Saw this artwork posted over at the hotlist as part of Pat's interview with Tom Lloyd, and immediately I knew it would have to feature here as a crap fantasy book cover.
It's just...I don't know. Tired. A bland image - some generic dragon throwing a frilly-cuffed strop, with Iron Man (wtf is he doing there?) holding a couple of those cheap plasma balls you can get from all tacky novelty shops.
What interested me though, was Lloyd's response to whether he liked the artwork:
"I’m very happy with both the covers he’s done; I think they’re perfect for the market and just great images in themselves."
Disagree with the last point, but Lloyd's probably bang on the money with the first - and that is perhaps why although this cover is awful, it might be suitable. The difference between the US and UK markets has been mentioned time and time again.
Still, however suitable the cover is, it's still crap.
Crap-o-meter rating: 8.5/10
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