Cover of the Week: Rockets, Raccoons, Woods and White Suits

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.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of July 2, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

Dustin Nguyen's cover certainly shows a different side of the "Batman: Li'l Gotham" artist. His latest entry for the DC Comics weekly series is downright creepy, giving a view of James Gordon's encounter with his psychopath son. It's a great image, minimal with a high focus on shadows -- and to top it all off, Nguyen even includes some pretty sweet details in Gordon's glasses. -- Steve Sunu

For a "Raid"-style story pitting Moon Knight against nearly 20 mob enforcers in a derelict hotel, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire deliver a cover that reminds me of the classic arcade game "Elevator Action." (I'm showing my age, aren't I?) The comparison is almost undeniable, as we see Marc Spector - in profile, no less - moving from one floor to the next, dispatching his opponents. -- Kevin Melrose

Toby Cypress brings the miniseries to a close with a skull and crossbones imaginatively created from what I'm going to assume are dead bodies and bloody money, and two crossed pistols. -- Kevin Melrose

Ramon Perez's cover for "The Woods" #3 underscores his skill both as an artist and a designer. His linework is clean, but he manages to pull off an incredibly frenetic scene complete with motion, blood and a giant bear-like creature. While the alien bear is most definitely the focus of the piece, Perez's human faces carry expressions that are equal parts terror and amazement -- an impressive feat. The coloring on the cover is also pretty awesome, and the only image this week where readers will find a lime-green alien bear. -- Steve Sunu

It's always good to see David Petersen branch out beyond "Mouse Guard," and "Rocket Raccoon" #1 demonstrates how versatile he is. Granted, going from mice with swords to a raccoon with a giant gun might not be that much of a leap -- but Petersen's design of Rocket's gun and the alien landscape show how good of a head the artist has for science fiction. Plus, the expression on Rocket's face is just fantastic: a combination of stoicism, caution and "Screw you." A cover like this demonstrates what a superior artist Petersen is, and makes me hope for more science fiction images from him in the future. -- Steve Sunu

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