Cover of the Week - January 30

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, Emily the Strange takes the stage, Superstorm Sandy strikes, Cal McDonald chills beneath the longest title ever, Orchid knows her role and the butterflies go into full effect.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Jan. 30, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

I'm not the biggest fan of the cover-design concept for "The Activity," the special-ops thriller by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerards. I don't know, maybe I'm missing the thinking behind the silhouette of the pistol that chops the space in half, leaving only a tiny window in which to display Mitch Gerards' work. It's certainly distinctive, and maybe that's enough. But for Issue 11, that tiny window is all the artist needs for a beautifully literal interpretation of "The Butterfly Effect." -- Kevin Melrose

Yes, I realize I was only just complaining about a logo eating up half a cover, but here it works. Chalk it up to Cal's cool, if bloody, rebel-without-a-cause-demeanor. Besides, what else are you going to do with a title that long? -- Kevin Melrose

David Aja continues his excellent minimalist cover work with "Hawkeye" #7, which sets a story during the destruction of Superstorm Sandy. Aja plays excellently with the cover layout, with a hurricane symbol scattering the title letters across the cover. Aja's city is fantastically detailed as the artist continues to prove a cover doesn't need a larger-than-life character to have a massive effect. -- Steve Sunu

Cover of the Week favorite Massimo Carnevale returns with the wonderfully textured, and gritty, cover for "Orchid" #12. I love that her pose is open to interpretation: Is she raising the sword in victory, or pausing before cutting down a foe? The focus on the tattoo, "Know Your Role," adds another layer to the question. -- Kevin Melrose

Rich Black provides a cover for "Emily and the Strangers" #1 that serves as a perfect example of how variants should be designed. While Black's take on Emily is decidedly different from Emily Ivie's interior pages, it still keeps to the spirit of the character. Black's cover, inspired by posters for local bands one might find on bulletin boards, puts Emily front and center with the coolest cephalopod guitar I've ever seen. The design really makes this comic stand apart, taking the band poster theme to the next level, with the day and date of the book's release on the very bottom. This is a variant I'd want to frame and display. -- Steve Sunu

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