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Cover of the Week – October 3

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Cover of the Week – October 3

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, Peter Parker’s Spider-Sense is tingling (for good reason), “Fatale” goes to the dogs (OK, dog, but it’s a nasty one), Rorschach goes for breakfast (you probably don’t want any), the zombie apocalypse arrives in Riverdale (Jughead wants more than burgers) and Matt Murdock goes to meet his maker (thanks, Bullseye).

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week Oct. 3, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” #695, by Steve McNiven (Marvel)

As “The Amazing Spider-Man” ramps up to its final issue, there have been a number of covers giving a nod the web-slinger’s storied history. While Steve McNiven’s cover for issue #695 is more a reflection of the current storyline, there’s no denying it has a certain nostalgia factor. By splitting the cover into segments using a form of the classic Spider-Sense effect, McNiven gives a concise overview of the players in the latest arc. — Steve Sunu

“Before Watchmen: Rorschach” #2, by Lee Bermejo (DC Comics)

Part of me wants to say this Lee Bermejo cover is a little too clever, a little too “cute” — the splatters of ketchup (or is it blood?) mimicking Rorschach’s inkblot mask, the splash of ketchup on the eggs referencing the iconic “Watchmen” smiley face — but then the rest of me tells that part to shut up and enjoy. — Kevin Melrose

“Fatale” #8, by Sean Phillips (Image Comics)

Sean Phillips is simply unstoppable as a cover artist, and “Fatale” #8 follows in step with his excellent work on the series. Phillips simply nails the expression of rage and hunger on the terrifyingly demonic dog who, juxtaposed with the man’s expression of indifference, makes for an excellent piece of art. — Steve Sunu

“Life With Archie” #23, by Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)

Francesco Francavilla has had some truly awesome covers for “Life With Archie,” and he continues with an homage to classic horror comics for Issue 23. The “Afterlife With Archie” gag is clever, turning all of Archie’s gang into the shambling undead. — Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: “Daredevil: End of Days” #1, by Alex Maleev (Marvel)

There’s so much to like about this cover for what’s billed as “the last Daredevil story” that goes beyond Alex Maleev’s undeniable skill as a painter. The image is arresting, immediately establishing the finality of the tale while compelling the reader to discover how Matt Murdock met his end — and a closer inspection of the blood-splattered tarp covering the corpse reveals the answer: the calling card of Bullseye. And while the space between letters is inconsistent — a relatively minor complaint — I like how the two D’s in “End of Days” are linked together to recreate the emblem on Daredevil’s costume. — Kevin Melrose

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