As the weather ebbs from the frozen and damp to mild and lush, April’s hottest comic covers mirror that warmth with auburn hues and renewed energy. Perfectionist and master-of-a-million-lines Geof Darrow thrusts his Shaolin Cowboy into a new adventure, fronted by a cover that looks on the titular character’s hyperviolent victories. And on that note of slow and inhumanly meticulous, James Stokoe of Orc Stain fame applies his rigorous line work to Ridley Scott’s xenomorphs. Paul Pope also pencils a cover for The Kamandi Challenge. Back in 2013, Pope recounted the tale of how he’d pitched a Kamandi series for children, only for DC to reply that it only made comics for “45-year-olds.” That fallout inspired Pope to develop Battling Boy for publisher First Second, but if this cover is any indication, a Kamandi series from the Heavy Liquid legend would have been epic. Also this month: Riley Rossmo embraces his inner pulp revivalist in Batman/The Shadow #1, Mike Allred gets psychedelic with Gerard Way’s Doom Patrol and Tomm Coker puts every doom metal album cover to shame with The Black Monday Murders #5.