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, Em wrestles with a ghostly creature, mouse musicians play for otherworldly dancers, the Rat Queens face a dragon, “The Unwritten” pays a visit to Candy Land and “Sex Criminals” goes minimalist.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of Sept. 25, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“Mouse Guard” creator David Petersen’s latest cover is another impressive piece of art. His covers are always dynamic and detailed, and this one follows in that grand tradition, as mice with instruments playing music as ghosts dance joyfully. It’s not really an image that gets seen very often, and Petersen pulls it off in his classic style. — Steve Sunu
Fiona Staples lends her incredible art to a “Rat Queens” #1 variant cover, depicting the four adventurers fighting a giant lizard monster. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the cover is Staples’ use of color, contrasting the bright orange and green of the lizard with the bold designs of the Rat Queens themselves and the dull earth tones of the background. Suitable for a poster-sized image, the image is a great example of Staples’ work and an excellent way to start a series off. — Steve Sunu
Jenny Frison’s art is always a delight, but what I particularly like about her cover for “Revival” #14 is the feeling of tangibility to the creature Em wrestles from the body of the girl. It’s reminiscent of the (supposed) ectoplasm that so frequently appeared in 19th-century spiritualist photographs. It’s kind of creepy. — Kevin Melrose
Frequent Cover of the Week candidate Yuko Shimizu returns with a borderline psychedelic visit to a Candy Land whose intense colors aren’t nearly as cheery as those of the once-popular children’s board game. It’s hellish. — Kevin Melrose
Chip Zdarsky’s cover for “Sex Criminals” #1 absolutely screams minimalism, a trend that’s been seen on many modern comics, and encapsulates the premise of the book without hitting readers over the head with it. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the cover is its ability to draw readers in, then have a totally different meaning after the reader has finished reading the comic. — Steve Sunu