Cover of the Week: October 30 - "Saga," "Sandman: Overture"

Mon, November 4th, 2013 at 9:28am PST

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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, Finn gets spooky, Marco and Alana get romantic, The Shadow gets surreal and Dream gets -- well, two spots.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Oct. 30, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Adventure Time Spooktacular" #1, by Ming Doyle (BOOM! Studios)

Ming Doyle really does an incredible job for "Adventure Time Spooktacular" #1, both in terms of linework and composition. Whether it's the hilarious expression on Finn's face, the spooky multicolored faces behind him or the way the light frames the overall image, Doyle brings a high level of artistry to the Cartoon Network show's world without sacrificing what makes the core concept so compelling. -- Steve Sunu

"Saga" #15, by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Fiona Staples had fun with the cover for "Saga" #15, paying homage to every romance novel ever. Especially hilarious given the plot reasoning behind it, Staples outs her incredible painted style to work for an overall impressive product. -- Steve Sunu

"The Sandman: Overture" #1, by Dave McKean (Vertigo)

As much as there is to like about J.H. Williams' cover for "The Sandman: Overture" #1 (and there's a lot; see below), it just wouldn't be Morpheus without Dave McKean, whose art graced all 75 issues of the original series. This cover is far more straightforward than many of those that preceded it, with Dream seated upon a throne -- or at least a throne-like chair, that also somewhat resembles a coffin -- seemingly at the height of his power, entire planets at his command. -- Kevin Melrose

"The Shadow: Year One" #6, by Chris Samnee (Dynamite Entertainment)

Chris Samnee's surreal cityscape, with buildings contorted so their rooftops form the comic's title, is surreal and slightly menacing, while also evoking Will Eisner's imaginative logo treatments for "The Spirit." -- Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: "The Sandman: Overture" #1, by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)

J.H. Williams III's cover for "The Sandman: Overture" #1 is as easy to praise as his interior art -- the image features the artist's signature attention to detail and the play with light and shadow readers have come to expect. The foreground of creepy teethed flowers on fire, the middle-ground figure and the background of the vast expanse of space are all a nice artistic contrast against one another, drawing the eye to the three different elements Williams has constructed. It's a clever and gorgeous piece of art, suitable for the return of "The Sandman." -- Steve Sunu

TAGS:  cover of the week, sandman overture, dave mckean, jh williams iii, adventure time, ming doyle, saga, fiona staples, the shadow, the shadow year one, chris samnee

 
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