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Cover of the Week – June 5

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Cover of the Week – June 5

Each Monday (yes, we realize today is Tuesday), 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, Astro City receives a visitor from beyond, the Fearless Defenders “Fight!,” things get explosive for the Winter Soldier and Scooby-Doo gets a message from the stars.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of June 5, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“Astro City” #1 (Cover B), by Alex Ross (Vertigo)

I guess the alternate cover serves as a spoiler for the main cover (below), which implores the heroes of Astro City (and the reader) to “Open the Door.” If everyone involved isn’t awed by what steps out — the Jack Kirby-inspired Telseth of the star-spanning Kvurri — then I don’t know what will do the trick. Alex Ross offers a worm’s-eye view of the Galactus-sized character, who looks as if he could squash us without even realizing it. — Kevin Melrose

“The Fearless Defenders” #5, by Mark Brooks (Marvel)

Mark Brooks’ impressive run of “Fearless Defenders” covers continues with Issue 5, as the artist crafts a “Street Fighter” homage perfect for the cavalcade of guest stars within. The image gets everything right, from the “Fight!” font to the first- and second-player borders on She-Hulk and Valkyrie. It seems as though Brooks is never without good ideas for “The Fearless Defenders,” and I can’t wait to see what he does next. — Steve Sunu

“Scooby-Doo! Where Are You?” #34, by Scott Gross (DC Comics)

It’s rare that a “Scooby-Doo” cover makes Cover of the Week, but Scott Gross’ crop-circle design is so clever that I was surprised it hadn’t been done before in a Scooby-Doo comic. It works on every level, pulling together the faux-supernatural aspect of the cartoons with a design that can only be showcased in the comics medium. Well done on all counts. — Steve Sunu

“Winter Soldier” #19, by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire (Marvel)

OK, it may be a bit cliche to say that a series goes out with a bang, but that’s indeed the case with “Winter Soldier” #19 — which further underscores that with jumbled letters promising “The Explosive Finale!” I should of course be sad that the title is ending, but this beautiful cover by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire somehow makes the parting less sorrowful. — Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: “Astro City” #1 (Cover A), by Alex Ross (Vertigo)

Hey, didn’t we just see one of these? Alex Ross long ago established himself as the go-to artist for reverential depictions of superheroes and pulp characters, but for the eagerly anticipated return of “Astro City,” he also delivers a sense of mystery and wonder. The image of Samaritan prying open two enormous doors — reinforced by the words “Open the Door …” — virtually demand that we buy the comic to see what comes inside. The placement of cover blurbs, which can be awkward and intrusive, works well here, too. — Kevin Melrose

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