Cover of the Week: July 3

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, Earth-2 braces for war, Legion plays with (nesting) dolls, Deadpool sets his sights on himself, Spider-Man casts a long shadow, and who's the scaliest of them all?

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of July 3, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

It's rare that one artist scores two entries in an edition of Cover of the Week, but Mike Del Mundo is just that good. The premise of the final chapter in the "Deadpool Killogy" -- it's preceded by "Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe" and "Deadpool Killustrated" -- is as patently ridiculous as the title suggests, and Del Mundo matches that absurdity with an image of the Merc With a Mouth inspecting the bullet-riddled targets of the Deadpool Corps. Two elements in particular stand out: the wonderful icons representing "Deadpool Kills Deadpool," which dwarf the actual title, and that despite the implied violence (or at least shooting frenzy) on the cover, we can barely see the butt of the gun in the character's right hand. -- Kevin Melrose

Juan Doe, whose bold, graphic style frequently appears influenced by World War II-era propaganda posters, is an ideal choice to illustrate the cover for this issue, which finds Earth-2 on the brink of all-out war. While his memorable work for "X-Men: The 198" drew from Soviet propaganda imagery, here Doe turns to protest graffiti, with depictions of Dr. Fate, Green Lantern and The Flash "painted" onto a brick wall. -- Kevin Melrose

Adam Hughes' "Fairest" covers are always a pleasure, but Issue #17 really brings the artist's skill to the forefront. As always, the image features a beautiful woman, but Hughes transforms her draping hair into a massive Cthulhu-like crocodilian monster. It's a subtle, but incredibly effective transition that makes the coiffure the star of the cover rather than the woman herself. -- Steve Sunu

Undoubtedly one of the best artists working today, Marcos Martin has an uncanny ability to blend a Silver Age style with a modern sensibility -- or maybe that's a modern style with a Silver Age sensibility -- without ever making the work seem reverential. I love the clever treatment of the cumbersome title, nestled within the almost-sinister shadow of Spider-Man. -- Kevin Melrose

Mike Del Mundo has shown up a few times in Cover of the Week for his work on "X-Men Legacy." He has a knack for creating dynamic Legion-starring covers, and this month is no differnet. Using Russian nesting dolls to represent Legion's different personalities and powers, Del Mundo brings it home by setting Legion comfortably in one of them. -- Steve Sunu

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