Covers of the Week -- July, 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 brings a Martian attack, a royal portrait, a mysterious hand, a Gotham shapeshifter and Matt Murdock in the trenches.

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

I've been singing the praises of Paolo Rivera's "Daredevil" covers for months, and I'm not about to stop now. Once again the artist demonstrates great thought, and creativity, in demonstrating -- or at least referencing -- Matt Murdock's enhanced senses, here giving a nod to the hero's radar with the halo the spirals of razor wire form behind his head. -- Kevin Melrose

Stephanie Hans' latest "Journey Into Mystery" cover not only contains a lovingly penciled central figure, but also contains myriad smaller details that really set it apart. The subtle raven in the background becomes all that more satisfying surrounded by the simple smoke coming from a giant hand's fingertips. An excellent cover from a stellar artist. -- Steve Sunu

Sam Kieth's "Mars Attacks!" cover captures the overall crazy aura of the classic card series while showcasing the artist's distcinct style. Really, it's the manic, full-mouthed grin that makes this a detailed, but insane, image that's impossible to look away from. -- Steve Sunu

Fiona Staples' cover of Prince Robot IV features her signature penciling detail, but it's the colors that really push it over the edge. The vibrancy of blue, purple, green and orange superimposed over a rich red background not only creates the illusion of a royal portrait, but draws attention away from the giant television head of IV -- and viewed from the neck down, it almost seems like this could be a painting of any human royalty. Staples' "Saga" covers continue to show incredible artistic merit, each more impressive than the last. -- Steve Sunu

Looking past DC Comics' regrettable tendency to mar perfectly good covers with distracting promotional banners, we're treated to an image from J.H. Williams III that's both beautiful and grotesque, as Batwoman grapples with her shapeshifting foe. I love how the swirling serpent guides the reader's eye down the image, and how it serves as a visual break between the fully colored portions of the cover and the stark red and white areas. -- Kevin Melrose

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