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Judging by the Cover – 1/31 new releases

David and Eric select the best covers from this week’s new comic releases.

Most comic book fans have a pretty good idea of 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 AiPT! Podcast co-host David Hildebrand and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

David’s Picks:

Dark Nights: Metal #5
Art by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion

I am sad to say that I haven’t read past the first issue of Metal, but I will catch up. Capullo and Glapion’s artwork is sick and this cover is going to make me catch up on this series sooner than later because I have to find out who this cat is holding the card!

Moon Knight #191
Art by Jacen Burrows

I haven’t read Moon Knight in forever, but this cover caught my eye. I like homages and Burrows’ reference to the classic painting American Gothic is pretty damn cool!

Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #5
Art by Rahzzah

Big Trouble in Little China is one of my all-time favorite films. It is the comic that brought me back into the comic scene in 2014. However, it wasn’t that good and I jumped ship on it. This cover sparks my curiosity about this current series. Seeing Jack Burton as an old man is surreal, but Rahzzah’s artwork is incredible!

Eric’s Picks:

Underwinter: A Field of Feathers #4
Art by Ray Fawkes

This Ray Fawkes cover is beautiful, simple and sinister. The layout is nice and clean, the cup is unassuming and those bird eyes stare right into one’s soul. Here’s hoping that this issue’s contents are as piercing as that avian gaze.

Moon Knight #191
Art by Jacen Burrows

My kingdom for a fine arts reference! I seldom tire of American Gothic spoofs, and this one by Jacen Burrows is great. The absurdity of the contrast between the source material and Moon Knight’s dramatic get-up is just fantastic.

God Complex #4
Art by Hendry Prasetya

A large part of what makes a cover great is that it should actually make one consider buying the book. God Complex has been doing that since issue one, and even if I didn’t already dig the series, this cover would make me take a chance with that $3.99. The mixture of technology with anatomy for that mechanical spine is just awesome. Hendry Prasetya delivers strong work yet again.

Do you agree with these picks? Let us know in the comment space below!


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