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Judging by the Cover – 8/22/18 new releases

David and Eric share their favorite covers from the week’s new comic releases.

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.”

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In that spirit, here are the covers that captured Toys Editor David Hildebrand and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

David’s Picks:

The Punisher #1
Cover art by Greg Smallwood

The Punisher is back at #1 and Matthew Rosenberg is still writing the title. This cover is an easy pick for me. I was on the fence with the whole Castle/War Machine idea, but I ended up enjoying it. Now it appears that Rosenberg is bringing Castle back to the streets of New York! Greg Smallwood is the man behind this cover and I dig it. Here he looks like a cross between Dolph Lundgren and Jose Canseco. The black and red colors work. He looks tough and the whole look is gritty. I’m psyched!

Jughead: The Hunger #8
Cover art by Adam Gorham

Next up is Jughead: The Hunger #8. What a world we live in! Did you ever think we would get Archie stories involving the supernatural? Jughead is the killer werewolf. He eats people instead of burgers! Where the hell was this story when I was younger? Frank Tieri is killing it with this book. Adam Gorham’s cover has a creepy vibe to it. The hunter and the hunted on the same cover. I like the black and blue colors and the appearance of the desolate town.

Die! Die! Die! #2
Cover art by Nathan Fairbairn & Chris Burnham

Finally, there is Die! Die! Die! #2. After looking at this cover, I am thinking I need to go back and find issue #1. Holy Crap, that guy’s nose is totally cut off! And holy crap, it even says the exact same thing on the cover! So, some cat is clearly jacked up and is missing his nose. Two people below him are raining down hell on someone! If this book is as good as the cover, I might be a new reader. Enjoy the rest of this article, I am going to track down the first issue.

Eric’s Picks:

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #6
Cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards

I love Tommy Lee Edwards’s decision to depict Mr. Freeze askew here. It adds to the cover’s sense of the dramatic, and boy is there drama here. All the futuristic technology is especially cool, and the clean line-work is pleasing to look at.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #34
Cover art by Natacha Bustos

I dig the mixed media approach to this cover with the 2-D art overtop the photography. This piece also does a great job conveying enough about the plot to make one curious while still leaving a sense of mystery. What caused this transformation of Devil Dinosaur? Natacha Bustos’s work here makes me want to read the issue and find out.

Cold Spots #1
Cover art by Mark Torres

This cover is just plain eerie. The intense faces overlaying the background imagery give off the impression that something is tragically wrong. This sense of unease is a perfect match for the series’s subject matter; Mark Torres does a good job conveying what readers can expect from the title.

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