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Cover of the Week – November 14

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Cover of the Week – November 14

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, Hobgoblin gets bombed, Conan gets regal, Maine gets creepy, Marko gets bloody, and the X-Babies get in trouble.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week Nov. 14, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” #697, by Steve McNiven (Marvel)

It feels as if this is a funhouse-mirror version of a classic Spider-Man cover, but if it is, I can’t find the original. Maybe it’s just that we’ve seen Green Goblin and Hobgoblin from this angle so many times, that when Steve McNiven puts Spider-Man in their place, complete with “Spider-Glider” and “Spider-Bombs,” it comes across as both familiar and delightfully off-kilter. I particularly like the split reflections of Spider-Man and Hobgoblin in the globes. — Kevin Melrose

“Conan the Barbarian” #10, by Massimo Carnevale (Dark Horse)

Between his work on “Y: The Last Man” and “Northlanders,” Massimo Carnevale has already secured a spot among the best cover artists of the past decade. However, he’s not resting on his laurels, as his run on Dark Horse’s “Conan the Barbarian” demonstrates. A masterful painter, Carnevale captures a young, self-assured Conan resting regally — defiantly, even — on the throne of Bêlit’s ship, unaware of (or perhaps merely unconcerned by) what follows behind him. — Kevin Melrose

“Hopeless, Maine,” by Tom Brown (Archaia)

Tom Brown’s cover for “Hopeless, Maine” is a gorgeous blend of the macabre and the everyday. Brown throws in some pretty disturbing supernatural stuff — tentacles, water bugs, Cthulhu eyes, bones coming up from the water — but it’s his depiction of the normal objects that really set this cover apart. The waves, lighthouse, cliffs and rolling hills ground the image and pull it all together, despite the supernatural elements. The detail on the central figure’s clothing is phenomenal and the coloring really pushes Brown’s cover over the edge. The red dress and blue eyes of the central figure are a stark contrast of browns and greens of the background, making the supernatural elements that much more subtle by comparison. — Steve Sunu

“Saga” #7, by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Hardly a month goes by that one of Fiona Staples’ covers for “Saga” doesn’t appear on this list — they’re just that good, and Issue 7 is a perfect example of why. It’s a study in contrasts as a blood-soaked Marko stands serene, the corner of his mouth slightly upturned, against the soft pink background — it’s a color that would typically convey innocence or life — with his sword still stuck in the owners of those wings. It’s both gorgeous and gruesome. — Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: “All-New X-Men” #1, by Skottie Young (Marvel)

Skottie Young has been doing some really cute work on the baby variants for Marvel NOW!, but it’s easy to say his cover for “All-New X-Men” #1 is his best yet. Young’s signature style is always a pleasure, and he brings the same dedication to detail that he does to Marvel’s “Oz” adaptations — but this is far funnier. At first glance, it seems to be just the four original X-Men with a broken Iceman in the center, but a closer examination reveals Wolverine’s shadow looming over the babified first class as they exhibit guilty looks on their faces, attempting to shift the blame of “Who Broke Baby Iceman” to one another. Not only is it Young’s best variant so far, it’s the standout cover of the week. — Steve Sunu

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