It's been a REALLY long time since we last did a Who Wore It Better Post! First I had boot camp, then settled into my life as a soldier... Well, we're back, and that's what's important! :) We're starting this time's WWIB with one of the most well love series on earth right now - the Mortal Instruments! God only knows how we haven't considered it before now...
(I weeded out the extremely ugly ones...)
English One – I really love this cover, always have. I love the colors, the composition, the guy and the city. I love the intricate patterns on the torso, only half visible. I think it's smart they went with depicting Jace - a hot, male chest is more likely to attract the girls than a woman's - even though this book is a lot more Clary's story than his. He would've had a more fitting place on the second/third book, but I can't argue with the reasoning. I also adore the fact it says the series name/number on it. I wish every series did that.
English Two – I've never seen this cover before. I rather reckon it didn't sale well, and that's the reason. This cover could've had potential, if they would've stuck to the illustrated feel of the city. But they didn't. Instead they pasted a face on it. That could've been alright... if they hadn't felt the need to draw on it with a pen. That seriously how it looks. No work was put into making the mark look real, or at the very least a part of the face. The result: yuck.
English Three - I like this one. I like the color, I like the double-city double-reality vibe. Or maybe more like underworld vibe? Like a city underneath our city... it works, especially with the plot taken into consideration. And boy, am I happy not to see any actor's face on it...
Chinese - This one looks like a movie poster. And it makes me think of mysteries and suspense novels, less of City of Bones. But it does look cool, I'll give it that.
German – I like this one. I like the color, the simplicity. I like that it has no model on it, no face. Just this ominous mark above it all.
Polish – I don't really like this one. I don't like the dark background, I don't like the way they drew Jace (and really, Clary would've been a much more fitting character for the cover in this case), I don't like the font. I do think the artist is talented, but I wish he'd never given Jace a face.
All around... my favorite is the original one.