Cover of the Week: "She-Hulk," "Secret" and "The Auteur"

Mon, March 10th, 2014 at 9:28am PDT

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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 March 5, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Adventure Time: The Flip Side" #3, by Wook Jin Clark (BOOM! Studios)

"Megagogo" creator Wook Jin Clark gives us a straight-up classic action-movie poster with this cover for "Adventure Time: The Flip Side" #3, in which Finn and Jake confidently strut away from the threats behind them, seemingly without a care in the world. All that's missing is an explosion in the background. -- Kevin Melrose

"The Auteur" #1, by James Callahan (Oni Press)

Beyond the most visually unique detail for the cover -- the toothed eyeball jumping out of its owner's face -- artist James Callahan shows real skill at depicting subtle imperfections, such as the director's imperfect teeth, his askew tie and the wrinkles on his face and shirt. However, it's the manic expression on the face that pushes brings it all together -- an expression the eyeball actually parallels. This is definitely an odd cover, but it's very skillfully drawn and at least somewhat prepares the reader for the madness within. -- Steve Sunu

"Revival" #18, by Jenny Frison (Image Comics)

Jenny Frison's cover for "Revival" #18 is downright creepy, in the way only a skillful artist can convey. The simple design features a deformed man wearing a black striped balaclava, focusing in on his eyes and mouth. His half-smile/half-frown evokes major chills, and his deadened gaze in one eye is paralleled by the lack of an eye in the other socket. -- Steve Sunu

"Secret" #6, by Jonathan Hickman (Image Comics)

I'm pleased that writer Jonathan Hickman, a talented illustrator and designer in his own right, continues to exercise those muscles on the covers for his creator-owned work. As a result, we're treated to eerie experiments like his photo pieces for "Secret," which combine a sense of mystery and dread while pushing the boundaries of what we're accustomed to seeing on the shelves of our local comics shop. With this issue, he matches the issue title, "Kodiak," with the perfect image, that of the gaping maw of a bear. It's terrific. -- Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: "She-Hulk" #2, by Kevin Wada (Marvel)

It's rare we see a cover used for sequential storytelling, but Kevin Wada pulls it off here with grand style, chronicling a day in the life of Jennifer Walters, from her morning ritual to courtroom victory to interrupted celebratory dinner. Although Wada employs seven panels, all of the same size, he manages to draw our eyes in to the center of the image with the only actual head shot of the She-Hulk. -- Kevin Melrose

TAGS:  cover of the week, adventure time, wook jin clark, the auteur, james callahan, revival, jenny frison, secret, jonathan hickman, she-hulk, kevin wada

 
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