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Judging (Marvel’s September) Books By Their Covers

Marvel’s September Solicitations are up, so now is as good a time as any for us to make prejudgments based just on the covers (as we all love to make prejudgments, don’t we?).

Let’s begin!
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Overall, a fun Eric Nguyen cover, but I think the photo-realistic car looks a bit out of place with how Beast and Iceman are drawn.

The car sort of looks like a colorform.
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I like this Humberto Ramos cover a lot better than last month’s cover, but with all the usual Ramos caveats, specifically the over-the-top designs that have become synonymous with his art style.


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Well designed cover by Pablo Raimondi.

If only he didn’t have to include big dumb giant wolf head.
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This cover by Billy Tan is a big step up from the covers he did for the Uncanny X-Men storyline that this story spun out of.

I love that the Korvus guy no longer has a big dorky sword.

What a weird design idea THAT was.
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Decent enough Stephane Roux cover.


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Not a huge fan of this Finch cover, but I will certainly admit it is a striking cover.


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This Marko Djurdjevic cover has a lot of the hallmarks of a great Djurdjevic cover (including the interesting text), but the end result seems a bit dull, really.

His covers are at their best when he lets his dynamic art design sense show off.
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Wait a sec! Is this some kind of practical joke!?

Arthur Suydam forgot to make this Wolverine cover a Zombie cover!

Looks good.
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Good layout by Ariel Olivetti, but his current “draw everyone huge” style hurts the ultimate execution of the cover.


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Decent Salvador Larocca pose cover.

Hepzibah was an interesting choice for a character to bring to Earth.
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One thing I really dig about Yanick Paquette’s Ultimate X-Men covers is that he really gives them a sense of normalcy in the face of superhero craziness.

The end result of that is a bit of an odd disconnect, but I still appreciate the effort.
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Strong Stuart Immonen cover.

Green Goblin looks pretty goofy, though.
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Another weird “coming at each other” cover by Greg Land.


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Very cool Pasqual Ferry cover.


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Nice Coipel cover – what’s the deal with Thor’s belt?


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Good Ed McGuinness cover, too.


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Another pretty lackluster Jelena Djurdjevic Terror, Inc. cover.


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Good Marko Djurdjevic cover.

Penance is dorky, though.
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A bit much by Khari Evans, but I’ll give him this – Evans has some flair.


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I gave Turner some compliments on the last cover of Spider-Man/Red Sonja, and then he came back with this cover for the second issue that is so much worse.

Yikes, that’s some freaky looking Sonja AND Spider-Man!
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Nice Paul Gulacy cover.

I like the new approach by Gulacy (first Dr. Fate, now Penance) to pick characters who don’t show their faces.
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Okay, so the characters in the now-named Order ARE going to have circles (representing O’s) on their chests!

That should be amusing.
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Another good Nic Klein New Warriors cover.


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Pretty good Billy Tan cover.


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Giant robots is a good look by Ed McGuinness.


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What’s the deal with this New Avengers cover by Yu?

What’s the point of it, exactly?
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I am surprised it took THIS long for a “hot chick” catfight by Horn.


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Well designed cover by Tomm Coker.


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I like Greg Hildenbrant’s cover here – a little grittier than usual.


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Decent John Watson cover.


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An interesting enough layout by Marko Djurdjevic for this cover.


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Fun Scherberger cover.

I’m surprised Marvel hasn’t done more with Pyro after the X-Men movies.
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This Skottie Young cover is nicely designed.


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Nice, straightforward cover by David Williams.


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Good Paul Smith cover – why did it take this long for the Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four book start working the Silver Surfer into the books?!?!


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This Tom Grummett cover would be a lot cooler had we not had that classic Ed Hannigan cover years ago.


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This Loners homage of Sixteen Candles really doesn’t work, unless Julie Power is crushing on Turbo, which I guess could be the case.

Even if that’s the case, then it still doesn’t really work, as Ricochet looks like he is staring at Turbo, while he’s supposed to be looking at Julie (as per the Sixteen Candles poster).

That complaint aside, another strong cover by Pearson. Look at Turbo! Damn, does Pearson imbue characters with personality or what? He makes it look so darn simple!
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Good Dan Brereton cover.

He’s a good pick for this project.
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I like this Eric Canete Rocketeer homage.

Looks good.
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Pretty cool Gary Frank cover.


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You never realize how much you loved creepy tentacles until you’ve lost them!!

Seriously, nice enough cover by Francis Tsai.
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A surprisingly simple cover by Mark Texiera.


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Very nice Eliopoulos cover.

I especially love the eyes of H.E.R.B.I.E.
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ONE MORE DAY!!

Aren’t these Joe Quesada covers super neat?

Good stuff.

By the by, isn’t it weird how clear they’re being with “no more Mary Jane”? Figured they’d hide that a bit more…
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Weird Gurihuru cover.

I like the hood bit, but otherwise, it seems a bit oddly laid out.
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Very nice job of Alex Ross over Kirby here.

That’d make a cool poster.
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Wow, when even the characters are being affected by the sucking, you know there’s a problem.

I apologize – “suck” is such a bad word, I was just too weak to turn down the joke.

Apologies, Mr. Turner!
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Another strong Clayton Henry cover!

He’s improved a lot as an artist.
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Carmine Di Giandomenico sure does like him his bloody covers.


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Pretty good Djurdjevic Daredevil cover.


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Is this a new Michael Turner cover for this Civil War reprint book?

It’s not good, but I’m curious if it is new or not.
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I dig this Mitch Breitweiser cover for “The Chosen.”


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Good Steve Epting cover.

By the by, I like that the “Death of Captain America” is a “storyline” that has different “arcs.”

That is funny.
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Ha, they finally give Stefano Caselli a cover and it is on an issue he doesn’t do interiors!

By the by, it’s kinda weird that this cover is based on the New Warriors covers. Usually the lower-selling books are the ones referencing the higher-selling ones, not the other way around.
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Nicely drawn by Marko Djurdjevic, but still a little too straightforward.


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Did Nic Klein draw a Halo cover, then figure it’d work better as an Annihilation cover?


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He got rid of the stupid whip gun!!

Yay!!!

Wraith looks much cooler with a sword than a stupid whip gun.

Well done Clint Langley!
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I really like this Ron Frenz cover.

That’s two really strong covers in a row for Frenz.
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HONORABLE MENTIONS
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Very cool Skottie Young cover.


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Matt Wilson is doing a really nice job on Quasar.

Some really striking covers.
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Clever Tomm Coker cover.

I saw Kitty Pryde in the solicits. She’s not on the Exiles, is she? That’s pretty funny.
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Another strong Adi Granov cover.


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TOP FIVE!!!
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5. I have to give it up to John Watson a bit of an apology. I said he couldn’t do good action scenes, and this cover shows me wrong.

Granted, it’s not the type of cover I was really talking about before, but still, I gotta give it up to Watson here.

Strong stuff.
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4. I love the use of negative space here by Djurdjevic.

And the layout is unique and strong. Very nice cover.
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3. Gerald Parel is a really strong cover artist.

Is he doing any interiors anytime soon?
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2. The Spot is cool.

Why do people keep killing him off?!

I love it when Djurdjevic does unique covers.

Hey, will we ever see interiors by him, too?
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1. Skottie Young for the win!

As you may well know, when an artist comes up with a clever twist on a cover homage, then I am really impressed, and you don’t get much more clever than this Young take off of a classic Norman Rockwell painting.


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Well, that’s it for me this month! Feel free to share YOUR prejudices (and your Top Fives)!

51 Comments

Daredevil has some odd-looking breasts.

1. The title for Shanna’s new book is appropriate, as she certainly appears, ahem, “fit.”

2. I think that they’re not using Pyro for anything because he’s dead and right now Marvel doesn’t appear to be interested in bringing back dead mutants, given their recent crossover.

I thought Ultimate Green Goblin was Abomination until you pointed it out.

Cap and Nighthawk look like they’re running past one another.

I thought Ultimate Green Goblin was Abomination until you pointed it out.

At first glance, I thought, “Abomination in Ultimate Spider-Man?” Then I remembered, “Oh yeah, the Green Goblin looks lame in the Ultimate Spider-Man universe – my bad!”

Cap and Nighthawk look like they’re running past one another.

Exactly.

That’s the exact problem Land has on his “coming at each other” covers. They just don’t match up.

Daredevil has some odd-looking breasts.

Which cover?

The Battlin’ Jack one?

The book with Turbo and Ricochet is the LoNers, not LoSers.

Does the cover for Ultimate X-men fit next to the one from the previous month where Wolverine is fighting the Sentinel? It looks like a similar background.

Why is Thor wearing fishnets now? That’s a bold new look for him.

(the second cover looks slightly more like armor, but the pattern without sheen makes Thor look like he’s clad in fishnets with only a skimpy tunic for cover. Yikes)

Andrew Collins

June 19, 2007 at 12:46 pm

“Daredevil has some odd-looking breasts.

Which cover?

The Battlin’ Jack one? ”

No, it looks like DD is sporting some boobs on the Yu New Avengers cover. I was wondering about that too…

“Which cover?”

I bet Sleestak is talking about Yu’s New Avengers cover, because I thought the same thing. I wondered if there’s some Skrully DD with breasts running around now …

That hilarious homage to Rockwell by Skottie Young is excellent, both in premise and in execution.

There has to be something weird going on with the New Avengers. Jessica is in costume, Peter isn’t, and that’s definitely a female Daredevil. Maybe it’s an issue that will destroy everything we thought we knew about the Marvel Universe. Oh wait, Bendis does those EVERY issue …

Maybe that New Avengers cover is an alternate universe story? Cap’s there, Jessica is in her Jewel outfit, Cage is in his old outfit, Peter’s in no outfit at all…so maybe that Daredevil is Echo? I really think that’s a female, and not stylized art.

Is Sister Grimm taking a dump?

Is it an editorial mandate that all Marvel covers must be:

A) Static face-forward pose
B) Two characters going at each other
C) Standard group shot facing forward looking badass but not doing anything

Cause that’s all I’m seeing with the rare exception.

Oh duh, obviously it was the New Avengers cover he was referring to!

My bad.

Tornado Ninja Fan #1

June 19, 2007 at 1:49 pm

The interesting text on the Marko Djurdjevic cover of Wolverine Origins 17 is STRENG GEHEIM – german for TOP SECRET

The Coipel Thor does seem to be wearing fishnets.

The book with Turbo and Ricochet is the LoNers, not LoSers.

Which is a shame, as the latter name is much more appropriate.

“Is it an editorial mandate that all Marvel covers must be:

A) Static face-forward pose
B) Two characters going at each other
C) Standard group shot facing forward looking badass but not doing anything”

More or less, yeah.

Thanks for the translation, Tornado Ninja Fan #1!

Yeah, I would have ragged on Thor’s leggings as well, but I did that when the costume was first shown, and it seems a bit overboard to keep harping on it.

His arms too. He’s wearing fishnets on one cover and disco thermal underwear on the other.

Yeeowch.

Uh, guys, that would be chainmail on Thor’s legs.

Duh.

Right, Dan, but the ragging is how the chainmail looks silly and/or looks like fishnets.

Dan (other Dan)

June 19, 2007 at 2:45 pm

Those Quesada covers are neat, but Spider-Man on the FNSM cover is ridiculously bumpy–his cheeks, back, and arms are covered with those things, which don’t look like muscles to me. ‘Still 399 cents’–what happened? Is this a price increase? It seems like they’re taunting us.

The point of the New Avengers cover? Luke Cage in a tiara!

Metal fishnets?

Sorry, but I don’t think it looks silly at all. I think it looks like cartoon-ized chainmail.

And those Quesada covers are AWFUL. Way too cluttered, and the font and caption style doesn’t match the art style at all. Nostalgia is not enough to make me see past how garish those covers are.

SanctumSanctorumComix

June 19, 2007 at 3:20 pm

A couple of things:

Yes, Thor now has full body armor (kinda a weird plate mail). Looks like my old thermal long-johns, however.

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– NEW AVENGERS has DOCTOR STRANGE casting a spell.
Out of that spell we see him in civvies (like he would bnack when he was a surgeon), Peter Parker is a KID, ECHO is DAREDEVIL, someone (Hawkeye?) is CAPTAIN AMERICA, JESSICA is in her JEWEL costume, IRON FIST is deked out like one of his predecessors, LOGAN in his old Samurai gear and Cage is decked out in yellow silk and tiara.

OBVIOUSLY, it’s a spell of some kind (time-displacement?, alternate reality?) where they revert back to previous incarnations.

The cover tells a story (just not how the story comes about, but that’s why you have to buy and read it).
As covers go, it intrigues me, and makes me WANT to know what’s going on.

THAT’s how you know it’s a good cover.

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I think that HAWKEYE cover is an obvious homage to the classic HANNIGAN cover, but Marvel seems to be avoiding giving “props” on their homage covers as of late. Wonder if it’s a royalties thing?

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The QUESADA “One More Day” covers are doing an intentional retro throw-back feel to the days before Spidey was “encumbered” with a wife.

They keep saying Aunt May is gonna buy it, but I think that’s a dodge.

While I do NOT agree with the “M.J. makes it hard to tell good Spidey stories? B.S., I do understand that you can tell the same kind of “god, caring husband” stories as a “good caring BOYFRIEND” and still leave yourself some room for change.

Anyway, I miss old-school covers that give you a clue as to what’s going on in the issue.

These are nice.
(EXCEPT for that damn computer lettering. It immediately pulls me out of the retro feel. GAH!)

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That ALEX ROSS F.F. cover…
was a poster for YEARS!
He painted that at least 5 years ago, and I remember it being a poster almost immediately after.

Weird to reuse it as a HC cover, but also a nice looking FF # 1 homage either way.

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Good gracious does that Michel Turner F.F. cover SUCK!?!? Or what!
I truly think that whoever is doing his color work should get the lions share of his pay.
The color work on EVERY Turner cover is what saves it from looking like a spastic monkey with a ballpoint pen drew it.

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I’ve been meaning to say this for months now, but I am pretty sure that the WRAITH’s “whip-gun” is a “whatever it needs to be” weapon.
It’s a whip, it’s a gun, it’s a sword, all depending on what he WANTS it to be.

I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure it’s an uber-weapon.

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EXILES cover.
That’s GWEN STACY.
Not Kitty Pride.
Kitty is still a cast member in ULTIMATE SPidey, especially with Immonen on the book.

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That WORLD WAR HULK cover isn’t anything that I’d call “action”.

It’s a static pose cover.
2 guys going at each other, but not touching each other is a pose.
Girl in fetal position in foreground is pose.

Only action seems to be smoke rising in the background.

Oh, Wait. You are looking at the “speed lines” coming from Sentry?
Well… OK. Then ONE guy in action moving to a STATUE of Hulk.

Hell, even the giant boulders in the sky are just HANGING there.

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Some nice painted qualities to that NAMOR cover.
Well done!

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SPOT is a cool concept.
Love the cover.

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While it usually pains me to see artist du jour ripping…I mean… homaging Norman Rockwell, THIS New X-Men cover has just the right amount of whimsy to be EXCELLENT!

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Well.. that’s my few cents.

~P~
P-TOR

EXILES cover.
That’s GWEN STACY.
Not Kitty Pride.
Kitty is still a cast member in ULTIMATE SPidey, especially with Immonen on the book.

Right, I meant the solicits. They mention Kitty being in the book.

I totally agree with your #1. Am in fact amazed that nobody’s ever thought of that particular takeoff in connexion with the X-Men before.

The Iron Fist cover is absolutely *gorgeous* – I’d stack it up against any of your Honourable Mentions this week, really.

Also nice are the Ultimate FF and Incredible Hulk covers – some decent facial expressions saving blandish executions on both. I like the quirkiness of Cable & Deadpool, too, and the Iron Man ‘Rocketeer’ homage is beautifully executed – again, what took them so long?

Finally, I have much love for the Avengers: Initiative cover. I dunno why, exactly, I just do.

The Quesada Spidey covers are amusingly pure of heart, but they’re trying just a wee bit too hard for my taste (the ‘Still only 399 cents!’, especially, is pushing it big-time.)
Incidentally, thickish newbie question time: how are they making the ‘no more Mary Jane’ thing that obvious? I’m not seeing it.

Funny how the first Thor-in-mail cover made me laugh aloud…then I flipped to the second and it sorta made sense. The increased shininess factor, I think. Still and all, that costume is gonna be one seriously tricky concept to pull off.

That’s the exact problem Land has on his “coming at each other” covers. They just don’t match up.

Not matching up is one thing…but your fist sailing straight on *past* your opponent? Priceless.

The Punisher War Journal cover is also hilarious, inasmuch as that pose looks far less like Frank Castle than Joe Average Dude in what he clearly thinks is a really stupid costume-party getup. All that’s missing is the cold beer.

Michael Turner…I dunno what to say here; that FF cover especially is a sheer embarrassment as a major publishing release.

That Land Ultimate Power issue looks like cap is reacting to the punch before it connects.

Incidentally, thickish newbie question time: how are they making the ‘no more Mary Jane’ thing that obvious? I’m not seeing it.

Oh, not from the solicits or anything.

I mean from interviews, etc.

I’d be absolutely flabberghasted if Peter and MJ are married at the end of One More Day.

Surely that Alex Ross FF cover is a reissue?

What’s going on with Warpath’s mask on that Larocca cover, lame. Also, Havok looks like he’s wearing a polo-neck on that Tan cover, also lame.

However there is some really cool looking stuff this month. Luke Cage back in his proper costume? Awesome! Is Deadpool taking up the mantle of Captain America? If so, double awesome.

My favorite cover has to be the Powerpack/FF cover, very cute. But the best thing of all has to be the “still only 399c” captions on those Spidey covers. Bitchin’.

Know what cracks me up about covers like that Shanna cover? The way artists draw women standing on their tippy-toes, as though they were wearing 4-inch high heels even when they’re wearing flats or are barefoot!

Not sure if it’s been said yet, but that Civil War Chronicles cover is a reprint of Turner’s alternate cover for Civil War #2.

Yeah, I get that it’s supposed to be armor on Thor. How it LOOKS is another thing altogether.

Wait, is that a second printing of Fantastic Four Omnibus Volume 1? Really?

The first printing sells for like $300 now, so I HOPE it’s being re-released!

That’s exactly what it is, Tim!

Isn’t that Alex Ross FF painting straight out of “Marvels”?

Isn’t that Alex Ross FF painting straight out of “Marvels”?

I don’t think so.

Is Sister Grimm taking a dump?

Thank you, Beavis. Or is that Butt-head?

Nicely drawn by Marko Djurdjevic, but still a little too straightforward.

Care to elaborate on that? Should it have been more obscure, more difficult to parse? Is straightforward a bad thing?

Kinda like this one, myself- even though she looks like she’s been watching The Craft one too often, it’s nicely staged, not too static pose-wise, and all the mystic froofraw behind her conjures up associations with Vertigo books like Hellblazer, and of course Hellboy. And of course, she’s certainly attractive. I’m sure the execution is probably more along the lines of Strange Girl, though.

Couldn’t care less about this Mystic Arcana thing, but this cover piqued my interest so it achieved, on a tiny scale, what it was supposed to do…

I’d be absolutely flabberghasted if Peter and MJ are married at the end of One More Day.

I’ve been saying for a while now..since FCBD at least..and the covers back me up, Peter goes to Doc Strange to wish away his marriage so Mary Jane will be “safe”. Why he doesn’t wish away Civil War, Cap’s Death, and Wanda’s spell……cuz that would make sense.

(seriously, how does coding work here?…I can’t get underline or quotes for the life of me).

As for Kitty in the Exiles. No big deal for any Marvel Character to be an Exile…and Kitty makes sense given Claremont’s love for the character.

Care to elaborate on that? Should it have been more obscure, more difficult to parse? Is straightforward a bad thing?

I thought it was a bit too direct – just “here is Sister Grimm standing here – that’s it.”

The Black Knight cover, in comparison, gave a little more to it, so it was more roundabout, a little less than just “someone standing there staticaly.”

It’s a very nice drawing, though, and I’m glad to hear it drew you in, at least.

Well, the Knight is usually depicted as a more aggressive character, so having him in an attack pose makes more sense.

This cover seems more “subtle” than “straightforward”, however- she is still in a tensed pose, as if anticipating trouble rather than proactively going after it. I’m not even remotely familiar with the character, but it gives me a sense of what she possibly could be like, and suggests that she has an air of capability and confidence.

That said, again, I’ve never read a single panel in which this character appears, and she may be 180 degress opposite of what the cover suggests…but it does its job and piques my interest for sure!

Are you kidding about the John Watson cover? It looks terrible. The perspective is flat and posing is awkward.

There were better covers then that.

Well, the Knight is usually depicted as a more aggressive character, so having him in an attack pose makes more sense.

This cover seems more “subtle” than “straightforward”, however- she is still in a tensed pose, as if anticipating trouble rather than proactively going after it. I’m not even remotely familiar with the character, but it gives me a sense of what she possibly could be like, and suggests that she has an air of capability and confidence.

That said, again, I’ve never read a single panel in which this character appears, and she may be 180 degress opposite of what the cover suggests…but it does its job and piques my interest for sure!

I’m also comparing it, though, to Djurdjevic’s other covers this month.

He has about 3,583 covers this month, and usually I expect stuff like the Sub-Mariner cover or the Supervillain Team-Up cover.

Covers where he comes up with unique cover layouts.

So a character just standing on the cover (although well drawn) is a lot more straightforward than a typical Djurdjevic cover.

That said, he certainly does a nice character figure. Sister Grimm is well drawn.

at the risk of being accused of being any one of these artists, I’m getting a little flabherghasted by what you consider great and what you consider bad (nothing personal of course).

But I mean you praise the Raimondi cover, which to me is pretty meh, you praise the Gerald Parel cover, which, I’m sorry, looks like its by a guy who is just learning to paint…badly, and you slam the Yu cover, which is really well done and well colored, and no less ambiguous than many of the covers you’ve liked, the Terror Inc. cover is lackluster, though it’s painted with a lot more competence that the Parel cover…I mean, what’s going on?

And yes, I am secretly a mutant combo of all the artists I liked. And next month when I dislike their covers, I’ll be a combo of other artists.

at the risk of being accused of being any one of these artists, I’m getting a little flabherghasted by what you consider great and what you consider bad (nothing personal of course).

But I mean you praise the Raimondi cover, which to me is pretty meh, you praise the Gerald Parel cover, which, I’m sorry, looks like its by a guy who is just learning to paint…badly, and you slam the Yu cover, which is really well done and well colored, and no less ambiguous than many of the covers you’ve liked, the Terror Inc. cover is lackluster, though it’s painted with a lot more competence that the Parel cover…I mean, what’s going on?

And yes, I am secretly a mutant combo of all the artists I liked. And next month when I dislike their covers, I’ll be a combo of other artists.

I’m always glad to address someone’s questions over why I liked a certain cover over another one. Don’t worry about offense or anything like that.

First off, right off the bat – I wasn’t slamming Yu’s cover. I was just asking what the point of the cover – why did everyone look like they do, which a helpful commenter explained earlier. The art was fine, as Yu’s cover’s generally are (although I really didn’t like his Sub-Mariner cover last month, and I thought his New Avengers #31 cover was creepily over-violent).

Okay, so that leaves Raimondi, Helena Djurdjevic and Parel.

Raimondi – As I mentioned, I really enjoyed the design of the cover. As a way of gaining fan attention, displaying your cast juxtaposed with the villains is, I think, an effective design for a cover. I would agree, though, that the execution wasn’t stunning or anything.

And I DO hate giant wolfhead Rahne, so I can’t think THAT much of the cover, now can I? ;)

Parel and Djurdjevic – Djurdjevic, as you mention, might very well be a better painter. Heck, I know her husband is certainly a better painter than Parel. I think Parel makes up for his skills as a painter (don’t get me wrong, I do like him as a painter – just saying he isn’t as good as the Djurdjevics) with an impressive sense of layout.

Djurdjevic’s Terror is just standing there (much like her cover for #1), with such a dark background, that can you even tell what she is trying to get across with the cover layout? I think a cover needs more than just a well-painted central figure – it needs a nice design, as well. That is what I think separates the covers from Mr. Djurdjevic that I have in the top five from his other ones, such as the Sister Grimm cover.

While other figures might be better painted than the Iron Man one, I think Parel’s cover design is extremely striking. The use of Cap’s shield, specifically the star, the bloodied American flag – it all combines to tell a story – a story that is not nearly as expressed in Ms. Djurdjevic’s cover (seriously, can you even sorta tell what is going on on her cover?)

Hope this helps! If you have any more questions, please ask!

Pretty good month.

Honourable mentions:

New Excalibur 23 – cos I like Captain Britain and this makes you care what’s going on
New Avengers 34 – another WTH? cover from Yu, enticing
Moon Knight 13 – moody and dark, like the book and, wow, the use of blood…
Heroes for Hire 14 – don’t know who Francis Tsai is, but I sure hope I see a lot more from him
Daredevil 101 – makes you go ‘ouch’
Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm – an idiosyncratic take on Nico Minoru – who’d have thought she was into the whole stocking and suspenders thing?
World War Hulk 5 – Hulk v the Sentry – what’s not to like? Plus, framing it behind a window makes you realise that there are others who are paying the price for the biff baff bop!
Submariner 4 – never been a Namor fan but this is great stuff, really cool.

Top Five

5 Thunderbolts 117 – Penance captured really well – you totally get a sense of who he is from this cover

4 Shanna the She Devil 2 – it’s not big and it’s not clever but, still, Mr Evans does this gal superbly.

3 Iron Man 22 – another brilliant effort from Parel – we’re not sure where Stark’s head is at here.

2 Nova 6 – Granov is a very tasty artist and that Gamora, well, hmmmm.

1 New X-Men 42 – I’m with Brian on this one. Skottie Young strikes again!

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