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, Damian Wayne rests in peace, Clint Barton’s bad Penny shows up, Richie Savoy takes center stage, Legion gets the first (and the last) word and “Seven Percent” springs a surprise.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of Feb. 27, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Series artist Chris Burnham pays homage with this variant to Alex Ross’ cover for “Batman” #676, the first issue of “Batman R.I.P.,” the story that moved Bruce Wayne off the game board, clearing the way for Dick Grayson to assume the mantle of the Dark Knight and Damian Wayne to become Robin. Together, the two covers provide visual bookends to not only Damian’s story arc but writer Grant Morrison’s epic six-year run on Batman. It’s interesting, however, that on Ross’ original cover, Batman’s pose combined with the shadows and folds of the cape to project an even more bat-like appearance, but in Burnham’s homage, the yellow of Robin’s cape mimics rays of sunlight. The effect is almost angelic. — Kevin Melrose
David Aja has become such a master of minimalism in his “Hawkeye” covers that the lack of white here is somewhat shocking. The artist manages to continue his pattern of impressive minimalism by carving out an image of Penny, Clint Barton’s redhead romantic fling, into a solid red background. It’s not just Aja’s sublime design sense that makes this cover great, it’s the subtle details of the image — the wisps of hair, the smoking gun and the bullet casings on the ground combined with the excellent choice of dress pattern make this one of Aja’s best “Hawkeye” covers yet, which is saying a lot. — Steve Sunu
I’m so woefully behind on “The Unwritten” that I have no idea what’s going on anymore, but I’m going to guess that’s Richie Savoy suspended bat-like on Yuko Shimizu’s beautifully rendered (as always!) cover. I love how he’s enveloped by the curtains of what’s either a stage or a magnificently ornate window (just look at the detail on the angels at the top). — Kevin Melrose
“X-Men Legacy” has had some excellent covers, from Mike Del Mundo and the artist continues this trend with an unconventional image — all word bubbles. The schizophrenic Legion is surrounded by word bubbles from the many personalities in his head with varying fonts and languages. The mass of text makes the design choice to include “X-Men Legacy” in one of the word bubbles even more excellent. — Steve Sunu
I was caught off-guard by Jarreau Wimberly’s striking cover for the debut issue of “Seven Percent,” a series I hadn’t even heard of. It’s so unlike anything else you’re likely to see this week (heck, this month), from the black background and the almost-alien glowing chartreuse to the slick, understated logo and the actual image, which certainly leaves itself open to interpretation. (Is that a hand grasping at hair, or contact between a human hand and something extraterrestrial?) I want this framed on my office wall> — Kevin Melrose