Cover of the Week: August 14

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.

This week sees a game of 52-card pickup, a staring contest, fashion crimes of future past, a tale of the golem, and an optic blast.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Aug. 14, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem" #3, by Dave Wachter (Dark Horse)

Dave Wachter's beautiful gray washes imbue the bombed-out background with a haunting, otherworldly look, but it's the scale of the two foreground characters - the massive, rocky golem and the small, wisp-like boy - that really sell this cover. -- Kevin Melrose

"Lost Vegas" #4, by Ron Salas (Image Comics)

Although it's not the standard cover for "Lost Vegas" #4, Ron Salas' work for Jim McCann and Janet Lee's series is no less dynamic. By using only white, red, black and yellow to represent the light-polluted nature of the Strip, Salas exhibits incredible design sensibility with falling cards as the protagonist crouches, shielding himself as though from shattered glass. The use of color and light is just fantastic -- especially the subtle black-to-red change in the upper right hand corner of the image. -- Steve Sunu

"Saga" #13, by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Fiona Staples' dynamic "Saga" covers are back after a short hiatus, and she's in fine artistic form. As with the previous covers, Staples plays with light and shadow in expert fashion, but this time she employs a new color scheme. Everything from Hazel's vacant baby expression to the light veins and individual beard strands on the other figure's face are an excellent way for "Saga" to return to the stands. -- Steve Sunu

"Uncanny X-Force" #10, by Kris Anka (Marvel)

Kris Anka is rapidly becoming one of my favorite superhero artists because of covers like this, in which Storm, Pyslocke and Puck are attacked by psychic manifestations of their past selves - or at least their previous hairstyles and costumes. Betsy should've known those puffy sleeves would come back to haunt her. -- Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Uncanny X-Men" #10, by Frazer Irving (Marvel)

Cyclops letting loose is an image readers have seen dozens -- if not hundreds -- of times, but somehow, Frazer Irving manages to keep the concept fresh with "Uncanny X-Men" #10. He really nails the uncontrolled nature of post-"AvX" Cyclops' powers, as his optic blast emanates from the "X" on his face. Perhaps most impressive is that while Cyclops is still clearly the central figure, the cover is more than 50 percent optic blast, and rather than detracting with a massive amount of red space, Irving uses breaks in the blast to help bring the cover together for a unified, but fragmented, image. -- Steve Sunu

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