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. Then, at the end of each month, they choose from the weekly winners — you guessed it! — a Cover of the Month.
This go-around, Lobster Johnson goes up in flames, The Tinker weathers a storm, Gov. Alvarado reveals a secret, “Saga” lends a hand and Glory paints the planet pink.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of April 11, then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“Glory” #25, by Ross Campbell (Image Comics)
Ross Campbell takes Glory 500 years into the future with an eye-catching take on Mars that transforms the Red Planet into the … Pink Planet. One glance at this cover leaves no doubt we’re being transported to a distant time and place. — Kevin Melrose
“Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand” #4, by Dave Johnson (Dark Horse)
While “Glory” looks to the future, “Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand” delves into the past, as Mike Mignola’s 1930s pulp hero battles gangsters and the super-powered Nazi the Black Flame. Dave Johnson looks back to serial movie posters of the era for inspiration, capturing that classic sense of melodrama while still managing to make the image seem fresh (if not exactly contemporary). — Kevin Melrose
“Saucer Country” #2, by Ryan Kelly (Vertigo)
This compelling cover caught my eye — or is that eyes? — months ago, when Vertigo first teased this new series by writer Paul Cornell and artist Ryan Kelly. The image is so simple and so effective that it perfectly conveys that idea that someone — in this case, New Mexico Governor and would-be presidential candidate Arcadia Alvarado — isn’t who she seems. Kelly’s cover doesn’t require you to be familiar with the character or the comic’s premise to pick up on the underlying deception and paranoia, which is why this is such an arresting image. — Kevin Melrose
“The Unwritten” #36, by Yuko Shimizu (Vertigo)
It’s Yuko Shimizu’s environmental designs that set this one apart. From the clouds and the lightning to the sea and the rocks, there’s something almost inexplicably beautiful about the storm the two characters find themselves in. In fact, Shimizu manages to portray the sadness in The Tinker — a feat not easily accomplished since the character is facing away from us, but the artist pulls it off admirably through body language alone. — Steve Sunu
COVER OF THE WEEK: “Saga” #2, by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Fiona Staples must see the world differently than the rest of us humans. While that would certainly be special enough, she also has the ability to distill that vision onto the printed page for a cover that actually tops her inaugural effort on “Saga.” This image has all the qualities of a perfect cover: incredible linework, an unforgettable image, amazing coloring and a look that’s undeniably Staples’ own. Even if this comic weren’t one of the best on the stands, I’d probably still buy it just for covers like these. — Steve Sunu