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Cover Unveiled for Before They Are Hanged (Ltd Ed)

Art by Alexander Preuss
Blarg! That's what I have to say about the cover to one of my favorite Fantasy novels of the last decade.

The above is for the Subterranean Press edition of Before They Are Hanged.  I first saw the art itself in mid-January when Sub Press released the piece not mentioning it would be for the cover. They often show a piece that ends up as one of the color plates so I tried not to think too much about it. Yet here is Before They Are Hanged, my favorite volume in the First Law Trilogy with a title treatment that doesn't even go along with their edition of The Blade Itself. That's a big fail in my book for collector series books.

Is it too much to ask for some consistency? I say this all not as just a blogger, but as a consumer. I've bought and paid for the Sub Press's version of The Blade Itself and pre-ordered Before They Are Hanged the first day it was possible to do so. I also order plenty of their other novellas and collections. I'm a very disappointed fan right now.

Come on Joe Abercrombie! Use that might ax you won for the Gemmell Awards to get this set right.

I also want to add that while I don't feel Alexander Preuss' art is right for this world (not nearly Dark or Fantasy enough) I do like his style and as Aidan has pointed out it would look quite lovely on my wall. I'm also, mostly, glad they stuck to the same artist for the same reasons I'm upset. Come on Sub Press! You can't even use the same damn font? These are pricey editions that collectors and hardcore fans want to look all snazzy on our shelves.

P.S. Sorry about all the art posts lately. I promise I have other stuff coming up including a review for Thursday.

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Patrick said...

Agree Completely.

Patrick said...

I just send a polite comment regarding my dislike for the cover to I encourage others (especially if you have it preordered) to do the same.

brainshades said...

The interior artwork for "BLADE" was abysmal... although the cover was fine. But honestly I'd rather have a good cover and no interior art than to have lesser illustrations.

I'll second, or third?, the comment that the font and lack of consistency with these editions is extremely uncool... I love these books and am happy to have SubPress editions to put up on the permanent shelf. But they need to fix the font - can't be hard to do at this point... I hope.

Mad Hatter Review said...

E-mail sent!

R.M. Knight said...

I agree. I am beyond disappointed with the treatment Sub Press has given this series. The art is way off and makes you wonder if anyone in the process even read the series. Then to not even make the covers consistent?! WTF?