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 sees a return appearance by kid Loki, Peter Panzerfaust taking a break from the war, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim keeping watch over the city, the world’s worst — or best — tailgater, and Hollywoodland’s fastest-rising star.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of May 30, as well as the May Cover of the Month, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Stephanie Hans is kicking ass with the current batch of “New Mutants” covers during the title’s “Exiled” crossover with “Journey Into Mystery.” This issue’s has it all: red-eyed baddies, a hulking monster and kid Loki wearing the perfect petulant expression of annoyance. With demonic figures in the background emerging from the wisps of smoke that surround the hands of the giant, Hans’ cover is an excellent exploration of space and color. — Steve Sunu
After three covers depicting guns, tanks and all the trappings of war, Tyler Jenkins delivers a surprise with the fourth issue of the series, which transplants J.M. Barrie’s characters to Nazi-occupied France during World War II. With this tranquil image, it’s almost as if we’ve been transported to Neverland. — Kevin Melrose
After some scheduling hiccups — that’s probably being generous — “Powers” appears to be getting back on track (maybe, possibly?), with Michael Avon Oeming trumpeting the return by making Walker and Pilgrim larger than life. With the cover for the previous issue, he used the reflection in a window to depict the two characters looming over the city, but here Oeming tosses out reality to show the two detectives towering over even the tallest buildings. I find myself drawn into the cityscape, too, with its oddly angled and bending structures. — Kevin Melrose
When your antagonist is the unseen but relentless driver of a mysterious tanker truck, conveying emotion in a single image can be a bit of a challenge. Here, though, Rafa Garres creates a split cover, with the roof of the car essentially serving as a panel border, allowing the desperate (or perhaps anguished) face of the pursued man to show through the mud-smeared windshield as the truck threatens him from the background. — Kevin Melrose
Darwyn Cooke can do no wrong when it comes to his “Rocketeer Adventures 2” covers, with Issue 3 continuing the theme of retro war posters. His design and color palette are perfect once again,Â reminiscentÂ of a sunny California day as he depicts the Rocketeer blasting off to his next adventure. Cooke’s work on these covers is inspiring; I can’t wait to see what’s next. — Steve Sunu
With that, we look back at the five Covers of the Week, all contenders for the Cover of the Month for May: “Daredevil” #12, by Paolo Rivera; “Fairest” #3, by Adam Hughes; “Saga” #3, by Fiona Staples; “The Unwritten” #37, by Yuko Shimizu; and, of course, “Rocketeer Adventurres 2” #3, by Darwyn Cooke.
And CBR’s May Cover of the Month is …
Fiona Staples continues to top herself with “Saga.” Here, the artist keeps things simple with a single ghostly red image in the foreground and a collection of trees and glowing eyes in the back. It’s the expression on the ghost’s face that really sells this one — a mocking, superior half-smile, which is entirely convincing even as your eyes work their way down to her dismembered torso and hanging intestines. Incredible work by Staples — we can’t wait to see what she has in store for next month. — Steve Sunu