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Covers of the Week — June 20

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Covers of the Week — June 20

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 finds a glaring Victor von Doom, an anguished Casanova Quinn, a sun-bleached Henry Baltimore, a relaxing Will, and a fragmented Banshee.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of June 20, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“Casanova: Avaritia” #4, by Gabriel Ba (Marvel/Icon)

Gabriel Ba closes the latest chapter in the adventures of the dimension-jumping super-spy in suitably frenetic, if not full-on crazy, fashion as — okay, I have no idea what’s going on in that image, but it makes me want to buy the comic to find out. And isn’t that what a cover is supposed to do? — Kevin Melrose

“Daredevil” #14, by Paolo Rivera (Marvel)

As eager as I am to see what Paolo Rivera has planned following his departure from “Daredevil,” I’ll certainly miss his contributions to the series, which frequently, and flawlessly, blend nods to the Silver Age (in this instance, the enormous, frame-filling head of Victor von Doom) with modern-day elements (here, the rivets under Doom’s glaring right eye spell “DOOM” in Braille, continuing the title’s visual emphasis on Daredevil’s blindness and enhanced senses). — Kevin Melrose

“Saga” #4, by Fiona Staples (Image)

Fiona Staples’ “Saga” #4 provides an interesting contrast to the artist’s previous three covers for the series. In this image of The Will and his companion Lying Cat on the front in a pose reminiscent of Rodin’s “The Thinker,” Staples’ linework is, as always, impeccable. However, it’s the use of color that makes this cover unique — set against a background of bright yellow, the characters’ reflections are the only cue they’re sitting on a virtually-invisible mountain of gold. — Steve Sunu

“X-Factor” #238, by David Yardin (Marvel)

In a cover reminiscent of Mondrian’s “Compositions” series, David Yardin continues his excellent cover work with “X-Factor” #238, cleverly utilizing Mondrian’s style to fragment an image of Banshee while checking in with the other members of X-Factor Investigations in panels colored in Mondrian’s traditional red, blue and yellow, with a single orange panel. It’s an homage that you don’t expect to see grace a comic cover, and Yardin pulls it off through his layout and detailed linework. — Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: “Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy” #1, by Ben Stenbeck (Dark Horse)

I love the attention to detail, from the folds of Lord Baltimore’s tattered clothing to the scars on his wooden leg, but two elements really stand out: the almost sun-bleached color palette, with its grays, tans and faded reds, and the army of crabs marching across the lower right-hand corner, undoubtedly on its way to feast on something dead washed ashore. You can almost smell that festering brew of salt water and decay. — Kevin Melrose

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