Covers of the Week -- February 22

Mon, February 27th, 2012 at 8:58am PST

Comic Books
Kevin Melrose and Steve Sunu, Staff Writers
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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 time around, the Riverdale gang enlists in the KISS Army, Lobster Johnson plays a winning hand, an American vampire offers some makeup tips, Dorothy Gale avoids splinters and a Morning Glory Academy students gets detention.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of February 15, then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"American Vampire #24, by Rafael Albuquerque (Vertigo)

In Rafael Albuquerque's cover for "American Vampire" #24, the artist emulates for a vintage '60s makeup ad, but with a macabre twist. As aways, Albuquerque's attention to detail is astonishing. Everything, from the lone trickle of blood on the model's lips to the reflection of her blood-stained hand in the mirror emphasizes the tone of the book. With images like this, it's easy to understand why Albuquerque is a frequent contender for Cover of the Week. -- Steve Sunu

"Archie" #630 (variant cover), by Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)

Francesco Francavilla's variant cover for "Archie" #630 is just cool. The layout with the KISS-inspired tattoo eyes hovering over an awestruck Riverdale crowd creates the illusion of a veritable rock concert trance -- and the setting sun behind them makes the reader wonder whether evening has come or if the band has actually set the sky on fire with its music. -- Steve Sunu

"Dark Horse Presents" #9, by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)

Mike Mignola is a master of mood and composition. What more needs to be said? -- Kevin Melrose

"Morning Glories" #16, by Rodin Esquejo (Image Comics)

I've written previously about Rodin Esquejo's uncanny ability to distill into a single image the feelings of paranoia and claustrophobia that permeate the entire series, so it should come as little surprise that he pulls off the feat again with the cover for Issue 16. The angle and the glare from the overhead light really capture the mood, but I'm really sold by the way Esquejo leads our eyes to the handcuffs. -- Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz" #9, by Skottie Young (Marvel),

Skottie Young's work on Marvel's "Oz" books is always a treat, and this cover is no exception. His Wooden Gargoyle is somehow both adorable and menacing, making us wonder whether it's affectionately scratching Dorothy's head or preparing to dig in its talons. I like the gnarled tree, too, as it's practical -- it gives the characters a place to stand, or perch, in an otherwise empty space -- but also lends a sense of whimsy to the image. -- Kevin Melrose

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TAGS:  cover of the week, morning glories, rodin esquejo, american vampire, rafael albuquerque, archi meets kiss, francesco francavilla, dark horse presents, mike mignola, dorothy and the wizard of oz, skottie young

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