Covers! I have no way of knowing this, but I feel like Jerry Orbach would’ve got a kick out of these.
Cover by Massimo Carnevale
When a dude who looks like that is that level of scared, whatever’s off-panel must be mighty terrifying. But really, it doesn’t take a lot for a Massimo Carnevale drawing to coax my jaws open. Snow is practically a gesture, but it’s enough to suggest true cold and frenzied movement. What truly registers, through color, is time of day and the suggestion of a raging fire. With only a sliver of sky and no actual flame.
Punisher Max #22
By Dave Johnson
The achromatic scheme here is so stark. So bold. I’m actually really, really glad nobody got any ideas and tossed some red in there, as is often the case with similar designs. What really makes this sing is the contrast of the hard lines and extreme angles with the organic form of that gnarled old tree.
Blue Estate #9
By Viktor Kalvachev
Star Wars imagery is tried and true, but there’s something especially compelling here. No, not the curves. Not that they’re unwelcome or anything. No, it’s the story being told with this ticket motif. It’s pawn shop noir with a geek culture slant. That’s a lot of stuff happening. But instead of feeling convoluted, it’s just an intriguing confluence of elements. And the taut chain leading off-panel? There’s a story too. I want to turn that page.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9
Georges Jeanty Variant
How did it take this long for a Buffy cover to pay homage to Tomb of Dracula? Give Action Comics #1 tributes a breather (although that Popeye one is pretty dope). This is fun.