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, Matt Murdock goes down for the count, “WTF” reveals the Emerald Empress, Logan loves L.A., B.P.R.D. experiences a cold day in hell, and the Shadow knows … how to wear a logo.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of April 17, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“Split-panel” covers — I’m sure there’s another, better name for them — have become increasingly popular over the past decade, with “B.P.R.D.” employing the format as early as 2002, followed quickly by “Midnight, Mass: Here There Be Monsters.” It’s an approach used routinely during the Silver Age, usually when two heroes shared the same book. But in the modern era, the panels usually depict two elements of the same story, often with mixed results: I mean, how often are the contents of the secondary panel as interesting as those of the primary image? But leave it to Dave Johnson to transform that second panel into a “reveal,” an image that compels the reader to pick up the comic to learn what other secrets are hidden inside. — Kevin Melrose
Chris Samnee’s “Daredevil” covers continue to impress, this time using the placement of the book’s title in a way that both enhances the design and is thematically relevant to the story. It succeeds wildly, as Samnee’s art always does, depicting a visceral fight between Daredevil and a new challenger. And the cover has the added bonus of being an actual tease of what’s contained within the pages — a rare thing in today’s industry. — Steve Sunu
Many of DC Comics’ April gatefold covers have left us wondering “WTF?” if perhaps not in the way the publisher intended. However, I really like J.J. Kirby’s cover for “Legion of Super-Heroes” #19, which opens to reveal the Emerald Empress and her Emerald Eye, complete with Kirby crackle (Jack, not J.J.). While DC has spent the better part of the past two years attempting to modernize its characters, there’s something delightfully old-school about this cover — if the 31st century can be considered “old school.” — Kevin Melrose
Chris Samnee pulls double duty with “The Shadow: Year One” #2. The way he plays with design is fantastic, elongating the title as though it were an actual shadow and blending it into the character’s void-black trenchcoat and hat. The color choice works so well, using black, red and purple on the character as a direct contrast to the mustard-yellow background. — Steve Sunu
Unsurprisingly, Jock has been hitting it out of the park with his covers for the fledgling “Marvel MAX” series, but this is easily the best of the run to date (yes, even better than the image of Logan on the nose of a crashing plane). Here he depicts Los Angeles as a noirish, surreal cityscape filled with dangers and wonders — which, OK, maybe isn’t that far removed from reality. I particularly like the palm trees in white silhouette. — Kevin Melrose