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Judging by the Cover – 2/21/18 new releases

Chris and Eric discuss the best covers from the week’s new comics.

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.”

In that spirit, here are the covers that captured Editor-at-Large Chris Hassan and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

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Chris’s Picks:

Kong on the Planet of the Apes #4
Art by Fay DaltonJudging by the Cover - 2/21/18 new releasesI haven’t read a single issue of this series, but I’m a huge Planet of the Apes fan and would have no problem framing this pulp poster on my wall. Mostly because it features the human-hating General Ursus, who sports one of the coolest costumes in cinema history.

Amazing Spider-Man #796
Art by Alex Ross
Judging by the Cover - 2/21/18 new releasesThrough all the highs and lows of Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man run, the Alex Ross covers have been consistently… well, amazing. This one is particularly interesting, as it’s just a close-up of Spidey’s head. It tells you nothing about the issue, but I sure am glad it exists. This is destined to become a go-to Spider-Man article image for many a comic book news site, I’m sure.

Trump Trump Vol. 1: Nomination to Inauguration
Art by Warren CragheadJudging by the Cover - 2/21/18 new releasesJuvenile, crass and grotesque: Three words that describe this cover doodle and the man the doodle’s of! For me, this one image and all its simplicity is a testament to the power of the caricature.

Eric’s Picks:

Redlands #6
Art by Vanesa R. Del Rey

Judging by the Cover - 2/21/18 new releasesI like this cover largely because of how unique it is; you don’t often see a comic book cover featuring no characters, just a still-life. All the little details are well-painted; and the sheen on the eye makes for a fantastic focal point. Vanesa R. Del Rey’s work here feels lovely yet ominous; it’s a great fit for the series.

The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #1
Art by Liam Sharp

Judging by the Cover - 2/21/18 new releasesThe combination of superheroes and high fantasy here is quite cool. Liam Sharp does a good job showing wind blowing with the leaves scattered all about the image, and the twisting tree limbs are nice as well. The composition is simple, but the plethora of small details throughout make this cover a standout.

Aquaman #33
Art by Joshua Middleton

Judging by the Cover - 2/21/18 new releasesAnother month, another great Aquaman cover by Joshua Middleton. The way the light hits Aquaman’s skin is very well-done, as are the swirls of his long hair. Add in the cool-looking fish to top it all off and this piece is just lovely.

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

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