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Covers of the Week – April 14, 2012

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Covers of the Week – April 14, 2012

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. Then, at the end of each month, they choose from the weekly winners — you guessed it! — a Cover of the Month.

This week, Diana comes out with guns blazing, Cliff and Jenny keep the home fires burning, D.B. Cooper takes flight, “Rachel Rising” gives up the green and Prophet goes all “Prometheus.”

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

“Prophet” #24, by Giannis Milonogiannis (Image Comics)

I confess that, outside of “Old City Blues,” I know absolutely nothing about Giannis Milonogiannis or his work, but after seeing his arresting cover for “Prophet” #24, I plan to change that. The angle of the image and the size floating figure in the foreground lend to the monolithic face a sense of awe-inspiring scale. Milonogiannis is set to follow Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple and Brandon Graham on interiors, which is definitely something to look forward to. — Kevin Melrose

“Rachel Rising” #7, by Terry Moore (Abstract Studios)

Gone are the fields of green from earlier covers, replaced with a somber palette of red and yellow that, when combined with the bare trees — oh, and floating bodies! — sets a creepy scene of autumn and decay. — Kevin Melrose

“The Secret History of D.B. Cooper” #2, by Brian Churilla (Dark Horse)

It’s tough to nail down exactly why Brian Churilla’s cover is so fantastic. It could be the image-on-image effect of Cooper’s face superimposed over a skull, or it could be the detailed lightning effects steaming from the brain at the bottom. But if I had to point my finger at a specific detail, I’d say the airplane/syringe containing Cooper’s face that seems to be plunging itself into the brain really unites the entire cover and sends it over the top. — Steve Sunu

“Wonder Woman” #8, by Cliff Chiang (DC Comics)

Cliff Chiang continues an incredible run of “Wonder Woman” covers with Issue 8. Diana’s determined expression is spot-on, but the real artistry here is the gunfire effect, combined with the bullet casings and Diana’s flowing hair. By staggering the heart-shaped muzzle flashes — the pistols belong to Eros, god of love — Chiang creates a terrific sense of motion. — Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: “The Rocketeer Adventures 2” #2, by Darwyn Cooke (IDW Publishing)

Darwyn Cooke is two for two with his covers for the second volume of IDW Publishing’s “The Rocketeer Adventures,” here blending Old Hollywood nostalgia with a whimsical, modern twist on Art Deco. And if there’s anything more adorable than Cooke’s take on the Bulldog Cafe, I haven’t seen it — at least not this week. — Kevin Melrose

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