Each Monday, staff writers Kevin Melrose and Steve Sunu discuss their five favorite covers from the previous Wednesday’s new comic releases, selecting from among them CBR’s Cover of the Week.
This week, we get to know our Viper, Prince Robot IV has a very bad day, Magik has a very big sword, Kate Bishop hearts Hawkeye, and Bat-cow jumps over the moon.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of April 10, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Chris Burnham’s variant for “Batman: Li’l Gotham” #1 shows a surprising amount of range and whimsy, reflecting the fun and cute factor of “Li’l Gotham” in an image Burnham would otherwise be unable to draw in “Batman Incorporated.” A riff on the classic nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle,” Burnham depicts Damian Wayne on top of Bat-cow jumping over the moon, while Batman hangs on for dear life onto the crescent. The unbridled joy on Damian’s face is definitely the focus of the image, making this an excellent (if unintentional) memorial to the character. — Steve Sunu
Tom Whalen’s variant for “G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files” #1 provides a simple but effective cover for the series’ debut. “Know Your Viper” breaks down the Cobra army into the raw numbers, which is interesting enough, but Whalen provides an infographic that shows off his design skill as well as his artist’s chops. The amount of information contained on this cover is impressive and it’d be great to see more for other massive criminal empires in comics. At least now, collectors know they need 250,000 Cobra Troopers to accurately represent the Cobra army. — Steve Sunu
There was a lot of talk — a lot of talk — last week about “Saga” #12, its first two panels and the “Three’s Company”-level of bungled communications that led to several days of accusations and apologies. But I don’t want to talk about any of that. Instead, I want to focus on Fiona Staples’ beautiful cover, which depicts Prince Robot IV lying on the battlefield between the bodies of two Wreath soldiers. It’s like a Mathew Brady photo, only with a robot and two horned guys. But as nice as the composition is, it’s the color palette that really sings, as our eyes are drawn across the field of blues and grays to the vibrant test pattern on Prince Robot IV’s television head. — Kevin Melrose
Clearly, I’m fixated on color this week, as it’s not Magik’s pose or even her outrageously oversized anime sword that draws me to Chris Bachalo’s cover for “Uncanny X-Men” #4, but rather the palette: the mustard background, the maroon accents and the gray-toned figure at the image’s center. — Kevin Melrose
It’s tough to say anything about David Aja’s “Hawkeye” covers that hasn’t already been said. A frequent contender for Cover of the Week, Aja’s work for the ninth issue is once again a study in negative space, sparse use of color — black, red and white — and experimental layout, making its detail all the more impressive. The focus isn’t so much Kate Bishop, but her shirt, which incorporates the series’ title and the Marvel insignia in two colors to great effect. Aja continues to up his game with each issue, defying expectations of what a mainstream comic cover should look like, paralleling the series’ position in the landscape of mainstream superhero comics. — Steve Sunu