After missing a week due to power line-destroying storms on the East Coast, staff writers Kevin Melrose and Steve Sunu are back to discuss their five favorite covers from the previous Wednesday’s new comic releases. They select from among them CBR’s Cover of the Week and then, at the end of each month, they choose from the weekly winners — you guessed it! — a Cover of the Month.
This week finds Popeye and Wimpy in the ring, Mr. Sinister’s army on the move, Redmond on the run, Ozymandias in meditation, and Cliff Secord in repose.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of July 4, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Jae Lee’s cover for “Before Watchmen: Ozymandias” #1 is simply gorgeous. Lee really brings his A-game to the table for this cover, providing detailed linework for both the character and the statue he floats above. Pay very close attention to Ozymandias’ costume. The folds are incredibly intricate and bring a vast amount of depth to a usually overlooked aspect of the antihero. –Steve Sunu
Tom Neely wonderfully captures the classic look, and appeal, of E.C. Segar’s Popeye the Sailor – not just on the cover, but inside as well. Equally classic is the situation, as Popeye and J. Wellington Wimpy fight the Phantom Crusher – his opponent will be “killed to death”! – while the crowd, which includes Olive Oyl and Mr. Geezil, watches. — Kevin Melrose
Daniel AcuÃ±a’s “Uncanny X-Men” #15 cover gives an interesting lesson in misdirection. Cyclops is the largest figure on the page, making him the first thing the eyes look toward. AcuÃ±a uses more muted colors for Mr. Sinister at the bottom so that, at first glance, you may not even notice he’s there. But what’s most masterful is Sinister’s army bringing up the background: The nearly endless ranks are so muted and so similar to each other, they’re very easy to miss due to the bright colors of Cyclops and the placement of Sinister. A good, subtle effort from AcuÃ±a. — Steve Sunu
Shawn Martinbrough does an excellent job with cover design for “Thief of Thieves” #6, depicting Redmond running on a mostly-white background with headshots above, crossed out “Days of the Future Past”-style. It’s an interesting image made even more intriguing by the placement of the comic’s logo, its fingers covering the eyes of one of the faces, effectively blinding him as Redmond makes his escape. A very cool effect. — Steve Sunu
Certainly no stranger to CBR’s Cover of the Week, Darwyn Cooke returns with another stunning image for IDW Publishing’s “Rocketeer Adventures 2” series. This time, it’s a charming shot of Cliff Secord relaxing beneath a World War II propaganda billboard bearing the familiar warning, “Loose Lips Sink Ships.” The pigeons as negative space is a great touch, too. — Kevin Melrose