Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Judging (DC's June) Books By Their Covers

DC's June 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!
___________________________________________________

I love Simone Bianchi and all...







But it's getting kinda monotonous, no?
___________________________________________________

This is certainly a different approach by Adam Hughes.



I like it.
___________________________________________________

Jock is incapable of drawing a bad cover.



I think I will get that tatooed somewhere.
___________________________________________________

I like Patrick Gleason, but this cover looks way too busy.



Unless it will look better in color, maybe?
___________________________________________________

Mike Huddleston is a great artist.



I'd like to see him on something better than Man-Bat, though.
___________________________________________________

My theory is that Lee spent all his time making the Joker look kinda decent that he forgot he needed to draw more.



Yikes, that is one piss-poor background.
___________________________________________________

Sam Kieth has been breaking out some interesting covers for this series so far.


___________________________________________________

I cannot believe how dorky that crystal-monster looks.



Yikes.
___________________________________________________

So dorky, it's even dorkier than this Action Comics cover!!


___________________________________________________

Well, this Superman/Batman cover will certainly draw attention...whether it be the right kind or the wrong kind.



Also, Kevin Maguire is drawing the interiors, but you don't let him do the covers?!?
___________________________________________________

Hal is lucky, he doesn't have a girlfriend at the moment.



But, just to be on the safe side, Carol Ferris should stay away from any refrigerators.
___________________________________________________

This WAS a cool cover...until you see the Spectre's goatee.



LAME!!
___________________________________________________

Look!



Even Wonder Woman is embarrased by this cover!!
___________________________________________________

52 JG JONES COVERS!!

I hope these foreign heroes will be as popular as all the Planet DC characters!



Wait, what am I saying?!?! That's impossible!!

This is a pretty boring cover, considering the previous Booster Gold cover.



This cover make me want to look for the Union label.


___________________________________________________

John Cassaday ruined a lot of artist's good time when he added the detailed chainmail on Captain America's costume.


___________________________________________________

It's kinda cool that Oracle is now so well-known that just her symbol is enough.



Congrats, Kim Yale and John Ostrander, on a job well done!
___________________________________________________

Strong, if not a bit by rote, cover from Byrne.


___________________________________________________

BRIAN HURTT COVERS!!

I love Brian Hurtt so much.

However, this Birds of Prey cover is pretty weak.



Luckily, this Hard Time cover is so awesome that the average score of the two covers is still good.


___________________________________________________

ARIEL OLIVETTI COVERS!!

First, a really strong one from Legends of the Dark Knight. How can you NOT want to read this comic after seeing a cover like that?



Next, a less awesome, but still strong cover for DC's new 99 cent comic book, Brave New World...


___________________________________________________

This reminds me of the only non-dreadful Michael Turner Flash covers.


___________________________________________________

Mojo appearing would make ANY cover better, don't you think??


___________________________________________________

Man, Checkmate sure looks like a cool movie, no?


___________________________________________________

Strong work by Stelfreeze for Firestorm...



But I think it may be a bit much for a book like Firestorm.
___________________________________________________

McDaniel has been, overall, impressing me with his cover layouts for Green Arrow.



This is another good one.
___________________________________________________

Gibbons writing.

Gleason drawing.



And no Geoff Johns anywhere to be seen?

Green Lantern Corps should be good.
___________________________________________________

What is there to be said for this Justice cover?



Anyone? Any opinions? I can't muster up anything here. Help me out.
___________________________________________________

Who is David Michael Beck?



His Jonah Hex cover is good and all, but I can't figure out why I'm supposed to know the name.
___________________________________________________

You gotta admit, these covers are clever!



RIGHT out of 1984!

Still can't believe that's Mike Zeck and not Val Semeiks.
___________________________________________________

Well, we can at least scratch off "the coloring" from possible reasons why Paul Gulacy's art isn't that great anymore.


___________________________________________________

I think a problem with this piece is that we have seen Kingdom Come pieces for sooo many years that I think we have lost a little bit of the majesty of the whole thing.


___________________________________________________

What else has Stephane Roux done?



I enjoyed Roux's work on this Manhunter cover a lot.
___________________________________________________

I love how later writers sometimes just latch on to an idea an earlier writer did, and harp on it well after that writer left.


___________________________________________________

That's one badass Secret Six cover by Karl Kerschl.



How come he isn't drawing Robin like it was said at first?
___________________________________________________

At least from the covers, Shadowpact looks like a fun book.


___________________________________________________

Now, a Sergio Aragonés SOLO, we KNOW will be fun!



Very nice cover.
___________________________________________________

Ha!



Very clever cover concept from Barry Kitson!!
___________________________________________________

Can you believe this is Doug Mahnke?



Must have been fun for him to mess with his style to make it look different.
___________________________________________________

















...Huh?! Wha?!? Oh, man, sorry about that. This Teen Titans cover must have put me to sleep.
___________________________________________________

This is a nice surprise! DC rarely does new covers for their trade collections of ongoing titles.



How is Jerome Moore a fan-favorite, by the way? I remember he once drew an issue of Valor, and the promo for it was "art by fan-favorite, Jerome Moore?" and I remember, at the time, being all, "How can I not be familiar with the guy if he's a fan-favorite?" Is it just from drawing some Star Trek comics?
___________________________________________________

I DO like Bart Sears' new style.

Well, more than his old style, at least.



Too bad Warlord is not that good.
___________________________________________________

Is there a better artist out there than Walt Simonson at drawing old-timey weapons and armor?



I say thee NAY, varlot!
___________________________________________________

Ty Templeton has impeccable cover layout sense.


___________________________________________________

BEAST BOY SHOULDN'T GNAW AT HER LEG! HE IS A VEGETARIAN!!!



THAT'S IT! I AM GOING TO MAKE DEATH THREATS TO J. TORRES!!!
___________________________________________________

Strong cover by Georges Jeanty of American Way...really draws the reader into the comic.


___________________________________________________

Meanwhile, this Albion cover...does the exact opposite.


___________________________________________________

Is there like, a cover crib sheet out there somewhere or something?



Because it looks like Dustin Nguyen got this Manifest Eternity cover out of a "Standard Cover Designs" book.
___________________________________________________

Isn't, like, the LAST issue a bit of an odd time to first let Giuseppe Camuncoli do the cover of the book?


___________________________________________________

Cool Tony Harris cover for Ex Machina.


___________________________________________________

CRAPPY CLAW COVERS!!

Ain't alliteration awesome?

1.

2.
___________________________________________________

FILL IN COVER ARTISTS ON BOOKS FRANK QUITELY HAD TO STOP DOING COVERS FOR BECAUSE HE WAS SO FAR BEHIND ON ALL STAR SUPERMAN

1. Joshua Middleton on American Virgin



Middleton does a nice job capturing the sorta vacant stare that makes this cover stand out.

2. Howard Chaykin on Bite Club



Chaykin's cover looks like he pencilled it in 10 minutes, but I think it is forceful. Good work.

Both better than Igor Kordey's fill-in work.
___________________________________________________

How cool would it be if Dave Johnson ever drew comics again?



The answer is "very cool," by the way.
___________________________________________________

Some very clever covers from Testament.


___________________________________________________

Frusin's work is often drowned in color, so it is nice to see this Loveless cover in just pencils.



Good stuff.
___________________________________________________

Massimo Carnevale certainly has brought an air of style to his Y the Last Man covers.


___________________________________________________

Great Christopher Moeller cover.



Goodbye, Lucifer, we will miss you!
___________________________________________________

Philip Bond sure knows how to grab the audience's attention, doesn't he?



Funny cover.
___________________________________________________

I think this is one of the stronger DMZ covers so far, and there's been some real good ones (#1 and #4, in particular).


___________________________________________________

TOP FIVE COVERS OF THE MONTH (in another fairly weak month for covers)
___________________________________________________

5. Eric Powell has been doing a steady, excellent job on his Swamp Thing covers since he took the assignment, but generally, there are stronger works in the particular month. The last two months? Not so much.


___________________________________________________

4. Perhaps I am just in awe over no more Lauren and Bradstreet, but this Lee Bermejo Hellblazer cover, I thought, was very good.


___________________________________________________

3. Man, Miller certainly has a flair for the dramatic, doesn't he?



I think it really works on this cover.
___________________________________________________

2. I have long-felt (well, for the last few months, at least, as I have noted here) that James Jean's Fables covers have lost a little impact.

Luckily, with a hint of whimsey, DC avoided that with this, the 50th issue.


___________________________________________________

1. Another artist I've been tough on has been Joe Kubert, as I have not enjoyed the repetitive nature of his Sergeant Rock: The Prophecy covers.

He went in a different direction this month, and man, is it a great cover.


___________________________________________________

Okay, that's it for me, folks!

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

Read More

36 Comments:

Blogger Tom Foss said...

Oh my God, Catwoman's lost her nose!

Clearly nothing is sacred One Year Later.

3/14/2006 02:59:00 AM  
Blogger Lex said...

"I hope these foreign heroes will be as popular as all the Planet DC characters! Wait, what am I saying?!?! That's impossible!!"

Most of the Planet DC characters were pretty bad, but I really liked Brian K. Vaughn's The Janissary. Cool concept, I thought.

These cover articles are always fun to read. Great job, Brian!

Oh, and did you actually say something positive about a Barry Kitson cover? Will wonders never cease.

3/14/2006 03:07:00 AM  
Blogger Dean Trippe said...

are you kidding me with that miller pick? you could almost pick a batgirl at random from the meme list and get a better image.

3/14/2006 05:07:00 AM  
Blogger Ragnell said...

It's Mogo... Not Mojo.

3/14/2006 05:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Zard said...

I belive the Green Lantern sentient planet's name is Mogo, not Mojo.

3/14/2006 05:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Zard said...

Way to steal my thunder, Ragnell. Jerk.

3/14/2006 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I think the Green Lantern planet's name is Mogo, not Mojo.

3/14/2006 05:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Zard said...

The colors for the ASBaR are better on the image posted on DC's site.

Batgirl

No more purple.

3/14/2006 05:37:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

That IS a lot nicer!

It may have moved up to #2 if I had seen those colors!

3/14/2006 05:40:00 AM  
Blogger ninjawookie said...

The justice cover makes me cringe, just like hearing about a papercut on someones eyeball makes me cringe.

3/14/2006 06:11:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

It's "varlet."

3/14/2006 07:50:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

I can't believe you think Zeck's work on that JLA Detroit cover looks like Semeiks. Zeck's stuff looks so much better than anything Semeiks could do.

3/14/2006 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger Randy said...

I may not be a fan of ASSBAR, but yeah, that was an...umm...interesting take on Batgirl.

I don't much care for the Swamp Thing cover, as I would have easily placed that great looking Manhunter cover in the top 5.

EVen though I also really liked the Firestorm cover, you hit it dead on that it may be too much for the book.

3/14/2006 09:12:00 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Although, Mojo *does* make covers better too.

Can't you see it? Detective Chimp vs Mojo Jojo!

3/14/2006 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger Tadhg said...

"Is there a better artist out there than Walt Simonson at drawing old-timey weapons and armor?"

It wasn't Old-Timey when first drawn, it's just aged in the wait.

"1. Another artist I've been tough on has been Joe Kubert, as I have not enjoyed the repetitive nature of his Sergeant Rock: The Prophecy covers.

He went in a different direction this month, and man, is it a great cover"

I totally disagree. It is a different direction from the facial closeups of the rest of the mini, but really, the cover harkens to the BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE and isn't even as resonant.

3/14/2006 09:18:00 AM  
Blogger ninjawookie said...

i think that seven soldiers cover is JH Williams III, because its the cover of seven soldiers issue 1, Doug Mahnke probably hasn't drawn the trade cover yet, and speaking of which they don't look very good either, especially the Stewart cover for the second trade, which I expected better from.

3/14/2006 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

"I hope these foreign heroes will be as popular as all the Planet DC characters! Wait, what am I saying?!?! That's impossible!!"

I think the more important question is: why is the Sub-Mariner working for China now?

3/14/2006 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Dulaney said...

"Who is David Michael Beck? His Jonah Hex cover is good and all, but I can't figure out why I'm supposed to know the name."

I believe he was the artist who did the painted back covers of the early Devil's Due/Image GI JOE run. I want to say he's done some Moonstone work as well.

3/14/2006 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Has anyone ever written a Green Lantern story called "Mister Mogo Risin'?"

3/14/2006 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

Camuncoli did the cover to Captain Atom #6, so niner's not his first.

3/14/2006 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Charles W. said...

I didn't see the Supergirl cover, but that's okay, since I wasn't feelin' it anyway. I did have a question, though--the solicit for Supergirl #8 mentioned the new art team of Ed Benes and Alex Lei. I thought Benes was going to be the penciller on Meltzer's JLA title. Did he get dropped from that, or is he going to pull double duty?

3/14/2006 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous JR said...

"I believe he was the artist who did the painted back covers of the early Devil's Due/Image GI JOE run. I want to say he's done some Moonstone work as well."

Yeah that was him, his Moonstone work includes covers for Buckaroo Banzai, Kolchak, and Belle Star.

He's a regular at the local shop and some of the original G.I.Joe works hang there.

3/14/2006 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger Ragnell said...

Way to steal my thunder, Ragnell. Jerk.

Zard -- I beat you by 4 1/2 minutes.


And you deserve it for attacking the Justice Society.

3/14/2006 03:04:00 PM  
Blogger Apodaca said...

What's with Miller giving his female characters charm bracelets and dangly earrings? He must have some sort of fetish for jewelry that annoys me in every way.

3/14/2006 05:00:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Yeah, it's definitely JH Williams on that 7 Soldiers. I bet Mahnke didn't draw his cover yet.

That doesn't look a thing like Middleton on Virgin, either. Hmm.

I adore the Monsieur Mallah cover. In fact, it's my new desktop wallpaper.

3/14/2006 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

That Robin cover is a bit busy, but I suspect it'll look better colored, and the concept is fantastic. A POV shot with Robin standing over you pointing a gun to your head? That's good stuff.

3/14/2006 07:32:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Oh, I agree, Patrick. It's a very good concept.

3/14/2006 07:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Jamil said...

I don't think it is Middleton. It looks like Becky Cloonan to me.

3/14/2006 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

I thought the Middleton call was off too, and now that you mention CLoonan it hits me that you're totally right. I should have realized since I just did a Demo review on my blog yesterday. Oh wait, did I just plug again? Fuck yeah, I did!! ROck on.

3/14/2006 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Yeah, it does look like the interior artist, Cloonan, but I can also buy a rushed Middleton.

3/14/2006 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Kelson said...

"It wasn't Old-Timey when first drawn, it's just aged in the wait."

Heh. Does anyone know why the Elric book was delayed so long? I don't remember seeing any sort of announcement after the last issue came out. #3 was on the schedule, then it wasn't, and it just disappeared off the radar.

3/15/2006 02:34:00 AM  
Blogger Matt Brady said...

Comment for the Justice cover: It's all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out.

And in that Robin cover, it looks like he has a water pistol.

3/15/2006 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

3/15/2006 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

I'm reading and enjoying Justice. Seems like it would be a bit too dour for my taste; I like my superheroes with a heaping side of comedy, but at least Justice avoids drowning us in angst.

But I dunno what the heck is going ON with the Atom cover.

Like, how is the eye reflecting Poison Ivy and not the Atom. It's looking at the Atom! It should be reflecting him! Gah!

That's not Photo-realism! Alex Ross has betrayed me!

'An if that American Virgin isn't Becky Cloonan doin' Paul Pope, it HAS to be Middleton making a purposeful effort to do Becky Cloonan doing Paul Pope.

3/15/2006 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger Avi said...

I agree with a lot of your cover opinions, but sometimes you're a little too harsh.

I loved the Hal Jordan refrigerator comment!

3/20/2006 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Angela Dixon said...

Nice post! Can’t wait for the next one. Keep stuff like this coming.

Asus - ROG 17.3" Laptop - 12GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Black

Asus - 15.6" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Hot Pink

11/05/2013 07:27:00 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home