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 the unexpected return of Lono, Batwoman versus Killer Croc, a tear-streaked “Revival,” the vortex of the First Born and a stealthy Red Skull.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of June 19, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
J.H. Williams III’s “Batwoman” covers are a favorite here at Cover of the Week, and his work on Issue 21 is no exception. His ability to bring new artistry in composition to the interiors of “Batwoman” is well known, but here he experiments with the cover, adding a central panel framed by two blood-red lightning bolts. While his figure work is impeccable as always, it’s the incredible detail on Killer Croc — from scales to teeth — that really stands out. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Williams’ attention to detail is apparent in every line, from the sparse background of the city to Batwoman’s border-defying, flowing cape. — Steve Sunu
Jenny Frison’s covers for “Revival” have all been impressive, but the latest really showcases her skill with composition. Experimenting with the layout of covers has become the norm for artists, and “Revival” isa series that has led that charge from day one. The placement of the logo is in the center of the cover, highlighting Frison’s line and character work. While everything on this cover is excellent — from the stitching and fabric wrinkles on the hooded sweatshirt to the grip lines on the hands — it’s the expression on the character’s face that really sells the image. The mascara-stained tears, the arched eyebrow and especially the sneer on her face completely sell sense of utter disdain and anger. — Steve Sunu
Although Cliff Chiang’s style is decidedly modern, there’s something so thoroughly, and wonderfully, classic about this cover, which sees Wonder Woman, Zola and Orion seemingly powerless against the First Born. The words “No Escape!” at the bottom are a perfect touch, too. — Kevin Melrose
The genius of this Mike Del Mundo image isn’t that the logo treatment sidesteps any problems that might be created by an enormous swastika on the cover. It’s that its placement draws the eye to the arm band before allowing it to drift up, slowly revealing the grinning visage of the Red Skull. Very, very clever. — Kevin Melrose
I’m glad that when the “100 Bullets” gang was reassembled for Vertigo’s “Brother Lono,” cover artist Dave Johnson was part of the plan. His work on the byzantine crime series remains among the best of the industry over the past decade or so, earning both acclaim and imitators. While it would’ve been easy (OK, “easy”) for Johnson to brush four years’ worth of dust off and simply continue the look of “100 Bullets,” he instead darts off into a different direction, evoking vintage Mexican horror-movie posters for the story of Lono, who was last seen shot in the chest. The artist doesn’t completely abandon the visual language of the earlier series, though: Note the symbol of The Trust beneath the words “Extra-Sized First Issue!” — Kevin Melrose