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 9, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
It's fitting that the co-creator of Doop would return to cover his solo miniseries debut with "All-New Doop" #1. Mike Allred is a fantastic talent, and any cover -- let alone one for a character that he has such a history with -- is always a welcome treat. He captures the weirdness of Doop with his signature style, drawing the cover as if through a fisheye lens, giving the strangest X-Man large, bloodshot eyes and highlighting every wrinkle on his bean-shaped, green body, enhanced by the vibrant colors of Laura Allred. -- Steve Sunu
Marvel has really pulled out the stops for its All-New Marvel NOW! covers, and Pop Mhan's contribution to "All-New Ghost Rider" #2 is illustrative of the talent the publisher has tapped to promote the initiative. Mhan's image has a glorious play on perspective, with Robbie Reyes flying off the side of the road as he grabs a punk with a bazooka. And while Mhan's linework is impressive, it's Ghost Rider's face and flaming wheels that really make a strong impression. -- Steve Sunu
It probably says something about both the talent of artist Jock and the iconic nature of Judge Dredd's signature helmet that the character can be depicted on a cover with his back turned to the reader, yet still be easily identifiable. -- Kevin Melrose
Julian Totino Tedesco's latest "Thunderbolts" cover is wonderful, as always -- he really has a handle on the series, and the framing device of the head is clever and effective -- although it's the small details that really bring out how well he knows these characters. Red Hulk in the lead, Deadpool goofing off, Elektra ready to strike; Tedesco does a great job with all the characters, utilizing his lush, painterly style to great effect. -- Steve Sunu
To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Without Fear, "Cover of the Week" favorite Paolo Rivera pays homage to the artists and writers who have contributed so much to Daredevil's history, cleverly using the graffiti-covered buildings of Hell's Kitchen to represent many of the creators and their visually distinctive eras. Although Rivera notes on his blog that he liked the image better before he added all of those names, the words never overpower the "murals" -- yet their placement doesn't feel planned. It all blends together to create both a fitting tribute and a setting that feels like the Marvel Universe's version of Hell's Kitchen, a neglected neighborhood that never underwent gentrification or attempts to change its name to Clinton or Midtown West. And, clearly, it was never targeted for graffiti-cleanup initiatives. -- Kevin Melrose