I've talked about this one in various wishlist posts and videos, but I had yet to do a Face Off. So now, Face Off they will. Below on the left you'll see the cover that was originally released for Zoraida Córdova's apocalypsies debut The Vicious Deep. On the right, you'll see the new cover, the one it will actually be released under (I assume. Guess they could change it again.)
I have mentioned my loooooove of the original proposed cover many, many times. It is one of my favorites, ever. I want it framed and hung on my wall. I don't understand - I cannot fathom - why they would have changed it. The new cover is more rollicking, I guess. It's more Percy Jackson-esque, more adventuresome, and maybe that suits the tale better than the sly, calculating, mysterious original cover? Not having read it (yet, because I still intend to, no matter the cover), I can't really speak to that. But I do know the first cover says "vicious" to me more than the trident, and it pains me a bit to see it go from one to the other.
But what about you? Which cover would you reach for on the shelves? Which cover-story speaks to you more, and makes you want to know what's inside?
Which one did it better?
Last Week on FFO: The new covers for Holly Black's Curse Worker series faced off against the originals, and unfortunately for the upstart newbies, the vote was unanimous: the originals won. (Though there were a lot of mentions of the UK covers).