Covers of the Week -- August, 1

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 Hazmat blows her top, Matt and Foggy go their separate ways, Nick Fury takes aim, the Beasts of Burden cast a creepy shadow, and Clint Barton shoots an arrow into the air (it falls to earth he knows not where).

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week Aug. 1, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

I know little about "Avengers Academy," and I know even less about the character depicted here (it's Hazmat; I looked it up). However, Guissepe Camuncoli's cover is so compelling -- it's not only Jennifer Takeda's suit that seems incapable of containing her powers, but her body -- and so crackling with energy, that I'd have to check out this issue. -- Kevin Melrose

Jill Thompson's lovely "Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch" cover brings the artist's signature style to her macabre mystery-solving animal team. Shadows are the name of the game this week as Thompson keeps it simple: The core characters' shadows reveal an array of human skulls for a creepy teaser resulting in an image that's simutaneously gorgeous and terrifying. -- Steve Sunu

Chris Samnee creates an iconic image for the cover of "Daredevil" #16. The separation between Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson would be powerful enough without the long shadow that Matt casts as Daredevil, but Samnee takes it a step further, creating an actual shadow in red superimposed over a white background as the two best friends walk away from each other. Perhaps even more symbolic is the door of Nelson and Murdock inside the shadow, with Matt's name crossed out. A simple and elegant design. -- Steve Sunu

As much as I've enjoyed Dave Johnson's previous covers for this miniseries (I've written about them a couple of times in this very spot), this one leaves all the others in its dust. Continuing the split-cover design he introduced with the previous issue, when the story shifted from mid-1950s French Indochina to 1961 Cuba, Johnson takes the approach one step further: He emulates interior panels, using the logo space as a gutter to suggest the passage of time. So we see Fury take aim at Fidel Castro, followed by the splatter of blood across the cheery "Enjoy Beautiful Havana!" postcard. -- Kevin Melrose

When every other person with Photoshop, Illustrator and an Internet connection churns out a never-ending series of "minimalist" takes on movie posters and book covers, it's pretty easy to get burned out on that aesthetic. For the debut issue of "Hawkeye," which reunites much of the creative team from "The Immortal Iron Fist," David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth certainly dip their toes into the minimalist pool, eliminating the background and embracing the bullseye as a repeated geometric abstraction -- it even becomes the sun, peeking over a rooftop -- while also continuing the element introduced in the "A" of the book's logo. They're only testing the waters, though, as the gritty buildings and iconic water tower -- barebones as they may be -- ground the cover in the comic's (mostly) realistic setting and provide a terrific contrast to the targets. As for the arrow: There have been some comments about the trajectory, but I'm not bothered by it in the least; the coloring transforms the arrow into another graphic element, almost separate from the "action." -- Kevin Melrose

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