This is an odd time to be a fan of mainstream comics, as two of the major publishers lie on the verge of new status quos. Marvel is gearing up to merge all of its conflicting realities in a b-movie quilt of genres for this summer’s Secret Wars, while DC nears a soft reset in June. In the meantime, the latter is hitting the freeze button on its current publishing line for Convergence, a two-month event that sees past creators return to cameo former timelines and iterations of characters. As far as covers are concerned, it’s a nostalgia waterfall for both properties and creators. Kelley Jones brings his shadow-drenched, old-school horror grotesqueness to Swamp Thing, and it’s almost too perfect; the titular character (the living embodiment of flora grows out of a rotting corpse’s intestines). Babs Tarr also pays homage to the past with the kewl-kid ‘90s icon, Superboy; it’s almost startling how dated he looks with a single gold earring and shaved sides. He could almost front a Brit-pop band. Though Tarr, Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher have been renovating Batgirl to speak to a younger audience with impressive finesse, this is somewhat of a hilarious reminder that the zeitgeist has fickle tastes.
Other April eye candy includes some clever work from Mike Allred, who charts a winding, closed trajectory for Silver Surfer to glide along, and Mitch Gerads, who plays with reflection and blur for a hopelessly cool Captain America action shot.