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Judging by the Cover – 4/3/19 new releases

Trevor and Eric share their favorite covers from the 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 contributor Trevor Richardson and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

Trevor’s Picks:

Monster Sized Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1
Cover art by Robert Hack

Archie Comics

Robert Hack’s work on this cover is so macabre with just a little bit of camp. I love the washed out feeling of the colors and the earnest way he has Sabrina lean in for a kiss. By sticking to a very limited palette, Hack lets Sabrina’s headband pop against her hair while highlighting the restrained use of decay on Harvey’s bones. Netflix should use more of his art for his title cards.

DIE #5
Cover art by David Mack

Image Comics

The trend this week seems to be rhyming artist names and bones. DIE cover artists really bring it to you every ball and it’s 10s across the board from me on David Mack’s work this week. The portrait is beautiful, the bear is ferocious, and Mack’s controlled use of watercolor throughout gives the cover a gentle beauty. However, it’s the snake skeleton that earned this cover’s place on my list this week. All those individual vertebrae leading down to that little skull are just *chef kiss*.

Xena: Warrior Princess #1
Cover art by Erica Henderson

Dynamite Comics

Look at that horse’s face! Squirrel Girl fans have long known that Erica Henderson’s art is some of the most charming in comics, period. From the horse’s almost chortling expression to Gabrielle’s panicked gasp and Xena’s determined frown, Henderson’s face-work on this cover is some of my favorite from her up there with her bar-setting work on Tippy-Toe. The colors add a lot of humor to the cover with the fiery sky and somber purple and teal juxtaposing a serious tone against the comedy on horseback. I wasn’t planning on buying Xena, but I need a copy of this cover.

Eric’s Picks:

The Immortal Hulk #16
Cover art by Alex Ross

Marvel Comics

Alex Ross’s art on The Immortal Hulk has been some of his memorable, largely because of how distinct in tone it is from his usual work. This cover is just bizarre, but in a good way. What the hell is the Hulk’s face doing in the moon? The contrast between his lunar visage and the more (literally) down to Earth graveyard scene is comical, and I love it. The colors are great, as are the textures of the grass and thin tree limbs. All in all this is strange and lovely work.

Justice League #21
Cover art by Jae Lee

DC Comics

I love Jae Lee’s work. His heavy inking and distinct style stick out from your average superhero art, and the sense of drama here is fantastic. There’s a real sense of stakes here; I feel like I’m looking at an Elseworlds scene where anything could happen. The way Superman is holding back and beating down his teammates looks effortless, like all their powers combined still have trouble taking on the Man of Steel. Overall the action and tension here are really fantastic.

Conan the Barbarian #5
Cover art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Marvel Comics

I love this. The colors and line-work are soft and pleasing to look at, but the content is incredibly striking. Few things are as eye-catching as a giant octopus on land. All the small details here are great, from the rings on the octopus’s tentacles to the striations on the mountain in the distance. This is just neat all around.

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