As I am home for the holidays, I thought I’d have another go at a Cover Count.  For those unaware, it’s when I sort the comics I read in a given week into two piles: one for those with a cover that represents the interior well and another for those that don’t.  Here goes:

Avengers: Classic #7–The cover shows us the Executioner, Baron Zemo, and Enchantress on the left and Thor versus evil-looking Avengers on the right.  The three on the left are indeed the villains of the issue.  Thor does fight his fellow Avengers while thinking that they are evil.  The story contains a little more, such as Captain America tracking Zemo down and the backup story, but the cover still does a pretty good job.

Countdown: Arena #3–Here, we see three versions of Wonder Woman fighting each other.  Yes, there is a lot more to the issue than that.  Nothing is said of Monarch, the other gathered characters, or the plot to free them all.  Most of that can be implied by the cover in that it might make the mind wonder why those three are fighting.  So, in the spirit of the season, I’ll grant this one a pass, too.

Countdown to Final Crisis #19–Are there buzzards picking at the dragged corpse of the Trickster?  No.  But the Pied Piper is dragging him through the desert.  Of course, the argument could be made that there is a larger story inside, that of the fake Amazons, but it only gets a little over a page more of story.  This one barely squeaks by.

Detective Comics #839–Essentially, this issue is a large battle.  Monks versus ninjas, Nightwing and Robin versus assassins, and, as the cover clearly shows, Batman versus Ra’s al Ghul.  What the cover depicts is the main conflict and the one through which all the others exist.  The cover conveys the interior well enough.

Exiles #100–It’s times like this I wish I had a “maybe” pile.  Blink, Thunderbird, and Nocturne do depart from the team in this issue.  It seems to be what the main purpose for the issue is, aside from some reminiscing.  However, there is a little bit more within the story plus the first issue is reprinted, which the cover neglects to mention.  In this case, it’s close, but not quite.  Sorry, Exiles.

Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad #1–The cover shows two armies at war, with a beautiful woman standing between them.  That’s The Iliad in a nutshell.  The Greeks and Trojans are fighting over possession of Helen, the most beautiful woman of the time.  More could be included, such as the notable characters.  Most likely, though, more might become troublesome art-wise.  This cover goes in the first pile.

Justice League of America #16–There are many things misleading about this cover.  For starters, only one of the League members in the background actually appear.  Perhaps more importantly, though, the second story gets no mention at all even though it takes up a third of the issue.  No, this cover won’t do.

The Mighty Avengers #6–In the background we see a pile of Iron Man suits.  In the foreground, we see Ares, Ms. Marvel, and Sentry staring down some unseen threat.  Unfortunately, this just does not work for this issue.   The Iron Man armors are nowhere to be seen, there is no mention of Pym (a prominent guest star), or even what the Avengers are really up to.  Let’s put this in the second pile and move on.

The Order #6–There seem to be multiple covers for this issue.  As such, I will make it clear that I have the one that features Supernaut, one worthy of a poster.  Although the issue does largely center around that character, there is much more than him, including a special guest star.  This one doesn’t really come close.

Star Trek: Year Four #5–This issue contains an experiment gone wrong that threatens the lives of those aboard the Enterprise and two satellites.  Here again, there are multiple covers, but I got the one most likely to count.  It is divided into three panels.  The first depicts the Enterprise being trapped by the black hole (although to a passerby, they might not recognize it as a black hole), the second shows Spock in a distortion, and the third shows the interior of the Enterprise under Red Alert.  I give Steve Conley credit for trying, but it’s not quite good enough.

Superman #671–The cover shows Superman fighting an army of bugs and has a blurb about this being “The Insect Queen, Part One”.  Aside from a charity function and a little investigative work, that is the issue.  It could probably showcase the bugs’ powers, though.  Still, this one works for me.

Superman/Batman #44–The story is about a movie, a fight with Livewire, and Superman being hurt by Kryptonite again.  The last of that is the most important piece of information, as it leads us to the next parts of the story arc.  I’m not sure if any of that can be interpreted from a cover that depicts Batman and Superman flying toward the reader with a backdrop of Earth (under some sort of scan–in the issue, that’s a scan for Kryptonite).  This one doesn’t fit.

Ultimate X-Men #89–Uh, no.  I remember the days when I would give these covers the benefit of the doubt because the title of the story was on it.  That probably would’ve worked here, as the Shadow King is really all this story is about.  Storm is prominent, yes, but by no means the whole story.

What If? Civil War #1–This wrap-around cover shows a bunch of prominent characters of Civil War and a couple of glimpses into the first What If? story, with the inclusion of a S.H.I.E.L.D.-garbed Gyrich and an army of Sentinels.  As a whole, it fails to say enough.

The count this week is 6:8.  Almost half and half.  Not bad.

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