The end of the year is a time of reflection in many ways, and that often means thinking about and assessing what the very best releases in any particular medium were. As we prepare to cross the threshold into 2017, we've been collecting some of the best covers of the year by publisher for your perusal, and today we're looking at fifty of the best comic book covers released from Image Comics in 2016.
A few weeks saw the release of Mirror, a new miniseries from the creative team of Emma Rios and Hwei Lim. A standalone narrative set in the shared sci-fi/fantasy universe of 8house, Mirror sees the duo collaborating in new and leftfield ways to tell a story that stands apart from anything else on the shelf. Rios, best known as the artist on Pretty Deadly, here writes for Lim, with Lim bringing her unique and wonderful style to the mad characters and world of the story.
That collaboration is key to the series, and the pair keep the readers surprised with each new turn of the page. They even switch out at certain points, with Lim writing while Rios provides pencils. Mirror is an incredibly crafted and intricate series that elevates both of its creators, and may change the way you look at Image. Along with Island and the rest of 8house, Mirror represents a shift into new and experimental waters. ComicsAlliance was lucky enough to get to speak to both Rios and Lim about their collaboration.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.