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Covers of the Week — January 18

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Covers of the Week — January 18

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, Wonder Woman takes on the god of the sea, Spider-Man mirrors the Man Without Fear, a tortoise bears the weight of the world, a cat jumps over a candlestick and a student at Morning Glory Academy unexpectedly reappears.

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

“Daredevil” #8, by Paolo Rivera (Marvel)

Paolo Rivera’s “Daredevil” cover plays with light and shadow in a way that’s pretty typical of the darker tone of Matt Murdock as a hero, but the real highlight is its design. Rivera elicits the feel of a mirror, with the fire escape ladder as the reflective surface, implying Daredevil and Spider-Man are two sides of the same coin — one with his head in the light, the other ensconced in shadow. — Steve Sunu

“Fables” #113, by Joao Ruas (Vertigo)

It’s virtually impossible to look at this image, with its tortoise and globe, and not think of the anecdote “It’s turtles all the way down.” However, Joao Ruas isn’t pondering cosmology but rather interpreting, quite literally, a couple of stories from this standalone issue dealing with — well, I won’t spoil it, but there is a tortoise carrying a tea cup in which there’s an actual world. I like that the washed-out, almost sun-bleached, colors reinforce the long-ago feel of the title inscribed on the cup, “In Those Days.” — Kevin Melrose

“Memorial” #2, by Michael Wm. Kaluta (IDW Publishing)

IDW’s fledgling “Memorial” series gets a stunning cover by Michael Kaluta for its sophomore issue. Kaluta’s image plays with blues throughout, while drawing the eye to the vibrant yellow of the candle at the bottom and the black cat’s stark contrast to the rest of the painting, while the frame highlights the figures in stone and the many flames surrounding them. — Steve Sunu

“Wonder Woman” #5, by Cliff Chiang (DC Comics)

One of my favorite things about the relaunched “Wonder Woman” is Cliff Chiang’s redesigns of the Greek gods, who look much different from their previous DC Comics appearances. Easily the most radically changed so far is Poseidon, god of the sea — yes, that him on the cover, part medieval hellmouth, part 18th-century engraving of Jonah and the whale. — Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: “Morning Glories” #15, by Rodin Esquejo (Image Comics)

Well, this is embarrassing: I was certain “Morning Glories” #15 was released in December — so certain, in fact, that I included Rodin Esquejo’s cover for the issue among the 50 best covers of 2011. Yet here we are, with the issue arriving last Wednesday, and Esquejo’s cover selected as our Cover of the Week. What I wrote earlier in the month stills holds true: Rodin Esquejo has found a way to perfectly translate to the covers the feelings of paranoia and claustrophobia the permeate “Morning Glories.” The branches and shadows are perfectly placed, drawing us to the watchful, and slightly menacing, eyes at the heart of the image. — Kevin Melrose

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