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, The Stalk gets clingy, Agent Anders gets creepy, "Comeback" gets minimalistic, the Illuminati gets the fingers and Conan gets bloody.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Jan. 16, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Dave Johnson corners the market on "sinister" with his delightfully foreboding depiction of the vampire-cursed Agent Anders, a glowing symbol on his chest, being circled by a kettle of vultures (seriously, that's what they're called -- a kettle). Johnson is once again flawless in his use of color -- shades of black with just a splash of red -- and I particularly like how the vultures give the impression that Anders has wings. -- Kevin Melrose
Michael Walsh has a wonderfully minimalistic style, demonstrated by "Comeback" #3. Walsh is clearly a talented artist -- so much so that it's easy to overlook the detailed shading on both the gun and woman -- but this image is also a great case study for quality in design. Walsh's images converge in an effective way that ties all elements of the cover together. It's well-designed and well-drawn. -- Steve Sunu
Jock's cover for "New Avengers" #2 is just so classic -- old-school, even -- with its hand-in-the-middle-everybody composition. You imagine it ending with "1 … 2 … 3 … Avengers Assemble!" or whatever the Illuminati version might be ("Illuminati Illuminate"?). The fingers forming little "A's" is a nice touch, too; I wish they'd found another place for the logo, though. -- Kevin Melrose
Fiona Staples is no stranger to "Cover of the Week" thanks to her eye-popping "Saga" covers, and Issue 9 again brings her work to the top of the stack. While her linework and painted style is impeccable as usual, it's Staples' use of solid background color that really helps make this one of the most iconic covers of last week's releases, the characters popping in front of a solid, vibrant purple echoed only in The Stalk's headdress, adding a subtle parallel. -- Steve Sunu
Between Massimo Carnevale's "Conan the Barbarian" and the issue of "Saga" above, it's shaping up to be "Beefcake Week." It's not necessarily the Cimmerian's flesh that catches the eye (although the contrast between his skin and Bêlit's here is striking), but rather how the artist splits the cover in half, with the right side colored in a single flat color. The sun and sky seem to bleed, the red shadows cascading down the steps as if they're reaching for the ailing Bêlit, clutching at the hem of her lavender skirt. -- Kevin Melrose