Fail Over Green Lantern Godhead Covers

Comic book covers tend to have a bit of a flock mentality. They find out what works, what sells, what appeals and then they all race to do exactly the same thing. So that no one sells any more as a result, everything smooshes together into the mainstream, a mulch of similar approaches. Sometimes folk zag when others zig, and you get comics covers that look like Hawkeye, The Wicked & The Divine, God Is Dead, but it's a rarity.

Which is why the solicited covers for the upcoming Green Lantern/New Gods crossover event Godhead were a real breath of fresh air as far as comic book covers were concerned. Even if the logo, credits and code were added, the covers looked radically different, using large bold type and blank flat colour to really stand out.

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But on publication…. not as much.

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The text has been knocked back from its original boldness, shrunk and squashed, with the big logo taking its usual spot, with a crossover banner to boot.
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It still has impact, but it's nowhere near as bold as the original look. What could have been… imagine the originals with a smaller logo, maybe towards the bottom right, sharing space with the credits, and the text restored to its original style and boldness. Might have annoyed a retailer or two for a month, but damn that would have been a sacrifice worth making to draw some attention – and show how covers could look.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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