I am a huge Green Lantern Corps fan. Not just the latest series but every incarnation of the Corps. Right now, I'm gonna go all Late Silver Age on you and focus on the Hal Jordan Green Lantern series. Can you handle it?!? Yeah, I'm pretty sure you can.
My primary criterion for an awesome cover is that it compels the viewer to open the comic book behind it. This one definitely does that for me. I mean, this is Hal Freakin' Jordan. A man for whom the basis of his power is that he can overcome great fear. And something is terrifying him. Dang. Who is this Lamplighter dude? Turns out he's a blind guy with a fancy cane that transmutes matter.
The art combines with the text to make this cover look hot, desolate, and bleak. Mission accomplished! I need a glass of water after seeing this one and I really want to find out what's going on. I'm a sucker for post-apocalypse-looking stuff, too so this one gets extra points.
Thank you Gil Kane! Narrow palette + sexy woman in the foreground + "I heard you died" = purchased comic.
If you needed further proof that Busiek and Ross's work on Astro City was inspired by Silver-Age covers, look no further. This is one of the most striking images to show up on the stands ever. The style is different from most covers and that gun in the foreground is chilling. How are they gonna get out of this one?