Cover of the Week: "Revival," "Saga" & "Batman Beyond"

Each Monday (or sometimes Tuesday; hey, it's Christmas Eve), 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, Terry McGinnis activates the Bat-Signal, a velociraptor makes one giant leap for dinosaur-kind, Prince Robot IV gets it on, a vulture turns pretty deadly, and "Revival" gives a watery nod to Ophelia.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Dec. 18, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

Rafael Albuquerque frequently appears on Cover of the Week for his work on "American Vampire," and despite that series being on hiatus, he's managed to find his way back with an excellent cover for "Batman Beyond Universe" #5. Albuquerque's Batman Beyond is spot-on, and the echolocation signal emanating from the future Dark Knight's head is a cool effect -- although not as cool as the army of bats at the top of the cover that the signal seems to be setting off. -- Steve Sunu

Emily Patridge's "The Midas Flesh" #1 cover is just cool: It's a velociraptor in a spacesuit! It's a great concept to begin with, but Patridge brings a painted, classic artistic quality to the piece with a science fiction twist that really makes the cover sing. Especially cool is the "2001: A Space Odyssey" vibe given off by the reds. -- Steve Sunu

I'm really taken with the little details in this cover, like the cracks in the rocks and the way the vulture's feathers flutter in the wind. The limited color palette, too: The blue-grays, pinks and reds are just beautiful. -- Kevin Melrose

Image Comics has had its share of problems with Apple's rules regarding sexual content, leading "Sex" and "Sex Criminals" to be dropped from the App Store, and an issue of "Saga" to be tripped up by comiXology's interpretation of the policy. So it's difficult not to view Fiona Staples' cover for Issue 17, capturing Prince Robot IV in flagrante, as anything but a tweak to Apple's nose. -- Kevin Melrose

Jenny Frison's "Revival" covers are always gorgeous, but she does an especially good job with Issue 16. The partially submerged figure is gorgeously drawn, and Frison's image keeps the concept simple, highlighting her ability to bring out tiny details: the positioning of the hands, the way the hair falls in the water, the shape and position of the leaves. -- Steve Sunu

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