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, Frank Castle meets his maker, Hellboy meets more family members, the Phantom Stranger meets The Spectre, the Sacred Scrolls meet their soggy end and Riley Rossmo meets the dead.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of Feb. 6, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Although Maleev’s covers for the series so far have spelled disaster for many of Daredevil’s allies, his depiction of Punisher is particularly masterful and subtle in its execution. If not for the blood across the steering wheel and the shattering of the driver’s-side window, it would be easy to think Frank Castle was simply resting, tired of his constant war on crime. However, the details of Maleev’s piece tell a different story of the Punisher’s quest cut short. — Steve Sunu
Like his sequential work, Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy” covers are nothing if not distinctive, with great swaths of shadow, with our hero frequently standing isolated (and occasionally the lone splash of color) against a field of negative space. However, for “Hellboy in Hell” #3, we’re presented with a near-monochromatic cover that’s, of course, still unmistakably Mignola but striking in how it reflects or, more accurately, trumpets Dave Stewart’s gloomy palette for Hell within. — Kevin Melrose
Jae Lee’s “Phantom Stranger” covers have been the strongest aspect of the series thus far, and the fifth issue, teasing the revenge of The Spectre, is no different. Lee continues to provide a pitch-perfect take on the Stranger and his guest stars, constructing a truly creepy image of The Spectre climbing out of the Phantom Stranger’s head. The artist further lets the image do the talking with a solid background, similar to covers past. — Steve Sunu
Mitch Breitweiser perfectly captures the tragedy of the destruction of Ape City in a single somber image: Doctor Zaius standing in a pool of water, in which floats what I presume are the Lawgiver’s Sacred Scrolls, the foundation of the apes’ system of laws and customs. — Kevin Melrose
Wildly prolific artist Riley Rossmo — seriously, when does this guy sleep? — launches his new anthology miniseries inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead with a cover that embraces the holiday’s schizophrenic blend of jubilation and solemnity. But he also plays up the supernatural aspects of both the celebration and the comic’s contents, with the skeletal figures in the top image — a common fixture of Day of the Day festivities — and the seemingly Aztec-inspired dragon below. — Kevin Melrose