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Cover Theme Game for 7/10

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!




I thought last week’s was on the easy side since you folks always seem to get my topical themes, but I was way off base. This week…hmmm…it is a straightforward theme and I think it is pretty gettable, but after last week, I guess I don’t know how to judge these things!


By hiding behind any of these covers, readers can slowly regenerate their health during a mission. Additionally, readers may use the circle button to peer from behind these covers and the triangle button to fire Snark at any targets they see. The autotargeting feature is partially disabled, however, so be aware that any Snark potshots may hit the wrong targets or miss entirely. If a player wishes to move from one cover to another, he or she will have to hit the right buttons as part of a “Theme Connection” quick-time event.

By holding down the circle button and using the left analog stick, readers may also move by edging along one of these covers. While edging along, readers will not alert the moderators to their presence; however, launching Snark tirades will be noticed by moderators and, in multicomment mode, other commenters. “Walking the edge” to Snark away at your targets is therefore a risky but sometimes useful strategy. — excerpted from the instruction manual for Comics Code of Duty: Snarkfighter: The Theme Wars

Omar…this game really exists, right? I want it so bad.

Also: I forgot that at one point Colossus just didn’t bother wearing clothes.

I’m amazed that I got last week’s. Not being American, the Independence Day theme did not occur to me (if it had I would have been more certain of my solution). I’ve just spent so much time working on Brian’s Comic Six Degree challenges, that I’m hyper-aware of all of those mega-crossovers.

This week, I’m going to have to go and look up who those characters on the Harbinger cover are (I never read the Valiant books).

Before they adopted costumed identities, Catwoman and Wolverine allowed people to experiment on them….

I’m coming up blank; possibly because there are 16 characters on these covers.

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