Cover Art for the limited edition of The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Yummy art? Over-the-top typography? It must be another great Subterranean Press cover! I’ve been waiting for this for a while, and it’s certainly no let down. Sure, it doesn’t have share the stylistic approach of Abercrombie’s general releases (which I still prefer), but it’s a great, moody piece of art that shows a different side of Abercrombie’s series. I’m particularly fond of the deep red font contrasting the cool blue hues of the art.

It’s interesting to see Alex Preuss‘ style veer more towards Fantasy in this piece, given that some people (myself included) felt that the recently released interior artwork felt too much like an image you’d find in a Science Fiction novel. It speaks to a nice diversity, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the artwork.

Opinions? Any guess what the scene of the cover conveys?

  • Marduk July 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I like it. I have this one on pre-order and can’t wait to see it all in it’s glossy glory ;-)

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  • Renasko July 27, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I don’t like the text so much, but the rest is pretty likeable.

  • GP July 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I don’t like the text so much either… It makes the book seem like it’s about vampires.

    Re what the cover conveys… At first, it reminded me of a scene from Pocahontas, but then I realized that the guy is probably Logen, and it looks like he’s sitting in a swamp =)

  • Patrick (YetiStomper) July 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Shame on you for using the word Yummy. I do like the cover but not as much as the perfection that are his UK covers.