Cover of the Week - December 5

Mon, December 10th, 2012 at 8:58am PST

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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.

This week, Silk Spectre gets ready for her close-up, Dr. Zaius will see you now, the pint-sized Thunderbolts go a little gun-crazy, Dex Perios takes a road trip, and what Shako hates, Shako destroys!

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week Dec. 5, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Before Watchmen: Minutemen" #5, by Darwyn Cooke (DC Comics)

Darwyn Cooke continues his strong series of covers for DC Comics' "Before Watchmen: Minutemen," bringing the original Silk Spectre to the forefront with the fifth issue. The image showcases Cooke's signature style, with a cool design tweak of camera flashes going off in a background of newspaper advertisements. -- Steve Sunu

"Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm" #4, by Gabriel Hardman (BOOM! Studios)

Gabriel Hardman brings this "Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm" cover to unsettling life as he renders every single hair and vein in loving detail. Hardman's work is always strong, but this image really demonstrates what he brings to the table design-wise. While the detail on the ape's head is incredible, it's the eyes on the figure that really bring the cover together, as if they're staring into the reader's soul. -- Steve Sunu

"Shako," by Jock (2000AD)

It's not every Wednesday you see a polar bear dismember a man on the cover of a comic, but then again it's every bear that's on the CIA death list (for those not up on their "2000AD" serials, Shako is a man-eating polar bear hunted by the Agency after it swallows a top-secret government capsule lost in a plane crash in the Arctic; yes, it's that kind of comic). Jock's cover is bloody, a bit shocking, and gruesomely over the top – in short, perfectly suited to the stories collected within. -- Kevin Melrose

"Thunderbolts" #1 (Variant Edition), by Skottie Young (Marvel)

There's so much to like about Skottie Young's latest L'il Marvel variant cover: The hilariously obvious overkill illustrated by the rapidly growing pile of bullet casings; pint-sized Frank Castle's Eastwood-like squint; Deadpool's gangster-style gun grip; the expression on the infantile Red Hulk's face as he covers his ears (while being covered himself by the casings); and Elektra's Susie Derkin-esque poster and frown as she grumbles, "Boys are so stupid." -- Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Stumptown" Vol. 2 #4, by Matthew Southworth (Oni Press)

Matthew Southworth's cover is absolutely gorgeous in its simplicity. The reflection of the street signs is a clever way to depict Dex Perios in a car, as Southworth barely makes the steering wheel visible, but he also gives another major clue in the form of the rear-view mirror reflection on Dex's face. Design aside, the half-smile on Dex's face as she drives is pitch-perfect for the character and makes it seem -- rightly so -- that she knows much more than the reader. -- Steve Sunu

TAGS:  cover of the week, before watchmen minutemen, darwyn cooke, planet of the apes, gabriel hardman, shako, jock, thunderbolts, skottie young, stumptown, matthew southworth

 
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