I don’t think any of them are particularly good.
Firstly I need to ask, what is the Author ™ symbol on all the covers???
Top left to right
Text too cramped, hard to read, flag superimposing is not good. The feather is awful. The navy background is terrible and boring.
Why does the china flag look like it’s on fire?
The text treatment is awful, it’s better than the first. But it’s very boring.
Just a take in the first. All the same issues except missing the awful feathering.
The flags are a bit better but on both they’re not evenly distributed.
Chess pieces are a tired method of portraying strategy. It’s just overdone. Is it good or is it a bit lazy? It seems boring to me.
Unless the book is about the parallels of cheers between the two countries.
Or does it look like a bit too political.
Either way, I’ve no idea what the book is about. It’s a confusing image.
This is probably the 2nd best of a bad bunch.
I’ve still no idea where the skepticism is in the book cover. It still looks like a war strategy or political strategy book. If that’s the goal then it’s achieved.
But it’s a confusing cover for the same reasons as above.
The text treatment is a little better, but it’s very boring. And when I say a little better I do still mean it’s not very good.
I’d say if I had to to pick this one but tweak it.
Much better text treatment, however somehow managing to have white text go on to the white background and text too close to the star.
The flags are they positioned correctly, why is china above the USA flag, kinda gives china the upper hand being in top?
Again with this smoky flags… But huddled into the corners kinda reaching out to reach other.
Really bad placement.
Text looks ok, not great.
China looks smaller than USA. That’s why the middle right looks slightly better, all caps looks more even. But rather by fluke than any thinking in design as no other cover has this.
Text is too high up the cover. It’s not balanced vertically.
If you’re going to add a dragon then add the bald eagle.
Same issues as the first on the same row.
Again flags, the distribution looks off.
The text is not positioned correctly.
All in all from that grid they all scream the same problems with typography, image placement, image choice, text placement, and color choices.
Moving to the monstrous additions.
A yellow sun is incorrect for China. A red dot for Japan is correct, but doesn’t hold up for China. They’re flag is stars symbolizing communism.
A yellow dot means nothing
It should be more like red and white sun beams.
The choice of the yellow dot is just terrible.
Crammed in all the worst ideas, made a very confusing cover.
Too much going on.
I’ve no idea if it’s about
the countries going up in smoke.
There are none of the covers that let me know what this book is about.
The flags are probably the best route.
But needs a lot more work and get them evenly distributed.
Work on the typography similar to middle right.
I wouldn’t even know who the target audience is on these. They’re just too generic.