This was rejected.
This one was also rejected
I was told to give them multiple ideas in hopes of them liking one.
I did the pencils and inks, trying to create a big enough gap between the upper figures to accommodate a cover logo, and hoped for the best.
I played with the color scheme, and settled on how to imply the gore without bloody spatters, by just making it all warm color, and contrasting it with the blue background. Clarity is important, and I was trying to anticipate the copy over that area. This allows the price info and DC logo to "pop" in white, or any light value color.
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