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, Dexter does a little lawn work, “Hit” gets a little literal (and bloody), Legion gets a new hairdo, X-Factor Investigations closes up shop and an impossible astronaut counts crows.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of Sept. 4, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
It’s no wonder Mike Del Mundo is on Cover of the Week twice for this installment. Month after month, he continues to impress with subtle and innovative work, and “Dexter” #3 is no exception. The simple action of everyone’s favorite serial killer mowing the lawn is punctuated by a red stream of blood spraying from the mower, turning an everyday activity into something far more nefarious. It’s a nice parallel with the television series’s opening credits. — Steve Sunu
Although violent, Ryan Sook’s cover for “Hit” #1 brings a level of detail and style that few artists can match. It’s not just the splintered glass of the police car window or the stain of blood directing the reader to the central figure’s head which elevate this cover — it’s the subtle bits, like the man’s look of complete despair and the crumpling of his shirt and bloodstained tie. — Steve Sunu
Maybe it’s because of the role the “Impossible Astronaut” played in the sixth season of “Doctor Who,” but I now find spacesuits exceedingly creepy. Toss in a murder of crows, as Tristan Jones repeatedly has on the covers of “Hoax Hunters,” and you have a recipe for instant shivers. I like the logo treatment here, too. — Kevin Melrose
Virtually every time Mike Del Mundo illustrates an “X-Men: Legacy” cover, it ends up as part of Cover of the Week, and this issue is no exception. The artist plays with cover design in creative ways, this time using a burn in Legion’s massive hairdo (likely made by Cyclops’ new X-shaped visor) as part of the title’s logo. It’s a nice nod to the events inside the book and a clever way to play with cover design. — Steve Sunu
David Yardin sends off “X-Factor” in fine and sentimental fashion as Jamie Madrox shutters X-Factor Investigations with a flip to the “Sorry We’re Closed” sign. It’s an imaginative approach, transforming the entire cover into an office door; I also like the expression on Jamie’s face, which seemingly blends sheepishness and wistfulness. Farewell, “X-Factor” — for now. — Kevin Melrose