Cover of the Week - January 1: "Fables" "New Avengers" Kick Off 2014

Mon, January 6th, 2014 at 9:28am PST | Updated: January 6th, 2014 at 9:31am

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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.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Dec. 31, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Afterlife With Archie" #3, by Francesco Francavilla (Archie Comics)

Francesco Francavilla's cover for "Afterlife With Archie" #3 keeps with the creepy overall vibe of the series, while showcasing the artist's knack for blending the Riverdale gang with the horrific nature of zombies. "Less is more" seems to be the overall mission statement of this cover, as only Jughead's shifted tombstone, his hands and his crown are visible while he rises from the grave -- and it's incredibly effective. -- Steve Sunu

"Beware the Batman" #3, by Luciano Vecchio (DC Comics)

Luciano Vecchio gets surreal, and maybe even a little biblical (Jonah and the whale?), with this delightfully over-the-top depiction Batman falling into the mouth of an oversized Tobias Whale. -- Kevin Melrose

"Catalyst Comix" #7, by Rafael Grampa (Dark Horse)

There's been a serious lack of Rafael Grampa comics work lately, and Dark Horse remedies that with this cover for "Catalyst Comix" #7. As much as I enjoy seeing Grampa draw people (or, well, anything, for that matter), I particularly like his take on animals. -- Kevin Melrose

"New Avengers" #13.INH, by Mike Deodato (Marvel)

Mike Deodato's "New Avengers" #13.INH cover continues Marvel's play with the traditional cover trade dress, with an incredible image of Black Bolt projecting his powerful voice to the point where it breaks the fourth wall and shatters the "New Avengers" logo. Deodato's pencils are, as always, masterful, but it's the depiction of the sound waves emanating from his mouth and projected around his head that really show off the artist's skill. It's a fun variant cover, and a worthy depiction of the Inhuman king. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Fables" #136, by Daniel Dos Santos (Vertigo)

I can think of few artists better suited that Daniel Dos Santos to illustrate the covers for this "Camelot" arc. Although he's worked in comics and film, Dos Santos is best known producing acclaimed covers for fantasy and sci-fi novels; there's an ethereal, otherworldly feel that permeates this piece for "Fables" #136, one that creates the sense that the image has emerged from the mists of time and legend. However, there's also an incredible amount of detail, in the gorgeous armor, and in the rose that serves as the sword's pommel. -- Kevin Melrose

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