Covers of the Week -- March 28

Mon, April 2nd, 2012 at 8:58am PDT

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 go-around finds a backwoods vampire, a ghostly soldier, a sea of readers, clinging Moloids and a smashing Hulk.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of March 28, as well as the March Cover of the Month, then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror" #1, by Becky Cloonan (Dark Horse)

Becky Cloonan's covers are always fantastic, but it's rare that I give one credit for being absolutely terrifying. It's easy to point out her amazing linework and eye for detail in the chipped and worn nails, mushrooms, or even the lone leaf on the right side of the image, but it's the expression on the subject's face that really pushes the cover over the top. The eyes, staring directly at the reader, give the monster a perfectly-captured hunger and desperation. -- Steve Sunu

"Clive Barker's Hellraiser" #12, by Tim Bradstreet (BOOM! Studios)

The ethereal nature of this image is a bit of a departure for Tim Bradstreet, whose photorealistic style and use of models tend to tether even the most outlandish subjects (Pinhead, for instance) to reality. Here, however, the solemn if comforting cemetery statue and the ghostly soldier from a faded photograph seem as if they're from another world -- or, perhaps, the Otherworld. It's a serene image, marred by the skull-fruit, dripping with blood and home to at least one centipede. -- Kevin Melrose

"Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates" #8, by Kaare Andrews (Marvel)

I've never been a fan of the trade dress for the Ultimate/Ultimate Comics covers, with the two vertical bars cutting into each side of the image, making an already-small space that much more cramped. For his run on "Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates" -- okay, I'm not big on that clunky title, either -- Kaare Andrews makes the best of the format, pushing the action beyond those twin barriers. On this cover, the Hulk, and the fleeing criminals, explode into the foreground, as if the sliver of a cover can't contain them. -- Kevin Melrose

"The Unwritten" #35.5, by Yuko Shimizu (Vertigo)

Yuko Shimizu continues an excellent run of "The Unwritten" covers with a simple concept that makes for an intriguing final product. An image featuring a lone reader looking up from a sea of identical page-turners, Shimizu's eye for design and the detailed linework on the central figure not only make for an iconic image but also perfectly encapsulate the tone of the series. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Daredevil" #10, by Paolo Rivera (Marvel)

Paolo Rivera is quickly amassing a body of work on "Daredevil" that I think (hope) will stand alongside the likes of James Jean's "Fables," Dave Johnson's "100 Bullets" and Massimo Carnevale's "Y: The Last Man." Sure, we're not even a year into his run, but Rivera seems to be pushing himself with his depictions of a more lighthearted, swashbuckling Daredevil and, more impressively, imaginative representations of the hero's abilities. Here, Rivera vastly expands on the wood engraving-style technique he used on the cover of the previous issue, allowing us to see the Mole Man and his clinging Moloids the way Daredevil perceives them. It's simply beautiful. Yes, even Mole Man. -- Kevin Melrose

With that, we look back at the five Covers of the Week, all contenders for the Cover of the Month for February: "Daredevil" #10, by Paolo Rivera; "Rocketeer Adventures 2" #1, by Darwyn Cooke; "Saga" #1, by Fiona Staples; and "Fairest" #1, by Adam Hughes.

And CBR's March Cover of the Month is …

"Rocketeer Adventures 2" #1, by Darwyn Cooke (IDW Publishing)

In a pitch-perfect homage to 1940s war bonds posters, Darwyn Cooke nails what makes the Rocketeer so incredible. Presenting the reader is the type of image you could easily see gracing storefronts and alleyways during World War II, Cooke gets everything right, from the simple and angular shape of the Rocketeer to the solid colors to the familiar slogan "Keep Them Flying." Cooke's cover is one of the best examples of a thematic and iconic image that both keeps in step with the sensibilities of the book it's wrapped around while standing on its own as a damn fine piece of art. -- Steve Sunu

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