Cover of the Week - May 1

Mon, May 6th, 2013 at 10:40am PDT

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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, Animal Man goes Americana, "Hawkeye" gets tearful, "X-Men Legacy" gets happy, Peter Parker gets lost and Utopia looks a lot like Dr. Frankenstein's lab.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of May 1, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Animal Man" #20, by Jae Lee (DC Comics)

I feel as if I'm missing a cultural reference here, as Jae Lee's cover for "Animal Man" #20 feels like an homage to Norman Rockwell, but I'll be damned if I can find the source material. Perhaps, then, it's to Lee's credit as an artist that he can evoke feelings of nostalgia familiarity that send me searching through the work of the master of Americana. -- Kevin Melrose

"Hawkeye" #10, by Francesco Francavilla (Marvel)

Just as it must be difficult to step in for David Aja on "Hawkeye" interiors, it can't be easy to field that stray cover, as the artist is integral to the series' tone and success. Aja has taken a minimalist approach, playing with white space, bold graphic elements and color, transitioning from purple to red as the story arcs changed. And then along comes Francesco Francavilla, whose style is distinctly his own, yet his red-orange cover for Issue 10 still feels part of the larger progression with the hypnotic-target iris and the prison-tattoo teardrop. -- Kevin Melrose

"Ultimate Comics X-Men #26," by Dave Johnson (Marvel)

Here's another one of those instances where I haven't been following a title, so I'm only vaguely aware of what's going on -- there's an effort to shut down Utopia -- but I love how utterly alien, even artificial, the figures are on Dave Johnson's cover. We're in Frankenstein territory here. Are those copyright symbols on their necks? -- Kevin Melrose

"X-Men: Legacy" #10, by Mike Del Mundo (Marvel)

The image of mutants walking through a pill and coming out the other side cured on the cover for "X-Men Legacy" #10 is powerful, made even more so by MikeDel Mundo's excellent artistry. The captions at the bottom of the image really sell the concept, giving the illusion of it being an advertisement rather than an actual comic. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "The Superior Spider-Man" #9, by Marcos Martin (Marvel)

"The Superior Spider-Man" #9 is quite literally is a battle for the brain and body of Peter Parker, which makes Marcos Martin's cover a succinct summary of the story within. It's incredible how much detail is in this image, despite the fact that Doctor Octopus is in shadow and the tiny form of Peter Parker is trapped in his own mind. An excellent effort from Martin, who maintains his track record of innovative and evocative covers. -- Steve Sunu

TAGS:  cover of the week, animal man, jae lee, hawkeye, francesco francavilla, ultimate comics x-men, dave johnson, x-men legacy, mike del mundo, superior spider-man, marcos martin

 
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