The Coven

 COVQ   (Awesome, 1997-1998)

™ and ©1997 Awesome Entertainment LLC

(From The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide)

At first glance this resembles another entry in the “Angels against Demons, Heaven vs. Hell” series of titles that have dominated the output of many 1990s publishers. On closer inspection, though, there’s more in common with Doctor Strange and Marvel’s horror characters than with Spawn et al. The Coven are Fantom (half-human vampiress); Spellcaster (white witch with owl familiar); Scratch (Catholic priest possessed by a demon); Blackmass (leader, descendent of Cain); and Phenomena (can tell when trouble’s a-brewing). Issues #1–4 deal with the recruitment of Spellcaster and Phenomena, and an attempt to resurrect Cain using five Christ-held objects, though why such things would raise Cain isn’t explained. A two-part story set in New Orleans, introducing Fantom’s brothel and a race of goblins, follows. Created by Ian Churchill, who draws and co-writes the series with Jeph Loeb, there’s a strong sense that the characters have purpose and that there’s an interesting world being laid out. There’s also a healthy mix of lightheartedness and horror. While the artwork improves with each issue Churchill clearly enjoys drawing scantily clad people (men and women, though the latter are rather ubiquitous) and this might have been off-putting except he’s made sure it’s within context for the characters. Overall, a title to try if you enjoy the supernatural. ~NF

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#1 Variation A

Date: 8/1/1997
Cover Price: $2.50
NM Guide: $4.25
4 copies available from $4.00
Rob Liefeld coverJeph LoebIan Churchill, Rob Liefeld

#1 Variation B

Date: 8/1/1997
Cover Price: $2.50
NM Guide: $2.25
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Man with flaming hands on cover; American Entertainment“Exclusive" variant cover; Red borderJeph LoebIan Churchill

#1 Variation C

Date: 8/1/1997
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Wizard Authentic coverJeph LoebIan Churchill

#1 Variation D

Date: 8/1/1997
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Team on cover; White borderJeph LoebIan Churchill

#1 Variation E

Date: 8/1/1997
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Chromium cover otherwise same as 1/AJeph LoebIan Churchill, Rob Liefeld

#1 Variation F

Date: 8/1/1997
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Flipbook with Kaboom 1+Jeph LoebIan Churchill

#1 Variation G

Date: 8/1/1997
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Flame Hands coverJeph LoebIan Churchill

#1 Variation H

Date: 3/1/1998
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Fan Appreciation EditionJeph LoebIan Churchill

#1 Variation I

Date: 8/1/1997
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Flame Hands cover; American Entertainment exclusive; Gold foilJeph LoebIan Churchill

#1 Variation J

Date: 3/1/1998
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Fan Appreciation Gold EditionJeph LoebIan Churchill

#1 Variation K

Date: 3/1/1998
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Includes Kaboom 1+ Gold Edition; FlipbookJeph LoebIan Churchill

#1 Variation L

Date: 3/1/1998
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Fan Appreciation Edition; Is really 2nd Printing; Group standingJeph LoebIan Churchill

#2

Date: 9/1/1997
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 Jeph LoebIan Churchill

#2 Variation A

Date: 9/1/1997
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Flames on bottom of coverJeph LoebIan Churchill

#2 Variation B

Date: 9/1/1997
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Dynamic Forces EditionJeph LoebIan Churchill

#2 Gold Edition

Date: 9/1/1997
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Gold edition limited to 5000 copiesJeph LoeIan Churchill

#3

Date: 10/1/1997
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Red foil logo on coverJeph LoebIan Churchill

#3 Variation A

Date: 10/1/1997
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Red foil logo on coverJeph LoebIan Churchill

#3 Variation B

Date: 10/1/1997
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White VariantJeph LoebIan Churchill

#4

Date: 1/1/1998
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Flip CoverJeph LoebIan Churchill

#4 Variation A

Date: 11/1/1998
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Dynamic Forces EditionJeph LoebIan Churchill

#4 Variation C

Date: 1/1/1998
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Variant CoverJeph LoebIan Churchill

#5

Date: 1/1/1998
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Flip CoverJeph LoebIan Churchill

#5 Variation A

Date: 1/1/1998
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Variant cover, woman, ghouls standing in waterJeph LoebIan Churchill

#5 Variation B

Date: 1/1/1998
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NM Guide: $8.00
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Dynamic Forces Gold EditionJeph LoebIan Churchill

#5 Variation C

Date: 1/1/1998
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $3.50
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Dynamic Forces EditionJeph LoebIan Churchill

#6

Date: 2/1/1998
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NM Guide: $2.25
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Flip CoverJeph LoebIan Churchill

#6 Variation A

Date: 2/1/1998
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NM Guide: $9.50
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Limited Edition with gold foil letteringJeph LoebIan Churchill

Ashcan #1

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Preview EditionJeph LoebIan Churchill, Rob Liefeld

Book #1

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Collects issues #1-2Jeph LoebIan Churchill