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In my honest opinion the cover art is really bad, and even politically incorrect: It shows a sexist notion hostile towards men.*
Original size here:
- Bad style:
There is no equality regarding gender!
The front row is occupied by females. The only male humanlike is hiding behind another female. Other males are poorly painted animal races. The subtext is obvious: Women rule this peak, the only man is only a side-note (tolerated as someone standing behind a woman, looking into the distance without interfering with the scene), and the other maleness is depicted as rude, brainless savagery.
There is a clear focus on the female characters which are painted with much more love to detail, combining the grace of female "tenderness" with virile power (note the male leg of the female fighter to the right!).
I admit that the fantasy genre has been very patriarchal, but that was reflecting the medieval society and the target group. Things have changed and this is good, but that style is not only going over the top, but much worse than any art produced in the past.
It is bad art.
PS: Of course the depiction of half-nude women is sexist, too.
But I personally would prefer half-naked men over being cut out of the picture.
* EDIT 2:
PPS: I changed my mind, I don't see a sexist notion hostile towards man, but a serious imbalance regarding female / male models.
"My point is that positive male models are very important especially for young men.
The new cover art picture – contrary to the original art – shows a lack of possibilities to connect their psychological identities."
Others just shoot the zombies which are chasing us. Whereas I try to talk to them.
If the brainless realized that it is dead, maybe, just maybe, it would lay itself down to rest...