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, Emily gets grungy, the X-Men get X-rayed, the “Uncanny” logo gets ripped apart, Wolverine gets old-school, and the requiem for Robin gets us all teary.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of March 13, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Dark Horse continues its delightfully alternative variant covers for “Emily and the Strangers” with Winston Smith’s collaged approach, giving the issue the feel of ‘zine or local band poster. A fresh approach to a comic cover, there’s a lot going on in the image, but it works for “Emily and the Strangers.” This series of variants continues to impress and it’ll be interesting to see what other covers are in store for us. — Steve Sunu
Sometimes I think Dave Johnson should illustrate every cover. This is one of those times. The X-ray approach creates an image those both familiar and alien, pairing with the story title “Natural Resource” to demand that we pick up the book. — Kevin Melrose
Chris Bachalo continues to play with composition with “Uncanny X-Men” #3, as a central black-and-white Magneto rips through the book’s logo made out of metal girders. Bachalo’s art is evocative and effective, adding yet another iconic image to the already-impressive list of “Uncanny X-Men” covers. — Steve Sunu
It turned out to be an X-Men-heavy week, didn’t it? Even so, Olivier Coipel’s variant cover for “Wolverine” #1 deserves a spot, not only because the artist always delivers stunning work, but because this is such a terrific throwback to the Logan of yore, with the shirt thrown over the costume. All we’re missing is the cigar and cowboy hat. — Kevin Melrose
While the death of Damian Wayne may have occurred in “Batman Incorporated,” Greg Capullo’s “Batman” #18 cover depicts the subsequent “Requiem” better than any other image this week. With the simple shot of Damian’s boots and a robin perched on top, Capullo manages to encapsulate the essence of loss for both Batman and readers alike. — Steve Sunu