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 vampires look on the bright side, “Fatale” gets groovy, murder looks lovely, Miles Morales looks downtrodden, and “Witchblade” goes negative (space).
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week Oct. 31, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“30 Days of Night” #11, by Christopher Mitten (IDW Publishing)
What stands out most about Christopher Mitten’s cover is the colors. While so many horror comics are bathed in grays and blues with splashes of red, Mitten floods the cover of “30 Days of Night” #11 with warm reds, oranges and yellows. It’s a nice change. — Kevin Melrose
“Fatale” #9, by Sean Phillips (Image Comics)
I routinely sing the praises of Sean Phillips’ cover work, particularly on “Fatale,” and this week is no different. He teeters between humor and horror with this image (it’s a fine line dividing the two) with a hint of tentacled Lovecraftian terror and a splash of ’70s Hollywood. — Kevin Melrose
“Ghosts” #1, by Dave Johnson (Vertigo)
Dave Johnson’s cover for “Ghosts” #1 evokes all the best aspects of Halloween ghost stories. In a single image, Johnson manages to fit in murder, a ghost, the dark, a haunted house and a mysterious assailant. It may sound like an “I Spy” book of horror tropes, but there’s no denying the image is tight. As always, Johnson’s eye for detail is incredible: from the intricate patterns on the walls to the lifeless victim’s terrified expression, this cover easily stands out as one of the week’s best. — Steve Sunu
“Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” #16.1, by Sara Pichelli (Marvel)
We’ve seen numerous Spider-Man covers over the decades that play up the “menace” or “fugitive” angle using newspaper pages or billboards; it’s a tried-and-true approach. But I like how Sara Pichelli has transformed those Daily Bugle pages into virtually architectural elements, emphasizing the height of the building. (I won’t dwell on how much money and manpower the newspaper would have to spend on covering those walls each day.) They literally loom large over Miles Morales, who seems ready to crumple from the burden. — Kevin Melrose
COVER OF THE WEEK: “Witchblade” #161, by John Tyler Christopher (Top Cow)
John Tyler Christopher’s “Witchblade” #161 cover is just cool. We’ve called out Christopher’s work on this type of cover before with “The Amazing Spider-Man” #679.1, but “Witchblade” #161 really proves how talented the artist really is. Using his same solid-color background technique, Christopher really puts his pencils to work with some incredibly intricate details and tattoos on the bare skin of the character. Possibly the coolest part is the use of the negative space around the forearms as she runs her hands through her hair. — Steve Sunu