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Cover of the Week – September 19

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Cover of the Week – September 19

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, the King of Monsters wreaks havoc, Lobster Johnson keeps watch over the city, Danielle Moonstar goes techno (-organic), Frank Castle strolls out of the sunset and Matt Murdock gets stripped down.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week Sept. 19, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“Godzilla: The Half Century War” #2, by James Stokoe and Sheldon Vella (IDW Publishing)

A big monster needs big detail, and that’s exactly what James Stokoe and Sheldon Vella bring to the cover of “Godzilla: The Half Century War” #2. Everything, from the massive scales of Godzilla to the tiniest speck of dirt on the ground, has definition. The coolest part, though, is the smoke coming from the explosions surrounding Godzilla, which reflect the pink of the sunset as the monster looks mildly annoyed by the humans’ best attempts to stop him. — Steve Sunu

“Lobster Johnson: Caput Mortuum” #1, by Tonci Zonjic (Dark Horse)

Tonci Zonjic does an excellent job bringing a classic Lobster Johnson feel to “Lobster Johnson: Caput Mortuum” #1. Beyond having a perfect handle on the character, Zonjic’s cover design really sells his love of the pulp vigilante, superimposing the central figure over a lit city with one exception: the emblem Lobster’s head and the emblem he wears on his chest. But while Zonjic’s Lobster is impressive, what really sells the composition is the gradual transparency of the central figure as the lights from an incredibly detailed city begin to shine through. — Steve Sunu

“New Mutants” #49, by John Tyler Christopher (Marvel)

I haven’t read “New Mutants” since sometime shortly after the Chris Claremont/Bill Sienkiewicz era, so it should come as no surprise as I have no idea what’s going on in the latest issue, billed as “the chilling conclusion” of the “Fight the Future” storyline. However, that lack of knowledge doesn’t make this John Tyler Christopher cover any less effective or, well, less chilling. I love the look of terror in Danielle Moonstar’s eyes — or maybe just one eye — as her body is overwhelmed by techno-organic material. — Kevin Melrose

“Untold Tales of the Punisher MAX” #4, by Nic Klein (Marvel)

I realize the word “iconic” gets thrown around with abandon, but Nic Klein’s beautiful cover for “Untold Tales of the Punisher MAX” #4 is just that — iconic — evoking Marvel’s 1980s period war comic “The ‘Nam.” — Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: “Daredevil” #18, by Paolo Rivera (Marvel)

Paolo Rivera’s covers for Marvel’s relaunched “Daredevil” have been consistently breathtaking, delivering wildly imaginative interpretations of the blind hero’s enhanced senses. This image for Issue 18 is, of course, no exception, as Rivera allows the reader to peer into the circulatory system of the Man Without Fear. In far too many instances, a book’s logo will mar an otherwise stunning cover illustration, but here the treatment actually enhances the image, as blood appears slosh within the letters; it’s easy to imagine the sound of blood throbbing in Matt Murdock’s ears as his heart rate quickens. — Kevin Melrose

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