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 Challengers face a living mountain, a crocodile chows down, the wall-crawler appears out of the blue, Matt Murdock meets the Moloids and a cub receives a perhaps-unwanted gift.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of February 15, then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
It's rare to find a cover that gives readers a fresh look at a classic hero, but John Tyler Christopher manages to accomplish exactly that with his cover for "The Amazing Spider-Man" #679.1. The use of negative space is astounding, making the web-slinger emerge from nowhere, with the red of Spidey's costume starkly contrasting with the blue background. Everything, from the detail on Spidey's arm webs to his stance, poised to jump out of the page, makes for a high-quality cover suitable for framing -- an excellent take on a much-beloved character. -- Steve Sunu
Ryan Sook's covers never fail to impress, and the introductory issue of "Challengers of the Unknown" is no different. Sook's linework is brilliant, giving the foreground character an expression of fear mixed with astonishment as a giant, crack-filled mountain of an ice monster rises to life. However, the most incredible aspect of this cover is Sook's ability to distinguish facial detail even in the smaller figures, the shock and amazement equally visible in the four background characters as they struggle to make it through the snowy expanse. -- Steve Sunu
Joao Ruas' cover is a fairly straightforward interpretation of the events inside, with Snow and Bigby's cub Therese receiving a red plastic boat as a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer. But the somber expression of the girl, coupled with the red hue that blankets the entire image, hints at a dark direction for the story arc, described as "the most harrowing epic since the series' inception." -- Kevin Melrose
Despite the grim implication that the bloated, and clearly satisfied, crocodile has just dined on Princess Scarlett, baby Rusty, the Walrus and the Carpenter, this image brings a smile to my face. Simple as that. -- Kevin Melrose
For Matt Murdock's journey into the underworld -- the Mole Man's underworld -- in pursuit of his father's coffin, Paolo Rivera goes full-on Stygian, casting Daredevil as the ferryman Charon and the clinging Moloids the souls of the dead. He cleverly uses the black field across the top to depict how the blind hero perceives the world around him -- a recurring element in the relaunched series -- with lines reminiscent of wood engravings that not only provide a visual link to the cover of Issue 10 but also bring to mind the work of Gustave Doré. -- Kevin Melrose