Mar 16 2009

Cover Comparison for Savior 28

Published by at 5:22 am under Art,Book Covers,Comic Book Art

Check out these alternate covers for Savior 28. I’d like to know what you think.

Version 1:

Savior 28 cover B by ~jxdrawingstuff on deviantART

Version 2:

Savior 28 cover A by ~jxdrawingstuff on deviantART

I’d say this isn’t even close: version 2 is far more distinct and interesting. Also, spraying the blood across “We can save the world” is a neat touch that suggests the writing has at least some style. In contrast, the first version is an unacceptably bland fight between a Superman-knockoff and a faceless Nazi. It’s hard to imagine a more forgettable way to introduce a series. Finally, I’d say there’s a problem because these two covers do not seem to be selling the same series. Version 1 looks like it’s ok for kids, and version 2 obviously does not.

What do you think?

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Cover Comparison for Savior 28”

  1. Holliequon 16 Mar 2009 at 11:33 am

    I agree that they’re definitely targetting different audiences. I like #2 more, but I think even that looks a bit plain. Even if I were a comic book fan, I wouldn’t pick up either.

  2. Tomon 16 Mar 2009 at 11:56 am

    Plain? I think number 2 is about as outstanding as they come. If I saw that I’d definitely be tempted to pick it up, and I never read comics.

  3. Ragged Boyon 16 Mar 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I agree with B. Mac and Hollie, #2 is more interesting, although a bit bland. I think there is too much dead space in the picture. I think if it were night and and he was sort of spotlighted it may be more interesting.

    Alternatively, if the daytime picture had more elements of the story it may work. For example, they could add a random people walking by, ignoring his body, wearing clothes with Nazi symbols on them. It’s a dark message but I think it tells something about the setting.

    Then again, I don’t know much about the audience or setting of the story.

  4. B. Macon 16 Mar 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Here’s the three sentence synopsis:

    He is the first, and greatest, super hero: an American legend. But when tragedy forces Savior 28 to question the very beliefs that have guided him for seventy years, his life begins to unravel and his nation turns against him. Join writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Mike Cavallaro on S-28’s dizzying journey through seven decades of politics, pop culture and spiritual search—in a mini-series that turns the super hero genre inside out.

    I think version 1/B misses the point completely. Version 2 doesn’t quite directly show those plot points, but it at least features an elderly superhero failing in the most visible way. I think that’s truer to the plot than the typical action shot in version 1.

    Also, “The Life and Times of” is a cliche phrase that doesn’t feel effective in this title.

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