Cover of the Week: "Wicked + The Divine," "Fables," "Sex Criminals" & More

Mon, June 23rd, 2014 at 9:28am PDT

Comic Books
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 June 18, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Fables" #141, by Nimit Malavia (Vertigo)

Drawing inspiration from a playing card, Nimit Malavia depicts Snow White and Rose Red as both rivals and mirror images. The details are beautiful and extraordinary, with the skulls and roses in the characters' respective armor repeated with the pommels of their swords, and the representations of Bigby Wolf and Boy Blue in the background. It's simply gorgeous. -- Kevin Melrose

"Sex Criminals" #6, by Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)

Chip Zdarsky begins a new story arc with a change in cover art: Gone are the bold blocks of cyan, magenta, yellow and black that marked the first five issues, giving way to a muted orange upon a field of white. It creates an almost-suffocating air of somberness, as Jon, eclipsed by an enormous pill, appears to pull away from Suzie. -- Kevin Melrose

"Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever" #1, by Juan Ortiz (IDW Publishing)

I'm a sucker for throwback pulp covers, so it's no wonder Juan Ortiz's "Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever" #1 struck a chord. His minimalist design -- blocky shapes, silhouettes, big, recognizable images -- evokes a classic sci-fi novel, and the artificial distressing on the cover, from the wear on the edges to the fold in the bottom right hand corner, further sells the concept. -- Steve Sunu

"Uncanny X-Men" #22, by Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend (Marvel)

The image of Cyclops behind a broken S.H.I.E.L.D. logo -- as though he just smashed through it with an optic blast -- is a great story in and of itself, and helps to demonstrate why Chris Bachalo time and time again delivers on visuals. However, a lot of credit goes to inker Tim Townsend as well, who has an incredible handle on light and shadow, and gets the etching on the S.H.I.E.L.D. insignia perfect to create the impression of something solid -- like marble or stone -- being broken. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "The Wicked + The Divine" #1, by Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson (Image Comics)

Jamie McKelvie's art has always been phenomenal, but he really upped his game for the debut issue of "The Wicked + The Divine." The cover demonstrates how far he's in his career, but moreover, it demonstrates the power of Matt Wilson's colors, which do an incredible job of making the image resonate. Wilson's neon reds and blues wash over the image, evoking a rock concert, and the reflection of the light on the subject's face and hair helps to demonstrate why he is such a phenomenal colorist for McKelvie's pencils. It's a great match of creative talent, demonstrated perfectly in a single image. -- Steve Sunu

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