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, Earth 2 is ordered to "Obey," Mara finds her place among the stars, the Center for Deadly Disease Control gets official, "Morning Glories" gets romantic and Wolverine goes sci-fi.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Oct. 2, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
The worst thing about DC's Villains Month may not be the controversial allotment of 3D covers, or even the title takeovers by supervillains who have little (if anything) to do with a series' hero. No, it's that Juan Doe's run of striking protest graffiti-inspired covers was interrupted. But now he's back for the third and final one, following "Submit" and "War" with the familiar command to "Obey." -- Kevin Melrose
Ming Doyle's interior artwork is incredible, and "Mara" #6 shows how well she can design a cover. Mara curled up in the fetal position in the depths of space would be cool on its own, but the little details Doyle adds -- like the stars clustered around Mara's body and the perfect positioning of the Earth underneath the book's credits -- really make the image work. Even the minimal blue/black & white coloring works to the cover's advantage, effectively emphasizing the cold depth of space. -- Steve Sunu
As a parody of "The Walking Dead," you'd expect "The Mocking Dead" to ape the look of the hit comic series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. Instead, Max Dunbar and Bill Tortolini deliver a cover that looks like it belongs on a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (or, rather, the "Center for Deadly Disease Control and Prevention"). I'm guessing the CDC wouldn't have such nifty icons, though. -- Kevin Melrose
For all my praise of Rodin Esquejo's uncanny ability to imbue the covers with the safe feelings of paranoia and claustrophobia that run through the stories within, he also has a knack for capturing tender moments. I particularly love how he handles the moonlight in this image, and the way the shadows of the branches, leaves and apples spill across the characters is amazing. -- Kevin Melrose
In Jock's cover for "Savage Wolverine" #9, the artist elects elects to showcase the incredible world around Logan rather than the title character himself. It's a testament to Jock's talent that he can create an effective Wolverine cover that emphasizes the setting for his story rather than the character. -- Steve Sunu