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, the Guard goes for the gold, Tom Taylor plays Gabriel, “Uncanny” gets unexpected, Samurai Jack returns, and “Pretty” Deadly” is pretty lovely.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of Oct. 23, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“Mouse Guard: Legends of The Guard” #4, by David Petersen (Archaia)
David Petersen’s “Mouse Guard” covers are always a treat, and he again brings his A-game for “Legends of the Guard” #4. His attention to detail shines as always, as the light from the mouse’s lantern perfectly illuminates every shadow, nook and cranny, from the focus of the skeleton to the way each coin angles on the floor. — Steve Sunu
“Samurai Jack #1, by Genndy Tartakovsky (IDW Publishing)
“Samurai Jack” creator Genndy Tartakovsky provided a cool variant for the debut issue of IDW’s new ongoing. While it’s in Tartakovsky’s signature style, the image is incredibly gritty and dark, with Jack’s blade cutting through the upper one-third of the cover. It’s a great demonstration of how “Samurai Jack” will work in comics. — Steve Sunu
“Uncanny” #4, by Sean Phillips (Dynamite Entertainment)
I had to double check to make sure this was by Sean Phillips, an artist who in recent years is more likely to work within the shadows of crime noir. It’s not that his beautiful covers for “Criminal” and “Fatale” never feature bright colors; it’s just that the one for “Uncanny” #4 is just so different. — Kevin Melrose
“The Unwritten” #54, by Yuko Shimizu (Vertigo)
Easily one of my favorite cover artists working today — wait, that’s too narrow; one of my favorite illustrators — Yuko Shimizu always seems to know just when and where to turn for the perfect reference or bit of iconography for “The Unwritten.” It makes her an ideal match for this series, as it routinely hops genres and eras. Here she places halo, long a staple of religious art, behind the head of Tom Taylor as he blows a horn, another item loaded with symbolism and significance. — Kevin Melrose
COVER OF THE WEEK: “Pretty Deadly” #1, by Emma Rios (Image Comics)
While the cover for “Pretty Deadly” #1 undeniably showcases Emma Rios’ considerable penciling talent, it’s the composition that lands it in the CotW spot. Rather than focusing on a central figure in the conventional sense, Rios presents and image reflected in a pool of water upside-down, the head framed by a pair of floating hands, the coloring of the water contrasting with what little of the real figure readers actually see. There’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spattering of blood on the central figure’s arm that’s cleverly hidden by the red of the water, but is clearly seen against the blue of the non-reflection. In fact, there’s a lot of blood concealed on the cover, which only increases the effect once readers actually see it. — Steve Sunu