Covers of the Week -- April 4

Mon, April 9th, 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 week Matt Murdock comes to his senses, Frankenstein takes flight, Wolverine delivers some payback, a henchman develops a taste for blood and Spider-Man appreciate the big-screen 
Avengers.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of April 4, along with their choice for Cover of the Month for January, then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" #683 (Variant Edition), by Michael Del Mundo (Marvel)

It's rare that a variant cover encapsulates a concept this well, but Michael Del Mundo's Avengers Art Appreciation variant for "The Amazing Spider-Man" really hit the nail on the head. Each iconic Avenger blends seamlessly into the next, using clear, concise lines and only two colors, resulting in a pleasant overall composition that doesn't sacrifice the unique aspects of each hero. -- Steve Sunu

"Daredevil" #10.1, by Marcos Martin and Manny Mederos (Marvel)

While I miss the traditional logo -- "Here Comes … Daredevil" appears on the first page, though -- and I dislike the font choices, I love the use of Braille, particularly paired with the noirish images highlighting Matt Murdock's enhanced senses. And how great are Marcos Martin's choices? The smoking gun for "Smell," a screaming woman for "Hearing," a kiss for "Taste" and a punch to the jaw for "Touch." -- Kevin Melrose

"Men of War" #8, by Viktor Kalvachev (DC Comics)

Viktor Kalvachev wraps up "Men of War" with an unforgettable image of Frankenstein attacking a Nazi plane, the red lines haphazardly streaking the cover create a cool World War II promotional-film effect. While Kalvachev's linework and design aspects are, as always, incredible, my favorite aspect is the random pilot to the left, flailing in the air after being thrown from the cockpit by the guest-starring monster. -- Steve Sunu

"Wolverine and the X-Men" #8, by Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend (Marvel)

Even with his supposedly unbreakable legs broken by the alien bouncers of a space casino -- yes, you read that correctly -- Wolverine clearly remains a bloody force to be reckoned with. -- Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Fatale" #4, by Sean Phillips (Image Comics)

As much as I loved Sean Phillips' cover for the first issue of his horror noir with frequent collaborator Ed Brubaker, I think this one is now my favorite. While that first image was sultry and sinister, the cover of Issue 4 is downright unnerving, with Bishop's emotionless, and seemingly blank-eyed, henchman tasting the blood on his fingertips. In case you're wondering, no, it's not his blood. -- Kevin Melrose

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TAGS:  cover of the week, amazing spider-man, mike del mundo, daredevil, marcos martin, manny mederos, men of war, viktor kalvachev, wolverine and the x-men, chris bachalo, tim townsend, fatale, sean phillips

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