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 week, John Carter returns to Barsoom, Princess Diana turns blacksmith, Aunt Kizzie goes back to her roots, Cliff Secord takes to the skies and Antlered-Zombie-Deer-Man…gives you the willies.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of March 21, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Eric Powell brings a cool vintage sensibility to the cover of “The Goon” #38, utilizing the format of a carnival sideshow flyer with a number of clever twists. Not only are the text elements fantastic, but the reformatting of the logo and the inclusion of the price as part of the gag really sets this cover apart from the rest of this week’s releases. However, my favorite aspect is the old-timey Dark Horse logo with a rider next to it promising, “a tale of magnificent spectacle & historical significance!” Powell’s art is always good, but this cover really knocked it out of the park. — Steve Sunu
For this debut of the Marvel adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ second Barsoom novel — it’s a tie-in to Disney’s “John Carter” movie — Julian Totino Tedesco departs from the more “realistic” style he’s used in his covers for “Marvel: Season One” and “Northanger Abbey” while somehow channeling fantasy greats like Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo. Tedesco walks through his process for the cover on his blog. — Kevin Melrose
I can’t think of a cover in recent memory that’s given me the heebie-jeebies more than this one. — Kevin Melrose
Seven issues into DC Comics’ linewide relaunch, Cliff Chiang delivers what easily could become an iconic image of Wonder Woman wielding a sledgehammer at the anvil of the Greek god Hephaestus (that’s his arm in the foreground). Diana just exudes strength and determination. Turn this into a poster, DC. — Kevin Melrose
In a pitch-perfect homage to 1940s war bonds posters, Darwyn Cooke nails what makes the Rocketeer so incredible. Presenting the reader is the type of image you could easily see gracing storefronts and alleyways during World War II, Cooke gets everything right, from the simple and angular shape of the Rocketeer to the solid colors to the familiar slogan “Keep Them Flying.” Cooke’s cover is one of the best examples of a thematic and iconic image that both keeps in step with the sensibilities of the book it’s wrapped around while standing on its own as a damn fine piece of art. — Steve Sunu