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Cover of the Week: June 26

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Cover of the Week: June 26

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, Hank Pym comes out of his shell, Foggy Nelson hits the Bullseye, Pizza Dog makes tracks, things get steamy at Morning Glory Academy, and the World’s Finest strike a pose.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of June 26, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“Age of Ultron” #10 A.I., by Sara Pichelli (Marvel)

There’s a lot going on in Sara Pichelli’s cover for “Age of Ultron” #10 A.I., so much so that it could easily be mistaken for a “Nova” cover from a distance. However, the concept — Hank Pym’s face bursting from an empty gold Ultron shell — is sound, and Pichelli sells it well. Her always-solid pencils get the job done in style, really hammering home the idea that Pym as a character has been trapped within Ultron for years and plans to break out as a result of “Age of Ultron.” — Steve Sunu

“Daredevil” #27, by Chris Samnee and Javier Rodriguez (Marvel)

Following the revelation that Bullseye is behind all of Matt Murdock’s recent troubles, Daredevil’s longtime foe — with his distinctive graphic mask — is given prominence on the cover of this issue. Chris Samnee toys wonderfully with scale, making Foggy Nelson appear small, fragile and exposed standing at the center of the target. — Kevin Melrose

“Hawkeye” #11, by David Aja (Marvel)

Much has already been written about this issue, which turns the spotlight on Pizza Dog, and deservedly so. But we also need to carve out some space to discuss David Aja’s cover, which continues the look he established for the series: the white space, the move from purple in the first arc to red, the willingness to showcase someone, or something other than the title character (this is the fourth cover to not feature a person at all). I particularly like that Pizza Dog’s head is “out of frame,” as if the cover for a snapshot. The “Ruff Ruff Ruff” is a nice touch, too. — Kevin Melrose

“Morning Glories” #28, by Scott Forbes (Image Comics)

Scott Forbes’ cover for “Morning Glories” #28 — it’s just one of seven for the Image Comics thriller — breaks away from the others in part by playing up not suspense or the suggestion of violence, but rather the relationship between Jun and Guillaume. Forbes captures a tender moment, given the full romance-movie treatment with the help of the backlighting and soft focus. — Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: “Batman/Superman” #1, by Jae Lee (DC Comics)

Jae Lee’s cover for “Batman/Superman” #1 stands apart not only from the myriad variants for the issue, but across the entire week’s covers as well. Lee’s take on the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight is undeniably his own, as he puts his iconic artistry to work, tilting Superman’s face up to the light even as Batman’s is ensconced in shadow. Perhaps the coolest things about Lee’s cover are the robotic heads, with their hauntingly vacant expressions. — Steve Sunu

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