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Judging by the Cover – 1/23/19 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 & Content Manager David Brooke and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

Dave’s Picks:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1
Cover art by Matt Taylor

BOOM! Studios

I’m not even a Buffy fan and I love the use of color here. What’s cool about this cover is how your eye is drawn to her face, and you instantly know it’s Sarah Michelle Gellar. Then as your eye is drawn down you see the phone, then the stake, then the school. It’s not until you’ve looked at this for a few seconds (or maybe even a minute) that you see the eyes of the vampires behind her. The use of yellow pops on her skirt too, and the retro vibe is quite cool overall.

Shazam! #2
Cover art by Chris Samnee

DC Comics

Chris Samnee is without a doubt one of the best artists working today. The use of color here to show the blue bright lightning is impressive. You can feel the power running through Shazam and it should get readers pumped to go on this adventure. I love it when covers utilize light/color to highlight and this does that in spades.

Guardians Of The Galaxy #1
Cover art by Gerald Parel

Marvel Comics

I’m a sucker for movie poster style covers and this one stacks the characters just like you’d see at the cinema. The energy effects (like at the bottom) are quite cool too and add a three-dimensional look. The lighting is quite cool too. It has a Star Wars feel to it that suits this cosmic adventure story.

Eric’s Picks:

Star Wars #60
Cover art by John Tyler Christopher

Marvel Comics

Every now and then I see a cover that instantly makes my list for the week. This is one such time–I mean, what else could I possibly want? It’s an Admiral Ackbar toy variant! It’s all fun, from the cartoony-looking action figure to the lovingly rendered portrait behind it. Just look at those eyes!

Elvira: Shape of Elvira #1
Cover art by Francesco Francavilla

Dynamite Comics

It’s hard to imagine a better pitch than “The Shape of Water meets Elvira.” This issue has a lot of great covers, but I settled on this one. All the expected camp is right there, as Francavilla does a great job capturing Elvira’s amusingly shocked expression. Of course, the merman behind her also looks great. This is a cover that makes me want to read the issue itself.

Mars Attacks #4
Cover art by Robert Hack

Dynamite Comics

Camp and aliens seem to be my running themes this week. The Mars Attacks! aliens have such fantastic designs with their big bulbous brains and eyes. Hack does a great job with the composition here, and both the sci-fi tech and dissected human look awesome. This cover is showing me everything I want from this book.


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