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 May 14, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.
Alex Ross' variant celebrating Marvel's 75th anniversary not only showcases his skills as a painter, it shows off his knowledge of mutant history. While the original X-Men feature on the cover, the reflections of longtime teammates from "Giant-Size X-Men" #1 are highlighted in the background, creating an ethereal vibe. It's a great piece of art worthy of a mighty Marvel milestone. -- Steve Sunu
Nimit Malvia, whose work might be familiar from Marvel's "Wolverine and Jubiliee," continues his run on "Fables" with a cover that, interestingly enough, appears to be a visual interpretation of the solicitation text: "What do a devious Celtic beauty, a deadly white flute, a tiny gold harp and two green Scottish dogs have in common?" The coloring and lighting are simply stunning. -- Kevin Melrose
Jamie McKelvie's use of negative space and the simplicity of the layout work incredibly well here, as he captures the spirit of Nightcrawler. Everything from the massive sound effect in the background to the lightly shadowed red and white accents on his costume is pulled off in style, bringing a sense of fun and impeccable design. -- Steve Sunu
There's a wonderfully madcap -- let's call it Tex Avery-esque -- feel to Tradd Moore's cover that makes me wish it were a wraparound, with the hijinks continuing on the back: Agent Coulson hilariously braces himself against the logo to hold back the oncoming soldiers; Spider-Woman takes a "Looney Tunes" approach to diffusing a nuclear warhead; and above it all, Black Widow wipes a bloody nose under the ghostly gaze of Lady Bullseye. -- Kevin Melrose
Alex Ross is renowned for his highly realistic renditions of superheroes, but it's not often that you see him paint animals (the last time I can think of was his cover for "Superman" #680 in November 2008). Of course these aren't actual animals, but rather the mask-wearing Menagerie Gang, which in no way diminishes the effect. Instead, Ross' attention to detail on the masks -- zoom in on the fur of the "mammals," the feathers of the eagle and the skin of the frog -- the empty "eye sockets" and the incongruous human bodies (finely attired and gun-toting, naturally) combine to create an otherworldly, and slightly unsettling, image. -- Kevin Melrose