Cover of the Week: "Lumberjanes," "Grayson," Rocket Raccoon and 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 July 9, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

For a story billed as "the horrifying last stand of The Penguin," Dustin Nguyen depicts Oswald Cobblepot not as a grotesque bird-like caricature but rather as a fearsome, imposing figure who dominates the cover, dwarfing even Batman. The limited color palette is a nice choice, too, as the burgundy blood pouring from The Penguin's neck cascades over the Dark Knight, and appears to fill the background. -- Kevin Melrose

Tony Moore brings his attention to detail and his knack for facial expressions to "Detective Comics," dropping Batman into the middle of a gang war. You undoubtedly noticed the Wonder Woman tattoo on the arm of the guy in the foreground, but I also like the tiny Batman throwing knives sticking out of the back of one of the figures in the pile and, best of all, the Dark Knight's barely suppressed grin as he motions for his next opponent. -- Kevin Melrose

This Andrew Robinson cover hits all the right cover notes, including the title character in a cool action pose. While Robinson's pencils are a good fit for the series' premise, it's the concentric circular background in hot pink and lime green that really makes this stand out. Moreover, the cover serves the ever-important purpose of relating to the content within. -- Steve Sunu

Noelle Stevenson draws inspiration from Scout handbooks of yesteryear for perhaps the best "Lumberjanes" cover to date. Alternately, it could be viewed as an unused poster for an early draft of Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" -- the one in which Camp Ivanhoe is infiltrated by yetis. -- Kevin Melrose

Although themed variants don't typically impress me, John Tyler Christopher is such an incredible talent that it's no wonder his Rocket Raccoon cover for "Captain Marvel" #5 would prove an exception to the rule. This image is indicative of his work as a whole: a simple and clean design with a number of individual parts that combine to form an impressive image. A Rocket Raccoon made of weapons -- including a rocket launcher -- would be great on its own, but filling out the background with neutral gray weapons is an inspired choice, and makes the image that much stronger. -- Steve Sunu

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