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Artwork from the Limited Edition of BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED by Joe Abercrombie

Subterranean Press is known for producing top-notch artwork for their limited edition novels. This piece from Alex Preuss is just another example. My opinion here more-or-less mirrors what I felt about the artwork released for The Blade Itself: it’s a terrific piece, full of moody atmosphere and wonderful colours… but it doesn’t really match my vision of Abercrombie’s series. Too much dystopian Science Fiction, not enough dirty European-inspired Fantasy.

Still, it’d look just lovely hanging on a wall, wouldn’t it?

  • Patrick (YetiStomper) January 21, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I like the art but I think it’s oversold. I purchased the Limited edition of The Blade Itself and thought it was rather poorly assembled. There were only four images and they were placed over 20% of the book rather than over the entirety. The quality of the other three images also wasn’t up to par with the “preview” image.

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  • Edith January 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I love the pic, but very little suggests “SF”. It could be mystery, thriller, fiction. But then anyone buying from SubPress knows exactly what they’re buying.

  • Jonathan January 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Love that palette. Gorgeous.

  • Kendall January 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Awesome! Except for the figure, it reminds me VERY strongly of Stephan Martiniere (whose work I like a lot!). It does suggest “SF” to me…but not so much fantasy.

  • Martin January 22, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Yes, it is very much like a Martiniere SF cover. There is even a big gap for a spaceship.

    And why is Glokta wearing a flat cap!?

  • Kevin January 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I don’t like how this cover de-emphasizes the character; he’s reduced to a little silhouette.