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 eyes have it, the mirror has two faces, Frank Castle takes aim, Finn and Jake fly to the rescue, and Mindy McCready kicks… teeth?
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week Sept. 26, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
I named Drew Weing’s “Set to Sea” among the 50 best covers of 2010, but while his work on here on KaBOOM’s “Adventure Time” is decidedly different — a broader color palette, most notably — it’s no less effective. I’ve never watched the wildly popular animated series on which this comic is based (I know, I know …), but everything about Weing’s illustration compels me to pick up this issue: the colors, the composition, the flock of phoenixes (that’s what they are, right?) and the Jake the Dog balloon — it all comes together perfectly. — Kevin Melrose
Jo Chen’s cover contains a simple concept with a fantastic execution: Two of the characters overlap in the middle, sharing an eye that causes a black-and-red fracture in the image. While this would normally be a simple affair, Chen ups the ante by having one character face slightly to the right, with the other looking at the reader head on while managing to keep the perspectives believable despite the shared eye. It’s a nice piece of work, and a great addition to “Mind the Gap’s” stable of covers. — Steve Sunu
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve featured a DC Comics title because, well, those Zero Month covers aren’t exactly exciting or unique. Luckily, however, Ryan Sook now ends that drought with “National Comics: Rose & Thorn” #1. Despite skulking around the edges of the DC Universe for the past 65 years in one form or another — a multiple-personality disorder is the common denominator — Rose & Thorn certainly doesn’t rank among the publisher’s better-known properties. But Sook employs a simple solution to reintroduce the character: a mirror in which good-girl Rose sees bad-girl Thorn reflected back at her. Okay, it’s a little cliche, but there’s no denying it works! And then the artist takes the image a step or two beyond with a visual gag of the arsenal hidden in the closet behind the mirror. — Kevin Melrose
Marco Checchetto’s “Punisher” covers have been a great showcase of his talent, and for the final issue of his collaboration with Greg Rucka, the artist pulls out all the stops. Using only three colors for fore-, middle- and background, Checchetto’s clear pencils are overshadowed only by his composition. Punisher’s new, ghostly skull serves as a backdrop to an image of Frank Castle facing away from Rachel Cole-Alves (whose face is obscured) as he points a gun at her, execution-style, while a river of blood runs toward the reader. — Steve Sunu
Jock is certainly no stranger to CBR’s “Cover of the Week” or Robot 6’s covers of the year before that, and here’s a prime example of why: His variant cover for “Hit-Girl” #3 is exploding with energy and violence; it’s brutal, despite the lack of secondary characters. Our pint-sized vigilante kicks the book’s logo — I’m a huge fan of logos that interact with the illustration — which shatters like the teeth of some hapless criminal, a comparison strengthened by the spray of blood that follows the path of Hit-Girl’s leg. — Kevin Melrose
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