Cover of the Week: Ninja, Propaganda & Larger Than Life Logos

Mon, April 28th, 2014 at 11:28am PDT | Updated: April 28th, 2014 at 11:28am

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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 23, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Dead Body Road" #5, by Matteo Scalera (Image Comics)

Part of me wishes designers and illustrators would borrow a page from "Dead Body Road" and play with the idea of logo as dominant art element while the other part hopes they don't, if only because the effort will mean several attempts that are nowhere near as successful as these covers. -- Kevin Melrose

"Daredevil" #2, by Chris Samnee (Marvel)

There's something so classic about this cover -- not "retro," mind you, as this isn't a nod to the Silver Age, but rather a utilization of time-honored elements: the hero besieged, the shadowy hands, the title/callout -- "Devil Go Home" -- on the wall. There's almost an EC quality to it. -- Kevin Melrose

"Elektra" #1, by Paolo Rivera (Marvel)

I became such a big fan of Paolo Rivera primarily through his work on "Daredevil," where both on covers and in interior pages he forged an innovative, even ground-breaking, approach to depicting the hero's powers. But while it's wonderful to watch as he redefines the way we view a 50-year-old character, it's also nice to see him deliver a "straightforward," but undeniably beautiful, rendition of a character: His battle-damaged Elektra leaps effortlessly against the backdrop of the cityscape, her tattered costume mimicked by the banners that frame the image. Note how the fabric from her bandana runs behind the comic's logo, adding to the splatters of blood. -- Kevin Melrose

"Lazarus" #8, by Michael Lark (Image Comics)

I'm a sucker for propaganda poster homage, and Michael Lark knocks one out of the park for "Lazarus" #8. His pencils are well suited for this, giving a hopeful expression to the soldier, the scientist and the executive. Lark's take on the classic poster design is made even better by superimposing the image over a concrete background, giving the impression that it's an actual poster rather than just a static image. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Elektra" #1, by Mike Del Mundo (Marvel)

Mike Del Mundo has made quite a few appearances in Cover of the Week while covering "X-Men Legacy," often exhibiting creative takes on both character and design. His "Elektra" #1 cover is one of his most impressive works yet, using small ninjas and a trail of blood to form the recognizable face of the assassin. The image is actually very gruesome, but only if you look closely -- there are dismembered ninjas and blood everywhere -- but it all adds up to an absolutely gorgeous portrait. A fantastic take on the character and a wonderful showcase for Del Mundo's skills. -- Steve Sunu

TAGS:  cover of the week, elektra, mike del mundo, paolo rivera, dead body road, matteo scalera, lazarus, michael lark, chris samnee

 
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