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Judging (DC's November) Books By Their Covers

DC's November 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? And DC's covers are at least detailed enough that we CAN make prejudgements based on them!).

Let's begin!

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Seriously, what was Andy Kubert thinking with this cover?

Look at the anatomy, look at the pose, look at the design...just a horrid cover.

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One of the better Simone Bianchi Detective covers. Something is actually HAPPENING on the cover, which is nice to see.

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Still seems to be missing a little vitality.

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A few of my pals have remarked on this, and I agree - this cover looks like it's not 2006, but

1986!

Still, it's not a bad Nightwing cover by David Michael Beck.

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I loves me some Cliff Chiang, so I was disappointed in this Legends of the Dark Knight cover.

Not terrible or anything, just not the most inspired of covers.

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This isn't the actual cover for the upcoming Huntress trade, is it? Because that doesn't look like Brian Bolland art.

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By the by...Huntress:Dark Knight Daughter is a terrible name for a trade paperback. How was that the best they could come up with?

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Pretty interesting looking Bizarro cover for Action Comics by Adam Kubert. This is the second brownish-gray cover by him. How odd.

His cover layouts have a much nicer design edge than his brother.

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The actual drawing by Carlos Carlos Pacheco for this Superman cover is quite nice.

But for a cover it is striking in its blandness.

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I am not digging this Ethan Van Sciver cover for Superman/Batman at all.

The anatomy, posing and design work of the cover combine to make a really awkward visual experience.

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Great drawing of Supergirl by Amanda Conner.

I don't think it's an especially strong cover (not dynamic, really), but I would love to see Conner as the regular artist on Supergirl.

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The issue is about Superman's first experience with Kryptonite (and it's being written by Darwyn Cooke - yay!), so I guess that makes the cover make sense.

But I dunno...the green background still looks really creepy.

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A very good cover by JG Jones.

Very nice.

Really, I don't know why it's not an honorable mention.

I guess it's because I think, while a great drawing and a good cover, it probably does lack a bit of a spark to it. Maybe if Red Tornado was more prominently shown, the contrast would look a little cooler.

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A big blue figure....against a big blue background.

Probably not the best idea.

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Very nice Jerry Ordway cover of Birds of Prey #100, where we see some of the possible choices for new members of the team.

I think having Grace on the cover is a very clever trick - we will all be so worried that she will be on the team that no matter who else is on the team, so long as it isn't Grace, we will be relieved!

Very clever!

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Oh snap, the snake just ate a chunk out of that chesspiece!!

Decent Checkmate cover by Jesus Saiz.

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Interesting Creeper cover by Justiniano

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I presume there will be more to this Flash cover when it is released, as you'd think there'd be some speed lines for the Flash or something, right?

Still, nice idea by Ken Lashley (have the background fuzzy).

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Nice, if fairly bland Firestorm cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

When's the last time he drew interiors of a comic?

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Yikes.

It looks like Van Sciver never saw a human being before, and is just making up anatomy and poses based on what he heard they were supposed to look like.

Not a good Green Lantern cover.

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Very nice Dave Gibbons drawing of Guy Gardner.

As a cover of Green Lantern Corps? Doesn't work as well.

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Howard Chaykin, on the other hand, has a much better cover drawing of Guy Gardner.

Chaykin's Guy is well drawn, but the pose is also more striking/engaging.

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I wonder what my pal Jim MacQuarrie would have to say about the archery depicted on this cover.

I hope Derec Donovan is better on Conner Hawke than he was on Jubilee. Remember his Jubilee? Where the black character had huge lips and Jubilee just had slants for eyes? Weird stuff. This looks a lot stronger.

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I think Green Arrow would find that he'd do better if he used solid arrows instead of arrows made out of air.

Decent design work by Scott McDaniel.

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A nice enough cover layout by Kalman Andraszofsky...

however, it does look good enough for me to want to know more about the character depicted on the cover.

And Ion looks like a weirdo.

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What is going on on this Killian Plunkett JLA Classified cover?

And damn, Tom Nguyen really DOES just make everyone look like Doug Mahnke!!

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This is a nice pin-up cover for JSA Classified.

It is especially good if you consider JSA Classified as a place to spotlight individual members. In that case, just a cool pin-up cover of a particular member should suffice.

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Shane Davis has been impressing me with his last two Mystery in Space covers.

I especially like his use of black.

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My pal Justin thinks this cover would look cooler if the background was something real, like a bunch of trees or whatever - just not a blank blue background.

My pal Cayman thinks that the cover would look cooler without the woman.

I think they're both right. Still, great artistic idea by Al Barrionuevo for this Martian Manhunter cover. The execution might have been a BIT off, that's all. Barrionuevo is rocking these covers!

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Wow, this Dietrich Smith cover for The Next is pretty unimpressive.

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Oh great, Brother Eye has returned!!! Joy upon joy!!!

Man, do I hate Brother Eye. And it's not even a particularly good drawing for this OMAC cover by Renato Guedes.

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I think this is a pretty impressive Henry Flint cover for the Omega Men.

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Wow, a TOTAL departure in art style by Daniel Acuña (and that is because it apparently is NOT him, but Matthew Clark, instead)!

I like it, except that the layout is waaaaaay too jumbled up. It's a lot better than Clark's interiors on Outsiders, though.

And Chaykin has a protruding nipple challenger!!

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What an odd Secret Six cover by Karl Kerschl.

I think he's awesome, but I'm not impressed with his layout choices for this cover.

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Is that really Cory Walker on this cover?

Looks a bit different than his usual style. The Shadowpact cover looks good, though!!

Apparently, this one, too, was miscredited. Tsk, tsk, DC solicits!

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Wow, Michael Kaluta manages to make Spectre look cool, even with his stupid goatee.

Sadly, it seems that Kaluta stopped with the Spectre on this Tales of the Unexpected cover, leaving the rest of the cover to be pretty weak. Some poor background work there.

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Good execution of a really silly idea by Daniel Acuña for this Freedom Fighters cover.

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Not the most interesting of covers, but Howard Porter does make Sabina look like a force to be reckoned with on this Trials of Shazam cover.

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Barry Kitson makes good use of modern technology with this Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes cover.

Can you imagine a cover like this 25 years ago? It would look hideous.

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Wow! Phil Winslade rocks on this Warlord cover!

If Warlord looked this good since #1, this issue might not be the last issue!

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Hmmm...with the covered in black motif, the new Titans must be Nightshade and Obsidian!!

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Interesting Batman Strikes cover by Dave McCaig...

except isn't her left breast about to hit the laser alarm?

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This reminds me of that Mark Millar issue of JLA - if a bad guy absorbs the powers of the entire JLU, who can stop him!?!

Clever idea, and nice cover layout by Ty Templeton - although his execution is a bit sketchier than usual.

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Todd Nauck rocks this Teen Titans Go cover.

Good work.

Although - Silkie? I guess I'm missing out by not watching the cartoon, eh?

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Another great Krypto cover by Scott Jeralds. He's quite a good artist!

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Very nice art by Jerry Ordway for the debut of "The Red Menace."

I always worry about comics written by three or more people. I mean, geez louise, THREE people to write ONE comic?

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This Stormwatch: PHD #1 cover shows us that Doug Mahnke can still draw like Doug Mahnke without Tom Nguyen!

Not the most engaging cover, though, is it?

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Good cover design for the Midnighter #1 by Chris Sprouse.

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Damn - how super busy does this Wildcats cover look by Jim Lee?

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Deathblow looks pretty tough, in this Carlos D'Anda cover of Deathblow #2.

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Wow, this Talent Caldwell Gen13 cover looks like it's the best bet for "worst cover of the month."

My pal Dubip describes it best as "she looks like the Muppet that does the news, except in female form."

So, add "poorly drawn" to the fact that it seems like Fairchild's superpower is to attract sharpnel to her shirt, and you have all the ingredients needed for a bad cover.

As for the shirt tearing thing, it's lame when it's done once, but it was done LAST month with Art Adams, and now this month with Talent Caldwell.

Just way too lame.

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This Whilce Portacio cover for Wetworks #2 has some weeeeeeeird perspective going on, doesn't it?

I am not a fan.

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Garry Leach sure is good at drawing war stuff. He's the perfect cover artist for Battler Britton.

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Certainly an ambitious cover for Astro City by Alex Ross.

I just don't think it works. Some more cogency would be nice.

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This The Boys cover by Darick Robertson is just boring.

I get the idea, but I think he should have rethought the idea.

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Claw vs. Claw - TWICE the suckiness!

I kid, Claw, because I love. Pretty good Andy Smith cover.

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Very clever Glenn Fabry cover for A Man Called Kev.

It looks pretty generic until you see the sword reflection. Priceless!

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From the solicit text: "Witness the horrific origin of one of the series most popular and enduring characters."

That's a joke, right?

They're kidding, no?

Nice Dustin Nguyen cover, though.

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I will give Nick Bradshaw credit. He pulled back the reins a bit on his Rokkin covers, and they look better for doing so.

Still not great, but a lot better than the out of control ones in the past.

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Very cool Michael Chang Ting Yu cover for the Ninja Scroll.

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I didn't even see this Skye Runner cover solicited!

Not a great Ale Garza cover - way too cartoony. I like the IDEA behind the cover, though.

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MOVIE COMICS!

Wow, if you're gonna ask someone other than Greg Land to draw a cover so that it looks like the real person, Tony Harris and Lee Bermejo are good picks!

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This J.H. Williams III cover for Crossing Midnight #1 is a really nice drawing...for a poster on your wall or something.

As a cover of a comic book? Not so much.

Still, REALLY nice art by Williams.

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Dave Johnson is like the tortoise in the tortoise and the hare story.

Slow and steady - another strong 100 Bullets cover.

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This Giuseppe Camuncoli cover for American Splendour is so out there that I think it actually works.

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Wow - brutal cover for American Virgin by Joshua Middleton.

I like it.

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I don't, like, hate this Brian Wood cover for DMZ or anything...but nor is it all that impressive.

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Wow, Philip Bond really captures the soul of the monkey on this Exterminators cover. Strong work.

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Okay, so there are more than one Deadman out there? That'd be a cool idea, I guess.

Nice John Watkiss cover.

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This James Jean cover for Jack of Fables is good...but I think a bit TOO busy.

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It is rare to ever see a freakier cover than this Lee Bermejo Hellblazer cover. Wow - that is some freaky ass stuff.

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I honestly couldn't tell you what this Marcelo Frusin cover will look like when finished. I hope cool, but I can't tell yet.

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Is this the actual cover for Testament?

If so, Liam Sharp made a really odd choice.

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This Massimo Carnevale cover for Y the Last Man is strong.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS!!

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LADRONN!

Ladronn is awesome. Very nice cover for the Atom.

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I really liked the idea behind this James Jean Fables cover.

The juxtaposition between the modern military and the Fables was demonstrated quite well.

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When he comes out of his comfort zone, there are few artists working in his style of art that are as creative as Adam Hughes.

This Catwoman cover is a good example of that creativity. I love the countdown superimposed upon Catwoman rushing to save the day - well done.

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Patrick Gleason takes a different approach for this Robin cover than his usual manic covers.

I think it is probably a bit TOO sparse to be ranked higher, but it is still a strong cover, especially the attention to detail.

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Duncan Rouleau ROCKS this Blue Beetle cover.

What a fun idea for a cover!! And very striking.

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The first thing I noticed about this Hawkgirl cover is just how striking it is - Chaykin uses the stark white background to fully highlight his visual point. A great layout job.

The second thing I noticed was that the protruding nipples still remain...hehe.

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This Jordi Bernet Jonah Hex cover is quite simple, yet Bernet is such an accomplished artist that the detail and nuance of the piece still make it an enjoyable cover.

I especially love the use of the background characters, who are a nice subset after the lead figure, who is drawn so that he pops out, while they fade back. It's a nicely nuanced approach.

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TOP FIVE!!

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5. Number one last month, I think this second issue of Other Side, by Cam Stewart, is still a really strong cover - just not as strong as last month (or perhaps the other covers are better?)

Look at the way all the characters pop off the page! Great work.

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4. Has Vixen ever looked as cool as she does on this JG Jones Justice League of America cover?

What I especially admire about Jones is the way he works in stuff like lions and other animals into the drawing naturally, without the overt photoshop quality to the drawing that some other photorealistic artists do.

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3. Not the most complex of covers, but this Batman and the Mad Monk cover by Matt Wagner makes it to the top five due to sheer skill of Matt Wagner. He's THAT talented.

Look at how much the wolf and Batman pop off the page without anything being sacrificed, like anatomy or design. Excellent cover from a great artist.

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2. Jock is incapable of drawing a bad cover.

Rush City may just be a glorified car commercial, but damned if Jock doesn't make it a cool looking car commercial on this cover! A car outracing a subway train? Black Canary, for the hell of it?

SOOO freaking cool!!

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1. Another simple cover that vaults to #1 basically because I love Darwyn Cooke so very, very much.

Great cover, but I admit that I am biased towards Cooke.

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Okay, that's it for me, folks!

Feel free to share YOUR prejudices (and YOUR top five)!!

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