Cover of the Week - January 15: "Daredevil," "Li'l Gotham" & More

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 Jan. 15, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

Dustin Nguyen's "Batman Li'l Gotham" #10 cover is so cute that I want to die. His depiction of Poison Ivy in each of the four seasons next to one another is just utterly charming (spring seems to be buried under autumn's leaves) and the subtle expressions that Nguyen paints on each Ivy's face takes the entire piece to another level: Summer and winter are full of fun and life, but fall is forlorn amid the fallen leaves in the center. A great contrast piece and study of a classic Batman character. -- Steve Sunu

Ghost Rider has to be one of the all-time great character designs: the skull, the flames, the leather, the motorcycle. By all rights, the Spirit of Vengeance should be a relic of the 1970s, but there's something about his design, with a few tweaks here and there, that remains timeless. Nothing shows that better than Julian Totino Tedesco's cover for "Thunderbolts" #20.NOW, which can barely contain Ghost Rider and his flaming bike, as the whirling chain destroys the book's logo. -- Kevin Melrose

Phil Noto's "Thunderbolts" #20.NOW variant cover gets back to the precursor of comics, reimagining the book as a pulp novel. Noto absolutely nails the design, from the logline at the top and a redesigned series logo to the painted coloring style and the encircled faces of the cast. It certainly helps that Noto's signature style is well-suited to the cover's concept, and that Ghost Rider is around to bring some fire to the image. This is a perfect example of how to do a variant cover right -- play to your strengths with an original, well-thought out concept. -- Steve Sunu

Know what I'll miss about "X-Men Legacy"? Michael Del Mundo's covers, which month in and month out have been imaginative, funny, absurd and beautifully drawn. Take this one, for instance, with its motley crew of recruits -- quite literally of every imaginable shape and size -- lined up to enlist in Legion's United Ego-Force. Just look at Legion's impossibly tall hair, the "Shelly" tattoo on the crab-man's arm ... it's just terrific. -- Kevin Melrose

It must be daunting to follow the likes of Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin, but Chris Samnee has been absolutely killing it with his "Daredevil" covers, and Issue 35 is his best yet. The look of terror and helplessness on Matt Murdock's face as he's drowning -- one hand tugs at the rope around his neck as the other reaches toward the water's surface -- is chilling, but I'm drawn in by the details: the blood-like drops of rain, and the ripples in the water that mimic the depiction of Daredevil's sonar sense. -- Kevin Melrose

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