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, it’s Superman versus Robots, Wolverine versus Wolverine, the women of Gotham versus the Joker, Mariko versus Logan, and a gun-toting gorilla versus … everybody.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of June 12, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Dustin Nguyen really nails the kid-ified Batman villains on his cover for “Batman: Li’l Gotham” #3. His take on these characters has become incredibly popular among readers of the digital-first series, and his cover for the print version — which features an incredible range of Batman’s rogues, including Joker, Harley Quinn, Roxy Rocket, Talia al Ghul and more — perfectly illustrates why folks should take notice of the hilariously cute adventures of the Dark Knight. — Steve Sunu
“Superman Unchained” #1 had a number of variant covers, but the one that really stands out is Bruce Timm’s, whose signature style is on full display in this image that harks back to the character’s roots: battling evil robots and saving Lois Lane. His take on Superman is pitch-perfect, infusing his own style with classic elements of the Fleischer cartoons. — Steve Sunu
I love the work of Pascal Campion, an animator and illustrator whose art often reminds me of construction paper, with its bright, flat colors. He’s the perfect choice to create this variant cover, which depicts Logan (in his 1980s tan-and-brown costume) with the love of his life Mariko. It’s a wistful and otherworldly image, evoking the memory of Wolverine’s rejection at the altar. — Kevin Melrose
Skottie Young has become known for his Li’l Marvel covers, but his art on “Wolverine Comic Reader” #2 goes in a distinctly different direction. Pitting Wolverine against Wolverine, Young’s sketchy style is full of kinetic energy, bringing this image to life in a way that few other artists can. — Steve Sunu
I don’t have an affinity for the talking gorillas of DC’s Silver Age, or those who have donned jetpacks or ridden dinosaurs in far more recent indie comics; the concepts too often come across as “Mad Libs” gone astray for my tastes. But the BOOM! revival of Six-Gun Gorilla, a U.K. character that dates back to the 1930s, does actually pique my interest — in large part because of this cover by Ramon Perez, who stays true to the animal nature of the title character while still depicting it with enormous six-shooters, a tattered poncho, gun belt and … leggings? Whatever those things are. I particularly love the secondary panel, which serves as a reaction shot: an extreme close-up of the eyes with the words “Please Stand By.” That’s likely how most of us would react to an angry, armed gorilla. — Kevin Melrose