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.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of June 4, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
In a miniseries in which the Land of Ooo is going haywire, it’s probably only fitting that for the final issue Wook Jin Clark depicts Finn and Jake menaced by the rising — if not quite walking — dead. I love not only the anguished/horrified expression on Finn’s face but also the apocalyptic tone of the cove, from the orange skies to the crackling energy. It’s as if Ooo’s end is imminent. — Kevin Melrose
I’m not sure there’s been another cover in recent memory better suited for Alex Ross’ realistic, nostalgic approach than this one: The audience for this comic likely grew up watching these four actors when their respective television series originally aired, or else ran home from school a decade or so later to catch them in syndication. In either case, there’s little room for fudging likenesses. — Kevin Melrose
With “Black Widow,” Phil Noto manages to turn out one gorgeous cover after another while also delivering consistently excellent interiors, and Issue 7 continues that streak with an incredible image. Colored perfectly, the washed-out nature of the cable car and background in blue works well, with Black Widow as the only character colored differently, emphasizing how she might stick out on public transportation. It further serves to highlight her heightened sense of firearms, with every gun (and there are a lot of them) in black, resulting in a “Where’s Waldo”-type image of dangerous weapons. — Steve Sunu
It’d be easy to call out Ted Naifeh’s incredible linework, a great blend of his style from “Courtney Crumrin” and the first volume of “Polly and the Pirates,” but where he really excels here is with the great facial expressions on the two characters. The traditional princess has a scream of terror etched onto her face, while Princess Ugg is the very picture of “Come at me, bro!” in the face of danger. It’s a charming cover that highlights Naifeh’s artistic skill, doubling as a great portal into the content of the series. — Steve Sunu
Yes, not one but two covers for “Adventure Time: The Flip Side” #6 make the cut this week. With this one, Sarah Stone plays with the “flip side” aspect, depicting Finn and the Land of Ooo as we know them, and (presumably) what could befall them both if our heroes fail in their task. It’s pretty dark imagery, but I like it. — Kevin Melrose