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Covers of the Week — May 23

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Covers of the Week — May 23

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, the Scarecrow is on the mend, the Dynamic Duo is in the crosshairs, Mister X is on the case, Loki is leading the charge, and Tom Taylor is … on his back.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve’s favorites from the week of May 23, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

“Batman Incorporated” #1, by Chris Burnham (DC Comics)

Chris Burnham brings “Batman Incorporated” back in style with really impressive line work and superb design choices with the red-and-black of the sniper’s crosshairs. Most intriguing is the Batman and Robin intersect with the crosshairs, creating a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment of subtlety in the second circle. — Steve Sunu

“Dark Horse Presents” #12, by Dean Motter (Dark Horse)

Dean Motter’s near-minimalist approach is note perfect for Mister X, the mysterious drug-addicted architect devoted to repairing the futuristic city he designed. — Kevin Melrose

“Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz” #7, by Skottie Young (Marvel)

Skottie Young’s covers for Marvel’s “Oz” books are always a joy to behold, but the artist really ups the cute factor this week with an adorable white kitten playing with the Scarecrow’s head. But adorableness itself isn’t enough to push a cover over the top; it’s the Scarecrow’s body stumbling over the book’s logo that really brings the whole piece together. — Steve Sunu

“Journey Into Mystery” #638, by Stephanie Hans (Marvel)

Between the “Exiled” banner at the top and the obtrusive bar code at the right, Marvel’s production department did cover artist Stephanie Hans no favors. Still, though, she manages to deliver a powerful image that evokes both the iconic cover for 1942’s “Wonder Woman” #1 and countless 19th-century paintings inspired by Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle.” I like the sprinting Loki casting a wary eye at the winged horse, too. — Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: “The Unwritten” #37, by Yuko Shimizu (Vertigo)

Yuko Shimizu, a perennial favorite on Cover of the Week, really brings the A-game to this cover. Her Tom Taylor is incredibly detailed with a fantastic expression of annoyed stoicism while wrapped in a leaky pool of red streaming from the book clutched in his arm. Everything about this cover, from the line work to the layout screams excellence, and makes a fantastic choice for Cover of the Week. — Steve Sunu

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