Cover of the Week: "Sandman: Overture," "All-New X-Factor" & More

Mon, March 31st, 2014 at 11:28am PDT

Comic Books
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 March 26, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"All-New X-Factor" #5, by Kris Anka and Jared K. Fletcher (Marvel)

Few artists have been able to capture that sense of barely contained chaos in Bill Sienkiewicz's design of Warlock, the cybernetic alien, but Kris Anka comes pretty close in this cover for "All-New X-Factor" #5. -- Kevin Melrose

"Fables" #139, by Nimit Malavia (Vertigo)

"Fables" is known for its striking covers, and Nimit Malavia's cover for Issue #139 continues that tradition, weaving musical themes over excellent linework with a great grasp of light, shadow and composition. Check out the back of that violin; the grain of the wood is a detail some artists would just miss. Plus, the musical staff that flows out from the ethereal trumpet is a nice touch that allows a great thematic frame to the cover without being overt. -- Steve Sunu

"The Sandman: Overture" #2, by Dave McKean (Vertigo)

Dave McKean's covers for "The Sandman: Overture" is an exciting artistic aspect of the revival. His command over light and shadow is apparent in this image, but his design skills are also impeccable. The painted, smooth face is a great contrast to the busy, yet subtle, background, which has so many details, it's difficult to determine what's the most impressive. This is a wonderfully detailed cover when it comes to background -- to the point where it's almost possible to see some new subtlety every time you see it. -- Steve Sunu

"Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland" #5, by Charles P. Wilson III (IDW Publishing)

C.P. Wilson III taps into the more frightening elements of Christmas – the nutcracker, Krampus, the Abominable Snow Monster from "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,"etc. – and transforms them into something from a child's fever dream. It's just fantastic, and suitable for framing. -- Kevin Melrose

"The Sandman: Overture #2," by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)

I probably wouldn't have been able to easily identify this in a cover lineup – you know, if that were a thing – as being the work of J.H. Williams III, but I love it nonetheless. Here, Williams dives head first into surrealism, with Dream as a massive stone tower whose rooms are filled with horrors: the gaping maw of some nameless monster, a torture chamber, lapping flames. And those terrified (human?) eyes gazing from the upper windows! But then, veering into another direction, he gives us a brightly colored dirigible, possibly a child's inflatable toy, lodged in the naked tree branches. There's a sense of sorrow that accompanies the latter element that makes it more troubling than anything Dream's body might hold. -- Kevin Melrose

TAGS:  cover of the week, sandman overture, jh williams iii, dave mckean, all-new x-factor, chris anka, fables, nimit malavia, the wraith welcome to christmasland, charles paul wilson iii

 
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