Cover of the Week - April 2: "Red Sonja," "The Shadow," "Moon Knight" & More

Mon, April 7th, 2014 at 8:58am 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 April 2, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two" #3, by Ulises Farinas (IDW Publishing)

Dredd's trip to the former city of Los Angeles wouldn't be complete without a stop by the beach (and an encounter with an enormous mutated shrimp), which provides plenty of possibilities for cover art. But I love that Ulises Farinas takes the unexpected route, depicting an enormous hermit crab taking up residence in Dredd's trademark helmet. The amount of detail given to the creatures in the tidal pool is stunning; you can almost (ugh) smell it. -- Kevin Melrose

"Moon Knight" #2, by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire (Marvel)

The interior work on "Moon Knight" by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire is terrific, making it little surprise to see an awesome cover from them as well for Issue 2. Bellaire's red tones for the background make for a striking contrast to the white and black of Moon Knight -- not to mention the cool design of the half-cover image that really emphasizes the shattered glass and makes great use of reduced space. It's a simple, but effective image with Shalvey's incredible pencils. Plus, that cape looks awesome. -- Steve Sunu

"Revival" #19, by Jenny Frison (Image Comics)

Even when they depict blood and gore, Jenny Frison's covers for "Revival" -- a supernatural mystery about a Wisconsin town where the dead have returned to life -- are frequently breathtakingly beautiful. The image of a dead dog at the end of a trail of blood isn't exactly pleasant to look at, but Frison also presents us with one of the strange glowing creatures ("the thing in the woods") by now familiar to readers of the series, as it appears to stand guard over the poor dog, possibly looking accusingly at its killer. -- Kevin Melrose

"The Shadow: Year One" #8, by Chris Samnee (Dynamite Entertainment)

As much as I enjoy when a comic's title is incorporated into the cover artwork, it can be a delicate dance. Take this one, for example, where bullet holes spell out "Shadow" in the character's cape, and the stones of the arch hide "Year One." It's clever, sure, but it could easily slip into cheesy territory; however, it works, in part because of the character's pulp roots but also because of the skill of Chris Samnee. It evokes Will Eisner's wildly imaginative "Spirit" title pages without appearing to copy them. Samnee's attention to detail is also on display, from the shattering headlight to the trickling blood on the passenger's door to the fedora flying behind the car. -- Kevin Melrose

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Red Sonja" #8, by Jenny Frison (Dynamite Entertainment)

Jenny Frison has done some excellent cover work in the past, and "Red Sonja" #8 is no exception. While her impeccable linework is on display in Sonja's face and expression, it's the choice to bring out her red hair with flat color and no details that really makes the image pop. It's easy to see that Sonja is rising from the water with a murderous expression on her face in this very cool, poster-worthy image. -- Steve Sunu

TAGS:  cover of the week, red sonja, revival, jenny frison, the shadow, chris samnee, moon knight, declan shalvey, judge dredd, ulises farinas

 
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