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Judging by the Cover – 2/14/18 new releases

Jason and Eric select the best covers from this week’s new comic releases.

Most comic book fans have a pretty good idea of what they’re going to buy every week when they visit their local comic shop. With that said, there’s still a lot of fun to be had just glancing at the week’s new releases and taking a chance on a book that looks promising. That’s where covers come in-a fantastic image can make the difference between trying something new or saying, “Nah, not this week.”

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In that spirit, here are the covers that captured AiPT! Podcast co-host Jason Segarra and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

Jason’s Picks:

Ghost Money #7
Art by Dominique Bertail

I like covers that tell a story in and of themselves, and this issue of Ghost Money creates a lot of intrigue just by looking at it. Though the figures are great and I enjoy the snow effect on the page, the best aspect of this image may be the lighting effects. It’s very subtly handled by the low spot on our central figure creates a feeling of unease and foreboding for viewers. Since light naturally comes from above (i.e. the sun), uplighting creates awkward shadows around the eyes and other features that naturally put people on edge and stir a sense that something is not right. Hence why it’s used in horror movies so often. Just solid concepting from Dominique Bertail.

Jenny Finn #4
Art by Mike Mignola

Mike Mignola’s strongest feature as an artist has always been contrast. The man uses shadows more effectively than any penciler I’ve seen, and this is another example of him using darkness to lend scope, scale and an otherworldly, arguably horrific aura to an otherwise mundane image. I haven’t heard great things about the Jenny Finn series as a whole, but this cover’s hint at a Lovecraftian horror story centered on mutated fish people in Victorian England should draw a few eyes to the book–it certainly caught mine.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #29
Art by Erica Henderson

Look, I’m a sucker for a good homage cover–and this image of Squirrel Girl squaring off with Loki (and Drax) stirs up fond memories of the classic Silver Surfer #4 cover that I’m fairly sure I had a poster of back in the day. Doreen in the classic Thor pose strikes quite the heroic figure, while Loki channeling the Silver Surfer with a mischievous grin is a fun spin on the classic image–and maintains its Asgardian roots. Also Drax is there… which kinda detracts from the cover, if I’m honest, but I dig this one all the same.

Eric’s Picks:

Sideways #1
Art by Kenneth Rocafort

A lot of good first covers are essentially shots of the protagonist making a cool pose or lunging toward the reader. This Kenneth Rocafort cover fits that description and shows why it’s such a popular formula. The hero’s costume looks cool, as do the visualization of his powers and the various city details in the background.

Grass Kings #12
Art by Matt Kindt

I love the texture to this cover; it’s not just designed like an old pulpy magazine, it looks raggedy and faded like one too. The font choices and placement of the several lines of text further sell that old-school feeling. Good work all around on Matt Kindt’s part.

Jenny Finn #4
Art by Mike Mignola

Wow. Do I even need to explain this one? Mike Mignola’s style isn’t always my cup of tea but when it is, wow. The composition is great, the starkness of the white and yellow against the black is great, those tentacles are great, wow.

Did I say wow yet?

Do you agree with these picks? Let us know in the comment space below!


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