Cover of the Week: October 9 - "Batwoman," "The Shadow" & More

Mon, October 21st, 2013 at 10:58am PDT | Updated: October 21st, 2013 at 10:58am

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Kevin Melrose and Steve Sunu, Staff Writers

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, J.H. Williams III says farewell to "Batwoman," both sides of Jun and Guillaume are revealed, the "pre-apocalypse" gets downright bizarre, "Zero" makes a repeat performance and The Shadow enjoys some alone time.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Oct. 16, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Batwoman" #24, by J.H. Williams III (DC Comics)

J.H. Williams III goes out with a bang on his final issue of "Batwoman" with an incredible dual-perspective cover that pits the title character against her costumed namesake. Williams' cover layouts are always dynamic and interesting, and this is no different, with a split down the middle that effectively demonstrates both characters trading punches in an action-based image that's more comic page than cover -- but no less effective. It's unfortunate Williams has left the book, as his covers were among the best every week. -- Steve Sunu

"Morning Glories" #33, by Rodin Esquejo (Image Comics)

Rodin Esquejo plays the same game as J.H. Williams III (or should that be Williams plays the same game as Esquejo?) with a dual-perspectives cover with Jun and Guillaume in the gym. One side shows Jun working the punching bag, while Guillaume stands by the weights with a worried expression on his face. It's a cool use of perspective, and Esquejo's visuals are always fantastic. Even cooler is the use of color -- Jun and Guillaume have hue-swapped shirts and shorts, and even the "Morning Glories" and Image Comics logo are color-swapped to match. -- Steve Sunu

"Sheltered" #4, by Johnnie Christmas (Image Comics)

This "pre-apocalyptic tale of survival at any cost" by Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas has been on my "to-read" list since it debut, but with this cover it leaps to must-read. There's something to be said for an old-fashioned "WTF?" cover, and few things will make you ask that more than an image of a skeleton child (?) wearing a wolf's pelt and multiple weapons. -- Kevin Melrose

"Zero" #2, by Tradd Moore and Tom Muller (Image Comics)

I'm a fan of the work of artist Tradd Moore ("Luther Strode," "Deadpool"), but much of the credit for the bold and distinctive cover for "Zero #2" -- and the others in the series -- goes to designer Tom Muller. After all, he's tasked not only with giving the series its visual identity, but making it seem as if the covers by a rotating roster of artists seem as if they belong to the same title. So far, Muller has excelled in that department (yes, this is only the second issue, but I'm including variants and those issues solicited through December), employing bright colors -- and unexpected color combinations -- and unusual, even vertigo-inducing, patterns. -- Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: "The Shadow" #18, by Alex Ross (Dynamite Entertainment)

We see plenty of "Shadow" covers with the vigilante in action or scowling from beneath the brim of his hat, but it's not often we're treated to the character in a contemplative mood. But here Alex Ross depicts The Shadow standing on a steel beam gazing at the city -- his city. I particularly like how the fog, or maybe it's pollution, envelopes the lower part of his body, making him seem intangible. -- Kevin Melrose

TAGS:  cover of the week, batwoman, jh williams iii, morning glories, rodin esquejo, sheltered, johnnie christmas, zero, tradd moore, the shadow, alex ross

 
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