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Judging (Dark Horse’s August) Books By Their Covers

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Judging (Dark Horse’s August) Books By Their Covers

Dark Horse’s August 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?). This is the first time I’ve done this bit for Dark Horse – I wonder how it’ll go?

Let’s begin!
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Strong Blade of the Immortal cover by Hiroaki Samura.

The panorama effect works quite well.
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Nice Guy Davis BPRD drawing, but I dunno if it is all that striking, cover-wise.

Still, a new BPRD mini-series is good news. BPRD is practically a monthly now, right?
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Decent Georges Jeanty Buffy cover. Interesting idea, at least.

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Not so interesting Paul Lee Buffy cover.

I guess this would be a cool panel, at least, if it was in a comic!
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Solid, if uninspiring City of Others cover by Bernie Wrightson.

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Nicely designed Emily the Strange cover by Buzz Parker.

How many Emily the Strange COMICS has Dark Horse come out with?
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Very cool Cary Nord Conan cover.

Very striking.
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Nice cover by Michael Zulli of the new book from Neil Gaiman and him, but I think the book’s selling point is more likely the cover DESIGN, the NAME of the book and the names of the creators than the cover itself.

Which is certainly well drawn, but nothing too out of the ordinary.
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Cool Núria Peris cover for this graphic novel called Gear School.

I may not be a fan of the style, but the design and execution of this cover is dynamic and forceful. Well done by Peris.
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Ryan Sook has a really nice way with his covers, even this Star Wars: Rebellion cover, which looks a bit sketchier than normal Sook work.

Also, not the most dynamic of covers, no?
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Striking Travis Charest Star Wars: Legacy cover.

However, it’s not exactly all that original, either.

Nice to see Charest art, though.
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Very nicely drawn image by James Jean for the first issue of The Umbrella Academy…

I just do not know if it striking enough for a first issue.

Does it really draw the reader’s attention that well?

I am skeptical.

Still, very nicely drawn by Jean.
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Nice Usagi Yojimbo cover by Stan Sakai.

My pal Morna just recently purchased the original art to a STUNNING recent Usagi cover by Sakai. She’s a lucky devil.

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TOP FIVE!!
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5. I will admit, I was just so excited to see a new Groo book that I may have ranked this one a bit high.

But still, it’s Aragones and it is awesome!
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4. Strong Mike Mignola Hellboy cover.

Then again, that’s pretty much a given, no?
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3. Twisted Rex Mundi cover by Juan Ferreyra.

But GOOD twisted!!
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2. This Tony Moore Fear Agent cover is a hilarious homage to an old Jack Davis military comic cover (thanks, Odjn Ouen!) and beautifully evokes the work of Davis, Russ Heath and Joe Kubert, but with an interesting twist.

Good stuff.
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1. Man, licensed comics must pay well for covers, because they get some CHOICE artists working on them! Travis Charest, Ryan Sook and now here is Jo Chen giving us a well-designed, clever and visually striking cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Very nice.
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Well, that’s it for me! Feel free to share YOUR prejudices (and your top five)!!

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