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, the Green goes art nouveau, the War on Drugs goes psychedelic, Miles Morales goes to Aunt May and Gwen Stacy, “Fatale” goes for its gun and the title of “Fairest” cover goes to…
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of March 7, then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
“Fatale” #3, by Sean Phillips (Image)
It should come as no surprise that Sean Phillips’ covers for “Fatale,” his new noir-horror comic with frequent collaborator Ed Brubaker, have been stunning. After all, he has quite the track record of producing top-notch art, month in and month out, from “Criminal” to “Incognito” to “Sleeper” to “Marvel Zombies.” For the covers to “Fatale,” as with “Incognito” before it, Phillips contrasts black-and-white character with color backgrounds, or simply color accents, to wonderful effect. Here, though, it’s not the fiery backdrop that draws in the reader, but the angle, and crop, of the character: We can’t help but stare down the barrel of the gun. — Kevin Melrose
“Men of War” #7, by Viktor Kalvachev (DC Comics)
The low sales of this series, which is canceled with Issue 8, likely can be pinned on a lot of factors, not the least of which is a long-faded interest in war comics. But it’s safe to say Viktor Kalvachev’s covers are blameless, as they’ve consistently been among the best of the DC Comics relaunch. For this penultimate issue, about British Special Air Service soldiers battling a Taliban cell for control of a poppy field, Kalvachev blends the literal — two men fighting in, yes, a poppy field — with the surreal, as the coloring of the flowers gives the image an otherworldly, dream-like quality. — Kevin Melrose
“Swamp Thing” #7, by Yanick Paquette (DC Comics
Yanick Paquette has done a great job on “Swamp Thing” covers since the series launched, but this month’s really stands out. The floral, slightly-art nouveau composition creates a psychedelic and engaging effect while the layout takes into consideration logo placement, creating a true piece of art meant to grace the front of comic. — Steve Sunu
“Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” #8, by Sara Pichelli (Marvel)
Sara Pichelli’s variant cover would be excellent even if it were simply Miles Morales’ masked face, but adding the reflection Aunt May and Gwen Stacy in Spidey’s eyes turns a solid cover into a genuinely striking image. Pichelli’s depiction of the shock and surprise on the faces of the late Peter Parker’s loved ones pulls the cover together, giving the reader a full understanding of the range of emotions the issue’s story deals with without the use of words. — Steve Sunu
COVER OF THE WEEK: “Fairest” #1, by Adam Hughes (Vertigo)
Adam Hughes is in his element with this painted cover for the first issue of the latest “Fables” spinoff which, as the title suggests, centers largely on female characters like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel — with the occasional male like Ali Baba. It’s gorgeous, simple as that. (You can see a breakdown of all the characters on the Vertigo blog.) — Kevin Melrose