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Cover of the Week – October 17

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Cover of the Week – October 17

Each Monday — except for last week; blame New York Comic Con — 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, Mothman takes a nap, Clint and Kate take aim, Metal Man takes to the water, Wonder Woman takes a walk and The Coyote takes a head.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week Oct. 17, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“Before Watchmen: Minutemen” #4, by Darwyn Cooke (DC Comics)

There’s a wonderful incongruity to this image, with Darwyn Cooke depicting a heavy-drinking Byron Lewis passed on the sidewalk in his Mothman costume. Despite the sadness of the scenario, and the somber tone of the story within, the thought of the hero stumbling around the streets wearing his wings is ridiculous. Add to that the halo of stars around his head — age-old comic book shorthand for being knocked unconscious — and the cover becomes somewhat-uncomfortably humorous. — Kevin Melrose

“Hawkeye” #3, by David Aja (Marvel)

David Aja’s “Hawkeye” covers, with their minimalist approach, liberal used of white space and constrained color palette, are refreshing and distinctive. Although they don’t exactly reflect the aesthetic of stories within — they borrow from 1970s TV action dramas — the covers definitely stand out from most of the others on the shelves. — Kevin Melrose

“It Girl and the Atomics” #3, by Mike Allred (Image Comics)

Mike Allred’s cover for “It Girl and the Atomics” #3 is a lot of fun. If viewed from right to left, it almost seems like a typical cover girl comic, but as the image continues, It Girl turns into a wave so realistic Metal Man can surf on her. The transition is impressively smooth — a clever composition from Allred. — Steve Sunu

“Wonder Woman” #13, by Cliff Chiang (DC Comics)

Cliff Chiang’s incredible covers for “Wonder Woman” continue with Issue 13, where Chiang focuses on the central figure by clever use of background. His fantastic depiction of Wonder Woman is contrasted by flowing sand everywhere, creating a landscape where Diana and the bloody footprints she follows stand out. — Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: “Daredevil #19,” by Paolo Rivera (Marvel)

I’m behind on my “Daredevil” reading, so I have limited knowledge of the new villain The Coyote. That said, I already find him terrifying. Paolo Rivera hits all the Shakespearean notes with this cover, from the Elizabethan collar to the obvious “Hamlet” allusion with Daredevil’s head, (“Alas, poor Murdock! I knew him, Foggy”) Where those creepy triple eyes come from, I don’t know — and I don’t want to know. — Kevin Melrose

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