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.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of Feb. 5, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Adam Hughes’ “Fairest” covers have become more and more experimental as the series progresses, and the 23rd issue is demonstrative of the level of experimentation more than any other so far. The image evokes the classic spy femme fatale in Cinderella going from a golden yellow to an emerald green. What’s most impressive are the rodents that make up the pieces of the image — as always, Hughes’ pencil work is impeccable and this is a great example of cover experimentation from image to trade dress. — Steve Sunu
I don’t feel like there’s much more to say about this cover that hasn’t already been said. Photo variants for comics are usually pretty boring, but Fraction and Zdarsky hit it out of the park with their Olan Mills-style portrait and commentary at the top. It’s delightfully meta and awkward, and a testament to the creativity and humor of both writer and artist. A rousing slow clap for both of you, gentlemen. Well done. — Steve Sunu
The iconic superhero torso gets another take this week with Jock’s “Adventures of Superman” #41, and once again, the image plays on the expectations of the reader. The Superman “S”-shield paired with Clark Kent tearing off his button-down is a classic, but Jock’s not drawing Clark Kent — he’s drawn the Joker in Superman’s classic pose. In framing the image, Jock combines two at-odds iconic images — Superman’s “S”-shield and Joker’s creepy smile — to great effect. Plus, his art is always gorgeous, which really sets this one apart. — Steve Sunu
Tim Gibson’s cover for “The Reservoir” is wonderfully different in design, showing off his sense of space and composition. While the Skull is the main focus of the cover at first glance, it’s the way all the elements unite to outline the skull in the background that shows the artist’s foresight. The colors here are also super-effective, all combining for an impressive image. — Steve Sunu
There are few images as iconic as the superhero torso — Batman, Superman, Spider-Man; they all get recognized on sight by their emblems and costume dress. That’s what makes Sara Pichelli’s “Ms. Marvel” #1 cover so genius. It’s a modern take on the classic superhero torso shot, but gives Kamala Khan a clear identity beyond her super heroics. While the classic Ms. Marvel symbol is a dead giveaway to the character’s identity, Pichelli highlights everything from Kamala’s fashion choice to accessories and interests. Plus, the lower half of Kamala’s face — a determined expression — is incredibly telling and makes an already impressive piece of art from Pichelli really shine. — Steve Sunu