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Judging (Marvel’s June) Books By Their Covers

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Judging (Marvel’s June) Books By Their Covers

Marvel’s June 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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Clever cover concept by Phil Hester.

The execution was good, too.
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Strong Jim Cheung cover.

Very nice action sequence.
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Pretty bland Aaron Lopresti cover. I know these things are almost bland by nature, but even so…

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Arthur Suydam covers!!!

First off, the whole “every cover is a cover homage featuring zombies got old, like, the instant Marvel Zombies ended…man, it is ESPECIALLY old now!

Clever enough cover homage choices, though.
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MARKO DJURDJEVIC COVERS!!

Usual assortment of good Djurdjevic covers, although nothing extremely striking.

Still, good stuff.

First, a neat Spider-Man/Blade team-up.

Good posing.
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Pretty striking Daredevil cover, although I’m not loving the whole “making it look like the movie costume” idea.

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Nice standard pose cover.

Good facial features.
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I am impressed by how well Djurdjevic manages to show an action sequence looking frenetic, but not over the top confusing.

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This cover, though, doesn’t make as much sense.

What the heck is the point of putting Moonstone where she is?
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Odd Steve Epting cover. He usually doesn’t look THIS photo realistic. Sorta Greg Horn-y. I don’t dig it.

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Decent Sean Phillips cover, although I think it is a bit TOO subdued.

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Nice, creepy Jae Lee cover.

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This Carmine Di Giandomenico cover is WAY too graphic.

What a strange idea for a cover!
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Very strong Tomm Coker cover.

Not the sort of cover you expect from an issue of Exiles, of all places!
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A pal of mine had a great story involving his interest in Turner when he was younger, but I agreed not to share it with you folks.

Instead, I will have to go with my fallback discussion of this cover – This cover is terrible.

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Bit of an odd cover from Chris Eliopoulos.

I usually expect a little more clever of a cover than this.
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Nice Gabrielle Dell’Otto Ghost Rider cover.

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A bit too busy of a cover by Clayton Crain.

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This is one of the strongest covers I have seen from Clayton Henry.

Reminds me of Frank Cho’s better work.
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Nice fight cover by Gary Frank.

It’s pretty much a realistic fight scene, which is rare on comic book covers.
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Bit of a disappointing David Williams cover.

A little too manic.
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Hulk…Front Line?!?

How bizarre.

Almost as bizarre as this John Watson cover.
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Nifty Travel Foreman cover.

Really draws the eye.
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I have to tell you…I know it has a lot of his cheesiest elements in it, but I think this is a pretty decent Greg Land cover.

Okay…after I wrote that, I looked at it again…and yeah, the figure work is poor, but the rest of the cover is interesting!
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Love those movie poster homages!

Although, really, does ANYone remember the Pretty in Pink movie poster nowadays?
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Pretty bland Leonard Kirk cover.

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Who had kidnapped Michael Golden and replaced him with some other artist named Michael Golden who draws bland Iron Man covers?

I must find this out promptly!
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Fun Patrick Scherberger cover.

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WAYYY too bright-looking Treasure Island cover.

I know that has always been a Greg Hildebrant staple, but man, is it off-putting.
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Wow…a Frank Cho cover with a half-naked DUDE!

What is this world coming to?!?!
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Not a bad cover design by Greg Horn.

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Some odd stylistic choices by Paolo Rivera, but in the end, I think it works.

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I don’t dig these “looks like a panel from the comic” covers.

Even from great artists like Yu.
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Straightforward Scot Eaton cover.

Decent enough, but very forgettable.
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Not the best image for a first issue, I don’t think.

Anyone know of Nic Klein’s previous works?
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Skottie Young is a bit out of control on this cover.

At times, his craziness works. Here, I don’t think it does.
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Adi Granov coming through with one of those match-up covers that both

A. Doesn’t look like they’re about to kiss

and

B. Looks like an actual fight.

Well done.
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Nice cover by Scott Kolins – until you get to the weird liquid-y thing on his face. That’s not supposed to be a TEAR, is it?

Seriously?
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Good Oeming cover.

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This is like watching Pumping Iron…only with less cheesy outfits.

Frank Castle a juicer…so sad.
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One of Clayton Crain’s better efforts.

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Fun John Watson cover.

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And a very intriguing John Watson cover here, too.

I could stare at Black Bolt’s ass for days.
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Didn’t Ribic start working on this mini-series, like, eleventy years ago?

Good cover, though.
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Can Ron Frenz draw a cover withOUT homaging someone?

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SPIDER-MAN COVERS WITH BIG KINGPIN HEADS!!

Ron Garney looks like he’ll win easily with this slick number, making the Kingpin’s head take up three states worth of cover.

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However, Mark Bagley counters by making Kingpin’s head the size of a building!

Victory – Bagley!

And in his last issue, too!
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Pretty boring cover design by Mike Wieringo.

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Just bizarre cover design by Niko Henrichon

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And a normal enough design by Pierre Alary, but WEIRD facial features for Mr. Fantastic.

And the BRIDGE??!!? NOT THE BRIDGE AGAIN!!!
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Miyazawa’s cover here is a bit too low key, in my book.

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Wow…this Turner cover is pretty decent!

Especially for a first issue. Nice cover design, and decent execution!

Congrats, Mike!
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Decent Ferry cover, if a bit bland.

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Wow…this Paquette cover is scary…in a BAD way.

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Nicely drawn Storm by Larocca…I dunno if I like it as a cover, though.

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Strong visual by David Finch for World War Hulk’s first issue.

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Pretty goofy looking Ed McGuinness cover.

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This one is way easy, but what the heck, a cool point to the first person who tells me which cover this is an homage of.

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Strangely low key for a special one-shot issue.

Although, seeing as how it is by Silvestri, I should be impressed by how low key it is.
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Nice Eric Nguyen cover.

Rick Remender wasn’t kidding – Nguyen looks like he’ll be big!
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HONORABLE MENTIONS!
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This is a darn fine anniversary issue cover by Dave Finch.

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Very amusing Barracuda cover by Goran Parlov.

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Clever cover idea by Paul Smith, but strangely disappointing figure work.

A little TOO cartoony.
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Very nice cover for a first issue by Aleksi Briclot.

Anyone know of any other work done by Briclot?
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Very powerful Iron Man: Hypervelocity cover by Brian Denham.

Is he working over Warren breakdowns on the cover?
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TOP FIVE!!
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5. Clever cover image by Gerald Parel.

Really draws the reader in.
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4. Very nice work by Alex Maleev.

Like a really cool movie poster.
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3. Neat cover idea by Jo Chen.

I especially love how Old Lace is blurred.
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2. Tim Bradstreet, with the really unique and clever cover idea!

Go Tim!

I knew you had it in you!
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1. The idea of a book reprinting Avengers issues from the 60s is just doomed to failure, but hey, if it means I get to see Art Adams draw every Avenger ever…I’ll take it!

Love Art Adams.
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Well, that’s it for me! Feel free to share YOUR prejudices (and your top fives)!!

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