Cover of the Week - May 8

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, "Suicide Squad" goes boom, Sunfire gets heated, "Prophet" goes pulpy, Valkyrie gets a paper cut and "Chin Music" clings to its Tommy guns.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of May 8, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

Tony Harris captures that perfect blend of 1920s gangland and the occult for the cover of the first issue of "Chin Music," his new tale of "mysticism and violence" with Steve Niles; the images leave little doubt what you'll find on the pages within. Naturally, the best thing about the cover is the outline of the skull in the background. -- Kevin Melrose

Who doesn't want a Valkyrie paper doll, especially when it comes complete with an adorable Thor stuffed toy? Unfortunately, the placement of the Marvel NOW! logo nearly spoils the effect: How are we supposed to cut out the doll with that in the way? -- Kevin Melrose

Zachary Baldus channels classic sci-fi and fantasy illustrators like the Hildebrandt brothers and Boris Vallejo in a pulpish cover that so detailed, and so delightfully alien, that the reader's eye is drawn to a different strange new element with each viewing. -- Kevin Melrose

It's rare that Sunfire gets his own cover, but John Cassaday focused on the fiery mutant for "Uncanny Avengers" #8. While Cassaday's linework is, as always, impeccable, a lot of the credit for this cover's effect goes to colorist Laura Martin, who has a mastery over the shadows caused by the vibrant flame. Cassaday and Martin's image makes it almost seem as though Sunfire is setting fire to the cover itself -- even Cassaday's signature is part of the flame. -- Steve Sunu

Jason Pearson really captures the essence of "Suicide Squad" for its 20th issue. It's incredibly powerful, with a skeleton holding a grenade above a background of a giant crosshair as burning polaroid photos of the Suicide Squad float around as though just from an explosion. Pearson's detail on everything from the grenade to the skeleton to the photos themselves is a pitch-perfect elevator pitch for the series, easily making it the most impressive cover of the week. -- Steve Sunu

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