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, Batwing strikes, Cinderella does a little shoe-shopping, "Hawken" gets mechanized, the masked man has a date for high noon and Lockjaw doesn't have time for your teleporting nonsense.
Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Dec. 4, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Darwyn Cooke's work is always excellent, and his "Batwing" #26 cover is no exception. The primarily purple piece is accentuated by the light blue of Batwing's suit, and although Cooke's pencils are impressive, from Batwing perched on column ruins to the cityscape in the background, it's the artist's design sensibility makes the image work. The crescent moon next to the "Batwing" trade dress is a great design choice that serves to further make this a great cover image, not just a great poster. -- Steve Sunu
Adam Hughes has been killing it with the covers for "Fairest," and his latest effort for Issue 22 doesn't disappoint with the beautiful figure of Cinderella superimposed over three images of Cindy, shoes and some ogres. Once again, Vertigo continues to try different things with its trade dress, with the "Fairest" logo revealed through bullet holes in the wall. Hughes even puts a little extra effort into the shoebox that Cinderella's holding -- apparently, Cindy prefers the Italian-made designer shoes. -- Steve Sunu
Honestly, I don't have much to say about this cover beyond that it's Tim Bradstreet doing what he does best: atmospheric photorealism. He's a perfect match for a video game-based comic. -- Kevin Melrose
I love that Francesco Francavilla dips into the visual language of the classic Western for the layout of this cover, with the title character framed between his opponent's holster and his gun hand. It adds tension while also evoking the showdowns at high noon that were a staple of so many movies and television series of yesteryear. -- Kevin Melrose
The enthusiastic, childlike smiles of Medusa and Black Bolt contrasted with Lockjaw's look of total exasperation is laugh-out-loud funny, and another pitch-perfect take on the Marvel Universe by Skottie Young. -- Steve Sunu