The new solicits are out this week and the cover of Ms. Marvel seems to have made quite a splash.
It’s just…there’s good cheesecake and there’ s bad cheesecake. Ms Marvel with a rifle, a camo helmet and a combat vest barely keeping her covered?
This should be a book that can appeal to female readers and I can’t help thinking Greg Horn doesn’t exactly help that.
Blogger Brainfreeze likes the cover:
A couple of things come to mind. One is that I always find it surprising when people say they won’t buy a comic because of the cover. Not the folks who aren’t buying it as something of a protest, because I certainly support the whole voting-by-dollar idea. But some folks won’t buy a cheesecake-y cover because of the embarrassment factor–wouldn’t want to be seen buying it, wouldn’t want to be seen reading it. Maybe I’m an irredeemable comic geek, or maybe I just don’t care that much about the covers of the books I read, but I’ve never seen a cover yet that would keep me from buying it if the insides were good, or that would keep me from reading it in public. (Not that I read comics in public much, since they come to my house in a nice box. But, you know, back in the old days. )
The other is that, although there is a definite doofiness to it, this is in fact the most I’ve liked a Ms. Marvel cover in a long time. You want to know why? Because you can actually see her eyes! Just about every other cover has featured her with those phenomenally creepy blank eyes in the mask. So just the presence of an iris and pupil are enough to make me happy.
The first thing that I saw when I viewed this cover was the homage to Private Benjamin and Goldie Hawn (there’s even an homage to Laugh-In there), which is where I’m pretty sure that Horn drew at least some inspiration from. Maybe it’s a pop cultural awareness thing, but a goodly portion of the people I know discussing this cover see the Goldie Hawn homage right away, while the rest are viewing it sans that cultural awareness and reacting to it accordingly.
Our own Ragnell thinks the cover is funny, but disagrees with Kali921′s interpretation:
If that’s an homage, it’s a piss-poor one.
It’d be a funny homage, were it for the cover of say Benjamin’s Privates or some similarly themed pornographic take on the movie, but a superhero book?
You know, I never thought that I could respect Greg Horn less as an artist, but the thought that he was intentionally referencing Private Benjamin rather than Army@Love or an actual porn movie… Well, that just digs a new cellar under the Hall of Artistic Shame.
So what do you think?