Monday, May 16, 2005

Judging DC Books By Their Covers

Comic Book Resources has DC's August Solicitations up here, so now is as good a time as any for us to make prejudgements (as we all love to make prejudgements, don't we?).

I promise not to laugh at Pat Lee's cover for this maxi-series about the beginning of Batman's career.

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Man...that was hard to do. Quickly, on to the next cover! I do not know how long I can hold out!! Damned politeness!!
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I can't tell you how long I have waited for Golden Eagle to return, only grimmer and grittier!

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Okay, I will admit that the reason that I can't tell you is because I actually think the whole Golden Eagle thing is ridiculous
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I give Howard Porter a lot of grief, so I have to point out that I think that this is a very nice idea for a cover.

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I liked it so much that I won't even mention how it weirds me out how Flash's head looks like it is just floating in front of his body.
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I am a huge fan of Jerry Ordway, but I cannot say that I like the covers for DC's collection of the Byrne era of Superman.

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The connecting concept just does not look that cool, in my opinion.
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You really shouldn't let depressed people read DC Universe comics.

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Or you should at least keep sharp objects from them if you must let them read the books.

I promise that is my lone "The DCU is like the Titanic and Johns/Rucka/Winick are the Co-Captains" reference for the month.

Promise.
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So, which cover is creepier?

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The obvious choice is B, so I will make the case for A.

Look at Power Girl's chest! It is actually NORMAL looking!!

That's got to be creepy, no?
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I get what McDaniel was TRYING to do with this cover...

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...but it really didn't work.
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Okay, got to give it up...this is a cool idea.

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That cover is by Kano, right?

I was disappointed by him becoming Lark's replacement, but that cover is pretty good.
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CLIFF CHIANG TWO-FACE MONTH!!!

We have this cool looking Green Arrow cover from Mssr. Chiang...

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but we also have this dorky looking Gotham Knights cover...

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My theory is that prolonged exposure to the suckiness of Gotham Knights destroys anyone.

Sorta like prolonged exposure to radiation.
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Tara McPherson has a niche, and she does it very well.

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This was also a fun series. Recommended.
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By now, James Jean looks like he draws great covers with his eyes closed.

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How is he this good this consistently?!?!?
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This is Byrne's fourth issue of Action Comics, and his second straight month that another artist did a cover.

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I really disliked his first two covers, but I hope they will give him another chance with the covers.
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OH WAIT! BATMAN OBVIOUSLY WOULD BE AFFECTED DRAMATICALLY BY THE EVENTS OF WAR GAMES!!!

I can so see that flashing through the editors' brains when they came up with this four-part crossover.

Man, War Games was handled so poorly.

But it does give us two strong Jock covers, so that's something!!

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Another strong Byrne cover for Blood of the Demon...

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Ugh.

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Three issues, Pachecho?!?

You could only get through three issues?!?

I was counting on you to save me from Van Sciver!!
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I think Alex Ross has officially reached a stage of his career where he has drawn pretty much every possible combination of the Justice League is every possible pose.

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That being said, these covers are nice enough.
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Can it be?!?

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Could Donna Troy be back as a cyborg!?!?

Or with life-sustaining armor?!!?

Please tell me it is true!!
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Put Martin on a better book, please!!

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Look how cool this guy draws!!
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Well, Saiz gave it his best shot with this cover, but the sheer dorkiness of this OMAC guy overwhelmed it.

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And if it overwhelmed a GOOD cover, look at what the dorky OMAC guy does to a dorky cover!

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YIKES!
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A bit busy, but this is a nice cover, I think.

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I wish the story wasn't so filled with exposition.
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I RECANT!!

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I think these covers actually WILL look cool when you put them together.
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I think Conner is making Power Girl look like the Pro.

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What do y'all think?
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I may not be a fan of the storyline, but this is a cool cover.

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SEVEN SOLDIERS COVERS!

Klarion looks good...

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...but Shining Knight looks AWEsome!!

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JG JONES APPRECIATION

Two cool covers (as usual) from Jones this month...

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I do not like this cover.

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Walt Simonson is good.

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What a cool cover.
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However, my pick for cover of the month?

No question about it...

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Where the heck did THIS come from?!?! Who made a deal with the Devil so that we got something so freaking cool?!!?!?
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Okay, that's it for me, folks!

Feel free to share YOUR prejudices!!




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33 Comments:

Blogger Bill Reed said...

The Imaginary Stories collection is a great, and much needed, idea. As soon as I saw the title, I knew they'd have to include Superman Red/Blue.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure the Gotham Central cover is Sean Phillips. :)

That Demon cover is anything but strong, though. It produces a strong "What the hell?" from me.

5/16/2005 08:08:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Oh, and actually, I like the Van Sciver cover, for once. And OMAC isn't *that* dorky... okay, it is, but it's dork chic.

5/16/2005 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger Lex said...

"My theory is that prolonged exposure to the suckiness of Gotham Knights destroys anyone. Sorta like prolonged exposure to radiation."

I loved that quote! And it's SO true!

And I also enjoyed the covers for Day of Vengeance and Shining Knight.

5/16/2005 08:55:00 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Yup, Gotham Central cover is Sean PHillips. Also think the second OMAC cover is Ladronn, if not both (altho, the first one does look a lot like Saiz). Great post!

5/16/2005 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

I thought the Klarion cover was brilliant. Better'n Shining Knight, which is all Europeany and eye-hurtingly full of detail.

I like the Golden Eagle cover, too, even though I don't know who that is.

5/16/2005 11:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

I don't see Hawkwoman on that Rann/Thanagar cover.

I think I'm gonna go into the corner and cry now.

5/17/2005 01:18:00 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

The first cover with Supergirl is much creepier, since in the second one she's not showing off that skeletal torso. And Power Girl's breasts look out of control, as usual, to me.

Donna Troy in armor? Sounds like Dave will have to update his post about how armor is never cool. The people at DC should read more blogs!

Your cover from Gotham Central has been replaced by the one with the Titans. Wha happen?

5/17/2005 06:34:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm suprised Ordway, not Byrne, is the one doing covers for the MAN OF STEEL collections; you'd think the primary audience for these collections would be the hard-core Byrne fans.

5/18/2005 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger Justin Davis said...

Dude, did you just badmouth Breach? I love this book. Are you reading it? The first issue wasn't all that great, but each issue since then has just gotten better and better. I think Martin is the perfect fit for this book. Like I've said many times, it's like an indie book about secret government activities and personal relationships being played out in the DCU.

5/21/2005 03:30:00 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Who is this "Martin" that did the Superman blasting cover?

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Ethan Van Sciver rules. No two ways about it.

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