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Book Cover Smackdown! Darth Bane – Dynasty of Evil vs. Shadowrise

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why. It may not be fair to compare an sf title and a fantasy title, but there’s nothing overly sf about the Palencar piece, right?

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6 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! Darth Bane – Dynasty of Evil vs. Shadowrise

  1. joshua corning // August 13, 2009 at 1:31 am //

    Shadow Rise by default


    Star Wars is dead to me and its name on the cover kills anything else about it.

  2. Star Wars – The artwork of the 2 figures is beautiful, The rest of the cover is horrible. Unfortunately, the cover as a whole says everything you need to know about the book.

    Lockwood’s cover wins by a mile! it’s very intriguing and makes me want to go to the place in the cover. I’s definitely pick it up from the bookshelf in a book store.

  3. What Joshua said.


  4. I am a fan of the work of both artists, and Star Wars is certainly not dead to me, but I haven’t ever really gotten into the novelizations of Star Wars post Timothy Zahn’s first trilogy, so from a pure attraction standpoint I would pick the cover by Todd Lockwood.

    By Palencar has textures to his work that are so unique and amazing, aren’t they?  His trees are some of the coolest ever (referring not to this cover, obviously.)

  5. Those faces really draw the eye, with just a hint of stylistic touches to make it more interesting than a simple photograph. Other than being mysterious and obscure, Mr. Lockwood’s landscape is pretty inacessible. But don’t make me read the Star Wars book!

  6. Definitely SHADOWRISE.  It’s creepy and atmospheric.

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