Cover of the Week: Adventures, Marvels and Retro Images

Mon, June 30th, 2014 at 9:28am 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 June 25, and then discuss your choices in the CBR forums.

"Adventures of Superman" #14, by Jock (DC Comics)

Jock, who created one of the all-time great Joker images for the cover of "Detective Comics" #880, returns to the character for DC Comics' digital-first "Adventures of Superman." While this image may not achieve the same status of the previous one, it's undeniably effective, as readers are confronted with incongruous elements: the Joker's unmistakable (and unnerving) grin above the iconic (often-imitated) image of a shirt pulled open to reveal the Superman symbol. Of course, the cover wouldn't have worked nearly as well if the publisher hadn't jettisoned the series' standard logo in favor of two small lines of type tucked away in the corner. -- Kevin Melrose

"Libretto, Volume 1: Vampirism," by menton3 (IDW Publishing)

While I can't say what, if anything, menton3's cover has to do with the anthology's theme (vampirism), I can say the image is striking, and unlike anything else you saw on shelves this week. It also engages the reader, sparking questions about the levitating man (Is he possessed?), the enormous hole in his torso and the birds that fly through it. I doubt any of the pages contained within provide the answers, but I'm compelled to search for them anyway. -- Kevin Melrose

"Solar: Man of the Atom" #3, by Juan Doe (Dynamite Entertainment)

Juan Doe deftly balances retro and contemporary, giving a nod to those wonderful painted covers of the 1960s original series while also creating an image that's fresh and distinctly modern. -- Kevin Melrose

"Transformers: Windblade" #3, by Sarah Stone (IDW Publishing)

Sarah Stone's artwork is solid to begin with, but the cover of "Transformers: Windblade" #3 does a great job of showcasing her design skill, using the vertical red stripes to segment the image in interesting ways, converging on the character's eyes to form the character's distinctive eye markings. It's a gorgeous cover, suitable for framing. -- Steve Sunu

COVER OF THE WEEK: "Ms. Marvel" #5, by Jamie McKelvie (Marvel)

Jamie McKelvie has become one of Marvel's most talented go-to cover artists. This gorgeous depiction of Kamala Khan gazing at the New York City skyline is a simple concept, but it speaks volumes about the character, evoking the innocence and wonder that comes with being young, and combines it with the challenges of being a new superhero. -- Steve Sunu

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