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Judging (Marvel’s February) Books By Their Covers

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Judging (Marvel’s February) Books By Their Covers

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

Let’s begin!
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I think Jae Lee is probably being a bit wasted on this project.

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Oh, as an aside, I’m no longer going to make remarks on the Dabel Brothers comic books. No offense to the Dabel Brothers line of comics, but I am just not interested in them in the least, and my comments regarding them were beginning to become just way too superficial, as I know so little about the titles.
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Besides the goofy faces, this Salvador Larocca cover is pretty nice.

Always nice to see good computer artwork.

Those faces are pretty goofy, though.

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I really dig Kitty’s costume. It’s SO old-fashioned that it’s almost, like, aggressively old-fashioned. I understand she’s had it forever, but I just was noticing how much it jumps out as old-fashioned here.

Also, what’s Mary Jane wearing?

Seems kind of skanky.

Is that what the kids are wearing these days?

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Not impressed with this Brandon Peterson cover.

The design on those monsters seem quite hackneyed.

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Very nice depiction of emotion by Yanick Paquette.

Powerful cover.

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I know it’s sort of an homage to the first cover he did for Sensational Spider-Man (with Spider-Man climbing up a wall right next to big spider), but man, that giant spider on the cover looks goooofy.

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I am unfamiliar with Marcelo DiChiara’s work.

This cover seems decent enough, though.

What else has he done?

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Wow, Ron Frenz actually coming up with an original cover layout – how novel!

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I now am very close to just flat out disbelieving these covers are actually by Kaare Andrews. I used to be such a fan of his covers. This can’t be him!!!

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Wait, there are photographs on the cover, but Takeshi Miyazawa is actually DRAWING the photos?

How quaint.

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Not loving this cover, but come on, Katie possessed by Venom? Tooo cute.

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I just love the idea that STARDUST of all people, has a comic book.

Stardust?!!?

I also love that Stardust is so obscure that they have to attach a lead-in for the comic, but the lead-in itself sounds like something that would need a lead-in – “Heralds of Galactus” doesn’t exactly sound like box office magic, even with Annihilation in front of IT- maybe if it was “Amazing Spider-Man presents Galactus’ Heralds”!!

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Not a bad half-cover by Michael Turner.

I’m pretty impressed.

Maybe all his covers should just be condensed to half-covers!!

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Decent enough Suydum cover.

When did the Legend of Sleepy Hollow take place?

Was it at Halloween-time?

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Strong Dave Johnson cover.

Nice use of the cover format.

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Isn’t it weird when the solicitations are already telling us that someone is being replaced? Seems odd.

Anyhow, this is yet another fairly pedestrian cover from the usually much cooler Tommy Lee Edwards.

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Neat drawing of Reed by Alan Davis – not a particularly striking cover, though.

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I’ll give Clayton Crain this one.

I give him a lot of grief usually, but this cover design is pretty good, and the execution is not bad.

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A lot of this cover by Billy Tucci is good (particularly Humbug’s head), but so much of it is just creepy, that the total result is unsettling.

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Pretty good Dell’Otto cover.

That is a well-drawn foot!!

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Man, Ladronn is slacking off on these Hulk covers lately.

This one is extremely pedestrian looking.

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Nice cover by Brian Denham. Very dynamic-looking.

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A nice Phil Hester cover.

Does this mean Hank Pym survives Civil War? Sweet!!

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As an aside, I sorta like how the titles are listed on the bottom, even if it sorta obscures the image. This way I do not have to constantly say, “A nice Phil Hester cover on Ant-Man,” etc.
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Yes, it is about as rendered as one can possibly get, but the basic layout of this cover by David Finch is pretty impressive, I think.

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HORN BOOKS!!

First off, the particulars of this comic (anatomy and facial features) are pretty bad, but the layout is pretty sweet!

This one is even more so – the same problems exist, but less so with this one. It is a very bold cover.

Impressive.
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Excellent drawing by Salvador Larocca, but I’m not sure how well it works as a cover.

It’s a drawing that looks better the more attention you give it, which usually is too much effort to expect from folks looking at covers (generally more of a “glance” thing).

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Hehe…I like the idea of using the cover of the comic for the Stilt-Man’s funeral.

Although:

1. This basically spoils that he’s dead

and

2. Killing off the Stilt-Man? Seems kinda cheesy. The Jester? No problem. Jack O’ Lantern? I think this is, like, the seventy-fifth Jack O’ Lantern, so who cares? But Stilt-Man is cooler than those guys.
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John Watson uses some of the same photorealistic qualities that other artists use, but I think he does a much better job with it – makes it seem much less stilted.

Nice cover.

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Holy crap, how the heck is Nighthawk sitting on that cover?

Is he, like, triple-jointed?

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Pretty cool Tom Grummett cover that would be a lot cooler if it weren’t for a mini-series starring Baron freakin’ Zemo!

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I like this Mack cover a lot more than his other ones for this series, but even this one is fairly humdrum.

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MEAN COMMENT ALERT!!!!

MEAN COMMENT ALERT!!!

I think Al Hirschfield would just as soon you leave him out of this.

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Pretty nice Carlo Pagulayan cover for Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four

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Very interesting choice of Skottie Young for this Cable and Deadpool cover.

I think it works.

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Paul Pelletier doesn’t exactly convey dark scenes too well, does he?

It saps some of the drama out of this cover.

It’s like watching a group of Care Bears act out MacBeth.
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Decent enough Larocca cover. They’re keeping him busy this month, eh?

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Ooooh…how rebellious.

Nice job by Paco Medina.

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I was just getting over praising John Watson for not drawing stiff covers – and he gives this one.

That is an annoying coincidence.
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Cool Pablo Raimondi cover.

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Mike Choi continues his strong cover work this title.

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HA!

Barracuda getting his own comic – will wonders never cease?

Fun cover by Shawn Martinborough.

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Pretty cool looking Wisdom cover (the first issue of Wisdom, by the by, was a lot of fun).

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Effectively moody cover by Oeming.

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Sean Phillips is really good at setting the feeling for the piece, and he does a very nice job of it with this one.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS
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Some strong work by Ron Garney.

Nice to be able to be the one they let do a big cover. They brought IN an artist (Hitch) for the last one.
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VERY cool Mike Wieringo cover for Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!

What’s he doing nowadays, project-wise?
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MARKO DJURDJEVIC COVERS!!

First, a strong Blade cover, with especially nice use of contrasting light angles…

and next, probably the greatest cover Jack Flagg will ever appear on…

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Speaking of surprising appearance on good covers, check out this nice Greg Land cover for Legion of Monsters: Werewolf by Night!!

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Patrick Scherberger doing some impressive, impressive work with Venom!!

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TOP FIVE!!!
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5. Very strong Marcos Martin cover for Doctor Strange, conveying drama and emotion without having to be flamboyant.

I love Marcos Martin.
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4. Simone Bianchi here takes the improvement Greg Horn shows this month, and takes it to another level.

Painted work CAN flow well!!
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3. Very nice ,straightforward cover by Cam Stewart for Marvel Adventures: Avengers.

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2. Extremely striking Leinil Francis Yu cover for New Avengers.

Every once in awhile, Yu will break out a really creative cover layout – this is one of those times.

Very bold cover idea – and I love the use of the white background.
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1.

It’s well drawn.

It stands out.

It’s by a comic legend.

And it’s FUNNY.

What more do you want out of a comic book cover?
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Well, that’s it for me! Feel free to share YOUR prejudices (and your top fives)!!

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