Each Monday, staff writers Kevin Melrose and Steve Sunu typically discuss their five favorite covers from the previous Wednesday’s new comic releases, selecting from among them CBR’s Cover of the Week.
However, because of WonderCon, this week we’re a day late and a Sunu short. So please join a solo Kevin as Deadpool pays a visit to Ebenezer Scrooge, DC’s magical heroes make a stand, a bandaged Jack takes center stage, the gang at Morning Glory Academy take a bow, and Elektra and Frank Castle share a moment.
Keep reading for Kevin’s favorites from the week of March 27, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
As the Merc with a Mouth continues his march through literature, Mike Del Mundo sends up another “Classics Illustrated” cover, this time for the adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Compared to this previous covers, this one is pretty straightforward, with Deadpool replacing the ghost of Jacob Marley. There are, however, a couple of really nice touches: the Deadpool emblems as the locks on the chains, and the bust of Galactus on the mantle.
Mikel Janin’s dynamic illustration works perfectly with the blurb “Magic’s Last Stand!” to capture an epic moment — recall that scene outside the gates of Mordor in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” — when the heroes throw whatever they have left against their foe in that last shot of victory. The only way to have improved this cover would be to transform it into a wraparound.
I’ve been a fan of Tradd Moore’s covers for “The Legend of Luther Strode,” and “The Strange Talent of Luther Strode” before that, in no small part because he’s figured out how to pull off a logo that eats up nearly half the image without diminishing the art (Marvel has tried a similar approach with some of its event books, with decidedly mixed results). Here, Moore channels Bill Sienkiewicz for our terrifying introduction to bandaged villain Jack (the Ripper?).
Oh, sure, it’s a sexually charged image — “Emotions run high,” the oh-so-vague solicitations text reads — but what I really like about the cover is how Julian Totino toys with positive and negative space.
For the double-sized 25th issue, which marks the end of the series’ first “season,” the “Morning Glories” crew pulls out all the stops by showcasing the sprawling cast in three appropriately moody (and even sinister-looking) interconnected covers beautifully illustrated by Rodin Esquejo and designed by Tim Daniel. It’s a special issue, and the book’s team has done everything to make it look that way.