In April, many publications covered heavy subjects like the heightened tension between Russia and Ukraine, same-sex marriage in the United States, and even a debate on a chimpanzee's right to sue. What's interesting about publications like The Economist and The New York Times Magazine is that they chose to keep their front covers light, offering a refreshing visual portrayal of the bigger topics.

The Economist, for instance, transformed the map of Russia into a cheeky image of a hungry bear. Covers of glossies like German magazine Brand Eins and The New Yorker feature colorful, fun comic book illustrations. Click through to see some of The Coolest Magazine Covers of April 2014.

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