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Judging by the Cover – 3/20/19 new releases

Dave and Eric share their favorite covers from this week’s new comics.

Most comic book fans have a pretty good idea 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.”

In that spirit, here are the covers that captured Media and Content Manager David Brooke and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

Dave’s Picks:

Uncanny X-Men #14
Cover art by Paolo Rivera

Marvel Comics

Don’t ask me why Spider-Man is on this variant (I’m guessing for sales reasons), but the cover is excellent. I love the use of the pumpkin bomb in the foreground to draw your eye and the reflection on the glider of Spidey. It’s a great perspective as Spider-Man looks up, helping to convey the threat of the Hobgoblin very well.

Captain Marvel #3
Cover art by Amanda Conner

Marvel Comics

What better way to celebrate Captain Marvel the movie than by buying this series. Kelly Thompson has done a great job and Amanda Conner has excelled with these covers. I love how the flame kicks up, creating a circle around Carol and drawing your eye in. Meanwhile, her symbolic stars flutter around her. Talk about a badass thing to have Carol do on the cover too.

Thor #11
Cover art by Nao Fuji

Marvel Comics

Fuji has a couple of other variant covers coming out this week, but this is by far my favorite. There’s a story being told on the cover, which is one of the coolest parts. It’s also drawn in a manga style that’s simple but very emotive. Who knew cats were Carnage’s weakness?

Eric’s Picks:

Batman #67
Cover art by Lee Weeks

DC Comics

This is just lovely. I love the use of blank space utilizing black instead of white. The copper tones contrast against the background fabulously, especially in the ripples of the characters’ footsteps. There’s something aesthetically pleasing about the general downward slope of the cover as well. All in all, this is very nice work.

Aquaman #46
Cover art by Robson Rocha & Daniel Henriques

DC Comics

This is a great example of how to design a cover that both reflects the specific issue’s contents and works as a cool standalone image. The dramatic pose works well, as does the way Aquaman’s body disperses into salt. The text is short and sweet, conveying the danger while still leaving questions unanswered to pique one’s curiosity.

Thor #11
Cover art by Nao Fuji

Marvel Comics

This is so adorable. Theme variants are often underwhelming for me, but this theme is great and I love that Fuji tells a story here. The decision to use a nine-panel grid as a cover is a bold one, and it pays off. The cat’s reactions to Carnage and Venom are humorous, and that last panel with a cat-ified Venom is a great final surprise. The limited color palette also works well here.

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