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Book Cover Smackdown! Fear The Alien vs. Horns vs. Horus Heresy: Nemesis

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9 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! Fear The Alien vs. Horns vs. Horus Heresy: Nemesis

  1. None of the above.  Fear the Alien‘s cover looks too Saturday kids’ cartoonish.  Horns‘ cover is marginally interesting; I might be motivated to look at the back cover, but I wouldn’t buy the book solely upon the cover art.  (The character looks rather Cardassianish.)  Nemesis’ cover makes me roll my eyes; yes, the artwork is well done but the character (some sort of alien/human skull hybrid) makes me wonder why the author and editor spent several hundred hours of work on something that looks cheesy.


  2. Fear the Alien gets my vote. It has a great classic looking fantasy cover and you know it’s gonna be pumped full of great action. It’s the one I’d pick up first of the three.

  3. Miki Vinuesa // November 11, 2009 at 3:11 am //

    Same here, Fear the Alien. Green iz best.

  4. Gonna have to cast my lot with the cover to “Nemesis”.  That’s a Culexus assassin, and that means only one thing: somebody is about to have their day $@*!ed up in one of the most horrific manners possible.

  5. None of the covers really grab me.

    Fear The Aliens is pure Games Workshop fanboy fun, but not my cup of tea.

    Horns is almost interesting and probably the most intriguing.

    Nemesis probably gets my vote, although I do tend to feel that it is a direct rip off of Giger’s Alien. I am certain that a movie still/comic illos/Giger painting was used as direct reference. The pose is pure Alien, just look at the fingers, or the pipes on the back! Even the costume hints at the biomech bone structure of the Alien!

  6. Nemesis all the way. It’s very clearly a superior piece of artwork – better composition, lighting, form, detail, the lot. Forced to buy only one of the books, though, I’d buy Fear the Alien. I have a sense from the cover that it’s just more my cup of tea.

  7. I would vote Nemesis #1.  Unlike others I don’t think it is cheesy.  I do think it suggests something with a little edge too it.

    I might pick up Horns and read the back, as the cover is ok.

    I don’t like Fear The Alien, as it is cartoonish and is what would be used by science fiction detractors to further their “sci-fi is crap” argument.  The book might be good, but the cover doesn’t give it respectability.

  8. Despite my Imperial ties, I must say that I like the Ork cover the best.  It’s nice to see a book showing just how big an ork actually is.

    In the end I know I will probably only read the Horus Heresy book, but I like the Ork cover better.

    The Horns cover doesn’t really do anything for me.  It looks like something from the Sci-fi channel; and yes it should still be the Sci-fi channel, not Sy-fy…

  9. Nemesis gets my vote as well…. The cover makes me want t pick the book up and read the back cover.

    Fear The Alien is OK, as the book is an anthology I assume (I can’t be bothered to check as my net is slug like today) as its editted by. I would be far more interested by who has written short stories for it that the cover art.

    Horns – I might pick it up to read the back cover if I was wasting time in a bookshop, but if I was just browsing I would probably dismiss it as ‘urban fantasy / horror’ and move on.

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