Great covers are like Patrick Duffy agreeing to routinely mow your lawn out of the goodness of his heart.
Beyond the tight, thrilling composition of sheer peril, I’m also taken with the heightened contrast and saturation on display. There’s something subliminal in that coloring choice, something that might subtly unnerve viewers because it’s just slightly off kilter. It ratchets up the anxiety in an already tense visual.
There’s an extreme elegance to each cover in this series. What I loved about this particular cover from the moment I saw it in Previews is how instantly it sets a tone and informs the narrative. There are no characters here, no situations. But as with any flag, it bodes something specific.
It struck me that the text down in the bottom right is highly reminiscent of a Tintin title card. Is Callum Israel the extreme forward progression of that character? That’s something to chew on.
It Girl!? I just meta!
I love that it’s brown. I can’t really explain why. That’s not a pretty color, especially highlighted in orange as it is. Maybe it harkens back to The Wild Bunch in some strange way. There’s a feeling of sunset here, and that’s appropriate for a few reasons.