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 March 12, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“Deadpool” #25.NOW, by Mark Brooks (Marvel)
Mark Brooks pays tribute to the late, great J.C. Leyendecker, whose covers helped to define not only The Saturday Evening Post but American popular culture in the first half of the 20th century. Here, the Merc With a Mouth stands in for Leyendecker’s New Year’s Baby (from the Jan. 2, 1937 issue), ringing in the 25th issue of his own series. — Kevin Melrose
“Deadpool” #25.NOW, by Phil Noto (Marvel)
What? A second “Deadpool” cover this week? Phil Noto’s reimaginings of Marvel books as pulp novels – see his previous work on “X-Force” #1 — are really just that strong conceptually; and it doesn’t hurt that he’s a master when it comes to design and line work. Everything from the font to the layout — even the placement of the issue number to look like the old pricing format on mass-market paperbacks — is 100 percent evocative of pulp novel covers. It helps that Noto’s style is a great fit for these homages, using a detailed image over a white background to really sell the idea that this could be a pulp cover. — Steve Sunu
“RoboCop: Last Stand” #8, by Declan Shalvey (BOOM! Studios)
Declan Shalvey’s simple but evocative cover for “RoboCop: Last Stand” #8 is easily the series’ best. The bright yellow of the background really brings out the trashed RoboCop headpiece, which does an excellent job of indicating that this might, indeed, be RoboCop’s last stand. While Shalvey’s pencils are impeccable as always, it’s his choice to use a faux-stereoscopic 3D effect that furthers the illusion of the helmet flying through the air. — Steve Sunu
“Secret Avengers” #1, by Katie Cook (Marvel)
The animal variants for Marvel’s themed month have definitely been hit or miss, but Katie Cook’s cover for “Secret Avengers” #1 is a definite hit. Each animal is an absolute delight, from eye patch-wearing Nick Fury with a too-cool-for-school Coulson on his head to the devastatingly cute M.O.D.U.C.K. in the background. Plus, Cook completely nails the expressions. It’s a great use of the team dynamic to reimagine the Secret Avengers as a brace of ducks, and the designs are strong enough that I’d love to see some Marvel-themed rubber duckies in the future. — Steve Sunu
COVER OF THE WEEK: “Hawkeye” #17, by David Aja (Marvel)
What at first glance appears to be a nod to “Saga’s” Prince Robot IV is instead (or perhaps also) a pretty clever interpretation of the content inside, as readers finally get to see the Christmas cartoon Hawkeye watched with the neighbor kids way back in Issue 6. — Kevin Melrose