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Judging (Marvel’s January) Books By Their Covers

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Marvel’s January solicits are up (they’ve been up so long that February came out this past Tuesday!), 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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Yet another adorable Dave Bullock cover.


Gotta love that dial.
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Decent cover by the master, John Romita.


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Strong cover by the master’s son.


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Ha!

I was just talking about how I thought a certain pose was quite common on recent Spider-Man covers, and ta da – that same pose shows up on a Spider-Man cover!


Still, it’s a good cover by Stephane Roux.
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Very good cover by Ron Frenz.


I wonder where he’ll end up when Spider-Girl ends.
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What an odd design by Simone Bianchi.


Nice character drawings, though!
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Cute cover by David Nakayama.


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An impressive cover design by Ariel Olivetti, but his everyone still looks way too bulky.


What a weird thing to be Olivetti’s “thing.” “Yeah, I’m the guy who draws everyone really bulky.”
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I tend to believe that this Stuart Immonen cover is missing something that will be added later on.


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Cool variant cover for Captain America #46.


That’s Djurdjevic, right?
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You could make a strong argument for this Epting cover for this Cap one-shot to be an honorable mention.


It’s a very well drawn piece – it just seems a bit too similar to past Epting covers to merit honorable mention – is there a category for just plain ol’ mentions? Like, “While I might not wish to honor it exactly, I think I should still mention that this Epting cover is really well drawn?”
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Powerful Jae Lee cover.


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This is a very engaging cover by Roger Cruz.


Doom’s pose is intriguing, but I especially love Chameleon’s pose – “Anyone can try to look menacing, but who else but the Chameleon can gently cover one eye? No one, that’s who! Nyah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Nyah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Nyah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Yes, I am bad ass.”
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Really impressive figure drawings by Eric Nguyen, but the basic cover concept is fairly routine.


The angle isn’t really even interesting.
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Nice action shot by Clint Langley.


I’d love to see Langley do some sequential work.
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Trippy angels, Suydam!


I love when Suydam isn’t doing homages to old Marvel covers.
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More of an imposing villain by Clint Langley on this month’s cover as compared to last month.


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Ed McGuinness appears to be vibing the late, great Mike Wieringo a bit here.


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Interesting cover by Mike Perkins, mostly because it really doesn’t look like his usual style. It has an almost Mark Bagley quality to it.


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An early contender for “Most Superfluous Comic Book of the Year!”


Still, a fine cover by David Yardin.
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This might not even be the cover, right?


They’ve done that before with the Kick Ass solicits, show a page rather than the cover.
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The girl on the bottom of this Tommy Ohtsuka cover is sad because she doesn’t have sharpened ears like the other two people on the cover do.


“Yeah, I have neat purple hair, but my ears are so boring and round!”
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At first, when I saw this Salva Espin cover, I thought, “Wow, the Avengers look really pissed at someone just outside the lower right hand corner of this cover!”

Then I looked at it further and realized that that was not anger, that was yearning!

My theory was proven when I noticed that I did not think to look beyond the boundaries of the page, and once I did so, it was clear.

So see for yourself.




Damn, superheroes sure do love that stuff!
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Good Tom Grummett cover. I was going to note that I thought that the “playing pranks on each other” cover motif seems to be a bit over-used on these FF covers, but looking back, I guess it’s only been used twice or so.


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Decent Salva Espin Thor cover.


I see Louise Simonson is writing this one! That’s neat “casting.”
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Good to see Sanford Greene end up somewhere else after his Batman title at Jonni DC ended.


He brings his standard dynamic cover work to Marvel.
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FULL FACE COVERS ON PARADE!!!!

First, a fairly scary cover by Mico Suayan.


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Next, a well-drawn by surprisingly laid back Gerald Parel cover.


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Good job by Marko Djurdjevic pulling away from his previous themes for this Magneto cover.


It gives it much more of a punch.
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Is that actually Lee Bermejo? Looks more like Mike Perkins to me. Could it be the Perkins variant?


Strong cover, though.
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That’s one smooth looking Punisher by Jay Anacleto.


I doubted myself on Jay’s last name, but I was correct! Yay me!

How is that pronounced, by the by?
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Clever cover homage by Greg Land.


The British zombies are done to an homage of Shaun of the Dead.

Clever!!
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Hmmm….

I usually love Gabrielle Dell’Otto’s work.

And there is a lot to like about this cover.


But I just don’t think the two figures go together all that well.

Individually, though, good stuff!
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You’ve never gotten a real back rub until you’ve gotten one from the original Human Torch!


Rather odd cover idea by Esad Ribic.
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There is a certain engaging quality to this Alex Garner cover, but man, that face does not look like it belongs to the rest of the drawing, and that really throws the whole thing off for me.


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Nice Nic Klein cover.


It’ll be nice seeing him do covers for a better book!
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See?

Even Richard Rider thinks his costume is lame!


Good cover idea by Adi Granov.
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Not sure exactly what it supposed to be going on on this Alina Urusov cover.


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Very cute Mike McKone cover.


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Striking Dave Johnson cover.


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Decent cover by Aleksa Gaji – I think the dramatic intent is carried fairly well.


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On that note, I dunno if Brandon Peterson DID carry the dramatic intent of this cover well enough.


I think his work on this cover had a slightly detached feel that takes away from the dramatic impact. Sort of like a colorform cover (although not to that extent, of course – same basic theory, though).

To wit, does it even feel to you like Black Bolt’s foot is actually touching that Skrull?
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That’s some odd lighting there by GG Studios.


Otherwise, it’s an okay cover.
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I really like this Patrick Zircher cover – it only loses some points since it is basically the same exact cover design as Dennis Calero’s #1 variant.


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I love how you can almost always count on Ed McGuinness to bring a ton of energy to his covers.


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I debated whether this Mike Deodato cover should count as a full face cover.


In either event, it’s a pretty strong cover – nice stylizing.
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Two good covers for Thor #600 by Olivier Coipel and Marko Djurdjevic.



Both good works, but I think I prefer Djurdjevic’s, especially the part where he actually tries to get across some story in his with the Balder bit.
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Another cute Gurihiru Wolverine/Power Pack cover.


I wonder how many iterations we could get for this Power Pack deal?

Will we get to the point where it’s a four issue mini-series starring Yondu and the Power Pack as they get into hijinx in the future! Katie with a fin would be adorable!

Or maybe D-Man/Power Pack! I can see the odor lines already!!
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I’ve been enjoying Michael Ryan’s covers for this series so far.


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I forget, is Cyber really that big?


Or is this new Cyber bigger than the old one?

I liked the old one – Peter David created him, no?
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Now, here, on this David Williams cover, the lighting is SUPPOSED to be mysterious.


So it works.
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Another powerful cover homage from Dave Wilkins.


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What a weird cover by Das Pastoras.


The actual figure drawing is fine, but the rest of the cover does not fit together.
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Another cute Mike McKone cover.


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I guess Clayton Crain does a nice job of setting up the collage effect…I suppose I just don’t like his character drawings very much.


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An odd Lee Bermejo cover.


The layout is actually quite good, and the Rogue figure even works more or less, but holy crap, that’s a weird Wolverine!
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Speaking of awful character work, holy jeebus, Humberto Ramos! What an utterly dreadful Dazzler!


I especially dislike the Exorcist-style head.
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Nice classic sci-fi style cover by Brandon Peterson.


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Good job by Mario Alberti.


When, though, did Storm have a costume like that?
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Very nice Stephane Roux cover, although it’s pretty similar to some of the previous covers in this series.


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Interesting Dennis Calero cover.


Sorta Land-ish, though.
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I like this Billy Tan cover, it adds a certain dynamic this book was lacking – that is, a certain straightforward “we’re a superhero team.”


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I like the design on this Adrien Floch cover.


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Does this count as a full face cover?


Anyhow, good Sean Phillips cover!
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HONORABLE MENTIONS
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Very impressive group shot by Patrick Zircher.


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Great Alex Ross cover.


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The character work is not very good, but that’s some awesome background work by Juan Doe.


REALLY awesome.
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Another strong Ultimate Spider-Man cover by Stuart Immonen.


He is awesome-rageous.
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I love the energy Mike McKone shows on this cover.


Not the actual energy, of course, but the sense of power and action.
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TOP FIVE
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5. What an awesome design by Humberto Ramos.


It’s funny how he does this cool cover the same month he does that goddawful Dazzler one.
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4. I can’t get over how much this Mico Suayan cover pops.


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3. This is a beautiful execution of the story by Greg Tocchini.


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2. Skottie Young is just KILLING this series.


Can’t wait until I see the interiors.
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1. I love it when Djurdjevic does offbeat covers.


This one is awesome, offbeat and even tells the story!
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Okay, that’s it!

Feel free to share YOUR top fives and YOUR prejudices!