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, Armstrong has an Archer on his shoulder (and on his head, and …), Silk Spectre goes on a trip, the Lookouts strike a pose, Elle (and the Big Bad Wolf) get the Mucha treatment, and Clint Barton brushes up on his archery.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week Sept. 5, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“Archer & Armstrong” #2, by Patrick Zircher (Valiant Entertainment)
Patrick Zircher’s cover is hilarious and brilliant. Armstrong, with bottle in hand, is surrounded by four nagging Archers, each talking on a different scolding position. The layout really works both for the book and to demonstrate the fledgling relationship between the two characters. Throw in Zircher’s solid linework and it’s a pretty memorable cover. — Steve Sunu
“Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre” #3, by Amanda Conner (DC Comics)
Amanda Conner sends Laurie on a magical mystery tour on an appropriately psychedelic cover for an issue that depicts the character’s first acid trip. Slightly terrifying, and definitely trippy. — Kevin Melrose
“Lookouts” #1, by Robb Mommaerts (Cryptozoic Entertainment)
Cryptozoic Entertainment pulled out all the stops for its first comic release with a fantastic cover for “Lookouts” #1 by Robb Mommaerts, who perfectly captures the spirit and style of the original “Penny Arcade” strips featuring the fantasy youth explorers while bringing his own unique spin to it. Not only are Mommaerts’ expressions fantastic, the detailed foreground and background go a long way to make this one of the week’s top contenders. — Steve Sunu
“Mind the Gap” #4, by Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback (Image Comics)
Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback move from a “Breakfast Club” homage for Issue 3 to Art Nouveau with this issue, demonstrating a wide range of influences. The Alphonse Mucha tribute instills the image with a fairy-tale element, fitting given the inclusion of the Big Bad Wolf. — Kevin Melrose
COVER OF THE WEEK: “Hawkeye” #2, by David Aja (Marvel)
Archery enthusiasts often scrutinize the appearance of the bow in film, television and comics, as those depictions frequently are terribly inaccurate (or so I’m told, again and again). The form is all wrong, the arrow is held on the wrong side, etc. It’s for that reason I find David Aja’s cover for “Hawkeye” #2 so funny, and so terrific. He faces all of those criticisms head-on, showing Clint Barton in a page ripped from an archery handbook, paying special attention to form and arrow release. Of course, that opens the door for someone to tell Aja that he got something wrong. — Kevin Melrose