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, Kate Kane is on fire, B.P.R.D. braces for a cold day in hell, the Devourer of Worlds is feeling a little puckish, Marko’s father has a way with flowers and private eyes (clap-clap) are watching you.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of March 20, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Trevor McCarthy kicks off a stint on “Batwoman” with fire and ice, featuring Kate Kane rising like a phoenix — no, not that Phoenix — beneath the piercing gaze of Mr. Freeze. I particularly like how the “wings” of her bat emblem spread out to mimic those of the flames below. — Kevin Melrose
I love everything about this Dave Johnson cover, from the old-fashioned depiction of radio waves — you can almost hear the “deet-deet-deet” sound effect — to the monster’s face ghosted in the sky; they combine to evoke “The War of the Worlds.” But my favorite element is the row of Stonehenge-like standing stones that are more than a little reminiscent of coffins. — Kevin Melrose
The addition of Galactus instantly lends a sense of, well, epic-ness, to any cover, so in that regard the cosmic entity a bit of a “cheat.” But, boy, is it a glorious one. No matter what heavy-hitters a team of Marvel superheroes may have, they’re made insignificant by the enormity of Galactus and the threat he poses. They’re transformed into the underdogs. Jock exploits that to the fullest with this wonderful image that brings to mind “Seven Samurai” or “The Magnificent Seven”; perhaps it’s no coincidence there are seven heroes shown. — Kevin Melrose
Fiona Staples’ work on “Saga” has been so strong it would be strange not to see her represented in Cover of the Week, and while her depiction of Marko’s father is excellently detailed, it’s the flowers that really sells this entry. Staples pays loving attention not only to the linework but also to the colors, lending a vibrancy and life to the image that’s uniquely her own. — Steve Sunu
Marcos Martin is a frequent contender for Cover of the Week, but the debut cover for his and Brian K. Vaughan’s creator-owned, digitally-distributed “The Private Eye” is in a class of its own. Colored by Muntsa Vicente with striking yellows, blacks and white, Martin’s attention to detail and character design really shines with pedestrians adorned in striking masks and clothing. The composition of the cover is designed to take advantage of the screen on digital devices, but Martin’s image would look fantastic in print. It’s also a testament to Vicente’s coloring skill that she’s able to use yellow to effectively bring out the protagonist’s white hooded coat from the field of yellows and blacks from the rest of cover. — Steve Sunu