since I couldn’t understand why Ack-Ack would dress up in a suit, so when the big twist comes in the book, I went “ooooooh, that’s why!” and suddenly it all makes sense. This is kind of a creepy cover (in a good way), but also a great one because a “civilized” chimp isn’t something you see everyday.

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Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1 by Ales Kot, Marco Rudy and VC’s Clayton Cowles

Cover Art by Marco Rudy

Why: I think the cover says it all really. The way that Marco represents the whole deal with Bucky’s core identity hidden behind a shell of other identities he has taken over his life, whether that be as Bucky Barnes the US soldier and Captain America’s sidekick, or Captain America himself, or the Winter Soldier, it really makes you appreciate how far the character has come over the years.

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Catwoman #35 by Genevieve Valentine, Garry Brown, Lee Loughridge, Sal Cipriano and Taylor Esposito

Cover Art by Jae Lee and June Chung

Why: Jae Lee has always been a fairly good cover artist. His internals aren’t my cup of tea, but his covers are definitely something else. And this elegant, hi-fi pose with Selina Kyle is a great one because of its very simplicity.

Predator: Fire and Stone #1 by Joshua Williamson, Christopher Mooneyham, Dan Brown and Nate Piekos of Blambot

Cover Art by Lucas Graciano

Why: A Predator comic? That’s all that needs to be said. But yeah, Lucas has delivered a pretty awesome composition here, something heralding high action when the Predator here faces off against the sleazeball Galgo. The fact that the internal art by Christopher Mooneyham is as good as Lucas’ amazing cover is just icing really. I’d buy this comic for the spectacular cover alone.

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