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Covers of the Week – January 4

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Covers of the Week – January 4

Spinning out of Robot 6’s fourth annual list of the best covers of the year, Comic Book Resources is debuting a weekly rundown of the most attractive, and most effective, images on store shelves.

Every Monday, staff writers Kevin Melrose and Steve Sunu discuss their five favorite covers from the previous Wednesday, 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.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of Jan. 4, then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“Action Comics” #5, by Andy Kubert and Joe Prado (DC Comics)

There are a handful of iconic images that get at the heart of Superman’s mythology — mild-mannered Clark Kent ripping open his shirt to reveal the trademark “S,” and the Man of Steel lifting a car over his head, to name two — but perhaps none more so than the infant rocketing to Earth from a doomed planet. It’s the perfect cover for this issue, which takes us back to the last moments of Krypton — so perfect that you can almost hear the first notes of John Williams’ “Superman” theme swelling in the background. — Kevin Melrose

“Animal Man” #5, by Travel Foreman and Lovern Kindzierski (DC Comics)

Buddy Baker’s daughter has taken a front seat in the book, so it’s no surprise she’s heavily featured on this month’s cover. There’s nothing more terrifying than a small child eating the face off of her father, but Travel Foreman makes this cover even more horrific by the ravenous expression on Maxine’s face — one that says, “You’re next.” — Steve Sunu

“The Lone Ranger” #1, by Francesco Francavilla (Dynamite Entertainment)

Francesco Francavilla’s pulp-influenced style is an ideal match for Dynamite’s relaunch of “The Lone Ranger,” a property whose roots reach back to the Golden Age of Radio. However, it isn’t that Detriot radio show that Francavilla’s cover evokes, but rather the posters for the hit 1938 Republic Movie serial. — Kevin Melrose

“iZombie” #21, by Michael Allred (Vertigo)

This might not be a normal zombie’s idea of torture, but Gwen isn’t exactly a typical zombie. Michael Allred’s dynamic character work on this cover is dwarfed only by his attentive linework on both the coffeepot brain and the undead soldier lowering Gwen to her doom. — Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: “Fatale” #1, by Sean Phillips (Image Comics)

I confess that when I initially saw this arresting Sean Phillips cover for his new collaboration with Ed Brubaker, I mistook the nearly matching swaths of red on either side of the woman’s head for enormous flowers in her hair. So mesmerizing — so alluring — are her smoky gray eyes, set into a pale face marred only by ruby lipstick, that all of the other elements take a back seat. As such, when I stared at a larger version of the image and realized the background contained not large orchids but book-end demons baring their teeth in sinister grins, the effect was that much more chilling. — Kevin Melrose

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