Heh, figured this would happen.
It’s all a matter of personal preference really.
I’m generally not a big fan of having a character or their face being the subject of a work of art when it’s for a book or game cover. I wasn’t too big of a fan of the SPY, GTH, DED, TMB, SAW, HAU, VEN, or CUR box art either and I’ve just had a general distaste for the most recent games box art.
(from an artists pov)
It’s really cluttered and while there is one thing that draws you in, i.e. (the alleged) Mister Joon’s face, your eye (or at least mine) bounces around the piece and there is NO unifying factor AT ALL. The colors are all super saturated, which in itself isn’t a bad thing, but the fact that there isn’t any color unity, makes my eyes hurt.
I mean, if you compare the newer box art to the older games you can see a significant difference in style. Sure, there’s a general color scheme for the art, the older games (DDI, DAN, and TOT especially) keep very close to that scheme and have a very clear analogous color palate.
There’s also the disregard for the rule of thirds which is what is causing your (my) eye to jump around. There’s just so much happening in that art and it’s really overwhelming. I feel the same way with the GTH and SPY artwork as well.
It looks like a 80s book cover
(from a storytelling pov)
Also, assuming that the subject is Sonny Joon, i REALLY don’t like how they chose this as his major reveal. He’s always been a mystery and while I do want his character to eventually have a reveal, I don’t think that now is the best time. I don’t feel like he’s necessary plot-wise just yet, and I want to be lead into his character reveal, not just “BAM HERE HE HIS ON THE COVER”
I wanted to piece together his identity. I wanted a game of cat and mouse. I wanted a great chase. I want Sonny to know so much more than we were let on to believe. Basically, I wanted Sonny to be an endgame.
Idk, I just feel that endgame!Sonny would be a better tribute to a mystery that we’ve been trying to solve since 2002 and it would just be a better tribute to Nancy as the amazing detective she is. They both deserve better than “Oh yeah, btw this is what the character you’ve been trying to figure out for the past several years looks like”