All-New By Its Cover Special (Season Finale)

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This will be the final installment of By Its Cover for 2015. Don’t be alarmed, it’ll probably return in 2016. Having a day job at a major online Halloween costume retailer means the second half of my year is always busier than the first, which makes it a little harder to keep up. While each column might […]

Did Watchmen Steal From The Outer Limits, Or From Jack Kirby?

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[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Watchmen, The Outer Limits, and some old sci-fi you probably weren’t planning on reading.] At the end of Watchmen, a television set in the background announces a rerun of The Outer Limits episode “The Architects Of Fear.” This was a reference to a creative debate that occurred behind the scenes between writer […]

All-New By Its Cover #6 (Covers For June 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   The Wicked + The Divine #11 by Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson I’ve gottta honest with you: I got bored pretty quickly of the “head” covers for each […]

All-New By Its Cover #5 (Covers For May 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month). Note: Apologies for the delay this month. I’ll try to get the next installment out super quick!   Ninjak #3 by Lewis Larosa Wow, that is an extreme […]

All-New By Its Cover #3 (March 2015 Covers)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month). The Empty #2 by Jimmie Robinson & Ei8ht #2 by Rafael Albuquerque Last month I featured the first issues of The Empty and Ei8ht, which both used […]

All-New By Its Cover #2 (February 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   Ei8ht #1 by Rafael Albuquerque This is such a fantastic cover. The diagonal angle is dynamic, and the limited color palette is striking. The only things that break […]

All-New By Its Cover #1 (January 2015)

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The column that judges a book by its cover, focusing on the month’s best-designed comic covers. For the month’s best-illustrated comic covers, see Best Comic Covers Ever (This Month).   Daredevil #12 by Chris Samnee When Daredevil looks shocked that someone is flying through the air, you know this is serious. But what really gets […]

By Its Cover Special: Image Expo 2014

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This will be the last By Its Cover for a few months, so I thought I’d do something special. Today we’re going to look at the Image Expo teaser images shown at SDCC 2014. To be clear, these aren’t necessarily covers. In theory, they’re teaser images intended to get people interested in each series, though half of […]