Cover of the Week - January 2

Mon, January 7th, 2013 at 8:58am PST

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.

This week, Jean Grey strolls down memory lane, Terry McGinnis faces one of 10,000 clowns, Josephine goes on the run, magenta rules "The Manhattan Projects," and John Ka enjoys the sunrise.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week Jan. 2, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"All-New X-Men" #5, by Stuart Immonen (Marvel)

Stuart Immonen's cover is an excellent showcase for his composition skills. Not only does his depiction of Jean Grey through the ages look fantastic, the overall cover design is stunning. It's a rare cover that can perfectly summarize a character's history, capture the gist of the issue within and look better than most other books on the shelves, but Immonen pulls it off. -- Steve Sunu

"Batman Beyond Unlimited" #11, by Dustin Nguyen (DC Comics)

Dustin Nguyen's "Batman Beyond Unlimited" covers have always been fun to look at, but this month's really demonstrates why this series composed of digital-first reprints continues to succeed as a print book. Nguyen's line work is, as always, impeccable, but it's the subtle details -- the blood from Batman's mouth blending into his red bat-shadow, the sole red and green squares in the background of black and white, the white of the thug's shoe blending into the background -- that really set this one apart. -- Steve Sunu

"Fatale" #11, by Sean Phillips (Image Comics)

For the cover of this flashback issue, Sean Phillips perfectly captures Josephine on the run, a lone figure on a dark stretch of highway. Phillips again displays his mastery of color, as the yellow glow of the headlights pierce the somber blacks and blues of the rest of the image. However, that raises the question of whether the oncoming car is the woman's rescuer or her pursuer. -- Kevin Melrose

"The Manhattan Projects" #8, by Jonathan Hickman (Image Comics)

Jonathan Hickman doesn't normally do covers for his Marvel work, but his designs are a staple of his creator-owned titles. "The Manhattan Projects" #8 continues Hickman's less-is-more style resulting in a simple, yet effective cover that could serve as a master class on the subtleties of minimalist design. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Prophet" #32, by Simon Roy (Image Comics)

It's all about the play of light and shadow as Simon Roy captures a moment that both familiar and alien, warm and foreboding. It's just beautiful. -- Kevin Melrose

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