Steven Universe ominous screencapThe title here is an obvious callback to Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler“.

The updated art, instead of referencing a cover from something else, is an homage to the extended Steven Universe intro, first revealed at San Diego ComicCon in 2015. Specifically, the famous First Public Shot of Yellow Diamond.

It’s another case where I really liked the premise of the original cover, and this time I tried to stick with it, just making the art better. Luckily, by the time of the remastering, we had this iconic SU shot that was awfully similar in terms of poses, composition, and general vibe. I dropped Cybele from the group in the foreground — she’s not exactly part of the team by this point anyway — and moved the Tiger to Jasper’s position, next to Walker playing Yellow Diamond. Is that perfect casting, or what.

(The Wolf as Peridot isn’t so great, but eh, you can’t have everything.)