Cover of the Week - December 19

Mon, December 24th, 2012 at 8:30am PST

Comic Books
Kevin Melrose and Steve Sunu, Staff Writers

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, Reptil goes all "Lord of the Flies," Alana gets lost in a book, Wonder Woman gets personal with Orion, Moloch gets mystical, and Tom Taylor goes to Hades.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week Dec. 19, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Avengers Arena" #2, by Chris Bachalo (Marvel)

A pitch-perfect homage to Baron Storrey's classic cover for William Goldman's "Lord of the Flies" (those of you who read it in high school will appreciate this more than most), Chris Bachalo's depiction of Reptil is stunning on "Avengers Arena" #2. Everything in the image is perfectly depicted, bringing a classic, painted look to the death match of a comic. The flies are an especially nice touch, and Bachalo's design experience is apparent in everything from Reptil's expression to the subtle frame on the border. -- Steve Sunu

"Before Watchmen: Moloch" #2, by Olly Moss (DC Comics)

DC Comics recruited acclaimed movie poster illustrator Olly Moss for this gorgeous, mysterious and ominous cover for "Before Watchmen: Moloch" #2 that evokes the best of early 20th-century magician posters. Stunning. -- Kevin Melrose

"Saga" #8, by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

As much as I enjoy Fiona Staples' art, both on "Saga" and on earlier work like "North 40," it's the concept of this cover that wins me over. It's a snapshot, capturing then-prison guard Alana (the series' female lead) absorbed in her copy of "Heist" -- "That is the best book I've ever read," she declares -- and blowing a bubble with bubblegum. This cover, perhaps more than any of the seven that came before it, says so much about the approach Staples and writer Brian K. Vaughan take to "Saga": In an issue that not only depicts (in flashback) the first meeting of protagonists Alana and Marko but also the takedown of a naked giant by Marko and his mother, and the introduction of a surprising new antagonist, the collaborators choose instead to focus on Alana's passion for a boring love story about a monster and a girl (which tells us a lot about her character). -- Kevin Melrose

"Wonder Woman" #15, by Cliff Chiang (DC Comics)

Cliff Chiang continues his amazing work on "Wonder Woman" with a cool design formally introducing the New God Orion to the New 52. Despite only seeing Orion's eye, his surprised reaction is apparent as Wonder Woman charges in for the punch. Chiang's Diana is gorgeous as usual, even in this slightly (and impressively) distorted view of her. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "The Unwritten" #44, by Yuko Shimizu (Vertigo)

If Yuko Shimizu has ever created a just "so-so" cover for "The Unwritten," I've yet to see it (she won a silver medal, shown here, from the Society of Illustrators for the cover of Issue 43). For this issue, in which Tom Taylor pays a visit to the god Hades, Shimizu creates a breathtaking vision of the Greek underworld, from the golden-haired harpy (far more beautiful than the ones inside) to the identically colored lake of fire. I also like the glowing, reverse-silhouette effect used for Tom and his companions, shown in the boat they commandeered from Charon. -- Kevin Melrose

TAGS:  cover of the week, avengers arena, chris bachalo, saga, fiona staples, before watchmen moloch, olly moss, wonder woman, cliff chiang, the unwritten, yuko shimizu

 
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