Cover of the Week - January 29: Lying Cat, Legion, 'Pool & More

Mon, February 3rd, 2014 at 9:28am PST

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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.

Keep reading for Kevin and Steve's favorites from the week of Jan. 29, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Fables" #137, by George Pratt (Vertigo)

George Pratt brings the "Camelot" storyline to a close with an almost-mournful Rose Red -- her modesty preserved by a conveniently placed logo -- among the brambles, whose thorns appear to be coated in blood. However, a look at her sword leads the viewer to wonder whether its hers or her enemies'. -- Kevin Melrose

"Night of the Living Deadpool" #2, by Jay Shaw (Marvel)

The cover for "Night of the Living Deadpool" #2 reminds me a lot of the viral marketing for the "Deadpool" video game: messy yet impressively clean at the same time. In many ways, it's the simplistic design of Deadpool's mask that plays in the cover's favor: a seeming homage to "28 Days Later." The contrast between the cover's title -- a messy, hastily handwritten script -- and the clean lines of the background gives the overall image a nice contrast and continues Marvel's experimentation with cover design in general. -- Steve Sunu

"Saga" #18, by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

I could easily devote an entire essay Fiona Staples' "Saga" covers, which, much like the series itself, are unlike virtually anything else on shelves. From the first issue, with its somewhat-controversial "family portrait" depicting Alana breastfeeding baby Hazel, we knew we were in for something different, and Staples has seldom let us down (I say "seldom," because there are a few covers -- issues 15 and 16, for instance -- that aren't as strong as the others). There's no denying I'm a fan of Staples' art, and the repeated use of solid, single-color backgrounds, but what interests me the most about these covers isn't the composition so much as the content: Specifically, that of the 18 regular covers to date, just five have featured one or both of the protagonists, Alana and Marko (and in one of those, they're merely depicted on the monitor that serves as Prince Robot IV's head). It's remarkable, really, but reflects the willingness of Staples and writer Brian K. Vaughan to leave the title's nominal stars for entire issues at a time to focus on secondary characters. And it's one of those characters, Lying Cat -- perhaps the breakout character of "Saga" -- who's the subject of the lovely portrait on the cover of Issue 18. -- Kevin Melrose

"Sledgehammer 44" #3, by Laurence Campbell (Dark Horse)

Laurence Campbell's cover for the conclusion of "Sledgehammer 44" perfectly captures the miniseries' concept in all its pulpy goodness, striking the right balance between the artist's style and creator Mike Mignola's well-known aesthetic. Plus, the bolt of lightning and rain coming down around a mid-air fight just looks cool. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "X-Men Legacy" #23, by Mike Del Mundo (Marvel)

It's a shame "X-Men Legacy" is headed for its conclusion, if only because Mike Del Mundo's covers have been absolutely fantastic. In many ways, it feels like he's prepping for the series' end, as his images have been getting bigger and more complicated, like this Voltron-style version of Legion. Del Mundo showcases nearly every power readers have seen Legion draw from to create a Frankenstein-like giant, and the detail he gives to each one is suitably impressive. Once again, the artist's ability to play with the traditional trade dress of a cover is key for this series -- he changes things up without pulling focus from the title or issue number. -- Steve Sunu

TAGS:  cover of the week, fables, george pratt, night of the living deadpool, jay shaw, saga, fiona staples, sledgehammer, laurence campbell, x-men legacy, mike del mundo

 
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