Cover of the Week: September 11

Mon, September 16th, 2013 at 9:28am 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, the Bookbinder becomes "Unhinged," the Court of Owls poses for a family portrait, Deadpool goes "Giant-Size" and Bishop heads West, all while Wolverine and Gambit hit the road.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Sept. 11, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Batman: Arkham Unhinged" #18, by Christopher Mitten (DC Comics)

Ah, Batman comics, where even a character with a name as innocuous as the Bookbinder can be a dastardly villain. However, it's not the alter ego we're concerned with, but rather Christopher Mitten's cover, which cleverly uses an almost blood-splattered image of Batman to give form to the rogue's silhouette. -- Kevin Melrose

"Batman and Robin: Court of Owls" #23.2, by Patrick Gleason (DC Comics)

The Court of Owls mask is undoubtedly one of the best designs in superhero comics in recent years (all due credit to "Batman" artist Greg Capullo): Patterned after the eerie face of a barn owl, the mask is expressionless, haunting -- alien, even; they don't call them demon owls, ghost owls and death owls for nothing. For this cover, Patrick Gleason plays up the family-tradition aspect of the Court of Owls with a seemingly wholesome portrait … in which the family wears those creepy, creepy masks. (Shudder.) -- Kevin Melrose

"Deadpool" #16, by Declan Shalvey (Marvel)

Declan Shalvey illustrates the Merc With a Mouth in his signature style, along with nefarious clones of the team of X-Men from "Giant Size X-Men" #1, but it's the framing of Deadpool with the mid-ground barbed wire and the coloring of the piece that really makes the image stand out. -- Steve Sunu

"Uncanny X-Force" #11, by Kris Anka (Marvel)

Kris Anka's "Uncanny X-Force" #11 cover evokes a Western feel, with Bishop in lawman. From the character's hat, poncho and positioning of his powered-up hand to Anka's sharp angles and warm tones, "Uncanny X-Force" #11 feels like a movie poster waiting to happen. As a bonus, Anka manages to tie in the Demon Bear, reinforcing the concept of Bishop in his role as a Revenant Hunter in the far-flung future. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Astonishing X-Men" #67, by Phil Noto (Marvel)

Phil Noto pulls off a terrific genre mash-up with this image, blending elements of a classic road movie or car-chase scene with those of horror or science fiction. The expression on Wolverine's face as he peers out over his sunglasses to gauge just how close their tentacled pursuer is injects just the right dose of humor for a delightfully ludicrous situation. -- Kevin Melrose

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