We’re back to our regularly scheduled program, as 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, physics go haywire, Captain Midnight goes Art Deco, Psylocke goes for a tattoo, Legion goes gaming and the Hulk declares his independence.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of July 31, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“Captain Midnight” #1, by Paolo Rivera (Dark Horse)
I enjoy seeing Paolo Rivera, so long associated with Marvel, taking on characters from other publishers. Here it’s the variant cover for Dark Horse’s “Captain Midnight” #1, which finds the superhero transported from the 1940s to the present day. Rivera takes an artistic approach similar to what he used in his variant cover for “Captain America” #1, evoking the Art Deco style of the 1920s through the ’40s, perfect for a hero “out of time.” — Kevin Melrose
“Collider” #1, by Nathan Fox (Vertigo)
Nathan Fox’s cover for the debut issue of “Collider” is certainly impressive. Considering the comic’s central premise of physics, the subject defying gravity is not only well-drawn, but topical. While Fox’s detail work on the image is subtle but effective (from the zippers on the jacket defying gravity to the flecks of sweat dropping in the right direction), it’s the coloring that really sets this cover apart. Fox’s cover uses only four colors — hot pink, black, yellow and white — which really makes the cover stand out on the shelves. But it’s the yellow light from the goggles defying gravity that really show his mastery. — Steve Sunu
“Indestructible Hulk” #11, by Mike Del Mundo (Marvel)
It’s a Mike Del Mundo doubleheader this week, beginning with his comical variant cover for “Indestructible Hulk” #11. The image bears to relation to the actual story within, but rather is part of Marvel’s “Time Travel Variant” series, and depicts the Green Goliath appending his John Hancock – or is that “Bruce Banner”? – to the Declaration of Independence. I love his hilariously oversized hand and child-like scrawl. — Kevin Melrose
“Uncanny X-Force” #9, by Kris Anka (Marvel)
Every Marvel NOW! series has been very much about playing with what makes a “traditional” comic cover. Kris Anka’s “Uncanny X-Force” certainly fits the bill, as the cover image is actually a tattoo of Fantomex, Cluster and Weapon XIII in progress on Psylocke’s back. Conceptually, Anka’s cover certainly gets the job done, using differentiating linework between the “real” image and the tattoo — but the design of the tattoo is incredibly effective. It looks partially like Anka wanted the image to be a part of Psylocke’s costume — especially around the arms — but it feeds into a beautiful tattoo image that would work as a cover all on its own. As it is, Anka give two covers for the price of one — and both are excellent. — Steve Sunu
COVER OF THE WEEK: “X-Men: Legacy” #14, by Mike Del Mundo (Marvel)
In many ways, Mike Del Mundo’s covers for “X-Men: Legacy” have been among the best work Marvel NOW! has to offer. His efforts to showcase Legion’s split personalities and the series’ concepts have been increasingly awesome, and “X-Men: Legacy #14 continues the trend. Legion plays a board game, seemingly fashioned after “Life,” with game pieces for Blindfold, Pixie, Chamber, Psylocke and Pete Wisdom. Not only is Del Mundo’s excellent linework present, the artist actually designed a game that readers might be interested in playing, going from “Go!” to the end point of “Mutant Equality.” — Steve Sunu