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, “47 Ronin” and “The Shadow” get bloody, “Fairest” gets sexy, “Iron Man” gets technical,and “Legends of the Dark Knight” gets — a little creepy.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week Nov. 7, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“47 Ronin” #1’s gorgeous cover underscores Stan Sakai’s artistic skill. The watercolors are incredibly subtle, contrasting a nearly overwhelming blue with the spatter of blood at the top. While the central figure is impressive, it’s the way Sakai chose to render the background that really raises the artistic bar. Gradually fading and washed-out ronin grace the background, creating the illusion that there could indeed be 46 more of them standing behind the first. — Steve Sunu
Adam Hughes can’t be stopped, and he continues to bring his A-game on “Fairest” #9. Even more impressive than Hughes’ typically beautiful female figures is the detailed design work on the only piece of clothing featured on the cover. The bold lines offer a nice contrast to the thin, detailed patterns on the clothing that really highlight the diverse nature of the artist’s skill. — Steve Sunu
Carlo Pagulayan tackles a design variant featuring the Armored Avenger for “Iron Man” #1. His linework is, as always, impeccable, but the fun part of this cover comes not only from the look into the new armor’s design, but the notes scribbled onto the graph paper. Although Pagulayan provides the design, the mathematical equations and notes are clearly Tony Stark’s, which makes for a fun insight into Iron Man’s new suit. — Steve Sunu
In the past couple of years, Darwyn Cooke has become most closely associated with his adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker novels, and with the Rocketeer, but with one image he makes the pulp vigilante Shadow his own. The mystery, the period architecture, the violence — it’s all contained within one starkly beautiful cover. — Kevin Melrose
Nowadays there are far too few covers by Ben Templesmith, an artist who until relatively recently seemed ubiquitous. (Hatter M, Fell, Welcome to Hoxford, Wasteland, assorted 30 Days of Night projects – didn’t the man ever sleep?). Templesmith’s style is frequently imitated, but this cover for DC Comics’ digital-first “Legends of the Dark Knight” series demonstrates, never quite replicated. Beneath the murky colors and wavy lines is a manic energy that so perfectly suits the subject matter — the Joker gleefully, and disturbingly, clad in Batman’s costume. It’s unfortunate, though, that the book’s logo obscures the smiley face of the bat-emblem the Clown Prince of Crime has painted on the wall behind him. (We’ll pretend that is, indeed, just red paint.) — Kevin Melrose