So yesterday I was picking up my comics from Heroes Your Mom Threw Out Comics and, as always, chatting with the owner, Jared, about DC and Green Lantern. I tend to buy the variant covers of the Green Lantern related books and he was asking me about the Ryan Sook variant cover to Birds of Prey #4 and last week's Brightest Day #7. As we were talking we noticed that parts of Nekron featured in both of them and that the covers interlocked - so of course we both began to wonder if the rest of the Sook variants were all part of a larger image, but Jared didn't have the other books on hand for us to look at.
Doing some surfing, I found that John Babos over on the Comics Nexus site had discovered the same thing and he had all four of the first covers put together to reveal what does indeed amount to a larger image. When this is DC trying to drum up some buzz or if they are trying to be sneaky is anyone's guess, but it is pretty intriguing none the less. Here's the image they put in their article, however I've rotated it a bit so that the background image is right side up. Click on the image for a better view and after the jump I'll share my speculation about the image.
|The first four Sook covers|
So what does it mean? John Babos hints that this may be telling us about the future and I think he may be right. If you look at the center image we seem to be seeing a top down history of the universe beginning with the void and Nekron followed by the hand of creation that's long been associated with the origins of life in the DCU. It looks like bits of Ion and Parallax are next and there appears to be bits of some of the other emotional entities in what may be revealed in the remaining eight covers that Sook is doing for the Brightest Day titles.
If this is true then the three books that make up the bottom may reveal something about the future. On the other hand this may be nothing more than a creative way to tie the books together with a thematically linked set of covers that makes an overall image that may be turned into a poster when all is said and done. At any rate, it's fun to speculate and see what these covers may or may not build into.