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Judging by the Cover – 7/10/19 new releases

JJ 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 Event Coordinator JJ Travers and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

JJ’s Picks:

Bitter Root Red Summer Special #1
Cover art by Sanford Greene

Image Comics

At first glance it may appear that there isn’t a lot to see with this cover, but I encourage you to take a closer look. While your eyes will be drawn to the setting sun and cloud with the murderous red eyes, there’s much more to see in the shadows. I really enjoyed how tracing the shadows takes your eyes on a trip through a city bathed gorgeous color work to land with a very special family.

Savage Sword of Conan #7
Cover art by Marco Checchetto

Marvel Comics

Booze, women, blood, treasure and a sword. Yup that’s Conan alright. This cover is not only drawn exceptionally well, but also perfectly encapsulates everything our favorite barbarian is known to love and worship (well, minus Crom).

Batman: Universe #1
Cover art by Nick Derington

DC Comics

After reading his run on Doom Patrol with Gerard Way, I’ve kind of become a bit of a Nick Derington super fan. I can’t wait to see what him and Bendis have created for us in Batman: Universe. I believe this is Derington’s first run in the drivers seat with Batman, so I’m really excited for him. And come on, just look at this cover, I just love how smooth his line work is. Who wouldn’t want to buy this book after seeing this cover?

Eric’s Picks:

Catwoman #13
Cover art by Joëlle Jones & Laura Allred

DC Comics

This is definitely one of the most eye-catching covers this week. The red and yellow of the border stands out starkly against all the blue in the center, and I feel like there’s a tapestry’s worth of events going on behind Selina. The composition is also well-done, leading the viewer’s eye from one character to the next. All in all this is a unique cover and I dig it.

Go Go Power Rangers #21
Variant cover art by Gleb Melnikov

BOOM! Studios

When I’m checking out upcoming comic covers for the week I certainly never expect to see No Doubt tributes. Major points for ingenuity, and the execution is very cute. Certainly one of the more memorable covers this week.

Avengers #21
Variant cover art by Jim Cheung

Marvel Comics

Sometimes you just need cool, Carnage-ized versions of superheroes. Cheung’s line-work is great as always; I appreciate the energy here a lot. Carnage-ized Ghost Rider is especially awesome.


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