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Judging (DC’s March) Books By Their Covers

DC’s March solicits have been up for quite awhile now, so let’s make some prejudgments based just on the covers (as we all love to make prejudgments, don’t we?).

Let’s begin!
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Nice pair of covers (Superman and Action Comics) from Eddy Barrows.

The combined piece is even cooler.


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I dunno, I dig me some Ladrönn, but this cover for a Commissioner Gordon one-shot seems to be missing something – perhaps it is as simple as no bat in the Bat-Signal.

Hmmm…no, even then, the drawing would have an odd point of focus.
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I dislike a lot of this Battle for the Cowl cover, but boy, Tony Daniel’s Robin is awesome – just bursting with the sort of manic energy I think we will see from Damian as Robin.

Otherwise, a lot of awfully stilted poses, especially from Nightwing.

By the way, I love Wildcat being there. How hilarious would it be if Wildcat became the new Batman?
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Strong Batman Confidential cover from Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, but I’m sure that comes as no surprise to anyone.


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I like a lot of this Kelley Jones cover for Batman: Gotham After Midnight.

The weird anatomy almost works well here and I LOVE the touch with Croc’s foot and hand marks on the chimney.


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Bravo, Guillem March!

You have tapped into a new “sexify” market – Oracle!

You gotta love that outfit.

Otherwise, it’s actually a good cover for her new mini-series, but boy, that’s a silly design for Oracle. It’s more like the cover for a Birds of Prey porno.

Birds of Lay, perhaps?

Someone come up with a funnier porno title for a Birds of Prey porno!
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I am about 80% sure this is not the actual cover for Supergirl.

So, well, no comment then, since I don’t think it is a cover.
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Wow, Whilce Portacio being able to do Spawn AND Superman/Batman? Impressive!

The cover is not bad, I love the layout but the Superman figure seems a bit off.
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I still think his figures are on the stiff side, but the design and layout of this World of New Krypton cover by Gary Frank is outstanding.

And the figure work is not bad, either.
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This Black Lightning: Year One cover by Cully Hamner is quite oddly designed.

He has done some striking covers for the earlier parts of the story,
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I like the new Katana costume, but I dunno if I am just reacting to the fact that the last costume was so goddawful.

Anyhow, decent cover by Lee Garbett. His Katana is great, I’m slightly put off, though, by the random Halo ass shot.


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Dan Jurgens is good at these straightforward dramatic covers.

They tend not to be the most creative layouts in the world, but they still work pretty well just because he’s so good with the dramatic shots.
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Is that seriously George Pérez on this Legion of Three Worlds cover?

Wow, that’s an interesting style.
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It’s weird, Ladrönn has been really looking like Scott Kolins a lot on these recent Black Canary/Green Arrow covers.

Anyhow, it’s a pretty good cover. Some of the poses off a tad, though. Like the reactions of Dinah and Ollie.
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As usual, I love Pat Gleason’s energy, but I can’t honestly say that I totally know what’s going on on this Green Lantern Corps cover.


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This Green Lantern cover – it is by Rodolfo Migliari, right?

I can’t tell for sure.

In any event, I don’t really dig it that much – the characters seem waaaay too smooth.
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The solicitation copy does it again!

The way this Jonah Hex cover appears to be lit, it really looks like there is some sort of computer effect on it, but I know that David Allen Beck does not use computer effects, and I bet that the published cover will look much less


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Honestly?

I’m just glad she appears to be wearing panties.

It IS a bit disappointing that Ordway is doing such an amazing job on the interiors of JSA.
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Nice, classic Dave Johnson cover for The Mighty.


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I like this Andy Clarke cover for R.E.B.E.L.S.

I think Clarke might soon be one of DC’s bigger artists.
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That’s some prominent spittle right there!

Otherwise, that is a good Solomon Grundy cover by Scott Kolins.


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While I have enjoyed most of them, it’s interesting to note how many of Scott Hampton’s Simon Dark covers seemed to have close-ups on the mask on them.


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Brian Bolland looks like he’s getting a real kick out of handling the cover duties for the Spirit!


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Cute Secret Six cover by Nicola Scott.


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Sort of a jumbled cover for the first issue of Jim Starlin’s new book, Strange Adventures.


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Not a bad Terror Titans cover by Joe Bennett, but not exactly a stand-out one, either.

Seems a BIT like a “panel” cover.
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I think Howard Porter’s concept for this Titans cover is strong, but the characters seem a tad off.

Good idea for a cover, though!
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Good looking Teen Titans cover by Eddy Barrows.


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Boy, Aaron Lopresti’s beards are really, really odd, aren’t they?

I presume this Wonder Woman cover will look differently when it is actually published.
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Very cool Cartoon Network Action Pack cover by Min S. Ku.

Good enough that I wondered if I should have had it in the honorable mentiosn.

It’s a real striking work and a great use of shadows.
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Cute Robert Pope cover for Cartoon Network Block Party.


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I’d have this cover of this JLU trade collection higher, except I find it hard to believe this is an original piece of artwork.

Anyone know for sure?
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Another cute Tiny Titans cover by Art Baltazar.


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Strong cover work for the Authority by Simon Coleby.

Nice use of the devastated Earth situation for the cover layout.
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Straightforward but good cover work for this Ex Machina Special cover by Tony Harris.


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Wow! That’s Mike Huddleston?!? That’s an impressive change of style by Huddleston for this Gen13 cover!


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I know it’s not cover artist Brandon Badeaux’s fault, as this is how Gears of War looks, but man, is it ugly.


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Niko Henrichon, similarly, is restrained a bit by the Mirror’s Edge game, but it is still a good looking, simple cover.


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Good, engaging cover for Mysterius by Tom Fowler.

Delfi’s skin color seems a bit odd, though. There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference, hue-wise, between her and Mysterius, and that’s weird, as one is white and one is black.
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Good Resistance cover by C.P. Smith.

Not much of a challenge for Smith, really.
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So wait, who did this Resident Evil cover?

Is it just art from the comic or is it Brandon Badeaux? Doesn’t look like him, but if that’s video game art, they sure chose a cool pose from the game. Well done, art-pickers!
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Good use of shadows by Leandro Fernández for this Stormwatch cover.


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Not really much to this Top Ten cover by Gene Ha, is there?

Nicely drawn, I suppose.
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Yep, that IS a drawing of Majestic.

I would have preferred something more striking for the cover of Wildcats by Neil Googe.

But I guess it is at least a nice drawing of Majestic!
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This Jon Buran World of Warcraft almost seems unfinished, like the background is meant to have some sort of importance to the cover but there is nothing there.

Because otherwise, just the character drawings don’t seem all that dramatic.
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Decent Brian Denham cover for the X-Files, although the faces are a little on the subdued side.

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Strong Bang Tango cover by Howard Chaykin.

This cover is like the epitome of Chaykin.
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This John Paul Leon DMZ cover does an impressive job of telling a lot of information with a paucity of images.


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Decent Lee Bermejo cover for Hellblazer, but not one of his more creative efforts.


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See, this is the Shane Davis that I love a lot!

It’s not over rendered and it has a real charm to it.

Good stuff for the last issue of Haunted Tank.
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Funny Jack of Fables cover by Brian Bolland.


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A well drawn Madame Xanadu cover by Amy Reeder Hadley, but I dunno if it is an engaging cover.

Amy Reeder Hadley is a good artist, though.
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Igor Kordey continues some imposing Unknown Soldier covers!

I am not even sure if I like the art, but damned if it is not a bold cover!
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Strong work from David Lapham on this Young Liars cover – clever layout and a good execution.


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HONORABLE MENTIONS
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The solicitations are correct, this Esao Andrews cover for House of Mystery IS evocative!

Good work.

What else has Andrews done?
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Good cover design by Billy Tucci.


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Guillem March is better when he isn’t doing Barbie Oracle covers.

Dynamic Azrael cover, although I wonder why not just let the great Frazer Irving do the cover?
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Ed Benes with the good cover!

He even managed to keep Wonder Woman’s ass in shadows!

Odd back of Superman’s head, though.
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Extremely dynamic Vigilante cover by the legendary Walt Simonson!


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Eric Jones does a cute cover here on the Supergirl book evoking classic covers of the past.


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J. Bone keeps coming up with great cover themes for Super Friends (although this one is a little bit less interesting than some of his earlier covers).


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Massimo Carnevale has come up with a great cover design for the Y hardcovers.


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Great piece by Geof Darrow for The War That Time Forgot.


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Awesome “Wow, what the heck is happening THERE!” cover by Scott Jeralds for the Brave and the Bold tie-in comic!


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TOP FIVE
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5. Death, taxes and Massimo Carnevale’s covers for Northlanders being good.

All things you can count on.
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4. Adorable cover homage for Looney Tunes by Scott Gross.

It’s an almost universally known cover, so it’s perfect for parodies and Gross nails it.
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These top three are all pretty even, their rankings are almost random…

3. Wow, James Jean is gone, but Mark Buckingham follows his lead with a great, subdued Fables cover.

Great stuff.
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2. Striking, dramatic Scalped cover from Jock.

LOVE the use of negative space.
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1. Dustin Nguyen does an amazing job on capturing a mood on this Battle of the Cowl (Batman Dead?) one-shot.

I love love love the cigarette flame.
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That’s the list! Share your prejudices and YOUR Top Fives!

20 Comments

I like the new Katana costume, but I dunno if I am just reacting to the fact that the last costume was so goddawful.

If by last costume, you mean every costume that Katana has ever worn before this, then I agree. This is by far Katana’s best looking outfit. (The Japanese flag suit is worth mentioning for being particularly awful.)

I liked the GL cover better than you did, but that’s because I really dug the coloring (especially as it fits in with the Rainbow Lantern theme.)

Take one part He-Man, add an equal part Dreadstar, and you end up with a Worlds Of Warcraft cover.

Someone NEEDS to photoshop a black bat icon onto the guy on the right on the Worlds of Warcraft cover and then make an Omega Sanction joke.

Birds of Prey porno idea:

Turds on my BelLAY.

It’s German.

What, no Scooby-Doo this month? I’m always curious to see what you think of my covers (and yes, I’m vain enough to poke around to see if the reaction is positive, and I dig your reviews of all the covers big-time)

What, no Scooby-Doo this month?

That’s it, exactly, Robert. :)

There were no new Scooby Doo covers this month.

However, when the cover used this month was originally solicited (I think back in July for October shipping), I had it in my Top Five for that month!

Ah, well, live and learn! Great stuff, pal, great stuff!

- Kinda funny that the new Action Nightwing actually looks a lot like Dick Grayson.

- I don’t think either of those is supposed to be the Bat-Signal, actually.

- Someone didn’t tell Daniel that Huntress’ Lee-designed costume was subtly modified during Simone’s run. Also: three DC female characters in a shot and Nightwing’s only slept with one of them? That’s a rare occurence.

- Looking over some old BoP covers… geez, you’re right, Babs rarely got that type of cover treament. Although… look up the cover to BoP 59. Not unprecedented, although given that was Ed Benes it’s not unexpected.

- Gary Frank’s Superman needs a bit more bulk to him. He’s aping Chris Reeve, but Reeve was JACKED when he filmed the first couple of movies.

- Black Adam raising the People’s Eyebrow at Evil Mary is the funniest image of the month, no doubt.

- See, the outfit on the Secret Six cover is the current Huntress one, with the cross motif being more pronounced.

- I haven’t seen that JLU piece before, actually – it doesn’t look like any DVD cover I can remember.

- That Unknown Soldier cover is *really* disturbing. I don’t think I’ve had such a freaked-out reaction to a piece of comic art since the infamous reveal at the end of 52 (which still creeps me out to this day).

- The Super Friends covers should get mandatory honourable mentions at this point. Even if Flash and GL don’t really work right with their particular gimmicks (GL should be making balloon animals with the ring or something like that).

- BATB is so much better than any lame Obama cover.

Wait, the Manhattan Guardian is white again now?

Wait, the Manhattan Guardian is white again now?

Different guy.

And yeah, don’t you remember, the Manhattan Guardian was a character Morrison invented so that other writers would use him, so naturally no one will touch him with a ten-foot pole. Honestly, I think it really is more of a compliment than an insult that other writers don’t use the new characters he creates, in a sort of “we won’t mess with your characters” type of way. Even when the characters were created FOR other writers to use.

I dunno, if I were in his shoes that would seem like the kind of compliment I could do with less of.

Wow the Batman Confidential cover rocks.. speaking of rockin time for Babs to get her legs back so she can shake that money maker.. she may want to read the label on her shirts I think they were supposed to be line dried..she’s a librarian right? The Strange Adventures cover was jumbled but I liked the Bizzaro he had a certain Frankenstein quality about him. later!

There’s more to that Top 10 cover. I don’t know why they got rid of the non-girl parts. There’s two more figures and a background.

That would explain it, Gene!

Thanks!

“Wow, Whilce Portacio being able to do Spawn AND Superman/Batman? Impressive!”

IIRC, Whilce mentioned at Wizard World Texas that the issue of Superman/Batman has been in the can for a while.

I thought the cover was a bit simple but it’s girl 2 what’s not to like

I disagree with the game limiting the potential for the Mirror’s Edge cover. The game’s art stye (from what I’ve seen, not playing it yet) is very dynamic and visually brilliant. I think the red is less saturated than it should be and white isn’t bright enough. Also, the character looks like she is walking a tight rope as opposed to running.

What cover is that Looney Tunes paying homage to? I don’t recognize it.

I think that the “No-cover” for Supergirl was way better than the Gray Frank’s cover to Superman.
Regarding the Green Lantern cover, it looks like a Classic Squadron Supreme cover presenting Doctor Spectrum!!!

Re: the Looney Tunes cover –

The idea was to give it a James Bond look-and-feel. I found that most of the classic JB posters had a white background, but I didn’t want to go there. I couldn’t do the ‘collage of babes’ found in so many old movie posters. Actually, I didn’t want to make it look too ‘classic’ at all — this is aimed for TODAY’S kids remember.

So I tried to synthesize some of the posters, keep it simple, and give it a modern color-scheme — like the ‘next’ JB movie might have. If I had it to do over again, I’d move the action vignettes up in the frame, and have a better balance between background and Bugs.

-Scott

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