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, “B.P.R.D.” shows a little heart, pulp heroes unite, Red Skull opens his own X-files, “Prophet” embraces vintage sci-fi, and whatever you do, don’t look at the reflection in the blade!
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week Nov. 28, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Mignola’s cover showcases the creator’s design and artistic sensibilities well as he displays a skeleton inside a heart. The cool aspect of the image is the part of the skeleton outside the heart — one hand, colored in blue tones to contrast the red and black of the remaining cover — which actually looks like it’s still alive. Mignola’s work is, as always, subtle, with many layers that make this image one of the best this week. — Steve Sunu
Alex Ross’ covers are always easy on the eyes, but “Masks” #1 (the crossover featuring all of Dynamite’s pulp heroes) is particularly intriguing from a design standpoint. While Green Hornet, Kato, The Shadow and the Spider are all unobscured, Zorro’s face is blocked by the logo. To work around this, Ross cleverly extends Zorro’s sword into the foreground of the piece, the masked hero carving his trademark “Z” in the air. Beyond the cool design, “Masks” #1 demonstrates that Ross’ work hasn’t lost its touch, as the painter’s take on The Shadow with piercing blue eyes is an excellent representation of what readers can expect from the interiors. — Steve Sunu
I’m more than a little ashamed that, despite the near-universal acclaim for the “Prophet” revival by Brandon Graham & Co., I haven’t been following the series (I’ll remedy that over Christmas, I swear). That said, I don’t need to know the characters or the story developments to get lost in Boo Cook’s cover, which has a wonderful vintage sci-fi feel to it. Although the style is contemporary, all the elements evoke the classic pulp magazines with its combination of characters in their futuristic jumpsuits/spacesuits and the seemingly ancient carvings that hint at the ruins of a long-lost civilization. And then there are the asteroids… — Kevin Melrose
John Cassaday’s cover for “Uncanny Avengers” #2 features a new, evil take on an old favorite. The classic image of Professor X’s head, accented by concentric circles to illustrate his psychic ability, is duplicated with the visage of the Red Skull instead, who’s assembled five super-powered beings for his own “evil” X-Men. The use of light and shadow emphasize the evil and dark aura of these new characters, but it’s the red tones of Cassaday’s longtime colorist Laura Martin that really brings this cover over the top. A fitting homage to an iconic Marvel image. — Steve Sunu
Month in and month out, Sean Phillips impresses with his painted covers for “Fatale,” seamlessly blending the hallmarks of crime noir with those of pulp horror. Of course, this month is no different, as we’re presented with a determined woman gripping a kitchen knife, clearly prepared to defend herself from attack, as the reflection in the blade provides us with a ghastly glimpse at her assailant. Again, Phillips demonstrates his mastery of color, with that effective splash of red standing out against an otherwise black-and-white cover. Beautiful. — Kevin Melrose