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Cover of the Week: “Hawkeye,” “Brother Lono” and “Dead Body Road”

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Cover of the Week: “Hawkeye,” “Brother Lono” and “Dead Body Road”

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.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of Feb. 26, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“100 Bullets: Brother Lono” #8, by Dave Johnson (Vertigo)

Dave Johnson brings the series to a close on a high note with this depiction of Lono, his face ink to resemble one of the sugar skulls so closely associated with the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration (and flanked by a pair of them). Considering the character’s fate will be decided with this finale, that’s probably appropriate. — Kevin Melrose

“Black Science” #4, by Matteo Scalera and Dean White (Image Comics)

I love the use of shadow by Matteo Scalera and Dean White; it seems as if there’s more shadow than light by the angle of this image, and it makes for a wonderfully dark effect. Perhaps most masterful is the duo’s collaborative ability to still make every single object in the piece identifiable, despite being obscured by shadow. It’s a very well-constructed and efficiently colored image. — Steve Sunu

“Dead Body Road” #3, by Matteo Scalera (Image Comics)

It was a pretty gutsy move for all involved to display the logo so prominently — dominantly, even — on these covers, and it really pays off here: The type serves as a screen of sorts, shielding us from the busy background of the warehouse, and isolating the knife-wielding man with the bloody apron, the bloody hook and, most disturbing of all, the child’s toy duck. — Kevin Melrose

“Three” #5, by Ryan Kelly and Jordie Bellaire (Image Comics)

Ryan Kelly’s pencils are impeccable, but it’s Jordie Bellaire’s skills as a colorist that really send this one over the edge. Bellaire’s restrained use of color — choosing to utilize only red, black and an off-white — works to great effect, actively giving the impression that it’s only one soldier against a veritable army. Every single spear is perfectly placed, and there’s just enough negative space to distinguish exactly how up against the wall the final encounter between the Helots and the Spartans actually was. — Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: “Hawkeye” #15, by David Aja (Marvel)

David Aja gives a nice nod both to the title of the story and Marvel’s puzzle magazine of the same name — “Fun and Games” — and manages to insert a half-finished word search into the middle of the cover. Beyond the throwback Hawkeye costume (which Aja pulls off magnificently), the word search is actually a new and dynamic way to showcase the names of the creators — Fraction, Aja, Hollingsworth and Eliopoulos — while still staying true to the series’ tradition of covers that break the mold. — Steve Sunu

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