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Judging by the Cover - 4/25/18 new releases

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Judging by the Cover – 4/25/18 new releases

Patrick and Eric share their favorite covers from the 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 Gaming Editor Patrick Hellen and Manga Editor Eric Cline’s attention this week.

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Patrick’s Picks:

Doom Patrol #11
Art by Tom Fowler

Judging by the Cover - 4/25/18 new releases

Doom Patrol always prides itself on the ability to confuse and sometimes upset, and this cover seems to be no different. The monster, seemingly a Metamorpho-type character with rock and tree aspects, has the team on the ropes except for Casey and Negative Man–still fighting even with the rest of the team seemingly helpless. The negative energy pathway seals this one for me, as those harsh and direct cuts across the cover draw the eye to all the relevant areas of conflict.

Batgirl #22
Art by Joshua Middleton

Judging by the Cover - 4/25/18 new releases

Being a crimefighter is a lonely business. The sacrifices that one must put up with to try to save their fellow man are intense, demanding, and don’t take days off. For whatever reason this beautiful sunset cover struck me with Barbara’s loneliness, and how much she gives up to protect Gotham. For some, sunset is a dividing line between work and family time–dinner is made, dishes are done, kids are tucked in. For others it’s time to head out to a movie, a date, a concert, or even to a late shift of work. It’s a break between two sides of one’s life, only for Babs–sunset doesnt mean downtime. This is a glimpse at her as she heads into her second shift, trying to balance two sides of one person, with only the rooftops and bats for company.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #15
Art by Elia Bonetti

Judging by the Cover - 4/25/18 new releases

This cover is beautiful, with the red of Vader’s saber and the bubble trail all making this underwater moment glow.

Truth be told though, the real reason I included it here is because it reminded me 100% of this image by Andrew Zubko:

Judging by the Cover - 4/25/18 new releases

And if that’s not an awesome enough reason to include it, I don’t know what is.

Eric’s Picks:

Exiles #2
Art by David Marquez

Judging by the Cover - 4/25/18 new releases

The cavalry arrives! These two are the Exiles I’ve been most excited about ever since the new volume was announced. Tessa Thompson–I mean Valkyrie–looks awesome charging forward, and Wolvie is great comic relief. David Marquez’s work here is screaming “This is what you want from this series!”

Ice Cream Man #4
Art by Martin Morazzo

Judging by the Cover - 4/25/18 new releases

Riding a bicycle with a skeleton through a graveyard at dusk–this cover epitomizes my aesthetic. I love art that brings a sense of joyful whimsy to supernatural subject matter, so Martin Morazzo’s work here is right up my alley.

Moon Knight #194
Art by Becky Cloonan

Judging by the Cover - 4/25/18 new releases

Moon Knight has had fantastic art across the vast majority of its history, so new issues always have huge shoes to fill. Becky Cloonan’s style is unlike any I’ve ever seen applied to the character, but that works to this cover’s advantage. I love how the draping makes the cape look alive, and its immensity further highlights just how small and vulnerable Marc Spector’s childhood self seems.

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

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