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Cover Theme Game for 5/29

Every week you’ll get a brand-new comic cover theme game! The game works like this: I’ll show you three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, a connection between all three characters, a locale, a creator, a trait all three creators share, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” “They are all Avengers (who ISN’T?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” “They’re all mutants! (who ISN’T a mutant?)” “They’re all legacy heroes (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers. The connections will ONLY have to do with connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

If you come up with an answer that works outside of what I intended, I’ll give you credit (well, provided I think it fits, of course).

One more thing – if there are floating heads on the cover, ignore them! They don’t mean anything! Same thing with corner boxes!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t answer in the comments. This way, people who check in at different times of the day can still get credit for answering it correctly!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

Good luck and enjoy!




Last week’s was so tricky that I went with a real easy one this week (well, all in context, ya know?).


They all crackle.

Bad art? No, that’s way too common to be the right answer. Silly-looking hands? Sorry, same problem.

All three covers protect the interiors of the comic from spills, dust, and the elements.

I’ve never heard of Random before, but based on that picture he is perfectly named.

They all have an enlarged X on them.

Given the actual solution to last week’s challenge I have to ask: when was Jean’s mother killed by a Sh’iar? (I haven’t read the X-books in years.)

@ Eric
During Claremont’s 3rd run, issues 466-468, I think, Shi’ar agents tried to kill the whole family, or tried to kill Rachel, who was at a family reunion, and took some family members.

The more I think about that story (for the theme), the more it irks me. The idea of the Shi’ar TRYING to do that is a really good idea. Very clever. But that should have been the point – the Shi’ar TRIES to wipe out Jean’s entire family and the X-Men have to stop them. That’s a good plot for a superhero comic. But “the Shi’ar slaughters Jean’s entire family except her super-powered daughter from an alternate future who somehow survives”? That’s just depressing as all get out.

@Eric: Shortly after Decimation Day and a few years after Jean’s death, Chris Claremont had Rachel Summers spend some time with her grandparents. The entire Grey clan was in their house for a family reunion when a Shi’ar death squad attacked and killed them all. Only Rachel and her grandmother survived, and Rachel was branded with the Shi’ar deathmark tattoo. Jean’s mom was eventually killed too by the Shi’ar the next issue.


I had to remind myself what exactly went on (it has been seven years, after all), and it seems like the Shi’ar assassins meant to also kill Rachel after branding her, but failed because the X-Men arrived on time to save their friend. Too convenient.

Yeah, it sure was an awfully depressing story. Especially since Jean’s mom was not even a Grey (genetically)!! How in the world have they seriously killed off Jean’s entire family?

Not only her, but a cousin of hers, his wife and kids (I think).

It’d be like that issue of Uncanny X-Men when Arcade kidnaps the relatives of the X-Men and the X-Men reserves show up to save them. Only if the reserves show up and find that Arcade has killed all of the family members already.

Travis Pelkie

May 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Did the Sh’iar get to the rest of them 35 minutes prior?

Thanks everyone. I can see now I had no chance of working out this particular theme.

And you’ve reminded me why I stopped reading the X-books (aside from hatred of Wolverine).

I overthought last week’s way too much. My first thought was pretty darn close to the correct answer (in the interest of not completely giving it away for anyone who hasn’t looked at the answer yet, let’s just say I got the connection between Jean and Scott but was a generation off on Deathbird). But I kept thinking “there are so many covers with just Jean and just Cyclops that using two covers with both Jean and Cyclops can’t just mean that one of them is for Jean and the other is for Cyclops” and I convinced myself there must be some reason that those specific covers were chosen, like all the covers included a shapeshifter impersonating one of the characters or something like that.

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