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, "Elephantmen" gets spiritual (and a little violent), "Fury MAX" plants its roots, The Shadow is unwrapped, "Uncanny X-Force" gets dreamy, and the X-Men takes their last stand ... against boys.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of May 29, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Considering the characters of the book's title are scientifically engineered animal/human hybrids, you'd think its nearly seven-year history would be littered with cover homages to Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god. Maybe the visual connection was considered a little too on the nose (trunk?), and maybe it would be under another artist. But here Boo Cook pulls it off wonderfully, in part by not attempting to mimic the traditional depictions of the deity. Instead, he blends representations of the spiritual and the psychedelic (the lotus and the backdrop) with over-the-top elements of violence (the ridiculous array of weapons), even replacing the third eye with a target. -- Kevin Melrose
Dave Johnson's penultimate cover for this series may be the best of his thoroughly solid run. Although I'll never be fond of the logo, or the accompanying placement problems, I love how this image is almost like a Gilded Age editorial cartoon in its representations: the satisfied fat cat (I have no idea who the character is, but it doesn't really matter) wiping his mouth with the American flag, whose stripes are transformed into roots that extend to all corners of the globe. -- Kevin Melrose
Chris Samnee not only (fittingly) plays with shadow and light in this image, but makes an otherwise-staid logo part of the illustration as the S becomes part of the pulp hero's trademark red scarf. It's not flashy, but it doesn't need to be; it's just perfect for the character. -- Kevin Melrose
Kris Anka's "Uncanny X-Force" #5 cover captures the essence of Adrian Alphona's in-mind page sequences within the issue. Anka's image is dreamlike, with odd shadows and clean figures in the artist's signature style. While the spiral coordination of the characters is somewhat off-putting to the eye, the most haunting aspect of the cover is the background, which is colored an unsettling orange with the image of Bishop's screaming face bordered by yellow eyes, hands and teeth. -- Steve Sunu
Just when you thought Skottie Young's Li'l Marvel covers couldn't get any cuter, the artist releases a powerhouse image that turns the adorable factor up to 11. Young's characters are as cuddly as usual, but the real achievement here is his design of the "No Boys" X-treehouse, which stands in front of a decapitated Sentinel head. The petulant expression on Wolverine's face as Storm casts a raincloud over him isn't bad, either; it's easily one of the best Li'l Marvel covers yet to grace Cover of the Week. -- Steve Sunu