Cover Battle: Which is Your Favorite Control Point Cover?

Here’s another cover battle for you. This time, Myke Cole takes on… Myke Cole! Which of the covers for his debut novel Control Point do you like most? On the left, we have the American cover, drawn by Michael Kormack. On the right is the British cover of Control Point, a photo manipulation by the digital photography artist Larry Rostant. Which one is your favorite? Cole himself has an opinion as well, which can be found on his blog.

Oh, and if these covers have you psyched for Control Point, you should totally join The Ranting Dragon Book Club in July. We will be reading Myke Cole’s Control Point together then.


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American cover British cover

Army Officer. Fugitive. Sorcerer.

Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with magical talents. Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set everything they touch ablaze.

Army officer Oscar Britton sees the worst of it. A lieutenant attached to the military’s Supernatural Operations Corps, his mission is to bring order to a world gone mad. Then he abruptly manifests a rare and prohibited magical power, transforming him overnight from government agent to public enemy number one.

The SOC knows how to handle this kind of situation: hunt him down–and take him out. Driven into an underground shadow world, Britton is about to learn that magic has changed all the rules he’s ever known, and that his life isn’t the only thing he’s fighting for.


Which cover did you vote for and why? Tell us in the comments below!

About Stephan van Velzen

Stephan van Velzen
A 29 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he’s busy being a total geek for fantasy. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing too. Most of all, though, Stephan is just a crazy Dutch guy who enjoys doing things that people don’t expect.

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  1. I like them both.

    The American cover shows Oscar and a unit in action as a team, whereas the British cover shows Oscar, empowered.  

  2. The lightning makes it although I like them both.  I am not partial to red in titles tho.  I like the way the title is done on the American one better.  Love the cover battles!!!

  3. I think both are very nice, but from a layout perspective I prefer the single character cover.  I like the font of the title better and the red color stands out nicely against all the blue.  It has a fast, slick, movie-poster look to it.  

  4. The magical element is far too subdued in the UK cover for my taste.

  5. I love the British one!

  6. The poll wouldn’t let me choose the american cover. It told me I must select a valid poll answer. That said, I like the American version better because it feels more dynamic.

  7. American. It’s the one I have, and the only one I wanted. That and Komarck is one of the best artists currently working in genre art at the moment.

    The UK one is just another forgettable dark-figure cover, something that saturates the market – particularly with more contemporary settings.

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