Each Monday (or, y’know, sometimes Tuesday), 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, Lono does the Monster Mash, Daredevil tries to keep his head, Judge Dredd breaks glass, Legion goes a few rounds and “Fables” searches for a rose amid the thorns.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of Sept. 18, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Dave Johnson’s covers for the “100 Bullets: Brother Lono” miniseries, which centers on the too-bad-to-die Minuteman of the title, have been pure joy, paying tribute to various genres of Mexican cinema. For this cover, of course, the artist delivers Lono as a grisly Frankenstein’s Monster — more grisly than Universal ever depicted the Creature, in any case — with bones, organs and musculature exposed. — Kevin Melrose
Whether the artist is Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin or Chris Samnee, the covers of the latest volume of “Daredevil” have frequently (but not always) possessed a certain Silver Age sensibility. They’re by no means homages, but rather an acknowledgement of the character’s history, and perhaps a manifestation of the title’s often-lighter tone after years entrenched in a more noirish setting. That said, with his cover for “Daredevil” #31, Samnee seems to give the Silver Age a bear hug — fitting, given the appearance of the ’60s villain the Jester, sitting on a throne, no less — from the enormous tragedy and comedy masks in the background to the gimmicky, but deadly, guillotine poised to give Matt Murdock a trim. However, my favorite element is probably the least Silver Age-ish: the book’s logo, mirroring the guillotine blade. — Kevin Melrose
James Jean left behind a legacy that’s virtually impossible to live up to, but new cover artist John Van Fleet definitely brings his A-game for “Fables” #133 with an image which is simple but effective. Whether it’s the thorns threatening to strangle the rose or the cloth-like background of intricate flora, Van Fleet demonstrates an incredible eye for design. In the process, he pushes the series’ covers in a new direction without losing any of what makes “Fables” cover images great. — Steve Sunuâ€¨â€¨
Henry Flint’s Judge Dredd is always a sight to behold, but this cover for “Judge Dredd Megazine” is a special treat. While Flint’s Dredd is as solid and incredible as ever, the artist also plays a bit with image composition, drawing a blood-spattered bullet hole in the “glass” separating Dredd from the reader. It’s a simple technique, but incredibly effective, as it enhances Flint’s already-impressive work. — Steve Sunu
Mike Del Mundo is one of the most consistently innovative cover artists around, something he demonstrates once again with “X-Men: Legacy” #17. The image of Legion as an on-the-ropes Rocky Balboa is great in concept, but Del Mundo improves on the elevator pitch by surrounding Legion with three members of his crew — two of his powered personas and Blindfold — capping it all off with a gray wash that recalls a photograph of old-timey boxing matches. — Steve Sunu
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