Covers of the Week -- May 16

Mon, May 21st, 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, dancing turns deadly, 1950s Indo-China turns sexy, ghosts get gross, close encounters get furry, and the Shadow knows twice as much.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of May 16, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Dancer" #1, by Nic Klein (Image Comics)

Nic Klein's incredible cover manages to combine a number of elements to create a vastly compelling image. The background consists of a detailed mansion-like building in washed-out blues, grays and whites -- and it only gets more detailed from there. By contrast, the mid-ground image is that of the book's assassin, shrouded in shadow with a grim expression in navy and black. Finally, the foreground image is incredibly simple but brings together the entire cover: a single image outlined in white of the titular dancer with a spot of dripping blood surrounding her face. The study of three different spaces combined with Klein's exceptional line and color work is more than enough to push this cover over the top. -- Steve Sunu

"Fury MAX" #2, by Dave Johnson (Marvel)

Dave Johnson carries over his approach from the first issue, creating a cover that feels both contemporary and rooted in the 1950s. The use of the reverse silhouette also evokes classic James Bond, so we're instantly clued in to the comic's espionage element. -- Kevin Melrose

"Saucer Country" #3, by Ryan Kelly (Vertigo)

The incongruity of this image, with the enormous rabbit head appearing where the flying saucer should be, is both humorous and unsettling. I'll credit the alien eyes with the latter. That the cover isn't merely bizarre and engaging, but rather relates directly to the story within, makes it that much better. -- Kevin Melrose

"The Shadow" #2 variants, by Jae lee and Ryan Sook (Dynamite Entertainment)

If this isn't the first shared entry for Cover of the Week, then it's the second. In any case, it's incredibly rare that we squeeze in a sixth cover. However, it was too difficult to decide which of these variants, by Jae Lee and Ryan Sook, more deserved this week's final slot. They're both eye-catching and capture that sense of mystery and danger surrounding the 82-year-old pulp vigilante. So here, everybody wins. -- Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Saga" #3, by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Fiona Staples continues to top herself with "Saga" once again taking Cover of the Week honors. Here, the artist keeps things simple with a single ghostly red image in the foreground and a collection of trees and glowing eyes in the back. It's the expression on the ghost's face that really sells this one. Staples gives the character a mocking, superior half-smile, which is entirely convincing even as your eyes work their way down to her dismembered torso and hanging intestines. Incredible work by Staples -- we can't wait to see what she has in store next month. -- Steve Sunu

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TAGS:  cover of the week, dancer, nic klein, fury max, dave johnson, saucer country, ryan kelly, the shadow, jae lee, ryan sook, saga, fiona staples

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