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Judging by the Cover – 9/4/19 new releases

Forrest 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 AiPT! Comics podcast co-host Forrest Hollingsworth and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

Forrest’s picks:

Web of Black Widow #1
Cover art by Kris Anka

Marvel Comics

Kris Anka is one of the best cover artists working in comics today and this is really indicative of why. The combined neo-noir slickness, play between shadow and light, and the retention of the most important Black Widow motifs: sexy clothes, red hair, and spiders all come through here in something that is removed from the typical Widow tone but so perfectly Anka.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #8
Cover art by Becca Carey 

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All of the covers attached to Jordie Bellaire’s fantastic Buffy series have been equally fantastic, but this one feels really special. Minimalistic and evocative, it relies on a tried and true woodblock printing effect to impart some austerity, striking juxtaposition, and more than a little unease thanks to the use of Renaissance era demon imagery. Just an all-around great, implicative and tense cover that suits the interiors well.

Something Is Killing the Children #1
Cover art by Werther Dell’edera

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This one is no doubt given a boon by its name, and I love the title treatment here, but it’s also got just enough storytelling to pull the reader in: the branches of the trees reaching like hands up to the sky, the shadowed figures between their roots, and the central figure willing to stand up to them amidst the indication of many since lost with the ruined bicycles. I’ve had the good fortune of having already read this issue and I can tell you it’s a fantastic horror comic, but if I hadn’t this cover would’ve pulled me in anyways.

Eric’s picks:

DCeased: A Good Day to Die #1
Variant cover art by Yasmine Putri

DC Comics

I’m a huge fan of gnarled looking trees in art, so this immediately hits upon my aesthetic. The details in all the tiny leaves at the bottom are also great. Plus all those bats in the background? Plus the fog and architectural details? Plus the text that hints this won’t be your average Batman story? Impressive all around.

Something Is Killing the Children #1
Variant cover art by Dani Strips

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I dig the fluidity and boldness of the violence here. It’s the first issue so I’m not sure what exactly the character is slashing at, but it looks awesome. Swaths of red with lots of eyes? Very cool. The expression on the woman’s face is also excellent; there’s a lot of emotion even with just her eyes showing. All in all this piece makes me interested to see what the series is about.

House of X #3
Variant cover art by Mike Huddleston

Marvel Comics

This looks like a very cool sci-fi novel cover, or maybe an old school movie poster. Both of those are good things. My absolute favorite X-Men villains are the Brood, so anytime I get to see them I’m a happy camper. They look ferocious here with all those teeth and pointy limbs. The design of the spaceship is also cool, and the background is lovely. All in all I like this.

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