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, Snow White readies for war, Wonder Woman gets a show of hands, Gotham gets bloody, Judge Dredd rockets into action and Conan gets naked.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of May 15, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“Batwoman” #20, by J.H. Williams III (DC Comics)
I just love what J.H. Williams III does with this image, using Batwoman’s cape for multiple purposes – as a canvas on which to convey elements of the storyline (involving her sister Beth, the DEO and the Religion of Crime), as a pool of dripping blood and as a blood-red sunset against the Gotham City skyline. — Kevin Melrose
“Fables” #129, by Joao Ruas (Vertigo)
This image of Snow White, armed to the teeth in preparation for a confrontation with Prince Brandish, is wonderfully stark, stripped of the otherworldly elements (be they colors or characters) of so many “Fables” covers. This is Snow White with nowhere else to turn. — Kevin Melroseâ€¨
“Judge Dredd Megazine” #336, by Lee Garbett (2000AD)
Lee Garbett’s cover for “Judge Dredd Megazine” #336 is fantastic in is simplicity, with warheads shooting through the sky as Judge Dredd races down the center of the cover on his motorcycle, trailed by flames. A fantastic layout with detailed color work and Garbett’s signature style, it’s definitely an eye-catching showing for 2000AD. — Steve Sunuâ€¨
“Wonder Woman” #20, by Cliff Chiang (DC Comics)
It seems that hands are a popular motif in this week’s most memorable covers, as Cliff Chiang’s “Wonder Woman” #20 shows the Amazonian Princess attempting to keep a baby away from grasping hands. While Chiang’s linework is, as always, impeccable, it’s his design chops that really push this one over the top — specifically, the baby’s halo inspired by early Christian iconographs, but takes on an entirely new meaning when applied to the child in “Wonder Woman.” Plus, the colors on this cover really work, with the electric blue halo and eyes on the baby differentiating it from the red of the hands, black background and gray Wonder Woman. — Steve Sunu
COVER OF THE WEEK: “Conan the Barbarian” #16, by Massimo Carnevale (Dark Horse)
It’s been a while since Massimo Carnevale last appeared in Cover of the Week, but he returns to the fold with a bang. “Conan the Barbarian” #16 highlights everything great about his cover work: exquisite details, a keen design sense and a clear love of the subject material. His cover is sensual without devolving to cheesecake, and in many ways the layout eclipses the figure work, with the characters framed by a veil of flowers, hands dangling from above and a wooded grove in the back, with greens/blues and pink creating clear, distinguishable detail between the foreground and background. — Steve Sunu